Painting Tours: Belgium – Bruges (and a bit of Holland)
Painting Tours: Belgium – Bruges (and a bit of Holland)
We will pick you up at the Brussel airport and we will drive you to our hotel near Bruges.
You will have time to settle in, have a drink by the pool and relax before our welcome reception and orientation meeting, followed by your first Belgian dinner.
This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium’s crown jewels and is largely considered one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. In no other European city are the look and feel of medieval times so present as here in this city close to the North Sea.
The historic downtown of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. In 2002, Bruges was designated the ‘cultural capital of Europe’.
We will get a guided tour from the quaint Beguinage quarters to the impressive Grand Place so that you can decide what to paint.
Lace is one of the specialties in Bruges. We will attend a lace making demonstration by Anya who learned how to make lace at the age of 6.
You will also have some free time to explore more of Bruges.
There is so much to do! Visit one of the various art museums displaying the famous Flemish paintings, the first 13th century hospital, the Church of Our Lady with the sculpture “Madonna and Child,” the only one of Michelangelo’s sculptures to have left Italy within his lifetime.
We will also take a boat ride on the peaceful canals with delightful views of medieval Flemish mansions.
Damme is one of the most charming villages in Belgium. Located in the Flanders, between the beaches and Bruges, this village will enchant you with its mills, canals, barges, Gothic church and plaza. The vignettes to paint are endless.
Instead of painting, you can rent a bike at the hotel for a very easy and beautiful bike ride (or walk) along romantic canals with its barges, between quaint towns, outdoor cafés and wind mills. In less than 45 min, you will be in Holland.
We will spend the morning at our cozy hotel to paint in the garden.
In the afternoon, we will drive to the coast by the North Sea for a complete different scenery. You can paint (or shop) all along the sandy beaches or by the boardwalk that is alive with outdoor cafes, shops, bikers, rollerbladers and strange vehicles known as cuistax.
After our plein-air painting session, we will have dinner by the beach to watch the sunset.
Today, let’s cross the border to the extreme south-west of Netherlands, close to the Belgian border, to discover a unique piece of Holland: Sluis.
Sluis is known as a friendly and attractive town. You will see reminders of the past, such the town walls andt he town gates everywhere. Located along the canals, the town offers many scenic views for you to paint: boats, mills, flower pots, bikes, etc..A very lively town with many restaurants and shops.
Painting in Holland of course means painting windmills, bikes, canals or flowers. But your Dutch painting experience wouldn’t be complete without tasting the famous Gouda cheese that comes in different flavors and colors.
After breakfast, we will drive you to the Brussels airport by noon.
Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction.
“Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life.”
The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development.
In this workshop you will learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, use your brush most effectively, and begin to “name the thing you are attempting to do. Naming it makes it possible to do it.”
Evelyn is a sought-after teacher with waiting lists for her studio classes and workshops.
“Evelyn is the most informative, creative, sharing workshop leader one could ever find”
– Student’s comment from her workshop at Frederic Church’s camp in Millinocket Lake in Maine
“Our time together painting in Ireland has influenced how I paint in a rather profound way. I knew it then, after the Retreat, but you never know how it will hold up. I can now confidently say, 3 months later, it has a lasting impact. You are an extraordinary teacher in the ways you are able to divine where each student is in their process, and adapt what you know to share productively and successfully with them. I am a drawing teacher; I know a good teacher when I meet one, and you are one. Thank you!”
– Susan McChesney, Ashville, NC., Partcipant in the workshop to Ireland, 2013
The hotel in Flanders is only 7 miles from Bruges. This charming hotel has a beautiful sun room where we will take our breakfasts and a big living room with a grand piano. It has 11 rooms, each with flat screen TV, mini-bar and full bathroom. You will be able to relax either in the open air swimming pool or in the hot tub.
US $3,190 (double room)
+ US $550 (single room)
$400 discount for non-painters
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