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DATES: 7 to 11 August 2023 | 5 days, 30 instructed hours total
TIMES: 9:30 to 16:30 (lunch from 12:30 to 13:30)
INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Langeveld
LANGUAGE: English for group discussions, Nederlands or English for individual critique
LIMIT: 12 students maximum
COST: € 650
INCLUDED WITH COST: Daily lunch & refreshments, high-quality print reproductions, easels
NOT INCLUDED: Painting materials (see below), accommodation, travel fare
RECOMMENDED LEVEL: It's preferred that students have some prior experience with oils, but all levels are welcome
This workshop is full. All incoming applications are now placed on a waiting list.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Course DescriptionThe Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn is renowned for his use of chiaroscuro, or the dramatic contrast between light and dark. This technique was employed to create a powerful "spotlight" effect that was especially popular during the Baroque period.
In this 5-day workshop led by core DARA instructor Thomas Langeveld, students choose to work from one high-quality reproduction of a figure or portrait painting by Rembrandt, and will study the master's methods by closely reproducing their chosen painting.
Rembrandt is widely admired for his lively and theatrical paintings, brought to life through a complex interplay of thick, sculpted impastos and transparent, mysterious shadows. More than just copying a Rembrandt painting, the thoughtfulness and virtuosity evident in Rembrandt's work are qualities that Thomas will encourage his students to experience in this workshop.
Through step-by-step demonstrations and individual instruction, Thomas will guide students towards a deeper understanding of the traditional Dutch approach to oil painting, which will help strengthen the student's personal painting practice.
Course MaterialsThe following materials are required for participation in this course.
Items on the list marked * are available to buy at the atelier.OIL COLORS
Paints should be ''Artist / Professional'' quality. No ''Student'' quality paints please. For certain colors, the instructor advises a specific brand or pigment code.
- Titanium White (Lead White is also acceptable for experienced painters)
- * Lithopone White (by Haarlemmer Olieverf)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Yellow Ochre Pale (pigment PY42)
- Alizarin Crimson Permanent
- Cadmium Red (pigment PR108)
- Nickel Yellow (pigment PY53)
- Raw Sienna (pigment PBr7)
- Burnt Sienna (pigment PBr7)
- Raw Umber (pigment PBr7)
- Burnt Umber (pigment PBr7)
- Van Dyke Brown (by Haarlemmer Olieverf)
- Ivory Black
- Optional: Red Ochre
- Optional: Transparent Red Oxide
- Optional: Transparent Yellow/Gold Oxide
- * Linseed Oil
- Stand Oil
- Liquin Original by Winsor & Newton
- * Gamsol
- 1 fine- or medium-weave canvas, cotton or linen. (The size depends on your chosen painting.)
- Large wooden palette
- Palette knife
- Metal palette cups
- 1 clean empty glass jar for brush cleaning
- Paper towels
- 1 roll painters tape
- Tracing paper (same size as your canvas)
- A range of bristle brushes in small to large sizes (all shapes - rounds, flats, filberts)
- A range of filbert brushes in small to large sizes, sable hair or synthetic
- 1 large flat bristle brush
- 1 medium fan brush, sable hair or synthetic
- 1 small pointed round brush, sable hair or synthetic
I recommend students to bring both large brushes for big background areas, and small brushes for finer details. Keep in mind the size of your chosen painting when selecting brush sizes. Feel welcome to bring old, worn-out brushes too - these can be great for textural effects.
Workshop ScheduleSTUDIO HOURS
- 9:00 | Studio doors open
- 9:30 to 12:30 | Morning lessons
- 12:30 to 13:30 | Lunch break
- 13:30 to 16:30 | Afternoon lessons
- 17:00 | Studio closed
- Mornings | Demo / Practice: Thomas will often start the morning lessons with a group discussion and demonstration, covering different aspects of Rembrandt's approach - from the grisaille underpainting, to color mixing, to glazing, and more. For the rest of the morning lessons, students work on the completion of their master copies after their selected Rembrandt painting.
- Afternoons | Practice: Students work on their master copy paintings with one-on-one guidance and critique from Thomas. Paintings are executed using a traditional Dutch approach closely approximating Rembrandt's methods, starting with a grisaille underpainting and adding color in subsequent glazes.
Financial AidYou may be eligible for funding for this workshop from Werktuig PPO (permanente professionele ontwikkeling, or “continuous professional development”) if the following applies to you:
- You are employed by a Dutch company or organization in the creative or cultural sector.
- You are a self-employed freelancer in the Netherlands in the creative or cultural sector.
How can I check if I am eligible?
Businesses within the creative or cultural sectors are categorized by SBI code.
The list of eligible SBI codes can be found here.
How does this funding scheme work?
Werktuig PPO finances one-third of the total cost of the course, with the remaining amount to be contributed by you or your employer.
Are you interested in enrolling in multiple courses at DARA? Werktuig PPO offers a maximum contribution of € 2000 in funds per 12 months.
How can I apply?
Apply online at: https://werktuigppo.nl/
Applications must be submitted by students. DARA is not affiliated with Werktuig PPO and cannot apply on a student’s behalf. Questions regarding this funding scheme may be emailed to email@example.com
Can students at DARA apply for the STAP budget?
Not at this time.
Are there any other discounts or scholarships available for workshops at DARA?
Not at this time.