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
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.
Lace making demonstration in Bruges
Watercolor Painting by Sonja Hamilton, SWA
Day 5: Mills and canals in Damme
Damme is one of the most charming villages in Belgium. Located
in the Flanders, between the beaches and Bruges, this village
will enchante 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
Day 6: Dune Beaches by the North Sea
Complete different scenery today: the coast by the North Sea.
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.
We will have dinner by the beach to see the sunset.
Day 7: A small town in Holland
Today, let's cross the border to the extreme south-west of
Netherlands, close to the Belgian border, to discover a unique
piece of Netherlands: 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. You will of course be able to taste the famous Gouda
cheese that comes in different flavors and colors.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, we will drive you to the Brussels airport.
Watch our video about painting in Belgium
For more pictures and stories about the painting
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.
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 Evelynís 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 on 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's in the workshop
to Ireland, 2013.