‘Vermeer: Truth and Perception’ 1-day workshop with Paul Handley NEAC

This short workshop will look at the work of the 17th century Dutch genre painter Jan Vermeer of Delft paying particular attention to his mode of perception and the ways in which this might inform a contemporary artist’s practice.

The day will centre on practical activities: the students will initially be making drawings, or small painted studies from images of Vermeer’s paintings. The lessons learned will be developed working from small still life set ups in the studio.

It is hoped the workshop will enable the sharpening of perceptual skills for drawing and painting and provide an opportunity to engage with the paintings at a more complex level.

About your tutor: Paul Handley NEAC was born in Newark, Nottinghamshire in 1964, where he continues to live and work. He received my initial artistic training at the Norwich School of Art, where he studied for a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. He completed an Art Teachers Certificate at Goldsmiths College University of London and an MA in Art History at the Winchester School of Art and the OU. He has taught art and art history in a range of educational settings from schools and colleges to art schools and universities. He was initially elected a member of the NEAC in 1997.


Heatherley's School of Art
75 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 ORN


£60.00 (+ booking fee) for the day

There is a 10% discount for Friends of the New English and students with an appropriate student number booking online. If you are a student you will be asked to provide your Student ID at the workshop. If you are eligible for a discount please email stating which discount you are eligible for and you will be emailed a special code to use when booking your tickets.

Dates & times

Saturday, 20 November 2020

10:30 – 16:00 GMT


Students should bring basic drawing materials including 2B pencils, hard rubber, putty rubber, blade/scalpel or other sharpener, scene painters charcoal, fixative, masking tape, good quality cartridge paper and or a sketchbook. A basic watercolour set might also be useful if students wish to produce wash drawings. If students wish to paint in oils they should bring small prepared boards, brushes, palette and ZestIt. A suggested colour palette is Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine, Raw Umber

Students need not bring everything on the list, just only those that are likely to use.

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