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The Painting Technique of the Dutch: Wilhelm Claesz. Heda

Oil painting is still an important technique in art production today. However, it is mostly used in a very abbreviated manner and the spectrum of its possibilities is not nearly exhausted. In the painting of the Dutch Baroque period, there are numerous artistic personalities who have had a significant influence on pure oil painting and who have made significant achievements in it. One of them is the still life painter Wilhelm Claesz Heda.

In this course, we will learn about the spectrum of his painting technique in connection with today’s painting materials – from the production of the painting ground to the various layers of the painting to the varnish.

This course is aimed specifically at art historians, artists, but also ambitious lovers of painting who are looking for a deeper understanding of the technique of painting.

For art historians, this offer is a valuable practical complement to their theoretical knowledge.

Painting grounds, paints, tools and brushes are provided. Apron, painting palette, drawing materials and tablet/laptop/smartphone are to be brought by each participant themselves

Your own preparatory work in the form of a graphite drawing of a simple still life in Din A4 is required. A leaflet on the preparation of the course will be provided at registration.


This course is for: Art Historians, Students, all interested persons

Contents: Practical examination of Claesz Heda’s painting technique

Structure: two-week summer/holiday course (Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Methods: craft-oriented process with occasional theoretical explanations


Instructors

Dipl. M.A. Simon Rosenthal

Simon Rosenthal is an artist, humanities and cultural scientist, art therapist and lecturer at the “Alanus University of Art and Society”. He has been presenting his works worldwide in numerous exhibitions since 2005. Focus and leading motivation of his work is the question of why something is art (and why not)- art in the context of society- and artistic fundamentals

 


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Dates: 11.-23.04.2022, limited to 9 participants

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Price: € 865,00


Processual Symbolism

Around the year 1806, Heinrich von Kleist wrote his essay “On the Gradual Production of Thought in Speech.” In it, he described a new type of speaker who stepped to the lectern without a clear idea or script for their speech and entered into an interactive relationship with their listeners in order to unleash social creative forces through the emerging dynamics of the moment. Here, thoughtful rhetoric is replaced by the unfolding of the power of personality, intuition, and social change through the collective.

As visual artists, we stand in the field of tension between various teachings and traditions of art, the world of politics, external symbols, the virtual world of images and information, and the work on our self-knowledge and individuation.
In this process, pictorial work can be helpful as a field of action and reflection of one’s own abilities and concerns, even – and especially if – one does not yet have a clear conception of it, but the urge to do exists. The canvas forms our audience, so to speak, with whom we enter into an open, playful dialogue in order to arrive at new impulses and images. We let everything we do on the canvas have an effect on us, meditate together, talk to each other about it, act and react sometimes intuitively, sometimes reflectively, create, overcome, reject and thus – little by little – develop a pictorial world – perhaps an individual, symbolist narrative. This can be abstract and representational at the same time.

This course is intended primarily for artists, art students, and ambitious enthusiasts of artistic work. For art therapists or art therapy students this offer is interesting among other things by the references to meditation and C.G. Jung’s concept of active imagination (and further development) of inner images.

All materials are to bring yourself. Painting should be on medium to large formats of canvas or other image carriers.


This course is for: Artists, students, educators, art therapists

Contents: Reflection and dialogue with the canvas

Structure: one-week summer/holiday course (Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, Sat 10am-6pm)

Imparted knowledge & Skills: Handling active imagination

Methods: Work on the canvas, Shared exchange and dialogue


Instructor

Dipl. M.A. Simon Rosenthal

Simon is an artist, humanities and cultural scientist, art therapist and lecturer at the “Alanus University of Art and Society”. He has been presenting his works worldwide in numerous exhibitions since 2005. Focus and leading motivation of his work is the question of why something is art (and why not)- art in the context of society- and artistic fundamentals


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Dates: from 18-23.10.2021, limited to 12 persons

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Price: tba


Nude Painting and the Capture of Space for Artists

The ship called spirit floats and sways on the ocean called body. (Paul Valéry) 

Following this thought, we set out to observe the body and record the observations in drawings. In the process, we exercise the eye, hand, and concentration, study external and internal forms as closely as possible, observe activity and passivity of the pictorial space, abstract and formalize as needed. Correction and conversation will take place 1:1 during the work. 

This offer is aimed at beginners as an opportunity for practice and further development, as well as an opportunity to work on the application portfolio for artistic studies. Advanced students can update and develop their skills with like-minded people and find artistic impulses and opportunities to connect in a stable group. 

We work in all conceivable drawing techniques. Material must be brought along, but can be stored on site (without insurance).


This course is for: Beginners and advanced artists

Contents: Recording observations in drawings. In the process, we train the eye, hand, and concentration, study exterior and interior forms as closely as possible, observe activity and passivity of the pictorial space, abstract and formalize as needed.

Structure: Weekly (2 hours per session incl. breaks), 22 hours (+3 hours debriefing) in total, Tues. 18:00-20:00

Imparted knowledge & Skills: Capturing space, transferring what is perceived onto an artistic projection surface.

Methods: Nude drawing, practical work with different drawing techniques


Instructor

Dipl. M.A. Simon Rosenthal

Simon is an artist, humanities and cultural scientist, art therapist and lecturer at the “Alanus University of Art and Society”. He has been presenting his works worldwide in numerous exhibitions since 2005. Focus and leading motivation of his work is the question of why something is art (and why not)- art in the context of society- and artistic fundamentals


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Dates:

August 6.-8. August 2021, and November 5.-7. 2021.

Fridays, 18:00- 20:00, Saturdays 09:00-19:00, Sundays 10:00-18:00

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Credit Points: The course is in the certification process with Ibugi. Credit points will be updated soon.

Price: € 350,00


The Self-Portrait as a Clay Sculpture

Self-portraits appear again and again in the works of important artistic personalities, from Raphael to Neo Rauch. Mostly they appear at certain points in their biography or in their oeuvre, in which it was a matter for them to become aware of themselves in the first place, to locate themselves fundamentally in their art, to represent themselves or to find themselves anew. Often, then, these self-portraits mark transitional phases. Plastic self-portraits of well-known artists, on the other hand, are rather rare, which has various reasons.

This course is for individuals who are in a biographical transition or who are looking for the experience of getting closer to themselves observing, feeling and forming. Young artists working on their application portfolio can also gain preliminary experience and work samples here.

The sculptural work expands the pictorial space by the third dimension, appeals to all our senses and sets a moment of reflection that can be experienced with eyes and hands. This technique is particularly suitable for participants who are attracted by this haptic experience. Grasping and grasping are close to each other here.

Counseling and individual discussions take place as needed and during the work. According to group constellation, group discussions are also possible, but not mandatory.

Clay and tools are provided. An apron Mirrors (at least 70×50 cm to hang on the wall or with tripod) are to be brought by the participants themselves and can be stored (without insurance).


This course is for: young artists, art therapy students, people in biographical transitional phases

Contents: Sculptural confrontation with one’s own self

Structure: Weekend course (Fri 6-8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Imparted knowledge & Skills: Dealing with biographical transitional phases as well as self-reflection through sculpture

Methods: Plastic work with clay, practical self-reflection


Instructor

Dipl. M.A. Simon Rosenthal

Simon is an artist, humanities and cultural scientist, art therapist and lecturer at the “Alanus University of Art and Society”. He has been presenting his works worldwide in numerous exhibitions since 2005. Focus and leading motivation of his work is the question of why something is art (and why not)- art in the context of society- and artistic fundamentals


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Starting date: September 10.-12 2021 and February 25.-27. 2022

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Price: € 330,00


The Painted Self-Portrait

Between the I of the artist and the you of the model often lie worlds. One of the best-known artistic media for making this space visible is the painted portrait. But it has been very much marginalized in the technology-fixated art discourse of our time. We have become accustomed to quickly taking a photo of the Other. But is that really the Other there in the photo? What and how does the camera see, what and how do we see? What does “you” actually mean? How close can I get to the other person, how much closeness do I dare, does the other person dare, from whose perspective I am the “you”? Doesn’t the world become bigger, more interesting, but also more complicated the more intensively we empathically engage with our counterpart? To what extent is engagement with the other constitutive for our artistic work and position in the world?

On the basis of the painted portrait we deal with these issues, we meditate painting on the counterpart, practice the old-fashioned virtues of concentration, care, dedication, diligence and in the precise observation and translation of what is seen in figurative painting.

Each course participant can choose to work intensively on just one, or to produce several works. In the end, the decisive factor is how close we have come to what we have seen/observed in each case and to what extent the other course participants can also recognize our you – our model in it.

For beginners it is meant as an exercise, for advanced students as an opportunity to deepen ability and skill. Correction and individual support takes place during the work.

Painting is preferably in oil technique, but it is also possible, depending on individual affinity, casein, tempera and acrylic techniques and drawing techniques. However, you should choose the technique in which you know best. Material everyone brings themselves (but can be stored uninsured). Canvas size should not exceed 60×50 cm.

Canvas quality at least as Gerstaecker Studio stretchers. For oil technique: rags of non-fluffy cotton, safflower oil (safflower oil) or walnut oil, painting medium1 of Schminke-Mussini, oil paints at least in quality of Daler-Rowney Georgian.

Natural bristle brushes and hair brushes medium to small at least in the quality of Gerstaecker Holgon.

Brushes, paints, canvases/painting grounds, 3 screw-in jars. There is a materials list attached to the course description.


This course is for: Beginners to advanced

Contents: Practical and reflexive examination of portrait painting

Structure: Weekend course (Fri 6-8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Imparted knowledge & Skills: Practice and deepening of portrait painting skills

Methods: Portrait painting in the respective own technique under individual supervision and correction


Instructor

Dipl. M.A. Simon Rosenthal

Simon is an artist, humanities and cultural scientist, art therapist and lecturer at the “Alanus University of Art and Society”. He has been presenting his works worldwide in numerous exhibitions since 2005. Focus and leading motivation of his work is the question of why something is art (and why not)- art in the context of society- and artistic fundamentals


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Starting date: August 20-22, 2021 and November 19-21, 2021

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Price: € 245,00


Processual Mosaic Work

“When life is in shambles, make a mosaic of it.” (Simon Rosenthal)

Even if life is not in shards, process-based mosaic work provides a wonderful setting to experience new things using an easy-to-learn technique. From the shattering of entire tiles to the grouting of the finished mosaic, we experience playfully and without preconceived motifs how worlds of color and form manifest before our eyes. Often in this process lies a great potential to activate positive resources and energies and to come into one’s inner center. You can’t do anything wrong here.

This course is well suited, for example, as a balance to a mainly IT-based, mental-social or high-precision craft work, for lovers of creative crafts and, of course, for art therapists and students interested in integrative and inclusive work techniques.

Materials will be provided, please bring an apron.


This course is for: students, art therapists, interested people, individuals in phases of change

Contents: Processual work with mosaics

Structure: Weekend seminar (Fri 18-21 h, Sat and Sun 10-16:30 h)

Imparted knowledge & Skills: working with mosaics

Methods: mosaic work from the crushing of the tiles to the grouting of the mosaic


Instructor

Dipl. M.A. Simon Rosenthal

Simon Rosenthal is an artist, humanities and cultural scientist, art therapist and lecturer at the “Alanus University of Art and Society”. He has been presenting his works worldwide in numerous exhibitions since 2005. Focus and leitmotif of his work is the question of why something is art (and why not)- art in the context of society- and artistic fundamentals


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Starting date: Possible from the end of the Easter holiday, limited to 12 people.

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Price: € 330,00


Portfolio Consultation

For many, creating the application portfolio for artistic courses of study is a challenge. The portfolio should show certain qualities, but above all it should show “who you are.” That’s how it reads on the websites of art colleges.

We approach the goal of creating a meaningful portfolio in individual coaching sessions. In the process, we develop themes and approaches for further action from existing work samples and/or conversations.

It is important to understand that not everywhere “fine art” or “painting” is understood to mean the same thing. The portfolio consultation can therefore not guarantee success in the application, but can significantly increase the probability.


This course is for: Young artists

Structure: individual consultation hours

Imparted knowledge & Skills: How to create a convincing portfolio

Methods: individual coaching


Instructor

Dipl. M.A. Simon Rosenthal

Simon Rosenthal is an artist, humanities and cultural scientist, art therapist and lecturer at the “Alanus University of Art and Society”. He has been presenting his works worldwide in numerous exhibitions since 2005. Focus and leitmotif of his work is the question of why something is art (and why not)- art in the context of society- and artistic fundamentals


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Starting date: ongoing

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Price: € 90,00 for 90 minutes


The Crossover Sketchers- From Classic Sketching to Stylewriting

With a pencil and sketchbook alone, numerous artists from past times to the present created exciting cosms of the most personal and intimate sketches, sketches of ideas for later major works in their oeuvre, and magnificent craftsmanship that continues to inspire us and challenge us to engage with them today. Let us thinkfor example of the vivid landscape sequences of Vincent van Gogh or the amusing social depictions of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, of the completely overdramatized still lifes of Horst Janssen or of the urban art works of Keith Haring reduced to a silhouette. 

Sketching can not only be the basis for the creation of a complete work – it also serves as an unbeatable tool for painters, graphic artists and illustrators in finding and expressing their own artistic language.


This course is for: Students, illustrators and interested artists

Structure:1 week during summer break (mo.-sa. 10-16)

Imparted knowledge & Skills: Acquisition and formulation of an individual sketching technique

Methods: Practical, theoretical and experiential exploration of the medium of drawing and its expressive possibilities.


Instructor

M.A. Sebastian Osterhaus

Sebastian is a freelance artist and art educator who has won numerous awards and exhibits his art throughout Europe, most recently at THE HOLY ART Gallery in London, UK. In his works, he particularly uses cross-media and cross-genre means of representation that correspond to the concern of contemporary, powerful and innovative painting.


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Starting date: 2021 tbd. (Limited to 10 participants)

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Credit Points: The course is in the certification process with Ibugi. Credit points will be updated soon.

Price: € 575,00


Human and Animal - About a Connection between Joy and Pain

They are our companions and we are theirs – The relationship ” human and animal ” runs like a thread through all epochs of art history. Beginning in ancient Egypt with the god-like worship of the cat to the symbolic hybrid creatures of Greek mythology or the detailed animal depictions of Albrecht Dürer – The animal has spiritual significance, it is a symbol, serves as a usable and abused creature and remains to this day a magical attraction for all artistic genres. 

This wealth of facets will be examined and explored together in a one-week course, both theoretically and practically. The course should be an exciting field of experimentation for students, artists of various genres, art therapists and art educators who are looking for an artistic as well as thematic examination of our relationship to the subject of ” human and animal”.


This course is for: Students, artists of various genres, art therapists and art educators

Contents: Theoretical and artistic-practical examination of the human-animal relationship

Structure: 1 week during summer break (mo.-sa. 10-16)

Imparted knowledge & Skills: Artistic exploration of the human-animal relationship and theoretical knowledge of its significance in art history.

Methods: Practical, theoretical and experience- and sensation-oriented examination and reflection


Instructor

M.A. Sebastian Osterhaus

Sebastian is a freelance artist and art educator who has won numerous awards and exhibits his art throughout Europe, most recently at THE HOLY ART Gallery in London, UK. In his works, he particularly uses cross-media and cross-genre means of representation that correspond to the concern of contemporary, powerful and innovative painting.


Contact, Dates & Fees:

Starting date: 2021 tbd. (Limited to 10 participants)

Contact: Sebastian Welter @ sw@aib-bonn.org

Credit Points: The course is in the certification process with Ibugi. Credit points will be updated soon.

Price: € 575,00


Next Steps


Please contact us for more information: further-education@aib-bonn.org