Experience the highlights of over 400 years of Dutch art first hand. This course covers many of the country’s most renowned museums, artists and cities, and the interactive activities for a large part take place in front of the original art works. Upon completion of this course you will be able to recognise certain painters, art movements and hidden meanings without even looking at the name tag underneath the painting.
Take up residence in the beautiful city of Utrecht for four weeks and experience the highlights of over 400 years of Dutch art first hand. This course covers many of the country’s most renowned museums, artists and cities, and the interactive activities for a large part take place in front of the original art works.
The first half of the course focuses on Dutch Art of the Golden Age, the time of legendary painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Until recently, most art from this period was seen as technically good but just too realistic, where was the artists’ imagination? Today, the perspective has changed and the value of Golden Age artworks has soared. When you want to discover what is so special about Dutch Golden Age art, you will embark on a fascinating journey where nothing is what it seems.
The second half of the course focuses on European and Dutch modern art, from Van Gogh to Picasso to Mondrian, it will explore Modern Dutch Art in a European Art context. In the 19th and 20th century there was no longer a fixed ideal of excellence for artists to strive towards. It is the period of the –isms, such as Impressionism, Cubism and Expressionism. But despite the obvious differences between the movements, each of them strove for the same thing: to create an art more truthful than ever before. Throughout this course, you will be encouraged to discover the various strategies artists used to attain this ideal of truthfulness, from architects and graphic designers to painters and sculptors, and how Dutch artists made their unique contribution to European Art in this period. Ultimately, you will both have acquired knowledge and understanding of Dutch modern art and have a better understanding of European modern art in general.
After covering over 400 years of Dutch art you will be able to recognise certain painters, art movements and hidden meanings without even looking at the name tag underneath the painting.
The course combines many elements, from workshops to excursions, and no day is the same. Typically, the morning part of the programme takes place in a classroom, which could be a lecture, or a seminar. You may also find yourself in a panel discussion, defending a particular approach to art or painting your own masterpiece in a workshop exploring Modern or Golden Age artistic techniques. The afternoon (and sometimes the entire day) is devoted to museum visits. Variation is ensured by going into the museum in small groups, bigger groups or on your own, sometimes with an assignment other times by spontaneous discussion. During these excursions, we devote time to both the factual and technical aspects of the painting, as well as the more personal and subjective ones, so that by the end, you will have explored the paintings in many dynamic ways. Hidden meanings, unexpected techniques, your peers’ opinions or your own may surprise you and change and broaden your perception of the artworks again and again.
Utrecht Summer School
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