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Nog éen cursus in Rotterdam, beginnend in maart

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments ()
In maart (2018) zal de laatste teken/illustratie cursus in Rotterdam plaatsvinden.
Want na de zomer vertrek ik weer naar Australie.
De cursus biedt een gevarieerd programma dat alle kanten en facetten van tekenen
vooral, maar ook illustreren, belicht en in praktijk brengt.

De lokatie is direkt aan de Maas. Als je even niet tekent, kan je zo vanuit je stoel naar
de voorbijvarende schepen op het water en de mensen op de kade kijken.
Links zie je de groene torentjes van hotel New York en rechts de SS Rotterdam.

Deze teken/illustratie cursus is geschikt voor beginners en gevorderden.

Meer info op de website

Starting a Drawing and Illustrating Course

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 7:54 AM Comments comments ()
In about a month the schools have started again, and so will the Drawing and Illustrating Courses in Berlin. 
I offer on Mondays a course for children in the afternoon and one for adults in the evening (both in German). You can also do a course Online when that suits you better.
Online is more flexible, of course, as you are not committed to the Mondays.
And if you live in nowhere or somewhere far away from Berlin than an Online Drawing and Illustrating Course might be just the thing for you. 

The difference between Drawing and Illustrating, in my opinion, is that Drawing is what you see with your eyes and then draw on paper.
Illustrating also has to do with creating an illusion or depicting a little story or thought. An illustration does not have to look realistic but it should come over as believable.

In this Drawing and Illustrating Course we combine the two aspects, which gives you in the end the option to go either way or stay somewhere in the middle.

The courses in Stadtteilzentrum Pankow (in Berlin) go for 12 weeks, starting on the 8. September 2014. The Online Course you can start when suits you and you can take up to 12 months to complete. 

More info you will find on my website, 
If you have questions, please contact me under

Drawing book

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM Comments comments ()

drawing book, tekenboek

My many years of experience with drawing and illustrating as well as with teaching Drawing I have collected in a book. I can not tell you when I started this lesson book as that is really a long time ago, but I finished it end of last year (2013). 
It is printed on a good quality paper, in full colour and ringbinded so you can leave the book open on your table. It contains 100 pages full of illustrations, instructions, ideas and inspiration.

I always thought that lesson books are meant to be complicated and difficult to understand so that one gets the feeling of learning something worth while.
For me it mostly meant that I sooner or later had to drop out of whatever skill I tried to learn.

Many books about drawing and illustrating are filling my cupboard and I find most also difficult to understand and the tasks not easy to follow.
So I have really tried to write an easy going book.
But don´t think it is therefore childish. It might look at first sight like a fun book,
and it is, but it is also a serious lesson book and if you follow the instructions and take note of what is written and explained, you will quaranteed benefit from this book and your drawing skill and imagination (very important when you draw) will improve greatly.

But most of all, I think, looking in this book will make you feel like drawing!

The book is available for my students but anyone who is interested in drawing can order a copy  (ISBN 978-3-00-043028-2) over the website,

Illustrating course

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 5:18 AM Comments comments ()
Illustrating is like giving a drawing a purpose.

You can illustrate a letter, a story, or a whole book.
You can illustrate a powerpoint presentation for work, or a handbook with instructions. You can illustrate a boring study book in such a way, that students will find it easier and nicer to study and take more in.
You can illustrate a children´s book so that a child will remember it fifty years down the track. And of course, you can illustrate a card and send it away.
You can also illustrate a point you want to make or a joke. You can illustrate a little message or a task that needs to be done. You can also illustrate an upcoming event, like another drawing course..

Poster drawing course. Poster voor tekencursus

Starting a drawing course

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM Comments comments ()
drawing things. Tekenen                                                                       Starting a drawing course 

Another schoolyear has begun and new courses are starting everywhere as well.

I am also starting again. It will be my third year of teaching drawing in Berlin for young people from 9 years old up, in German, on Saturday mornings. 
You can read more in the  "Unterricht"  section on my website,
Next year I will also offer drawing courses for grown ups again, they will be held on Monday evenings.

My mum and I started to join a drawing course when I was a teenager.
 The classes were held on Monday evenings and we enjoyed going there together.
So we joined one more course and another three, until I finished High school. By that time we both loved drawing and painting.

Joining a course is a good way to learn to draw, or improve your drawing skills.
The lessons are structured and every week is a special theme, like drawing faces, drawing perspective, working with light and shade, working with colours etc. 
It does not matter if you are a beginner or an advanced drawer, you will always benefit from the lessons.

 You will find the drawing courses also invaluable when you decide later to go painting or to make sculptures or design clothes or houses, as you learn to really look good at things and develop your creativity.

And the idea is not to all to draw the same way, but to develop your own style. Many people don´t think they have an own style. But it is like your handwriting, something that is uniquely yours that you can further develop.

The drawing course is a social thing as well. Even though we really concentrate on drawing in the classes, we share the same activity which creates a lovely atmosphere.
And showing your drawings to the other students and looking at their work in return is another good way to get inspired and encouraged.

My mum and I have both kept drawing and painting over all these years.
 When I visit my mum in Holland, I still join in her drawing classes.
 She has held many exhibitions and sold many of her paintings. And when she comes to visit me in Berlin, she takes part in my drawing classes. She is 85 years old by the way. 

But no matter if you come with your mum, dad, sister, friend or alone, make sure you bring enthusiasm along as that is what you really need to succeed.