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Fine Arts. Painting: Crafting Meaning with Colour


Entrance requirements

To apply for Painting: Crafting Meaning with Colour, please register in Osiris (see link below). Participance in the entrance exam of Painting: Crafting Meaning with Colour consists of writing a motivation letter, and preparing an artistic portfolio. If these are of sufficient quality, you will be invited for the second round, in which you will be interviewed online by the teacher about your motivation.
After your application is reviewed, you will be informed whether you are invited to the interview at the End of August 2021. The entrance exam date for Painting: Crafting Meaning with Colour is on 2 September 2021.
You can apply from 11 June until 15 August 2021 for this course through Osiris. You may find the link below.

Specific Entry Requirements Painting: Crafting Meaning with Colour:

Some painting experience is requested, and an open and experimental attitude is essential.

Please prepapre a portfolio with at least 10 paintings (paintings on paper are permitted) and / or drawings, including at least:

-3 Paintings from direct perception (portrait, landscape, still life)
-3 Paintings that make use of your imagination and/or abstraction

Additionally, you write a motivation letter (max. 500 words) in which you explain why you want to participate in Painting 2.

You can upload your portfolio (PDF, max. 20 mb) and motivation letter in Osiris.


A painting course at academic level. How do you make a painting that expresses what you have in mind? What do you want to paint and in which form and style? In about 28 practical lessons you develop a number of skills that you can use for this. Attention is paid to light and dark, the different colours and their effect, sense of form, brushstroke, composition and different ways of expressing depth. You will paint from perception (including model and still life), but also abstract and from memory. Along the course, a growing attention is paid also to the development of your own subject matter and style. How do you come up with ideas and how do you shape them? You are encouraged to be inspired by, for example, your own environment, other media, the subject of your main study, memory, a feeling, social involvement, imagination, a philosophical question or the pure act of painting.

An important element of the course is learning to perceive and analyse each other's paintings and those of professional artists. Each lesson has a PowerPoint presentation with images of relevant paintings from art history, and a joint evaluation. At least once we visit a museum together.

If you are intersted in viewing the works of this year's students, please visit the online exhibition Reef of Art here.

Course objectives

Intensification of perception; application of fundamental principles of painting techniques; viewing and describing paintings; Making a start with personal image- and idea development.


Online entrance interview: 2 September 2021 (date is not negotiable)
Lessons: Thursday from 19.00 – 21.30 hrs
Period: This course takes place during the full academic year; 14 lessons in Semeser 1, and 14 lessons in Semester 2. Start date: 16 September.
Location: all classes will take place at KABK, Prinsessegracht 4, Den Haag unless COVID19 circumstances change radically
Room: PB.125

Mode of instruction

The course consists of a number of modules focussed on technique, perception and subject matter. Each module consists of a number of lessons in which a specific working method or subject is central.
Most of the classes contain: practical painting assignments aimed at learning how to deal with the different materials and techniques with their specific expression and application possibilities; and at perception and idea development. There is individual guidance during painting and individual assessment of homework made in an inspiration book; a PowerPoint presentation with relevant images from art history; a group conversation and a joint evaluation of the work. Other classes consist of a museum visit, lectures by students, evaluations and the organisation of an exhibition.

Mode of assesment

  • Attendance at classes of at least 80%.

  • Presentation of your work

  • Individual assessment of work at the end of the course

  • Completed individual project

  • At least 20 paintings and a full inspiration book

  • Satisfactory development

  • Participation in the final exhibition


All applicable materials for painting and drawing, as well as tools, books, other printed information and audiovisual means.


Liza Swaving


For the academic year 2021-2022, please register before 15 August 2021.

NB: This course is NOT available in Usis.
Registration: you can register for the course via this link.


This course is part of Practicum Artium. These courses are exclusively intented for students of Leiden University.

For other courses in the domains of fine arts and music, please visit: Elective courses music and fine arts