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    Unhappy Art schools in the Netherlands

    Hi,

    I'm 18 years old and in my last year of high school now, and I'm not sure where to go..
    I have visit a few art schools here (Rietveld,KABK,WDKA), but I was very disappointed
    with them because they only teach abstract. I want to learn classical techniques, anatomy,
    colours etc.. (I'm a big fan of Rembrandt ) So far I found 2 academies that teach them:
    the 'Klassieke academie' (Groningen) and the 'Wackers academie' (Amsterdam). I already
    signed in for the Klassieke academie but the entrance examination is very hard (only 20
    students will be admitted).
    Is there anyone who can tell me the difference between both academies?
    And are there any other options to learn classical art?
    (besides moving to Italy or something )
    Thanks.
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    hi Eev,

    I sort of had that problem too. But there is just little choice in NL. I am more aiming at illustration to do the more story telling and realistic images, but it all depends on what you want to do. I think if you want to stay in NL you would probably have to learn alot of things yourself outside of the normal academys or try to incorperate what you want to learn into the assignement you get from school, but that can get pretty hard sometimes i guess.
    So no real advice from me. sorry.
    Im actually thinking of going to america to study something like concept art but thats still more than a year away.
    and also. be prepared to get a hard time getting in. i dont know that many people that got in right after highschool. and i already have been in the admission runs of a couple of schools.

    i really hope you find what your looking for and good luck.
    and dont be sad if the first year doesnt work out right away. its not a sprint.
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    I've been looking for years too, and as far as I found, these are the only Dutch schools that (try to) teach painting:

    Wackers Academie in Amsterdam
    Klassieke Academie in Groningen

    They both seem pretty mediocre and too expensive to me, so I'll just have to teach myself, or go to an atelier abroad someday.
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    Thanks for your replies.
    I know that the most people who study at the klassieke academie are older than me and are more experienced.
    So I don't think I'll get through this year, but it's always good to know what I can work on.

    @Coen
    There are some great academies in Florence, but they're 10 times more expensive than here .
    Why do you think the klassieke academie is mediocre?
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    Don't just look at the tuition: see if it's worth the long-term value of the education. In this respect, a program at an art school you can afford may give you less than, say, a basic figure drawing course around the corner. Look into the future: what do you want to be in 7 years? Work your way back and try to make it into the present...
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    dhchamp, if you are interested in concept art, do take a look at our website. ar We are located in Toronto, we are affordable and we offer high quality instruction and a well thought out curriculum.
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    Don't they teach concept art at Utrecht?
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    I think you mean Game Art?

    http://www.hku.nl/web/Studiekeuze/Ga...ie/GameArt.htm

    I dont know the course from experience, since it is just starting

    I'm graduating from Design for Virtual Theatre and Games at the moment on the HKU. And although that had some conceptart aspects in it, the course right now is changed. When I started we where focussing alot on using theatre rules for storytelling, alot of the theory I learned from that is something I can easily adapt to concept art. Right now they seem to focus alot more on adapting modern technology to theatre.

    I think there is one major thing to keep in mind when you are searching for an academy in the Netherlands. They dont focus. Instead of focussed learning like an atelier you pick up alot of different things, wich isnt a bad thing perse. But you have to realize that you will have to work on your own, and do your own studies in an atelier fashion to reach a proffesional level technically.

    For myself, although I'm not an awesome technical artist, and I cant compete with most of the junior artists in the industry on a technical level yet. I can however easily compete when it comes to developping character, storytelling and worldbuilding etc. I wouldnt have been able to do that without my education in theatre storytelling.

    So just for a closing statement I guess. You need to learn two things. You need to learn how to concept and how to tell your stories. And you need to learn how to paint and draw to transfer those ideas to your audience. There is not one school or course, private or funded, that will teach you both at the same time. So no matter what you choose, you need to work on the other thing in your free time.
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    There are three big universities I know that teach (game)art.

    Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht
    HKU (Hoge School voor Kunsten Utrecht)
    NHTV (international school, located in Breda)

    I hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eev View Post
    Hi,

    I'm 18 years old and in my last year of high school now, and I'm not sure where to go..
    I have visit a few art schools here (Rietveld,KABK,WDKA), but I was very disappointed
    with them because they only teach abstract. I want to learn classical techniques, anatomy,
    colours etc.. (I'm a big fan of Rembrandt ) So far I found 2 academies that teach them:
    the 'Klassieke academie' (Groningen) and the 'Wackers academie' (Amsterdam). I already
    signed in for the Klassieke academie but the entrance examination is very hard (only 20
    students will be admitted).
    Is there anyone who can tell me the difference between both academies?
    And are there any other options to learn classical art?
    (besides moving to Italy or something )
    Thanks.

    Hello ! I am glad that you have cleared up my mind for Rietveld Academie, I was thinking to attend there, though i haven't visited the school, since I live in Tokyo.

    Jan Van Eyck is a very good school. (quite internationally renown). will try to apply for their school. ^--^
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    Eev, I've been to the Wackers Academie a couple of times but I've never visited the Klassieke Academie so I'm not sure about that one. It's just that it doesn't convince me as a quality school by looking at their website.

    Although I can't afford it right now, I've been looking at these ateliers lately:

    Studio Escalier
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    I think I'm gonna apply to WDKA in 2011. Is it really hard to get in? How much are the tuition/ fees? I just can't find that anywhere. Maybe a dutch-speaking person could help me?

    I tried HKU illustration last year but I didn't get in. I'll probably try again this year, but I'm definitely more interested in WDKA.

    Any other information is useful too. Any tips for the portfolio etc?
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    Lumisade, Im currently attending the first year of illustration at the WDKA.
    It's really not that hard to get in.
    To get in, you'll need a somewhat big (around 25 pieces) portfolio with lots of variety on both subject matter and applied techniques. Variety is key here. And just throw in something strange.
    I can't exactly say how well they teach the traditional (classical, if you will) foundations of art yet. So far it's rather mediocre, which I think is a shame.
    If annyone has questions about the school ill do my best to answer them.
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