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Masterclass Glenn Vilppu in Amsterdam: outdoors drawing and painting

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In-Person / Workshop
Ended last Aug 17, 2019
USD  700.00


Subjects will include Landscapes, Environments and Figures, how to make them works in the same sketch, what to do when people move, how to create space, different ways to use light and more. Daily demos with various media including pencil, water soluble pencil, watercolor, ink and wash. Artists are free to use the media of their choice.

Glenn Vilppu will work individually with each artist during each day. Artists of all levels are welcome!


Difficulty level:
Artists of all levels are welcome, from beginner to professional. Previous drawing experience is not required.  

Required tools and materials:
Water soluble pencils, Faber Castell or Caran d'Ache sanguine (or other dark red) and black ,waterbrush, white pencil, CarbbOthello or Conte or similar, other pencils of student's choice, xacto and sandpad or pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, sketch Pad A3 or bigger Canson Biggie Sketch, a few sheets of medium value Canson Paper, Students can use any paper except newsprint. Charcoal is not so good for the way he will be teaching.


Through his education in Fine Arts and his impressive career in the American Animation Industry, Glenn Vilppu has developed a deep understanding of drawing the human figure; uniting the constructive approach of the classical art with the lightness in movement of animation.


For more than 50 years, he has been teaching; focusing on explaining the logic and practical application of drawing. Rather than teaching a style, Glenn Vilppu teaches tools of visual communication and guides the students in acquiring knowledge with the motto:

“There are no rules, just tools.”


Glenn Vilppu is an internationally renowned draftsman, painter, and instructor whose books and DVDs are used by universities, art schools and independent students around the world. Vilppu has had at least 20 solo exhibitions, and is represented in collections throughout the United States., Canada, Asia and Europe. 

The Vilppu Academy online art school is an international resource for students wishing to improve their drawing skills remotely. Vilppu’s approach to teaching drawing has become the standard for professional artists, used by numerous teachers and applied by the tens of thousands of students of his teaching.


Vilppu earned BFA and MFA Degrees in Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where he was an instructor for thirteen years. From there he started and operated his own school for five years teaching all subjects related to art.


At the age of 40 Vilppu brought his approach to traditional figure drawing and composition to bear in

 the Animation Industry, working for more than 20 years on both features and shorts at all of the major studios. He concurrently taught other artists at these studios as well as at many game and special effects studios. 


Vilppu teaches annual workshops at Ringling College of Art and Design as he has for more than ten years as well as Sketching Tours and Workshops in Europe as he has for the past 20 years. Two to four months of the year are devoted to Sketching Tours and workshops at Art Schools, Universities, Studios and Private Art Groups throughout the world, from Italy, Greece, France, Sweden, Denmark and England to Singapore, Brunei, Korea and Japan. 


Glenn Vilppu is a founding member and contributing artist at New Masters Academy. 


Currently Vilppu teaches on site at the University of California Los Angeles Animation Workshop of the School of Film and Video, and the American Animation Institute as well as his online drawing school.


Aug 13, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 AM — 05:00 PM
No. of Days: 5
Total Hours: 35
No. of Participants: 20
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In an inspiring environment to the Westerdok, close to Central Station Amsterdam, Ateliers Westerdok has beautiful spacious and light studios.


Ateliers Westerdok is a cultural meeting place where various activities are offered.

Anyone interested in learning to paint and draw is welcome at the studio.

Ateliers Westerdok wants, as much as possible, people to take active part to make Art.

There is attention for the craft and techniques, but in the end, a private contemporary interpretation is the heart of our lessons and in the development of the participants. The art teachers are artists with a modern art education, mostly connected with contemporary art galleries and teaching with a refreshing view.


The art studio, of which the studio rooms are spacious, light and high-ceilinged, is located at the Westerdok at the Amsterdam city centre, between Het IJ and De Jordaan. At walking distance of 8 minutes from Amsterdam Central station.

Ateliers Westerdok
Westerdok 318, Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands 1013 BH
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