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June 6-16, 2021

Glen Kessler will run a painting workshop at the vaunted Flemish Classical Atelier in Brugge (Bruges). Arrive enjoy tours of Bruges sites and museums from June 6-8. Gather photographs in this historic and charming Medieval city on June 9. Paint from photos of Bruges in the Flemish Classical Atelier on June 10-11. Enjoy day trips to nearby cities on June 12-13. Then finish up your paintings June 14-15 all under the excellent tutelage of the Compass Atelier founder and director Glen Kessler.


Bruges is a historic fairy-tale-like city, and it is the birthplace of oil painting. Whether your interests are food (their chocolate, fries, and mussels are legendary), drink (their beer is reputed to be the best in all the world), architecture (with adorable gabled buildings and bridges galore), or art history (the Flemish Primitives were some of the first yet best oil painters in the history of the medium) you are sure to find days of intrigue throughout Bruges..


The Flemish Classical Atelier has played host to dozens of the world's top workshop teachers as well as offering its own course of regular study steeped in the traditions of master art-making. We are thrilled to have a superb host facility to work with.

June 5

Travel day from DC to Belgium. Plan to take an overnight flight. We can discuss flights as a group for those who would like to travel together.

June 6-8

Enjoy all that Bruges has to offer during 3 days of walking tours of the town and its incredible museums. We will plan to visit the Markt, Belfort, Historium, Groeningmusuem, Saint Johns Hospital and more.

June 9

Take a walking/biking tour with Glen through the quaint and picturesque city of Bruges as we gather photographic images to paint from during our workshop. Glen will discuss composition, lighting, and color as we collect images in our cameras. Later that day, we will explore how programs like Photoshop can assist with further image refinement as we ready our image for painting.

June 10-11

With our images selected, we will work in the gorgeous Flemish Classical Atelier where for the next 2 days we will craft our masterworks. Glen will lecture and demonstrate how to draw and mix color accurately, how to develop a painting in stages, and where to deviate from the photograph in the creation of a painting that is more than the sum of its parts.

June 12-13

On June 12 & 13 we will visit nearby cities of artistic and cultural significance. As our tour approaches we will confirm these cities, but they may include Ghent, Antwerp, or Amsterdam.

June 14-15

We will return to the Flemish Classical Atelier for the next 2 days to bring our masterpieces to conclusion or begin new paintings.

June 16

Departure day.

This entire tour is ideal for artists of ANY skill level (especially beginners who will benefit from the focused time in the studio). Spouses and non-artists will also thoroughly enjoy themselves with both scripted and unscripted time.

JUNE 6-16, 2021

Total cost: €1275

This is the cost for workshop instruction, tours, our Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner, and museum entry fees. Transportation, room, and board are the responsibility of the participant. Early enrollees may be able to arrange for a group rate on accommodations and possibly coordinate travel. An email will go out in late 2020 to discuss these topics and more.

Total cost: $175

Spouses and non-artists may join us for all activities other than the days painting at The Flemish Classical Atelier:

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