Jesus, not only they don't teach classic art, they don't teach syntax and punctuation either!
I feel for you, good art schools are hard to come by, did you look for smaller ateliers? They won't give you the same diploma at the end but they will teach you the skills. You don't really need the diploma, do you?
For sure there are illustrators in Holland, try to find one you admire and find out where they studied and if they teach.
Hey oma I know the problem, since I live in the Netherlands as well. I did one 'basic year' on the HKU and figured out they don't teach what I want and need to know, so I didn't take the course. I've been looking really really hard for other things in this country, and I found that there are 2 academies teaching the fundamentals for 'realistic pictures' (ie. anatomy, color theory etc). One is in Groningen and the other one's in Amsterdam.
I know a bit about the Wackers Academie in Amsterdam since I've been there today (you should go there tomorrow (sunday) for their 'open dag'!). So far it seems to be great, but I'm still not sure, just gotta do some more research. I hope you read this on time so you could visit them and gain some info yourself. Anyway, some examples of what they teach are color theory, anatomy, model drawing, portrait drawing, model painting, portrait painting and some more stuff. Just check it out and see for yourself
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I know oma, the dutch art schools are quite horrible when it comes to basics like good sketching, lifedrawing, colours etc.. I went to the previous 'open dag' at the HKU, and I flipped though a book of lifedrawing stuff from a 2nd year illustration student.. My lifedrawing stuff was ten times better (and I'm definately not really good at lifedrawing or anything.
I've decided to go study Game Design and Development at the HKU, this is not so much based on drawing skills, more on the design and creative proces of making games, but I found it the best education that they had to offer by far , for me anyways.
If you really want those solid traditional skills you should definately look for smaller ateliers, or maybe that thing in Belgium, I don't really know about that.
You all surprise me. I love Rembrandt and as a young artist was very influenced by hours spent in the Rembrandt House looking at very small etchings and some marvelous drawings, one of a lion.I also love Vermeer. I'm saddened to read your comments. If you can afford $9500 a year tuition, and $700 a month for room and board, you might want to take a look at the Max the Mutt website, www.maxthemutt.com. I think we offer what you are looking for. If you decide you're interested and want more information, or to be put in touch with some of international students, just let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are located in Toronto.
I got so frustrated and disappointed with the dutch art academies (ESPECIALLY the HKU) that I decided to take a totally art-unrelated course at the university of Leiden and just keep on studying art on my own, taking lessons in my spare time from people who actually do know something about drawing and enjoy teaching people like me.
For now I'm pretty happy with that decision, for I truly think I'm making more progress on my own than I would've if I did go to one of "our" art academies, no kidding. :/ An acquitance of mine is in his second year of Game Design and Development, and quite frankly, he has ways to go on every aspect of drawing, especially anatomy and lifedrawing, seeing how he's still lodged as deeply inside this heavily (to me unattractive) anime style as he was two years ago. This is all fine and dandy, seeing how he has never studied basics like proportion and anatomy, but it shows. So bad. He's had two years of so-called professionals guiding him, but I have yet to spot improvement in his work.
In the future, I might consider going to Belgium too, but for now, I think I made the right decision for myself, seeing how gravely lacking the dutch art academies are when it comes to the fundamentals of drawing. It's sad, really, especially if we think of the great masters the Netherlands produced in a far past.
Well, I know the problem too, but the 'trick' with the HKU is that you have to search for the real art thing. On the 'open dag' I spoke with some students, and they made clear that the real lessons are starting after school: anatomy classes, animation lessons and coloring are mostly taught by other students, in their own spare time. So if you wanna study on a Dutch art school, it is recommended that you not only follow the regular lessons but also spend time with other students. In that case, the school isnt that bad: real art is inside people, not always in their education...
Hey I vaguely heard about some art academy in Groningen, which focuses on classical realism. I'm really not sure of the name of it, and I can't seem to find a decent website, but it could be this one: http://www.academieminerva.nl/. I'll try to find some more info about, any tips are more than welcome.
An acquitance of mine is in his second year of Game Design and Development, and quite frankly, he has ways to go on every aspect of drawing, especially anatomy and lifedrawing, seeing how he's still lodged as deeply inside this heavily (to me unattractive) anime style as he was two years ago. This is all fine and dandy, seeing how he has never studied basics like proportion and anatomy, but it shows. So bad. He's had two years of so-called professionals guiding him, but I have yet to spot improvement in his work.
I think the Game Design is not so focussed on drawing and sketching, they want to teach you a broad basis, and later you can specialize. I realize that when I go do this education I'll have to work for my own development, I won't be given much training in drawing and all that.
I'm still not feeling sure about this decision, but I don't know anything else that I want to do. Well ofcourse I'd LOVE to attend the CA Atelier, but first of all; I won't be accepted, and second: I don't have the money, and third: it's not a "real school" so I wouldn't get a student visum and I wouldn't be able to attend.
so well ehh I think it'll be game design after all.
now I'm going to ask a lot of advice..
Hey NoŽ why not take a look at the two schools I mentioned? That's what I'm doing now, just gathering info. I didn't even know of the existence of these schools for a long time, even tho I was searching for good schools. At this moment I'm considering to go the Wackers Academie..
I always thought there was a school like the ones Coen is mentioning near the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam (between Mr. Visserplein and the Hortus somewhere). I can't for the life of me remember their name but it might be worth trying to find out if this would be another option for you.
The name is really generic, but slightly different from the normal Art academies. It was supposed to teach more 'solid' / classical art techniques.
Tensai, you made me really curious, I gotta figure that out (it's another one than the Wackers Academie right?).
Oma, do you know alot about the Minerva school? I can't find any decent info about that one.. The klassieke academie seems pretty nice to but I wish they had some more info on their site too (tuition? financial aid? shit like that)
Is the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten the academy in Antwerpen you're talking about? Didn't know that one yet. So far the Wackers Academie is most interesting to me, just sucks it's not an official state thing education with the profits of that.
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