Follow-up year

drawing & painting course for intermediate to advanced

The follow-up year is intended as a follow-up to the foundation year. In this follow-up year, the course emphasises the various techniques and approaches used when creating visual art. There are lectures from different tutors, each with his/her own particular module of approximately six lessons during which they will issue specific assignments.

The accent is on further exploring the experience acquired during the foundation year. By allowing you to work longer on an assignment, you will have more time to explore and develop the various techniques. You will be experimenting with drawing and painting-materials and expand your technical capabilities.

Examples from contemporary art and art history supply a frame of reference from which to glean new ideas and to give new insight into your own work.

During the individual guidance from your teacher and end-of-session discussions, you get constructive feedback from your instructor as well as from your fellow students.

It is normal to take this course as a follow-up to the Foundation course, but with basic experience you could also enter the follow-up year straight away.

The follow-up year starts twice each year; early February and mid-September.

Each half year you follow 3 modules.
After you have done the first half year, you can continue at the same time in a second half year to take the other 3 modules  of the follow-up year.

Courses are initially only offered on the website as a complete curriculum. You can then register for the complete lesson program of 18 to 19 lessons per February or mid-September. This gives you priority on the available spots and guarantees that you have a spot for all lessons. If you miss a lesson once, there will be no refund.

From two weeks before the start of the course it is possible to book the available spots as separate lessons. You can then buy a Prepaid package to book 10 lessons of your choice. You can also occasionally book a single lesson.

Planning September 2020- Januari 2021

Follow up year 19.30-22.00

  • Number of weeks: 18
  • Data: from 15/09/2020 to 26/01/2021
  • Planning:
    • module The secret to a painting (Paul)
    • module A photograph is not a painting (Paul/ Cathelijn)
    • module A world of lines  (Cathelijn)

At the bottom of this page is an overview with data. Here you can find more specific information about the schedule by clicking the ‘Info’ button and signing up with the ‘Book/ Reserveer’ button.

During the lessons the creative aspects that are covered include:

How to create space
In a two-dimensional work of art you investigate the various ways in which you can visualise space. You experiment with different techniques (photography, collage, drawing, painting, single or mixed-techniques) to interpret the concept of space on a two-dimensional surface. The starting point is architecture where the experience of space is the central issue. In the last two weeks of this section, you build a 3D scale model and then make an interpretation of this on a two-dimensional surface. We dealing with light and shade, depth, overlap, line and colour perspectives, distortion and reflection.

A world of lines
In this block you go on a voyage of discovery, from drawing the real world to the world of the imaginary. Metamorphoses, movement and change are the key-words. Starting with drawing from observation (model, still-life, photography) you gradually develop an exciting, associative, investigative interplay of thought and lines, in which visual reality is surprisingly different. In drawings using line and structure, you create textured renditions of various materials from which to build up a new image. Starting with what you actually see, you blaze new trails to a world you could never have imagined possible.

A photograph is not a painting
How do artists use photographs as a starting point for their paintings, and why do they do that?  What is the difference between the photograph and the final painting?
In this section, you investigate various ways to interpret and convert photographs into acrylic paint. The photographs used can be existing ones, manipulated ones or ones you have taken yourself. You learn to mix colours and to build up a painting in various layers (of colour) so that a new, personal image, relating to the photograph emerges.
You also investigate how the paint surface and the specific application of paint (through experimenting with thick and thin layers, splodges, structures etc.) influences the final image.

The secret to a painting
A painting is like a peep-show box. Through layer upon layer of thought upon thought, you arrive at a final image. You get a grip of the laws of painting and learn how to build up a picture by using background painting, light and shade, shape and residual shape. Which elements remain visible in the final image? The secret of the painting reveals itself not just on the surface but more deeply in your consciousness than you think.
In the module ‘Oil painting’ you familiarise yourself with the major techniques of painting with oil paint.(you can also choose to work with acrylic paint). Contrary to common belief, oil paint is very easy in its use and a flexible material. It allows easy rectifications which is often not possible with acrylic paint. The aim is to try to learn to paint through observation with oil on canvas. It is an exercise in describing the physical world around you in terms of planes and shapes on your canvas: the painting.

An experiment with lines and shapes
In this block embark on a voyage of discovery starting from drawing from reality to experimentation with colour. Proceeding from drawing from observation (live model, still-life, photograph) you begin your investigation in which you draw and experiment with the fluid technique of watercolour. (You may also choose to work with acrylic). Light and shade, depth, proportions, overlap, line and colour perspective, deformation and reflection all come up for discussion.

how to develop an idea
What can form the starting point for making visual art? An assignment, a study of form or an experiment might give you the impulse to know what you want to aim for. In this block you get acquainted with how to develop your ideas in order to make visual art.
Through experiment and study, collecting and sketching you become aware where your interests lie and how to further develop your ideas. You get insights into the concepts behind works of art of other artists, as a result of which the personal approach to your own work becomes more profound. For example, how did Yves Klein arrive at the choice of working solely with ultramarine pigment?
During the lessons you work with a source book, in which you gather your choices and set them down. This could be visual material but also a text, a piece of music or an artistic event. You can make use of this source book further on in the course and beyond, whilst also making your own work.

Explanation overview below

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  • the Classes button shows the overview of this week’s lessons for this course (not all courses).
  • The Courses button shows the start dates of the different classes. You can then click on Info per course to find the planning of that course.

Per overview you have an info and a reservation button. If you click on the Info button, you will receive extensive information about that specific course (including planning / teachers / model bookings, etc.).

If you click on the green button, you can register for the course, or register for certain lessons of the course if you have a Pre-paid card.

Mandatory reservation

Because of the Corona safety measures, Ateliers Westerdok is now set out with with fixed workplaces and walking routes to guarantee the 1.5m distance rule.

In the studio on the quayside, 14 workplaces have been prepared, with  11 in the studio on the sidestreet, so that we can   use the studio within the maximum number of participants (30 people, including models and teachers / leaders). Each workplace, marked with a cross on the floor, has its own easel, table and chair.

Everyone must register per lesson in advance via our booking system. For more information about our measures regarding Corona, click here

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