Part-Time Programme > Painting From The Old Masters
Painting From The Old Masters:
with THOMAS LANGEVELD
FALL 2021 TRIMESTER DATES: 27 September - 11 December
CLASS SCHEDULE: Saturdays, 10:30 - 15:00 (11 classes total)
INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Langeveld
LANGUAGE: Nederlands / English
LIMIT: 10 students maximum
This class is full for the Fall 2021 Trimester. New applications will be placed on a waiting list.
Top row: Examples of paintings by Vermeer typical of the work students will copy from; bottom row: students in previous terms of this class
For more student work and images from class, please visit our Gallery Page >>
For more student work and images from class, please visit our Gallery Page >>
- The Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer will be the artist of focus for the Fall 2021 & Winter 2022 trimesters. (The selected painter for this class changes every two trimesters.)
Reproducing a master's work is a fundamental facet of the academic study of painting. Copying after masters not only offers insight into how these artists might have approached and worked from their subjects, but it is essential in advancing the student's ability to learn ideas about composition, paint application, color mixing, and brush handling.
In this course, students will explore master works across a variety of different artistic periods, genres, and painting methods. Each trimester, students are given a selection of paintings from the chosen artist to work from, and will complete their master copies from a high quality print reproduction.
Fall 2021 / Winter 2022 Trimesters:
Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque painter who is primarily known for his genre paintings, portraits, and interior scenes of middle class life. Although he was moderately successful in his career, he died relatively young and in debt, and his work was mostly forgotten until its rediscovery in the 19th century. Today, he is remembered as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
Vermeer was a fairly slow painter and produced less than 50 paintings during his life (to date, 34 have been attributed to him.) In his work, you can often see the same rooms and furniture being used. His typical approach began with a monochromatic underpainting in earth tones, over which he would later work in full color, an approach used by many of his contemporaries. Even though he was not wealthy, he did use a variety of expensive pigments, such as genuine lapis lazuli.
Students in this class will closely approximate Vermeer's palette and copy after one of his paintings (or a close up of a painting.) Everyone begins with drawing a sight-size sketch in graphite to establish the correct proportions before transferring their drawings to a toned canvas. Students will then complete a grisaille (a preliminary underpainting using only grayscale values, as Vermeer might have approached his work) before applying the correct colors on top.
Throughout the trimester, Thomas will demonstrate each step of the painting process, and lead discussions with his students about paint handling, color theory, and correct material use. The option to do extra homework assignments will also be given.
>>First Trimester Students: Students are given a selection of Vermeer's paintings to choose from, ranging between different genres: portraits, interiors, cityscape, and still life.
>>Continuing Students: Students returning in Winter 2022 can select their own painting after Vermeer to study from. These studies can be larger and more challenging in scope.
All work in this class is completed from print reproductions of master works using the sight-size method.
- The following materials are required for participation in this class.
>>We do have some materials available for purchase directly at the studio. Please see below.
Also included below is 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.
All oil colors should be Artist/Professional quality. We strongly discourage the use of inferior “Student-grade” paint. For more affordable options, the instructor recommends Winsor & Newton and the locally produced Haarlemmer Olieverf. Other recommended brands are Old Holland, Michael Harding, and Rublev.PRINCIPAL PALETTE:
The following pigments are required for all paintings:
- Lead White OR Lithopone White + Titanium White (Lead White is not recommended for beginners to use.)
- Yellow Ochre Pale
- Cadmium Red Light
- Alizarin Crimson Permanent
- Green Earth
- Ultramarine Blue
- Raw Umber (Old Holland or Haarlemmer Olieverf brands only please)
- Ivory Black
Some paintings require additional pigments:
- Indigo - Girl With a Pearl Earring
- Naples Yellow Deep from Winsor & Newton - The Milkmaid, The Astronomer, Girl With a Red Hat, Girl With a Pearl Earring
- Red Ochre from Old Holland - The Milkmaid, View of Delft
- Indian Yellow - The Milkmaid, Girl With a Pearl Earring
- Viridian - Woman Reading a Letter, The Art of Painting
- Cold-pressed linseed oil
- Stand Oil
- Liquin Original by Winsor & Newton
- Odorless Mineral Spirits (Please Note: Only aroma-free solvents such as Gamsol are permitted for use in the studio. Please do not bring genuine turpentine or any other strong-smelling solvents.)
DRAWING SUPPLIES:PAINTING SUPPLIES:
- Wooden palette
- Palette knife
- Medium cups
- Clean, empty jar for rinsing brushes
- Paper towels or rags
- Primed canvas, linen or cotton, fine or extra fine weave. (Or panel when indicated.) If the canvas is universal-prepared, it is recommended to apply an extra layer of gesso. (The size of the canvas/panel will vary depending on the student's chosen painting.)
- A few loose/unstretched sheets of canvas are needed for additional studies. (The sizes needed will vary depending on your painting. On the first day of class, the instructor will advise students what to bring for the next weeks.)
- OPTIONAL: Rubber gloves (strongly advised if you are using lead white)
Brushes are not required for the first day. The instructor will discuss in-depth during the first class about what type of brushes are ideal to bring, so students may therefore prefer to purchase brushes after the first lesson.
Generally, since Vermeer's paintings are very often quite small and detailed, you will need mostly small to medium brushes, although this will vary depending on your chosen painting.
- A range of bristle brushes: filbert (“cat-tongue”), flat, and round, in small to larger sizes
- A range of soft sable-hair or synthetic brushes: filbert (“cat-tongue”), flat and round, in small to larger sizes
- At least one small pointed brush for fine lines.
- 1 large house-painting brush
- 1 soft sable-hair or synthetic fan brush, medium size
CAN I BUY SUPPLIES AT DARA?
Our studio space is too limited to have a full supply store, but we do keep some small items listed above available to purchase directly at DARA:
- Fabriano Accademia paper: €0,40 per A4 sheet / €0,50 per A3 sheet
- Faber-Castell pencils: €1,75 per pencil
- Koh-i-Noor grey kneaded eraser: €1,75
- Sandpaper blocks (handmade): €4 per block
- Haarlemmer Olieverf Lithopone White: €7,50 per 40ml tube
- 90ml glass airtight jars, which can be filled with the student's preferred painting medium: €3,75 per jar, €1,25 for refills
- Loose/unstretched sheets of oil-prepared Belgian linen: €12,50 per 50x50cm sheet, €22,50 per 1m2 sheet
WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES:
Most materials on this list can be purchased at the following art stores in Haarlem and surrounding cities:
- PAYMENT POLICY | ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS | ONLINE PAYMENTS
MONTHLY INSTALLMENT PLAN | STUDENT DISCOUNT | CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
The fee for this course is €450. Once a student has been accepted into the course, he or she is allotted two weeks to pay a course deposit in order to reserve a space in the class.
The deposit can be paid through one of the following two options:
- By making a payment of one half of the tuition fee through one of our accepted payment methods outlined below. The second half of course tuition is due to be paid by 30 August 2021 (4 weeks before the start of the trimester.)
- By signing up for our online monthly installment plan, which charges one-third of the tuition fee at checkout. This offer ends on 30 August 2021.
>> After 30 August: New students may still be admitted into the course if there is room available, but please note that the course tuition must be paid in full upon acceptance.
>> Overdue Payments: If a course deposit has not been paid within two weeks of the student's acceptance into the class, his or her registration is automatically cancelled.
After 30 August, students will be notified by email if the outstanding balance of course tuition has not been paid on time. Overdue payments that have not been settled within 2 days of this notification will result in the student relinquishing his or her space in the class to someone on the waiting list. The course deposit is not refunded.
Students who have not paid the full cost of course tuition, nor signed up for the monthly installment plan, prior to the first day of the class 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 bank 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 under "ONLINE PAYMENTS."
***All online payments are processed through Paypal and include a 3,5% processing fee.
Bank 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 secure link below to pay with a credit card, debit card, or Paypal account.
***All online payments are processed through Paypal and include a 3,MONTHLY INSTALLMENT PLAN
Do you prefer to pay in monthly installments? DARA offers an online installment plan that automatically bills students every 30 days for the equivalent of one-third of the course tuition, over a total of three monthly payments. Students can sign up for the plan using the secure link below, which charges the first installment at checkout. Payments are accepted through credit card, debit card, and Paypal.
>>Please note: The installment plan requires the use of a valid Paypal account in order to sign up, and applies a 3,5% processing fee. The final day to sign up for the installment plan is 30 August 2021.
>>In the event that DARA is notified that a scheduled installment was not paid due to a lack of sufficient funds in the student's account:
- Prior to the start of the trimester: the student is required to pay the full remainder of course fees through another accepted payment method by 30 August 2021.
- At any time during the trimester: the student is required to pay the full remainder of course fees through another accepted payment method within 7 days.
If the student does not settle overdue payments by the studio's deadline, he or she will be dismissed from the course for the rest of the trimester and will not be refunded.
Are you under the age of 21 OR are you enrolled in an accredited university programme during the Fall 2021 Trimester? If so, you qualify for a 10% student discount off the cost of any part-time course at DARA.
To claim the discount, please email a copy of a valid photo ID which includes your date of birth, or your current student card to firstname.lastname@example.org before the start of the trimester.
For students who prefer to pay online, a link will be sent via email to pay at the discounted rate.
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
Cancellations may be made by email notification to email@example.com
Students who cancel their registration within 14 days of paying the course deposit 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:
- If the cancellation is made more than 60 days in advance of the start of the course: the student is entitled to a 75% refund of the total course tuition.
- If the cancellation is made more than 30 days in advance of the start of the course (but fewer than 60 days): the student is entitled to a 50% refund of the total course tuition.
- If the cancellation is made fewer than 30 days in advance of the start of the course: all fees become non-refundable.
In the event that a student withdraws his or her enrollment 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.
>>It is not possible to cancel for the current trimester and keep a place reserved in a future trimester instead. Please sign up again during the next intake period.
- ADMISSIONS | WORKING IN THE STUDIO | STUDENT ABSENCES
Please review all our Studio Policies 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. (*For applicants under age 18, the studio must have express permission from his or her parent or legal guardian in order to enroll.)
Students may apply by completing an online registration form. The registration period for new students begins 3 months prior to the start of the trimester, and ends 2 days before the first scheduled class. First priority for enrollment is given to continuing students, and applicants on the waiting list from the previous trimester.
After submitting a registration form, the student will be sent an email within 2 days as to the status of his or her acceptance in the course. DARA reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any applicants deemed by the studio administration to be out of line with our stated mission and policies, insufficiently able to meet the expected requirements of the class, and/or disruptive to the studio and its attendees.
Registration is considered 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 (between 8 – 10 students maximum per instructor) in order to ensure that each student receives a high level of individual attention and one-on-one instruction.
Once a class 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 prior to the start of the trimester, 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 part-time course offered at DARA. Students should maintain a professional working environment at all times by respecting themselves, fellow students, models, and instructors.
Students are expected to arrive to class on time and with the appropriate required materials in order to participate. Work spaces should be kept tidy, and cleaned up after use.
All students are obliged to follow safety guidelines given by the studio, especially regarding the use of toxic materials inside the studio premises.
During the trimester, each student is provided with storage space to store his or her art supplies, artwork, and personal belongings. All storage spaces must be emptied by the last day of the trimester. 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.STUDENT ABSENCES
>>If you know ahead of time that you will not be able to maintain at least an 80% attendance rate during the trimester, it is not advisable to enroll.
We understand that some absences are unavoidable, and a few absences over the course of the term are not generally an issue (but please be in attendance for the first lesson of the term if you are a new student.)
However, students who are frequently absent will miss valuable demonstrations, critiques, and in-class discussions that will make it difficult or impossible to progress with the rest of their peers and fully benefit from the course.
If you know you will be absent from class, please notify the instructor at the earliest opportunity. Instructors will send any notes, homework exercises, or other missed class materials by email. Students may make use of the studio outside of class during DARA's open studio hours to catch up on missed class work (although please note that instructors are not giving critiques during this time.)
It is not possible to make up classes with an instructor outside of regularly scheduled class hours, and student absences are not refunded.STUDIO CANCELLATIONS
In the event that the course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified 30 days before the start of the trimester, 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 trimester, 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.