With paper and pencil in hand, the surroundings of the CREA building lend themselves ideally to recognising Amsterdam’s city centre. The boats on the Amstel, the Hortus Botanicus, the bridges with the bicycles, the skyline of the city with river and towers or modern buildings: you can draw it all. And to think that Rembrandt also walked around here with pen and paper in hand!
What will you be doing?
After an introduction and instruction on composition, perspective and materials on the basis of various examples of all kinds of city artists (in one of the rooms of the CREA building), you will look for a location that suits you not too far from the building. By phone, you will send your location to the teacher, who will come by on a bicycle to give you further guidance and advice. At lunch, we look at each other’s sketches and set-ups for the first time. Then you decide whether to continue or possibly choose a second location. Working out your sketches, for example inside with paint, is also an option. At the end of the day, we meet again and review and discuss the results. We work from our own observations, not from photos.
Bring a folder in which you can safely transport your work home. You choose your own materials, but pencil and especially felt-tip pens are good tools for making quick sketches which you can possibly work out in paint.