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Materials Lab Workshop: Try Your Hand at Painting a 17th-Century Dutch Still Life (daylong session)

Close-up of a hand holding a paint brush over a small painting of yellow grapes and a glass of red wine.
Nard Kwast painting Berkemeyer with Grapes in his studio. Photo: Francesca Bewer.

Workshop

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join Dutch painter Nard Kwast for a daylong hands-on workshop in which you’ll learn how to paint with the methods and in the style of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and other 17th-century Dutch artists. A celebrated participant (and finalist) in the popular Dutch TV programs Project Rembrandt, The New Vermeer, and The Secret of the Master, Kwast will share stories from his decades-long study of Old Master paintings and accurate reconstructions using materials and techniques adopted and perfected by his artistic predecessors. We will look closely at examples of still-life paintings and investigate how they were constructed—how the ground was prepared, whether an optical device was used, how paints were mixed—as well as what role oil glazes played in creating volume and light. And you’ll make a small still-life painting of your own, with Kwast’s guidance.

The hands-on workshop will take place in the Materials Lab on the Lower Level. Note this is a daylong workshop, with a one-hour break from 1 to 2pm.

$15 materials fee. Registration is required and space is limited; registration will open on this form, beginning on Sunday, March 10, at 10am. Please email am_register@harvard.edu or call 617-495-1440 to join the waitlist. Minimum age of 14; no previous experience required.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at am_register@harvard.edu at least 48 hours in advance.