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2016! Happy New Year!

Posted by Koosje Koene in Uncategorized on January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Today is the day a brand new year has started. To reset, or to go on with all the good stuff you were already doing.
Any new year’s resolutions you made, are starting now. And it’s all so exciting!

I don’t really ‘do’ new year’s resolutions – I like a little shorter term goals. But if I would share any of those goals, they would be: keep on going to find the right balance between work life and private life, teach a live workshop in spring, make the best use of my new studio, and above all: keep doing what I love most: make art and share the inspiration.

Today is also the day our brand new kourse is available in Sketchbook Skool!
expressing-thumbnail-2The new kourse we are launching today is called “Expressing”. It’s about using your sketchbook pages to document memories, stories, experiences, feelings and emotions.
Often, a picture can say so much more than words.
In Sketchbook Skool, everyone gets to hang out with inspiring artists from all over the world. When you take a 6-week Sketchbook Skool Kourse, each week an new artist shows you his/her approach to sketchbook keeping. That means you get 6 different teachers in 6 weeks!

Every Friday a new klass is released, featuring a new Sketchbook Skool Fakulty Member. You’ll get to watch a bunch of videos in which you get a peek over the artist’s shoulder in their demos and sketchbook tours, they talk about art tools and styles, so you can learn some new techniques, or find out about art materials. Your fingers will start to itch and want to grab a pen and draw! Plus you’re not doing this alone: you get to do your homework along with all your klass mates, and if you upload your work on the kourse website you all get to see what you’re making and I can tell you: the Sketchbook Skool Kommunity is like a huge cheerleader team and an inspiring creative group of people from all over the world!

Since Danny and I partnered up to start Sketchbook Skool, we get to meet fantastic artists from around the world, learn so much from them and share it all in Sketchbook Skool.

With the new kourse called “Expressing”, these fabulous artists are joining Sketchbook Skool’s Fakulty:

Felix Scheinberger
I am such a big fan of Felix’s work! The pages of his book ‘Urban Watercoloring’ look so juicy, it always makes me want to start splashing around with paint. But also his book ‘Mut zum Skizzenbuch’ (meaning Courage For The Sketchbook), which for some mysterious reason hasn’t been published in an English version (yet), is so inspiring to try different techniques and styles. I can’t even begin to explain how happy I was to spend time with him in Berlin to film his klass!

Jill Weber
Danny introduced me to Jill’s work, and I fell in love with her art right away. Jill is an artist as well as a book designer and illustrator. She lives with her husband on a farm called Frajil Farms and also blogs about this magical place. Her colourful paintings and illustrations each seem to be individual stories full of imagination. And her sketchbooks! Wait until you see her sketchbook tour in klass!

Michael Nobbs
Michael is an inspiration for so many people. Ever since I took my first plunge into the world of blogging, I’ve been following him. He found a way to build an artistic life around the obstacles in his life. He gets things done. Like writing books, making art and mentoring and guiding people from all over the world.
Plus Michael is a wonderful person to be around. I’m sure you will agree when you watch the videos we shot in and around his cottage in Wales.

Penelope Dullaghan
She was on my list called “collaborate with some day”, long before Sketchbook Skool was born. I found out about Penelope via Illustration Friday, the community website for art that she initiated. She’s an illustrator, designer and painter and lives in a beautiful house in Indianapolis with her husband and daughter. I love her style! Colourful, Her patterns and paintings are colourful and whimsical and I can’t get enough of awing over her pattern designs.

Sabine Wisman
Another Dutchie, like me! Sabine is a writer who turned into an illustrator. She’s a real fun person to hang out with. With her husband, two sons and a dog, she lives in Haarlem, which means she’s located perfectly in between city life of Amsterdam and beach life at the North Sea. Her work is whimsical, funny, clear and bright and she sure knows how to add a storytelling element to her drawings in a straightforward way.
Another fun fact: Sabine is also a student in Sketchbook Skool!

My humble self
I am honored to be joining this awesome group of teachers this term in Sketchbook Skool! My klass will be about hand lettering, and using it to make your sketchbook an even richer document of your life. Even when you think your handwriting sucks, you can add text to your pages without the fear you will ‘ruin’ your drawing. I can’t wait to get started!

It took us a while to straighten things out and to work our way towards the future of Sketchbook Skool. Finally, the new Kourse is available NOW, and the first klass begins on Jan 15. Click here to sign up now!

I am pretty sure that being creative is a new year’s resolution you will want to keep – and in Sketchbook Skool we can help you with it. Go to and join us!

Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.