I've just had the pleasure of taking 30 of my BA interior design students on an intensive study trip to Amsterdam. A very early flight out meant that by the time we arrived at our accommodation everyone was slightly flagging - so the decision was made to spend the afternoon at the recently reopened, Rikjsmuseum, which was quite close to where we were staying. Students duly dispatched into the museum…strict instructions to see Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' and the Van Gogh's, gave me some serious sketching time in the concourse area! What a stunning space, beautiful reworked.
view of Rijksmuseum concourse
2 sketches; one more considered and carefully drawn with attention to architectural detail, and one completed fairly quickly with non waterproof ink and lots of paint flowing - quickly because the museum closed at 6pm on a Monday. Time flies when I'm sketching...and by then I was being rather hassled to leave the building by museum staff!
what to do next…students on study trips (well my students!) seem to
gravitate to Irish pubs, so that's where we went next! It took over an
hour for the paint to dry on the quick sketch but by then we were tucked up in a cosy Irish pub on the Leidesplein planning the itinerary for the rest of our trip.
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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