Plastic & Perspective

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Vredeman de Vries, Allegory of the church

The suggestion of space on a flat surface is an art in itself. There are in fact three ways of doing this: suggesting bulges through light and shadow; suggesting depth through atmospheric phenomena and all kinds of tricks; suggesting depth by geometrical means as parallel lines leading to a vanishing point on the horizon. Then there are the various applications with and without people in landscapes, in interiors, in cities, but also in still lifes.
Attached to each component is a practical assignment intended to imprint the subject matter well. The executed assignment gives access to the next lesson.
In addition, an exercise program is offered, in which we work with different materials (dry and water based) and the corresponding techniques: charcoal, pen and ink, and chalk, then gouache, in the third block of pastel chalk and in the fourth watercolor. We end with mixed techniques.

Program overview

The course “Plasticity and perspective” is divided into 5 modules of 6 weeks each (or another  period in consultation)
During 5 weeks a weekly lesson with theory, an assignment and practical exercises will be sent. In the sixth week a reflection takes place in the form of a videoconference.
These are two programs in one: a theory program with practical assignments and a practical program about drawing techniques with exercises.
The assignments of the first program are discussed weekly.
The exercises if desired, but at the latest during the reflection in the sixth week of each module.

Theory program
Every week a different aspect is dealt with, in which at the same time an assignment is given. After receiving the comment on the submitted assignment, the next lesson can be opened.

Practical exercises
The practical exercises focus on materials and techniques.
In this course various aspects of drawing techniques are discussed.

Module I:
Theory: Plasticity
Practical exercises: Composing spatially in various drawing techniques.

1;         Light and shadow
2:         Drawing.
3:         Incidence of light
4:         Light Type
5:         Shade

Module II:
Theory: Optical perspective
Practical exercises: grisailles

6:         Shortened.
7:         Stacked perspective
8:         Coulisse Perspective
9:         The light-dark perspective
10:       The color perspective

Module III:
Theory: The functioning of the eye
Practical exercises: Techniques in pastel

11:       The contrast perspective
12:       Atmospheric perspective
13:       The field of view
14:       The position
15:       The vanishing point

Module IV:
Theory: The geometric perspective
Practical exercises: Transparent techniques (watercolor)

16:       Variations in vanishing point
17:       Distances horizontally
18:       Vertical distances
18:       Angular perspective
20:       Over angular distances

Module V:
Theory: Applications
Practical exercises: mixed techniques (transparent/opaque)

21:       Perspective of the circle
22:       Wheels and arches
23:       Vaulting
24:       Reflections
25:       Floor Plans

Exercise program
This program is complemented by a practical drawing and painting course, related to different materials, in which the submitted assignments are discussed on a weekly basis, but also with practical exercises, which can be sent to you at your own discretion and which are further discussed during the reflections after each module of 5 weeks.

Free working periods
The study program is interrupted four times a year with a fourteen-day free work period, which coincides with the school vacations. In the summer there is a prolonged break, in which a fourteen-day international practice with a conference is also planned.

The assignments for the theory program are always sent within 4 days and are then commented weekly.
This is recommended for assignments in the training program, but margins can be maintained (e.g. to be able to use the time of the free work periods).
The practice assignments are the most important topic during the reflections at the end of each module.