Inspired by: Rembrandt – line and light / Friday, Monday and Tuesday / 13 – 17 December / 09:30-16:00 / 3 sessions

Inspired by: Rembrandt – line and light
Dates: Friday 13 December, Monday 16 December and Tuesday 17 December
Time: 09.30-16:00
Venue:  The Fine Art Room – Northfields (see below for venue info) + Dulwich Picture Gallery + National Gallery
No of sessions: 3
No. of students:
10
Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella
Image: Rembrandt – Self portrait in a cap and scarf with the face dark (1633) Etching – 13.3 × 10.4 cm


THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED – get in touch using the form below and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll email you if any spaces become available. Please note it is first come, first served for any available spaces.

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Course fees:
Standard fee:  £175

 Instalment payments are available – please get in touch to discuss this further. See our terms and conditions before booking or get in touch with any questions you may have.


Coinciding with the major exhibition, Rembrandt’s Light at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, take inspiration from the Dutch Master’s use of tone, light and shade and explore these approaches in your own work in a 3 day workshop (1 research day and 2 full days in the studio).

Discover how Rembrandt worked with tone and used a variety of mark-making techniques in his drawings and etchings and how this in turn inspired his paintings where light and shade work together to create fantastic results…

This new 3 day workshop will introduce you to Rembrandt, his artistic practice and his working techniques as we examine his self-portraits, portraits, figure studies and landscapes. 

Rembrandt van Rijn – Philemon and Baucis (1658). Oil on panel transferred to panel

Our course begins with a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Rembrandt’s Light exhibition which brings together some of the artist’s key works 350 years after his death.  It’s an opportunity to discover how Rembrandt staged his subjects and how he created drama, mood and meaning through lighting. There will also be time to enjoy the Gallery’s permanant collection.

>> Click here for more info on the Rembrandt’s light exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

After lunch there will be the opportunity to go to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to view more of Rembrandt paintings as well as other paintings by artists who influenced the Dutch artist.

Our first studio day will be devoted to drawing and exploring how Rembrandt used line and other mark-making in his drawings and etchings as we explore a number of techniques he applied in his work. We will also look at contemporary artwork to consider other ways in which tone can play a key part in the piece. Responding to our gallery day research as well as still life arrangements,  we will explore how we can work with tone in a variety of drawing media including graphite, charcoal and ink.

Our second studio day will be devoted to painting as we look at Rembrandt’s work and take inspiration from his colour palette and use of tone. Working with a live model in the morning, we will continue to build on our tonal exercises from the previous day and apply them to subjects and themes Rembrandt responded to.

Image:  Rembrandt – A Woman Bathing in a Stream (Hendrickje Stoffels?) (1654). Oil on oak. 61.8 x 47 cm

Course level: intermediate / advanced – some drawing and painting experience essential. Get in touch if you’re not sure of your level / suitability.

VenueThe Fine Art Room – Northfields + Dulwich Picture Gallery + National Gallery

Your studio sessions take place at Northfields Community Centre.
Northfields Community Centre is located at 71A Northcroft Rd, London, W13 9SS.

The centre is approximately 5 minutes walk from Northfields Tube station (Piccadilly Line). Local bus routes: E2 or E3.  There are a few parking spaces available at the centre but these cannot be reserved / guaranteed.  Parking restrictions are in place close to the Centre but free parking is available in streets a short distance away. See map

Our research day on Friday 13 December begins at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. We will meet at the venue. You will then have the option to visit the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square in the afternoon. Our studio days run from 9.30-16:00 on both Monday and Tuesday with tea breaks and lunch included.

Course materials:  basic materials provided. An additional materials list will be sent to you upon booking.

Your course tutor: Mario Lautier Vella is a qualified teacher and professional artist.  The founder and director of The Fine Art Room, Mario has enjoyed teaching for a nearly a decade, working with adults at a number of venues and events including City Lit, The Affordable Art Fair and Watford Museum.  His work can be found in collections across the UK, Malta, the Netherlands, North America, Canada and Australia.

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