Before the break, the Year 11 Visual Arts students travelled to Amsterdam where they received guided tours of the collection of artwork at the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The students were taken on a journey through different disciplines, from old religious triptychs to contemporary creations to typographic installations.
A tour guide explaining the significance of "De Nachtwacht" painting to our students
The students had to use their critical thinking skills in order to understand the pieces they were shown. Is a blue canvas really just blue? Can art be walked on? What symbolism can be seen in the Dutch Master's works? What role does text and typography play in visual art?
Students will be taking this new-found perspective and their ideas from the tours back into the classroom for their current unit in order to create work that focuses on text and typography.
All in all, despite the intermittent showers, the students had a grand day out in the country's capital.
A student examining William Rex's Ship at the Rijksmuseum