workshops > rembrandt's self portraits w/ thomas langeveld
with THOMAS LANGEVELD
DATES: 7 - 11 September 2020
HOURS: 9:30 - 16:30 (30 instructed hours total)
INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Langeveld
LANGUAGE: Nederlands / English
LIMIT: 10 artists maximum
TUITION: €550 - this includes some materials, complimentary lunch and refreshments
Examples of previous students' master copies after Rembrandt, as well as master copies by instructor Thomas Langeveld.
- The Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden, 1606) is renowned for his use of chiaroscuro, or the dramatic contrast between light and dark. This technique came to be known as tenebrism, and was employed to create a dramatic "spotlight" effect that was especially popular during the Baroque period. In this 5-day workshop led by core DARA instructor Thomas Langeveld, students will work from a high quality reproduction of one of Rembrandt’s self-portraits that clearly depict the tenebrist technique.
Throughout his lifetime, Rembrandt produced around a hundred self-portraits (of which 40 were paintings), and he often had his own students copy them for training purposes. Copying from a master's work allows for rapid improvements in the student's ability to understand composition, technique, and brush handling, as well as offers insight into how the original artist might have approached and worked from their subjects.
Over the course of 30 hours of instruction, Thomas will guide his students through the step-by-step process of completing a master copy after Rembrandt, working as closely as possible according to the painting approach that Rembrandt would have used. From a stylistic standpoint, Rembrandt progressed from working in a more "refined" and smooth manner in his early career, to a more painterly approach in his later career that employed the use of bolder brushstrokes and thick impastos to create sculptural effects, while still keeping his paintings soft. Students can choose to work from a self-portrait from either his younger or later years. (The size of the canvas will depend on the chosen painting.)
Thomas will provide in-depth demonstrations, critique, and one-on-one instruction to his students, guiding students of all levels through every step of the traditional indirect painting process. The workshop begins with a discussion on Rembrandt's techniques, after which students will be guided through completing a monochrome underpainting using warm earth tones. During the second and third day, the underpainting will be refined, with thick impastos worked into the lights and the first applications of color added into the background. Students will then spend the final two days applying the flesh tones in thin glazes, and bringing the rendering of the painting to a high quality finish.
- INCLUDED MATERIALS: DARA will supply each student with the following materials at no additional cost:
- primed and prepared linen canvas (the size of the canvas will depend on the student’s choice of painting);
- lithopone white oil pigment;
- powdered calcium carbonate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For certain pigments, the instructor’s advised brand has been specified, as colors may differ widely between different oil paint brands.
The instructor’s preferred brands are Rublev, Michael Harding, Old Holland, and the locally produced Haarlemmer Olieverf, (whose line is typically the most economical.)
- Titanium White or Lead White
- Ultramarine Blue
- Yellow Ochre Deep
- Permanent Alizarin Crimson
- Cadmium Red
- Naples Yellow (by Rembrandt or Michael Harding)
- Raw Sienna (by Old Holland or Haarlemmer Olieverf)
- Burnt Sienna (by Old Holland or Haarlemmer Olieverf)
- Raw Umber (by Old Holland or Haarlemmer Olieverf)
- Burnt Umber
- Van Dyke Brown (by Rembrandt)
- Ivory Black
GENERAL PAINTING SUPPLIES:
- Cold-pressed linseed oil
- Stand Oil
- Liquin Original by Windsor & Newton, OR Oleogel by Rublev (only one is needed, not both)
- Odorless Mineral Spirits, for brush cleaning (Note: Only aroma-free solvents, like Gamsol, are permitted for use in the studio. Please do not bring turpentine or other strong-smelling solvents.)
- Kneaded eraser
- Palette knife
- Medium cups
- Clean, empty jar for rinsing brushes
- Paper towels or rags
- A roll of masking tape
- OPTIONAL: Rubber gloves (strongly advised if using lead white)
Thomas recommends students have decent sized brushes for painting big areas, as well as smaller ones for finer details. Students are welcome to bring old, worn out brushes too, which are great for textural effects.
- A range of bristle brushes, both filberts (“cat-tongues”) and flats, in small to large sizes
- A range of sable-hair or synthetic brushes, filberts (“cat-tongues”), in small to large sizes
- 1 large bristle brush, flat
- 1 sable-hair or synthetic fan brush, medium size
WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES:
The materials on this list can be purchased at the following art stores in Haarlem and surrounding cities:
- primed and prepared linen canvas (the size of the canvas will depend on the student’s choice of painting);
- PAYMENT POLICY
The fee for this course is €550*, inclusive of some materials 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 10 August, 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.
- 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 at the end 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 email@example.com. 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.