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Painting in Belgium (and a bit of Holland)


You will be enchanted by the Capital of the Flemish painters, Bruges or the Venice of the North and Belgium's specialties like chocolate, lace making, beer, diamants and waffles.

Day 1: Arrival



We will pick you up at the train station in Bruges and we will drive you to our hotel.

Take your time to settle in, have a drink by the pool, relax before our welcome reception and orientation meeting, followed by your first Belgian dinner.


Days 2, 3 and 4: Bruges, the Venice of the North




© Toerisme Brugge

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.


© Toerisme Bruges



© Toerisme Bruges

© Toerisme Bruges

Watercolor journal workshop
Bruges, Belgium

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.




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 in Holland.




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 trip, visit our blog.

Accommodation

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.



Watch our video about the accommodation






Dates & Rates 2017



Sept 6-13, 2017:
Teacher: Evelyn Dunphy

Watercolor Painting Workshop
Only 2 spots left

US $3,190 (double room)
+ US$550 single room


© Renee Gage




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.



Includes
  • Brussels airport pick-up and drop-off
  • A welcome reception
  • 7 nights at our hotel
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 dinners including drinks
  • All art classes
  • A personal bilingual guide throughout the week
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour

Excludes
  • Flights to/from Belgium (Brussels)
  • Lunches and two dinners
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses and tipping




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