From Print to Paint: Histories and Methods of Artistic Production

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Course Level
Advanced Bachelor
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This course is offered in an online setting.

How do artists make their art? Does painting in oil result in different working procedures and visual effects compared to other media? Which material and technical properties determine the creative possibilities of prints, sculptures, and the applied arts? What can art historians learn from re-making art, re-working historical recipes, or reproducing material objects? This course will immerse you in discussions related to artistic production and (re-)making, materials and materiality, and techniques and technology.

This course integrates research methods typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with practical work in your home lab. You will be introduced to issues in artistic production through online lectures and readings. You can go through this part of the course at your own pace during the first week. The second week of the course consists of hands-on experimentation with several materials and techniques. Towards the end of each day during week two, there will be a virtual discussion session with all students to reflect upon the practical work of that day, and students are expected to complete the experiments prior to the discussion.

Students will be able to explore the practical components by taking the creative solution of setting up a home lab—namely a table, a simple stove or hot plate, a sink and running water. You will receive a kit with essential materials and tools prior to the beginning of the course, and you can keep the starter kit for your future explorations. Natural materials and non-toxic substitutes of certain substances will be used so that you can safely conduct the experiments at home.

The course consists of a week’s workload, but is stretched out to two weeks to accommodate those who will be partaking the course remotely while working. You will have four weeks (5 to 30 July 2021) to access the course materials through an online platform and write the paper if you want to earn credits. Upon completion, you will have deepened your knowledge in the histories and theories of artistic production.

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Course director
Jessie Wei-Hsuan Chen, MA

Target audience

Students who wish to take this course should have some academic training, as there will be substantial readings. This course is also suitable for MA and PhD students who wish to apply performative methods as a methodology and learn practical skills, as no previous experience in artistic production and making is required. However, course credits can only be issued at a bachelor's level.

Aim of the course

This course introduces participants to several historical materials and techniques in the visual and decorative arts before the nineteenth century by engaging with performative methods.

Study load

Earning course credits is optional. To get credits, students must complete the following assignments in addition to the online participation in the course.

  • Students will take field notes during experiments;
  • Students will conduct research and write an essay of 3,000 words. Instructions and expectations of the essay will be communicated closer to the first day of the course, and students can discuss their ideas for the essay with the course director through video calls or email exchanges;
  • All assignments should be submitted before 30 July 2021.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Extra information about the fee

The course fee includes the materials and tools in the starter kit, the cost of shipping the kit, access to readings and videos, and tutoring sessions with the course instructor(s).


Extra application information
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As space is limited, interested participants are advised to apply as soon as possible.
  • Please include a brief motivation to introduce who you are and why you want to take this course. This is to help the instructors learn the level of participant experience to better demonstrate the experiments.
  • Students should check if they are able to receive international packages before applying to the course. While we aim to send the kits as early as possible before the beginning of the course, students outside the Netherlands may receive the parcel after the starting date, as it may take several weeks for the kit to arrive depending on where you locate.
  • Please get in contact with the course director if interested in participating, but cannot commit before the application deadline. 

More information

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Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 June 2021