Part-Time Programme > Portrait Drawing
with MISCHA TRANQUILLI
WINTER 2022 TRIMESTER DATES: 10 January-26 March (first day of class 11 January)
CLASS SCHEDULE: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 19:00 - 22:00 (22 classes total)
INSTRUCTOR: Mischa Tranquilli
LIMIT: 9 students maximum
TUITION: €540 (inclusive of model costs)
This course is now full for the winter trimester. New applications will be placed on a waiting list.
Top row: examples by the instructor of two-hour portrait sketches; bottom row: examples of students at work during 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 >>
- Learning to work competently from a life model is integral to the development of every figurative artist. In this course, students study the fundamentals of drawing the portrait from life using graphite, chalk, and pastel on toned paper. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on creating convincing and lifelike portraits from direct observation.
Each week, students explore a constructive drawing approach that breaks down the basic artistic anatomy of the head. The first three weeks of the trimester are centered heavily around the study of anatomy and construction, while the remainder of the trimester is focused around practical training from models.
In-depth demonstrations and examples are provided throughout the trimester, including a 3-hour demo which shows the instructor's entire portrait drawing approach from start to finish. Weekly sketchbook assignments are also given to be completed from home.
>>First Trimester Students: Students in the first trimester of the class repeatedly practice sketching the head from various angles in order to become proficient with a constructive drawing approach. The work completed during this term is less geared towards achieving "finished" portraits, and focuses primarily on understanding the head's morphology and structure. First-term students spend no more than three hours sketching a specific pose.
>>Continuing Students: Once a basic understanding of the head's construction has been achieved, continuing students are given a greater amount of time to draw each pose. This time is spent learning to carry the portrait sketch beyond its initial construction to a fully rendered drawing. Students who have demonstrated a high level of ability with graphite move on to working in charcoal.
All work in this class is taught using comparative measurements.
- 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.REQUIRED MATERIALS:
- A3 size sketch paper pad of light-brown or light-grey toned paper (Instructor notes: My current preferred brands are AMI Malzeit KKB Studienblock or Strathmore Toned sketch paper. For best results, the paper weight should be 110gsm or more.)
- Transparent acetate sheet (montagefolie) size A4 (minimum 1 sheet required, but it's recommended to bring several. Available in Haarlem at office supply store Muijs.)
- Faber-Castell graphite pencils, at least one of each: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B
- 1 Derwent drawing color pencil, Chinese white (see here)
- 1 Conté À Paris sketching crayon stick, white
- Grey kneaded eraser
- Utility/crafting knife (see here for example)
- Sandpaper block (see here for example)
- Knitting needle
- Masking tape
These additional supplies are not required for class, but students may find them useful to bring:
- Pencil storage case/toolbox
- Portfolio case
- Pencil extender
- Mahl stick
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 available to purchase directly at DARA:
- Faber-Castell pencils: €1,75 per pencil
- Koh-i-Noor grey kneaded eraser: €1,75
- Sandpaper blocks: €3 per block
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 €540. 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 13 December 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 13 December 2021.
>> After 13 December: 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 within 5 days of 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 13 December, 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 3,5% processing fee.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 13 December 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 13 December 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 Winter 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.
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.