The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts Travel Program in conjunction with
Royal Talens, (manufacturers of Rembrandt and Van Gogh paints), Presents:

“Capturing Light and color, Seeing the Beauty – Through An Artists Eye”

Sketching, Painting, Museums, Royal Talens Tour and Barging in Holland with Artist Robert Masla
April 15 (departure)
– April 25 (return), 2020
9 nights, (see full itinerary below)

Visit the land of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Van Eyck, Vermeer, Frans Hals and other great historic master painters. 

Join Casa Founders Robert Masla and Monica Levine on a very unique tour as we travel through Holland on the private barge Fiep. Award wining artist and workshop leader Robert Masla will be your art guide and instructor, offering you over 40 years of experience as a professional artist. We will sketch and paint, tour and visit various museums and locations, dine on wonderful food and engage in stimulating conversation as we explore the region know as the birthplace of oil painting in Europe. Masla will be offering daily demos and instruction in sketching and painting in a variety of drawing and painting media along with lots of personal attention, feedback and encouragement. He will lead talks and discussions on art and history, master artist and their methods, as well as demo some of their techniques and show you practical methods for applying them to improve your painting. When you view various works in museums, you will have greater perception, understanding and appreciation…
… and when looking upon the world – See with an Artists Eye.

There are a total of 12 double occupancy/private bath cabins on board the ship, nearly half are already spoken for – hurry and contact Jeanne Fontaine at the Springfield Museums to reserve your space!
(413) 314-6482 

You don’t have to be a painter to enjoy the journey.
Like our Casa Experience, there is no pressure here, no judgement, only encouragement. Painters and non-painters alike will equally enjoy this special tour. If you decide to engage in the art process you will receive instruction and critique, (not criticism), in accordance with you personal artistic intention and goals. Come & Join Us – and if you like – Paint the Tulips in Full Bloom!Whether you are a professional artist or an absolute beginner, or just along for the journey, you will grow from this experience, finding it engaging, rewarding and fun.

Here is what is included in the tour:

  • Group transfer from Amsterdam Airport to hotel
  • Dutch pancake lunch
  • Two nights in a fine hotel (near museums)
  • Seven nights on a barge
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily dinner (2 dinners at a local restaurant and 7 on the barge)
  • All transportation
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • Painting/drawing instructions, demos and lectures from Robert Masla
  • Lunch, tour and master class at the Royal Talen’s headquarters, (along with special discounts for materials at the factory showroom!)
  • Some lunches
  • English-speaking guide and Springfield Museums escort
  • Group transfer to and from barge to Amsterdam Airport

Total Cost per person, sharing a room (hotel) and cabin (barge):
Painters:         $3700.
Non Painters: $3450.
One Single supplement available, please add $900.

If participants wish to extend their stay in Amsterdam, IBT, (the tour operator) can help them with hotel reservations and travel information. Participants are responsible for their own air travel, but the Springfield Museums Travel Department can provide a travel agent for assistance if necessary. Please contact Jeanne Fontaine at the Museum Travels Program for details and to reserve your space:
(413) 314-6482 

Here is a look at our Itinerary:

Wednesday, April 15 Departure from the USA

Thursday, April 16 Amsterdam 

Arrival at Schiphol Airport, coach to de Zaanse Schans (a historical recreation of a village complete with working windmills). Bob will demo graphite tonal sketching at this location, have a sketchbook with you, (in your carry on luggage) if you are interested in joining in this fun way of taking “field notes”. After a visit to a klompen maker (wooden shoes), we enjoy a traditional Dutch pancake lunch before heading to our hotel in Amsterdam. Welcome dinner is a traditional Indonesian rijsttafel in a nearby restaurant.
(Lunch, Dinner))

Friday, April 17 Amsterdam 

After breakfast, we bus to the Kroller Mueller Museum in the eastern part of the country for a guided tour. This museum holds a large private collection of Van Gogh paintings and is located in a dense forest. Explore the sculpture garden before leaving for Apeldoorn, home of Royal Talens. This remarkable place, 120 years old, caters to painters from all over the world. We will start with a lunch followed by a tour and a master class and explanation how artist materials and pigments are crafted. We will also have the opportunity to stock up on art materials  for the remainder of our trip, (and perhaps acquire a few gifts for back home ;), at the factory show room at a special discounted rate, Late afternoon, we return to our hotel in Amsterdam and get ready for dinner.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, April 18 Amsterdam

This day is free to explore the different museums Amsterdam has to offer; Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House, the Hermitage Museum or the Anne Frank House. Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon, we meet at our hotel and coach to the barge, your home for the next seven nights. The captain and crew will provide a welcome aboard orientation, followed by dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sunday, April 19 Haarlem                

While barging, relax on deck, and as we enter Haarlem, look to your left for a tall round glass building, it’s a former prison (it now houses refugees). After lunch on the barge, weather permitting, we paint all afternoon in Haarlem. The St Bavo Church dominates the main square, and the town hall (a former hunting lodge from the 14thcentury) and meat market make for great painting objects.

Non painters can explore the Frans Hals Museum. All will explore the Frans Hals Museum if it’s raining.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Monday, April 20 Leiden                   

This morning we coach to the Keukenhof Gardens where you will be overwhelmed by a rainbow of colors. Growers show off their creations and often name their flowers after celebrities. The Keukenhof has millions of flowers and several pavilions; in addition, you can order bulbs here which will be shipped to you at planting time. Be sure you have a camera at hand. After lunch on your own, we paint in the surrounding tulip fields. Non painters will enjoy more time in the Keukenhof Gardens. Coach to Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt, where we meet our floating hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tuesday, April 21 Delft           

After breakfast, we walk to Leiden’s old town gate, de Zijlpoort, built in 1667, and get ready to paint. Bus to Delft, home of another famous Dutch painter, Vermeer. Lunch on your own in one of the many restaurants on the square. The town square with its ornate town hall, church and old buildings, makes for an ideal setting for a painting session. Non painters can visit the local churches and museums. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wednesday, April 22 Gouda                   

This morning we barge to Rotterdam, and visit the Pilgrims Church where the pilgrims said their last prayers before sailing for the USA. The tranquil canal in front of the church has flat bottom sailboats converted to house boats—nothing could be more Dutch—and waiting to be painted. There will be free time to paint, or explore this charming town of Delfthaven. Afterwards we bus to Gouda where our barge is moored. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Thursday, April 23 Amsterdam       

Make sure you visit a cheese shop in Gouda, sample first, and then bring some home. We’ll try to find some quiet place to paint as today is market day in Gouda with lots of activity all around you. The town hall on the main square is a spectacular site, as is St John’s church, dedicated to John the Baptist, and built in the 15th century. In the afternoon, while we barge to Amsterdam, we have lunch onboard.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, April 24 Amsterdam       

Our last day in Amsterdam, or Mokum, as the Dutch call it. We’ll start with our last painting session, then your guide will walk you to the center of Amsterdam. You have the rest of the day to shop for local treasures (wooden shoes), visit the interesting museums located near our barge mooring, or relax on a terrace, sketch as you watch the locals go about their business. Enjoy a farewell dinner on the barge. (B, D)

Saturday, April 25 Departure           

Group transfer to Schiphol airport.

There will be time for after dinner walks to explore, or relax in the living room area of the barge. In addition to daily plein air painting and sketchbook journaling instruction, Robert Masla will schedule demos, discussions and “critiques”, as well as walking and photo sessions throughout the tour. Non painters will receive daily recommendations and assistance with their plans for the day.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. We ask participants to remain flexible, as weather may dictate the activities for each day. Dinners on the barge will take place between 6-7 pm. Water, coffee and tea along with light snacks will be offered all day long free of charge. There is a self-serve bar on the barge where you can select wine or beer on the honor system. At the end of the tour, your tab will be collected.

We’ll see you in Holland, or as the Dutch say, tot ziens.

Join us for this special tour – contact Jeanne Fontaine at the Springfield Museums to reserve your space!
(413) 314-6482