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Working on a course while life is happening


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Collage of the art work I’m studying.

I’ve been preparing for a course I’m teaching starting June 4th. I have been drawing many a face over the past weeks, but also studying on expressionism and fauvism  (movements in modern art dating from around the beginning of the 20th Century). I’m hoping to teach this course that will focus on the use of color. And to make it happen I’m working really hard.

And from time to time I do some art. When I can’t help myself. Or when it seems to fit in with this plan. I’ll share some of it later. Like the woman I drew, inspired by a lesson of Juna Biagioni (part of the year long online course, Let’s Face It 2018). The course walks through art history taking famous (and less famous) painters as examples. Juna took Kees van Dongen, a Dutch painter, as her source of inspiration. His work seems to fit well with what I’m preparing. He is well known for painting women in a bold and colorful style and especially for giving them large eyes. I followed Juna Biagioni in using the same painting for reference (a woman with a red dress). I made it more my own by working in oil pastels instead of acrylic paint.

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Big eyes, drawing after Kees van Dongen. The drawing was inspired by Juna Biagioni

This week I’m studying the expressionist movement – with artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Jawlensky. And I’m also trying to get the word out to get new participants to join. The boring stuff like sending emails and making flyers and all that. The fun stuff is finding new art work from the artists and wondering how they did it. Wondering how to make something like that work in my materials.


The ideas for the course came partly from the one I taught before, in which we did both drawing exercises, training hand and eye, and making pieces inspired by famous artists and / or illustrators. I rather liked the lessons in which we worked with oil pastels. I loved the vibrant color. From this the idea grew to proceed with a course on color. I’ve taken painting courses in the past in which we worked on the art movements I mentioned and some of these artists as well, so I don’t have to make it all up from scratch.

This is not the first time that I’m teaching a course about drawing, but it does feel more exciting and scary. I am getting ready to teach three courses next year too.

This year has been a test run of sorts. I’m trying ideas, picking from lessons I’ve taken myself and blending ideas together to make it my own. I’ve been trying out how much time a lesson takes, how much time is good for adults to spend on a weekday (Monday). As I’m preparing for lessons, I’m also looking for ways to get some attention for the course from people living in my town and in my neighborhood.

If you’ve been following my blog and my development in art for longer, you may have read about my courses before, like in this post on my market stall, when I was in the neighborhood market to show my art and talk about teaching.

For some time I worked about one course ahead, but soon I hope to be able to plan ahead for about a year. I will be in this market again come September with a program for a year. I’m talking to the organization that offers the space I’m working at, so I will be in their brochure.

I already taught two courses in the same place to adults. The focus was on learning drawing skills, but most of all on having fun learning. I hope that I got that across to participants. From what I hear it did work for most of them. I’m really happy about that.

So, I didn’t have all the time in the world to make art. For anyone who’s active in this field this will not be a surprise. There’s a lot of other things to be done before you can start making the art, or teaching it.

Today I thought about the time I was teaching at the university (quite a while ago). I suddenly realized what a lucky girl I was at the time, that I didn’t have to do all the marketing, admin and organizing myself. There were a lot of people working on that every day.

Well, this is not the only reason I haven’t posted for a while. There’s been more things happening. For one, I’ve also been away for a quick trip to Denmark, to see my sister accept a teaching position at the Design School in Kolding. This was a quick trip, three days in total, with two long days of traveling on trains and one day for the acceptance speech and a small party – and it was worth it! I’m super proud of her taking that position, speaking in public, giving a natural looking – but well rehearsed – talk.

There’s some more personal things going on as well. My life partner has left his job of over 25 years (!) and started his own business. Really exciting, slightly scary stuff. Fortunately he found his first job working from that business quite soon. Apart from that, my son is taking his final exams. (YEAH!) You’ll understand there’s lots of hard work going on in our home – and some tension in the air from time to time too. And I’m right there with them – making new things happen that are exciting and slightly scary as well. I’ll keep you all posted on how things go. 🙂

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Oil pastel on watercolor paper, studying / copying from a painting of Franz Marc (Blaues Pferd).

If you’re interested – and able to read Dutch – you might look at my other art blog CorinnemaaktNL. Or just cheer me on over here. 🙂 Thanks!


* Art blog CorinnemaaktNL

* My sister Tilde Bekker appointed as honorary professor in Denmark. Read what the university has to say about it  on the website of her ‘home university’ Technical University Eindhoven. The inaugural lectures of both Tilde and her colleague Helle Marie Skovbjerg can be found here.


2 comments on “Working on a course while life is happening

  1. Sheila Marie Delgado
    May 20, 2018

    WOW congrats on all you goings on! Love the painting. Best wishes – to all of you 🙂

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