Clayton J Beck III
40 Heads – A Head Painting Boot Camp
Audience: All levels are welcome.
No longer available for registration. If you are interested in this course for 2019, please send us an email.

If you are serious about learning to paint the human head, you need intensive practice. This course is primarily designed as a drilling workshop where all artists, beginner to advanced, are immersed completely in practicing all aspects of painting portraiture. Each week, you are immersed in a different objective, while learning a different technique. This course will tremendously change your portraiture practice. You may use oils or pastels.

Sargent-Studies in Values Conservation of values is an essential part of Alla Prima painting.  It is the foundation of the works of Velásquez, Hals, Sorolla and Zorn as well as Sargent. This is the most important of the workshops as this help with all others in the execution of an effective and satisfying work from life.

Mancini – Studies in Edges  Edges, as experienced visually, are the truly personal communication from artist to viewer.  The works of Rembrandt, Titian, Boldini and Fortuny as well as Mancini are supreme examples of this fact.  This is your opportunity for a personal and unique form of expression.

Fechin – Essentials and Absolutes / Zorn – The Shadows  Discipline and elegance are the essential drives of Nicolia Fechin's work.  These masterpieces of control are excellent study for us to examine our mental approach to our work.  Anders Zorn was a fearless painter of seemingly infinite variety of invention.  Most of us tend to paint subjects in a repetitive manner without realizing.  This course will have us examine our habits as far as approach and lighting.
Facial Expressions – Understanding and Control  There is no such thing as a neutral expression on a human face.  Every time we paint another person we need to have control over some of the aspects of facial expression or we are doomed to rely on or hope for a "good" expression.  The majority of the people viewing your work are not painters.  They will connect with the facial expression in the same way that they would when greeting another person.  We are all experts at recognizing facial expressions, we are not expert at creating them.

INSTRUCTION: Demos and on the easel critiques.
CLASS HOURS: 9am to 4pm with lunch at 12 noon. Classes are 6 hours a day, five days a week, Monday to Friday.
INFORMATION: You may take the course for a minimum of two weeks for €1500. However, we encourage everyone to take the complete course due to its dense and diverse content.

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By filling out the following application, you agree to our studio rules. Students are admitted into the program automatically upon complete payment until the maximum number is reached. Payment by Paypal, using credit card is our regular method of payment.  If you prefer to make payment via bank transfer, please email for instructions on how to proceed.

 Tuition is  non-refundable.  Should the Flemish Classical Atelier cancel the course for any reason,  all fees are refunded.

You may make your own living arrangements. There are landlords who will give our students special prices for long term stay. You can share this housing with 2 other students. There are 2 bedrooms and 3 bedroom housing. There are also all classes of hotels and hostels.  An official accommodation list is provided by the City of Brugge. Past students have found great accommodation by going through AirBnB or In addition to the official list from the  City of Brugge – Click here for a student recommended hostels. As usual, you are encouraged to check for yourself by going to trip advisor.

An official accommodation list from City of Brugge.

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