Visual art has always been a complex profession in which high demands were placed on the -professional- practitioners. It is so complex because at the same time 'hard' and 'soft' skills are called upon. Hard skills' can be compared to science: knowledge of materials and techniques, how to apply them and also of all the skills that have been developed over the centuries. .Soft skills' are based on feeling, intuition, but also on insight, inventiveness, daring and originality.

The classical ART college offers development of 'hard' skills through theory programmes and home assignments (anatomy, composition, perspective learning), 'soft' skills through practical exercises. Art history serves as a frame of reference.

As an online academy, the curricula can be followed flexibly: as postgraduate courses for established artists who wish to supplement their knowledge in certain areas, but also as vocational training for up-and-coming artists. The latter can follow the various programmes both simultaneously and consecutively.

Course:   'Composition and ordinance'


Technically, composition is the arrangement of shapes, tones and colors on a given surface (usually a rectangle), in fact the abstract arrangement of a surface, seeking both tension and harmony.
Ordinance boils down to the same thing, but also with a suggestion of space, placing figures and objects in an illusion of 3 dimensions. In classical painting, both approaches are applied simultaneously.
In terms of content, composition is the mise-en-scene of the image, be it a theatrical performance or a special choice in the perception of a landscape or still life. The composition determines the persuasion.

Program: After an introduction to balance and imbalance, the composition course deals with three forms of surface layout, each associated with home assignments that will be discussed after submission. This is rounded off with the use of expressive values.

Techniques: We work with painting or painting techniques in various materials (including charcoal, pastel and acrylic). We will look at:


The geometric composition, based on horizontals and verticals, on diagonals, etc.


The dynamic composition, in which you work with bows and loops, with "dancing" form elements, whether or not in chiaroscuro, and much more


The 'musical' composition, based on, for example, rhythm or use of color, round off everything with forms of expression, in which all these elements are applied.

Duration: 30 teaching weeks, divided into 5x5 teaching weeks + 5 reflections


Course:    'Form and anatomy'


Form is most critical in the representation of the human figure. The starting point is therefore the human anatomy course, linked to home assignments.

Program: After a general introduction to, among others, proportion theory and dynamics, the human anatomy is discussed and explained in parts. Each part has a home assignment. At the end, the initial program is reviewed again.

Techniques: When drawing home assignments, various drawing techniques are used (graphite, charcoal, chalk, ink, washed ink, etc.) Drawing is the basis of all visual arts. Developing this is a prerequisite.

Attention is paid to proportions and volumes;

To functions and movement of bones and muscles;


And finally to the more detailed shapes defined by skeleton and muscles.

Length: 30 teaching weeks, divided into 5x5 teaching weeks + 5 reflections


Course:  "Plasticity and perspective"


Plasticity and perspective concern the art of suggesting space on a flat surface. In addition, there are two types of space: seemingly bulging (plasticity) and suggesting depth (perspective).

Program: plastic effects are based on a number of rules of thumb, after these have been discussed - and internalized through home assignments - the course continues with the perspective suggestion of space and depth. A distinction is made in optical perspective (applicable in landscape) and geometric perspective (necessary in everything made by human hands: buildings, interiors, furniture, still lifes, etc.)

Techniques: depending on the subject, various drawing and painting techniques are used.


It starts with light-shadow effect, or "chiaroscuro"


Followed with the optical method


And finished with the geometric perspective

Length: 30 teaching weeks, divided into 5x5 teaching weeks + 5 reflections


Course: 'Art History'


Art historical reflections are today mostly written by theorists. But in earlier times, the artists themselves wrote: "Le vite" by Giorgo Vasari in 1568 and "the Schilderboeck" by Karel van Mander in 1604, to name a few.
An important difference is that artists write from a practical area of interest: how and why are artworks created? And what do we want with it, or what are they for?
This course was drawn up from that artist's point of view

Program: The art historical overview is divided into two successive periods. The first period (from mid 2020) begins in the Ice Age, and deals with the emergence of diverse cultures in all parts of the world. It is divided into 25 illustrated chapters, participants are asked to comment each time.

Period 1: World Art, 40,000 BC - 1400 AD;


It starts with ancient times, how it all started and then continues with the classical eras that have flourished all over the world.

Period 2: the influence of Europe, 1400-present.

Then the focus shifts mainly to Europe and its periods of bloom in various cultures and eras.

It ends with Modernism, Postmodenism and the Resurrection currently underway.

Length: 2 periods of 30 weeks each.
Period 1 starts mid-2020; Period 2 starts mid-2021.
Per period divided into 5x5 teaching weeks + 5 reflections