Taking in top galleries

Northlight Studios students in Amsterdam, 2014
Northlight Studios students in Amsterdam, 2014

More than 20 students and friends of Northlight Art Education enjoyed a recent break in Amsterdam, visiting some of Europe’s top art galleries.

The group stayed in the heart of the city’s famous museum quarter within walking distance of the magnificent Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh gallery, Rembrandt’s House and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.

The trip was part of Northlight’s wider cultural programme, open to all its students, which includes visiting artists, gallery visits in the UK, open studios and exhibitions. “Events like this foster creative friendships and provide inspiration for students to take their work to new heights,” said tutor Sue Turner.

Exploring the city’s architecture by canal boat emphasised Amsterdam’s unique trading history. Many students also took the opportunity to visit the famous house where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during the Nazi occupation. Add street markets, tulip fields, jazz clubs and over a million bicycles and you have a taste of one of Europe’s most exciting cities.

A fresh summer programme of courses will be available to start after Easter with more subjects on offer than ever before including a new print course, summer school and exhibitions of painting, ceramics and textiles. Northlight aims to be the fastest growing creative network in the Calder Valley and students are already discussing next year’s trip to Europe.