I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching a drawing and painting workshop in Amsterdam 2017. It is many years since I have been to Amsterdam myself but I am so looking forward to going back to walk by the canal and visit the wonderful galleries there and to teach in the most incredible studio I think I have ever laid eyes on!

The work of Rembrandt van Rijn brings me to tears. To stand before one of his paintings is an experience I wish to repeat as often as I can in my lifetime. His use of dark and light and the surface of the paint that is built up in many layers – tone, color and texture, but so much more than that. I loves his unflinching self-portraits in particular – a man full of passion and curiosity – all the joys and struggles of life etched on his face. He was not interested in perfection or vanity but in representing the spirit of humanity.

During this week, we will be inspired by Rembrandt by working on self-portraits as well as from reference imagery and from a live model. Creating portraits in drawing and painting mediums that explore great contrasts of dark and light, atmosphere, expression and surface. We will also be thinking about portraying emotion and the human spirit in our work to create atmospheric and expressive representations of ourselves and others. Acrylic paints will be mixed with mediums to give the feel and surface of oil paints.

This trip is being put together by Bellissima Art Escapes and I am also working with Kathie for my teaching trips to Portland and Seattle next April 2017. (Both of these trips are now sold out)

Kathie has put together an amazing schedule for us where we will be able to immerse ourselves in the culture and art of the city as well as indulge ourselves in food and shopping too. I am most looking forward to our visit to Rembrandt’s home – just to see his studio where he worked will be an incredible experience. You can find a full description of the trip and a detailed itinerary here. 

I know this is going to be a dream come true for me and I really hope you will consider joining me!