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Very inspiring practical training in the field of several old painting techniques, alternated with solid and enthusiastic theoretical foundations (art history, material analysis and optics), work-meetings and excursions. I have found new ways in my exploration for the right materials and I still gratefully apply these. Forever more I now observe paintings in museums with a different look, the use of materials. On top of this, I maintain contact with other alumni and with some of them I still make murals (fresco or secco).

Lizette Bazuin, Utrecht, 2013

Without any serious painting experience I started the two-year course on the Academy for Arts and Crafts, led by Lukas Stofferis, in 2013. During the course we were taught to paint using techniques of traditional craftmanship, whilst we could express ourselves in our own ways. From time to time we were given advise, but we ultimately decided what we wanted to paint. The main point was how we used the painting material in a correct way.  Quite a lot of the painting techniques, which we were taught, have been sinking into oblivion, but thanks to this course these techniques have experienced some revival.  But we did not stick rigorously to these classic painting techniques and during the course we had the opportunity to experiment with other possibilities of these old painting techniques. Like this, it became a combination of old and new techniques. I reflect with pleasure on the two years of the course, in which I have learned more than I would ever learn at other art institutes.

Lukas Stofferis is a good teacher, who has clearly a lot of know-how in his discipline and who is open to new ideas to increase his knowledge and to share this again with his students.

Rattan Bhagwandin, Den Haag, 2016

I feel that Lukas is an inspiring teacher with a lot of professional know-how. The training has given me loads of new information, which I missed dearly in my Plastic Arts education. Mastering the crafts is indeed the basis, which inspires me to paint. Hobby-materials do not have the beauty of intelligence of traditional craftmanship. The course went full speed ahead and we started to work seriously. After the training I sold all my tubes of paint on Marktplaats; now I only paint using the methods of traditional craftmanship. With this I mean that I construct the painting, which I would like to create, primarily from the material. I can very much recommend the Academy for Arts and Crafts.

Marian van Lookeren-Campagne, Nijmegen, 2018

In the first year the lessons are well-structured, developing towards a more general knowledge of all possible combinations between different materials and painting techniques. The teacher has a very extensive knowledge of emulsion paints and frescoes, which is the main subject of the first year. He can convey these subjects very passionately. Oil painting is taught later in the course and becomes more interesting the more one understands the possible combination techniques of emulsion paints in the construction of an oil painting.

The two-year course is an excellent starter pack for future painters and craftsmen, who aspire to develop a professional career, in which quality of their work has a central place. The training is also very suitable for painting restorers and decoration painters. For me, this technical training has given me a surplus value for my drawing and technical painting education on the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. The technical material knowledge gives a good balance to the technical painting knowledge. 

Virginie Vandeputte, Brugge, 2016

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