Paint like Van Gogh Art Program at Pulitzer Amsterdam
From October 2018, guests staying at the Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam will have the chance to re-create Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces and learn the secrets behind his creations, while attending painting lessons taught by a local artist.
Pulizter Amsterdam is launching this immersive art experience in partnership with the Van Gogh Museum. As well as two night’s accommodation and daily breakfast, the ‘Paint Like Van Gogh’ special includes unlimited access to the museum, an art lesson, a welcome gift and a complimentary cocktail.
Pulitzer Amsterdam is a luxury hotel made up of 25 Golden Age canal houses, nestled between two of the city’s most peaceful canals in the trendy Nine Streets district and it’s one of the most luxurious hotels in the city.
Known for its refined approach towards hospitality and historic charm, the hotel features 225 beautiful rooms that balance heritage, elegance and cosiness together perfectly.
During their stay here, guests will have unlimited access to the Van Gogh Museum, coming and going as they please during opening hours, where they will find inspiration for their own art. The museum is the second-most visited tourist attraction in the city and houses the world’s most important collection of the celebrated Dutch matser’s works.
Guests will then enjoy a 75-minute painting lesson with by Mirjam ter Maat, a painter, visual art therapist and owner of the art workshop, Meesterwerken Op Maat. Using Van Gogh’s techniques as the focus of the lesson, budding artists will recreate The Starry Night, Fifteen Sun Flowers or Almond Blossoms. A complimentary cocktail created by Pulitzer Bar’s head bartender, Andrei Talapanescu will follow. In fitting with the Van Gogh theme, the cocktail will be inspired by one of his paintings.
For guests who want to fully immerse themselves in art during their stay, they can upgrade their accommodation with the Art Collector’s Suite, pending availability. The room is designed to resemble the canal house of a Dutch 17th-century art collector and is filled with artworks, including Hals Brunch by Thierry Bruet. The painting bears a striking resemblance to Frans Hals’ masterpiece The Last Supper but on closer inspection features modernities such as cans of beer, a laptop and hamburgers.
Pulitzer Amsterdam is close to Dam Square and within easy reach of the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and The Anne Frank House. The fashionable Nine Streets, the quaint shops of Jordaan, the flower market and the Royal Palace are also a short distance away, to explore on foot, by bike or by boat.
The Paint Like Van Gogh offering begins at $1,150 with a minimum of two nights and can be booked for stays from October 22 – December 23, 2018.
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