workshops > academic figure painting w/ brian smyth
- In this intensive 5-day workshop, artist and instructor Brian Smyth will teach the methods and practices used by classical fine arts academies in Florence for painting the figure from life. Students will learn a step-by-step process for the creation of realistic figure paintings, which can be used by painters of every level of ability. The emphasis of this class will be geared towards the creation of figure paintings that express the gesture, anatomy, and sense of form in the human figure.
The first day of the workshop will be spent learning how to conceptualize the figure, as a means of breaking down the very complex form of the human body in order to better understand and represent it. Students will complete a series of exercises that will expand their ability to accurately convey the proportions and gesture of the figure, and to begin to believably portray a true sense of three-dimensional form. Brian will also demonstrate and explain how to set up a limited color palette (based on the Zorn palette) to mix realistic flesh tones.
On the second day, students will begin with a study from a photo reference in order to put into practice some of the principles and techniques they will have learned. In the afternoon, students will then finish a three-hour study from the life model, applying all they have learnt so far. Finally, on the third day, students will begin a three-day figure painting from the life model, following a step-by-step approach to creating a highly finished and realistic figural painting under Brian's guidance.
- The following materials are required for participation in this workshop. Many of the materials listed are common supplies that artists are likely to own already. Included below is also a list of recommended local art shops where supplies can be purchased in Haarlem or in surrounding cities. To download the Materials List as a PDF document, please click the button above.
Do you have any questions about any of the items on this list? Please send us an email at email@example.com and we will be more than happy to help.OIL COLORS:
All oil colors should be Artist/Professional quality. We strongly discourage the use of inferior “Student-grade” paint.
- Titanium White
- Yellow Ochre Pale
- Cadmium Red Medium
- Ivory Black
- Burnt Umber
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cadmium Yellow
GENERAL PAINTING SUPPLIES:
- Linseed oil
- Odorless mineral spirits
- A stretched and primed canvas, either linen or cotton, size 50 x 70 cm. (fine or medium weave)
- Wooden palette
- Palette knife
- A pair of palette cups
- Kneaded eraser
- Paper towels
- Clean, empty jar to rinse brushes in
- A range of filbert ("cat-tongue") brushes in small to large sizes, both synthetics and bristle-hair brushes.
WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES:
The materials on this list can be purchased at the following art stores in Haarlem and surrounding cities:
- PAYMENT POLICY
The fee for this course is €695*, inclusive of all life model fees, as well as complimentary lunch and refreshments. Once the Dutch Atelier of Realist Art (DARA) has notified the student of his or her acceptance into the workshop via email, a deposit payment equivalent to one half of the course fee is due within two weeks in order to reserve the student's place. Spaces are not reserved until the deposit has been paid.
The remaining balance of workshop fees is due no later than 3 February, 2020. After this time, new students may still register for the course if there is room available, but are advised that the full course fee is due upon acceptance.
In the event that the necessary fees are not paid by the aforementioned deadlines, the student will be notified by email that he or she risks relinquishing their space in the class if the overdue fees are not paid within 7 days. Students who have not paid the full course fee prior to the first day of the workshop are not permitted to attend under any circumstances.
* The Dutch Atelier of Realist Art is a vocational school recognized by the Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs (CRKBO). Students enrolled in our courses are therefore exempt from paying additional VAT (BTW).
ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS
DARA accepts payment through the following methods: cash, credit or debit card, Paypal, and wire transfer. All fees are payable in EUR. A confirmation of receipt is sent within 48 hours of receiving a payment.
Cash: Cash payments must be paid at a scheduled appointment in person. Please do not mail cash.
Credit Card / Debit Card / Paypal: Students may pay online using the link below. All online payments are processed through Paypal. *** Please note that an additional 3,5% processing fee is applied.
Wire Transfer: Please advise us when the transfer of funds has been made and provide a transaction number so we may track the payment. Our bank details are as follows:
Bank Name: Rabobank Haarlem
Beneficiary: Dutch Atelier of Realist Art
IBAN: NL04 RABO 0327 7614 31
SWIFT (BIC): RABONL2U
Branch Number: 3244
Bank Address: Dreef 40, 2012 HS Haarlem
Students can use the link below to pay either the deposit or the full course fee online with a credit card, debit card, or Paypal account. All online payments are processed through Paypal.
*** Please note that an additional 3,5% processing fee is applied.
*This offer has expired.
- ADMISSIONS | WORKING IN THE STUDIO | STUDIO CANCELLATIONS | STUDENT CANCELLATIONS
All applicants are advised to review our Studio Policies in full before submitting a registration form.
Registration is open to students of any nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age*, medical status, marital or civil status, religion, creed, or political affiliation. (*Please note that applicants under age 18 must have their parent or legal guardian provide express written permission via email that states that the applicant may be enrolled.)
Students may apply by completing an online registration form (available by clicking the "Apply Now" button above.) After submitting a registration form, the student will be sent an email notification within 48 hours as to the status of his or her acceptance in the workshop. The Dutch Atelier of Realist Art (DARA) reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any new or returning students deemed by the studio administration to be out of line with the programme's stated mission and policies, and/or disruptive to the studio and its attendees.
Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is therefore advisable for students to sign up for courses early while spaces are available. Spaces are very limited in order to ensure that each student receives a high level of individual attention and one-on-one instruction. Once the workshop has been filled, any subsequent applicants will be placed on a waiting list. In the event that a student cancels his or her registration and/or fails to pay the requisite course fees, the next student on the waiting list will receive the space in the class instead.
WORKING IN THE STUDIO
All students agree to adhere to our Studio Policies as a condition of their continued enrollment in any workshop offered at DARA. Students are expected to maintain a professional working environment at all times by respecting themselves, fellow students, models, guests, and instructors.
Students are expected to arrive to class on time and with the appropriate required materials in order to participate in the workshop. During the course, each student is provided with storage space to store his or her art supplies, artwork, and personal belongings. Please note that all student belongings must be taken home by the last day of the workshop. DARA accepts no responsibility for the damage, loss, or theft of student property, except in cases solely attributable to the misconduct of a DARA staff member.STUDIO CANCELLATIONS
The minimum level of enrollment for this course to run is 4 students. In the event that this enrollment level is not attained, students will be notified 60 days in advance of the start of the course, and will be offered the option of either receiving a full refund* or transferring to a different course of their choosing (provided that space is available.) All refunds are processed within 7 days of studio cancellations.
During the workshop, if a single class session is cancelled for any reason, DARA will notify all students of the cancellation by phone and email. Every effort will be made to schedule a make-up class at a time convenient for the majority of students. Refunds for cancelled class sessions are awarded only in the event that no make-up class is scheduled. DARA reserves the right to substitute instructors and/or models during a class if no alternative is available.
*Please note that in the event of a studio cancellation, DARA is only responsible for refunding the cost of tuition, and not for any of the student's associated expenses, such as travel fare and/or purchase of class materials.STUDENT CANCELLATIONS
Cancellations may be made by email notification to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who cancel their workshop registration within 14 days of submitting a registration form are entitled to a full refund of fees. All refunds are processed within 7 days of the cancellation date. After the 14-day grace period has passed, the following student cancellation policy applies:
- The deposit payment becomes non-refundable.
- If the cancellation is made more than 60 days in advance of the start of the workshop, and the student has already paid the full course fee: the student is entitled to a 50% refund.
- If the cancellation is made more than 30 days in advance of the start of the workshop, and the student has already paid the full course fee: the student is entitled to a 25% refund.
- If the cancellation is made with fewer than 30 days in advance of the start of the workshop: no refunds will be awarded.
In the event that a student drops out of a workshop after the course has already begun, and the date of cancellation falls within the aforementioned 14-day grace period, the student is still required to pay the total cost of services rendered (calculated by the number of class dates the student was in attendance). The student will be refunded the remaining balance of fees.