Part-Time Programme > Painting From The Old Masters
FALL REGISTRATION OPENS ON 27 JUNE
Painting From The Old Masters:
with THOMAS LANGEVELD
SPRING TRIMESTER DATES: 11 April - 25 June (first day of class 16 April)
CLASS SCHEDULE: Saturdays, 10:30 - 15:00 (11 classes total)
INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Langeveld
LANGUAGE: Primarily English; 1-on-1 critique in Dutch or English
LIMIT: 10 students maximum
Registration for the Spring Trimester is now closed. Applications for fall are accepted from 27 June.
Top row: Examples of paintings by Zorn typical of the work students will copy from; Bottom row: students in previous trimesters of this course
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 Swedish painter Anders Zorn will be studied during the Spring & Fall 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.
Anders Zorn was a Swedish artist who was known for his sculptures, paintings, and etchings. He travelled often and became internationally renowned for his portraiture; among his most famous clients were three American presidents and the Swedish King and Queen.
While his early work was often done in watercolors, later in his career he firmly switched to oils. His excellent draftsmanship and distinct bold brush strokes are apparent in an extensive number of paintings during his lifetime.
He is well-known for his typical palette, now referred to as the Zorn Palette, which only uses 4 different pigments (though he did use some additional pigments when needed.) Although this limited palette gave his paintings a sober and unified look, he was capable of demonstrating a tremendous range of color with these few colors, across a variety of different genres.
Students in this class will closely approximate Zorn’s palette and copy after one of his paintings (or a close up of a painting.) Paintings have been kept to their original size as much as possible, (some irregular sizes may be rounded off.) In addition to their master copy, students will complete a small graphite sketch, a series of tonal value studies in oils, and a Zorn color chart.
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 who are in this course for the first time are given a selection of Zorn's paintings to choose from by the instructor.
>> Continuing Students: Students who enroll during both the Spring & Fall trimesters can select their own painting after Zorn to study from during the fall term.
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 course.
To download the Materials List as a PDF document, please click the button above.
Buying supplies at DARA?
Items on the list marked * are available to buy at the atelier.
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 happy to help.OIL COLORS:
All oil colors should be Artist/Professional quality. We strongly discourage using “student-grade” paint.
The following pigments are required for all paintings:
- Lead White OR Lithopone White + Titanium White (Beginners should not use Lead White. *Lithopone white is sold at the studio.)
- Yellow Ochre Pale
- Cadmium Red Medium
- Ivory Black
Some paintings require additional pigments:
- Viridian - In the Skerries, Frileuse
- Cobalt Blue - In the Skerries, Midnatt, In the Woods, Frileuse
- Cadmium Yellow - Midnatt, In the Woods
- Chromium Oxide Green - Midnatt, In the Woods
- 2 fine- or medium-weave canvas, size 30x40 cm
- 1 fine-weave canvas, size depends on your chosen painting ( *loose sheets of oil-prepared fine Belgian linen are sold at the studio.)
- Linseed oil
- Gamsol (You must consult with the studio first if you are using a solvent other than Gamsol. All odorous solvents are strictly prohibited inside the atelier.)
- Large wooden palette
- Palette knife
- Medium cups
- Clean, empty jar for rinsing brushes
- Paper towels or rags
- OPTIONAL: Rubber gloves (strongly advised if you are using lead white)
Please bring 1 large housepainting brush to the first class. The other brushes are not required on the first day, and students may wait to prefer to buy brushes after consulting with Thomas during the first lesson.
The size and brushwork of your chosen painting should be taken into account when deciding on the sizes of your brushes.
- 1 large flat housepainting brush
- A variety of bristle brushes in small to large sizes: filberts (“cat-tongue”), flats, and rounds
- A variety of sable-hair or synthetic brushes in small to large sizes: filberts (“cat-tongue”), flats, and rounds
LOCAL ART SUPPLY STORES:
Availability may vary between stores:
- The fee for this course is €475.*
* 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).
After being accepted into the course, a deposit must be paid within 14 days in order to reserve a space in the class.
The deposit can be paid through one of the following two options:
- Paying one half of the tuition fee. The second half is due by 14 March (4 weeks before the start of the trimester.)
- Signing up for our online monthly installment plan, which charges one-third of the tuition fee at checkout. (This offer ends after 14 March.)
DEADLINES & OVERDUE PAYMENTS
- Deposit Deadline
- 14 March 2022:
- Overdue Payments
If the course is full:
If the overdue payment is not settled within 5 business days, registration is cancelled and the space is offered to someone on the waiting list. The student is refunded.
If the course is not full:
If the overdue payment is not settled within 5 business days, a €10 late fee is added each week that the payment is overdue.
ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS
DARA accepts payment through the following methods: cash, credit or debit card, Paypal, iDEAL, and bank transfer. All fees are payable in EUR.
Cash: Cash payments must be paid at a scheduled appointment in person. Please do not mail cash.
Card Payments/Online Payments: Click here to pay with a credit or debit card, Paypal, or iDEAL.
*** We process online payments through Paypal, and an additional 3,5% processing fee is applied.
Bank Transfer: Our bank details:
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
MONTHLY INSTALLMENT PLAN
Prefer to pay in monthly installments? We offer a 90-day installment plan that automatically bills one-third of the course tuition every month (3 installments total.) The first installment is charged at checkout.
Payments are accepted through credit card, debit card, and Paypal, and a 3,5% processing fee is added. Click here to sign up.
The final day to sign up for the installment plan is 14 March.
- Missing an installment
- Before the trimester starts: any outstanding balance must be settled through another payment method by 14 March. If 14 March has already passed, then this amount must be settled within 5 business days.
- During the trimester: any outstanding balance must be settled through within 5 business days.
If overdue payments are not settled within these deadlines, the student's registration will be cancelled.
- STUDENT DISCOUNT
Are you under the age of 21 OR are you enrolled in an accredited university programme during the Spring 2022 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.
Please note that the student discount is for part-time study courses, and does currently not apply for workshops.
If we anticipate that the trimester will need to be cancelled due to the coronavirus, we will notify students immediately. Students can opt to:
- transfer their enrollment to a different course (where spaces are available), or;
- receive a full refund*
If a student cannot come to class because of the coronavirus, any lesson material that was missed will be sent by email. Refunds are only given in exceptional circumstances (for example, if a student is hospitalized due to the coronavirus.)
If an instructor is infected or exposed to the coronavirus, make-up lessons will be scheduled at time convenient for the majority of students. Partial refunds are given if students cannot attend the make-up lessons.
* Refunds are processed within 7 days. Please note that DARA is only responsible for refunding tuition costs. The studio is not responsible for other associated expenses such as travel fare or purchase of class materials.
If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend at least 80% of the trimester, please do not enroll.
A few absences are not generally an issue (but please be in attendance for the first lesson of the term, especially if you are a new student.)
However, students who are frequently absent will miss valuable demonstrations, lectures, critiques, or other class discussions that will make it difficult to follow the curriculum, or fully benefit from the course.
- If you know you will be absent from class:
Absences are not refunded. Missed classes are not made up with an instructor in private lessons at a later time. However, students may come to the atelier during DARA's open studio hours to catch up on missed class work (uninstructed.)CANCELLATIONS
To cancel your registration, please send a written notice to email@example.com
It is not possible to cancel for the current trimester and keep a place reserved in a future trimester instead. Registration is only open for one trimester at a time.
- Full Refund
* Note: If the trimester has already started, then the student is still required to pay the total cost of services rendered (calculated by the number of lessons the student attended.) The remaining balance is refunded.
- More than 60 days before the trimester:
- More than 30 days before the trimester:
- Fewer than 30 days before the trimester / After the trimester starts:
- Q: Is this course suitable for beginners?
A: Beginners are welcome to enroll, but it's recommended that you select a painting to copy that is appropriate to your skill level. The instructor has sorted the selection of paintings you can choose to copy from into levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Q: Do students work from photographs?
A: Students work from high-resolution print reproductions of paintings. Working from photographs is not taught in any course at DARA.
Q: Can I keep my print at the end of the course?
A: Yes, the print is included.
Q: I want to copy a painting that is not included in the instructor's selection. Can I choose my own?
A: This course focuses on a specific painter for two trimesters at a time. Any students who enroll in the course for both trimesters can choose to copy a different painting (or crop of a painting) from the featured painter during the second term.
Q: What's the point of copying?
A: We learn best through imitation. Copying hones our skills of observation and enables us to study ideas about composition, brush-handling, tonality, color, and form filtered through the eyes and craftsmanship of masters. The result is a profound development of painting skills in our own personal work.
Q: Can I use water-mixable oils?
A: The instructor does not use this type of paint himself, but students who prefer to use water-mixable oils may do so. It's not necessary to bring solvents if working with this type of paint, but students should still plan to bring linseed oil.
Q: Why does the materials list say that I should not bring Student paints?
A: Student quality paints perform very differently from professional quality oil colors. Student paints cost less because the volume of pigment is diluted with paint-extenders and fillers, which weaken the strength of the color and are not good for the painting's longevity. To learn a craft properly, we feel that it's important to use the correct tools.
Q: I want to take this class, but I will probably have to miss some lessons. Can I still register?
A: Please make sure you can attend at least 80% of the lessons before you sign up.
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