Find freedom and joy in intuitive painting!







Check out ArtSchool, and find a wealth of inspiration for your creative adventure

Do you want to paint?

If you’re reading this page, your answer is most probably a resounding: ‘YES’! You know deep down that you need to create, to paint, to make art!

But there are so many reasons why you don’t:

  • you don’t find the time,
  • you don’t know how to start,
  • and maybe most important: the voice in your head doesn’t shut up!

It doesn’t have to be that way!

There is a way of getting in touch with your innate creativity.

In my online ArtSchool you find lots of inspiration through my three online courses:

Through these courses you can:

  • discover a very easy and joyful way of making abstract intuitive art,
  • get out of your head and into the Now through painting,
  • find out how making art can heal and change your life. 

Do you want to find out? Then join ArtSchool!

The first days are free, so you can try it out first without taking any financial risk.




In this course, you’ll learn how collage making from your hand painted collage paper is a wonderful way to kickstart your abstract intuitive painting adventure.

Learn more about the course HERE.


This course is all about how making art can be a joyful and free process, without thinking or planning. It can become a meditative practice that  helps you to relax in the moment, and let the painting unfold, all by itself.

Learn more about the course HERE.


This course is all about the healing power of art-making. If life feels difficult, making art helps you to find new strength and direction.

Learn more about the course HERE.


For several years I have dreamed about painting – or more exactly – to make pictures in an unpretentious manner. Without a lot of theory and lessons how to do it «right». Simones videos about collage making is just «IT»; very inspiring and easily explained how to make art in an intuitive, creative, effortless and playful way. This is so exciting! 🙂.



ArtSchool is for you if:

  • You have never painted before, and don’t know how to start
  • You have painted realistically, but want to start making abstract art
  • You are already making abstract art, but you feel stuck, uninspired or blocked
  • You don’t have much time or space to create, and you are looking for ways of incorporating making art in your life.
  • You want to establish a regular painting practice, and find it difficult to do that with the way you paint right now.
  • You love painting, but you lose your joy in the process because your inner critic is too active
  • You want to develop a more personal style that reflects who you are
  • You feel that your paintings are stiff and ‘overthought’
  • You keep on doubting and second guessing during the painting process
  • You want to use your creativity to foster your personal growth and spirituality 


I have painted for many years and tried abstracting my work to do non objective art but I just found it so hard to jump off into that abyss.

Simone`s techniques made it so easy and fun.

I love her enthusiasm and her real efforts to help you understand exactly why she is doing something.

It is a very intensive and detailed program so it does take time to go through it but well worth the effort.

After studying painting for twenty years I had lost my joy of “painting like a child”.

The course has opened up a whole new understanding and allowed me to love painting again!

Sue Gunther



















My name is Simone Nijboer

I’m a Dutch artist.

Before I started painting, I’ve been a life coach in private practice for about two decades. I’ve always loved my coaching work. I’m deeply interested in personal growth and spiritual deepening, and in my experience, they are inseparable from making art.


A joyful and fulfilling life

Being an artist, I know how fundamental creativity is for living a joyful and fulfilling life. And being a coach, I know how important it is to create from a deep and still place inside of yourself.

The beautiful thing about making art is that it helps you to combine both. It’s wonderful to express yourself in a creative way. And it invites depth and stillness in your life, from where wisdom, truth, and power can emerge.


How I started art-making

My personal art journey is long and winded. For many years, I wanted to paint but did not dare to start. When I had gathered enough courage, I started painting, but dropped it again quite soon, since I had lots of insecurities, doubts, and unhelpful thoughts around painting.


Daily painting

This all changed when I started painting on a more or less daily basis – and loved it! It might sound exaggerated, but I personally feel that daily painting changed my life. Creativity became an indispensable joyful ingredient of my day, and this joy spread over to the rest of my life. In a miraculous way, being in touch with my creativity grew my resilience and resourcefulness, and it strengthened my ability to simply enjoy life instead of staying trapped in negative thinking.


The Joy of Collage Making

When I started making collages, I found it to be so much easier to sustain my daily painting practice, even in busy times. Making collages happened to be a fantastic counterpart to more time-consuming types of painting.

Because I enjoyed the collage-making process so much, I decided to make an online course about it: ‘The Joy of Collage Making’. I wanted to inspire other people like you to start making art on a regular basis and in a very intuitive, easy, and light-hearted way. Collage making is the perfect way to do so.



I had always loved the freedom and joy that some paintings seem to radiate. And when I started painting, I knew one thing for sure: I wanted to paint in this free, liberating, and intuitive way. From that moment on, I’ve experimented a lot. I was always focussing in the first place on the joy of the process instead of on the outcome of the paintings.

Of course, I didn’t always manage to paint that way. Often I got stuck, harassed by my inner critic, doubting and second-guessing how to proceed in the middle of an ‘ugly’ painting.

But I realized that in the moments I could paint from this free and liberating place, I felt wonderful. I completely lost time and became one with my paintbrushes and painting.



These moments ‘in the Now’ lifted me up and helped me to develop the same attitude for the rest of my life. Whenever I felt stuck in my life, often painting helped me to get in the flow again. It brought me back to an attitude of trust, in myself and for the rest of my life. Slowly, making art became a kind of spiritual practice for me. 


The Art of Now

That’s when I started to create my second course ‘The Art of Now’. I wanted to show how you can learn to experiment, play, and not worry about the outcome. By letting go of expectations, painting becomes a meditative process.


Make Art & Change your Life

More and more, I realized that making art, spirituality and personal growth are interconnected. When you encounter personal issues, your art can help you to break through barriers and get in touch with your natural joyfulness and inner wisdom. That’s why I created the online course ‘Make Art & Change your Life’.



After I created the three courses

I felt that it was time to create my ArtSchool – a bundle of all my three courses – for people who want to discover the wonderful world of abstract intuitive painting. 



Join me!

If you would learn to let go, use your intuition, discover artistic freedom and make paintings that you love, join me in ArtSchool, and get all of my three courses with a discount!





I haven’t painted before. Is ArtSchool for me?

Yes. ArtSchool is a perfect place to begin your creative art-making adventure. You don’t need to have any experience in painting.

I already have a lot of painting experience. Is ArtSchool for me?

Yes. ArtSchool offers a fresh perspective on the painting process, and it can add a whole new dimension to your current way of art-making.

Next, ArtSchool is all about letting go, exploration, and –last but not least– making a lot of paintings instead of thinking about it. That can be very worthwhile if you have a lot of experience, but feel blocked in any way.

What materials do I need?

Here you'll find a list of tools and materials that I often use in my work. Scroll down for the list of art materials.

If you join ArtSchool you'll find a list of specific art materials at the beginning of every course. I like to keep the list of materials limited, and I believe you can make beautiful artwork with a limited palette.

Is ArtSchool in English?



What if I’m not happy with ArtSchool?

Send me an email. You've got a 14 days money-back guarantee.

What's about VAT?

For EU Customers, VAT is added automatically.

How does ArtSchool work?

If you enroll in ArtSchool, you are automatically enrolled in all of the courses. All the courses in ArtSchool will be listed under the ‘my courses’ tab. 

Does Teachable have an iOS-app?

Yes. Go to the App Store on your device. Search for Teachable (or simply click this link to be redirected to the page in the app store). Click the Get button. Click Install. Enter your Apple ID password or Touch ID if prompted.

You can read all about it here.

What do I do if I encounter technical problems using the course platform?

If you encounter any technical problems, you can get in contact with the Teachable support desk:

Also, you can find the student's guides here. There you will find answers to a lot of practical questions.

I have a question that’s not on this list.

Please drop me a line at, and I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions!

The Joy of Collage Making is a really fun and accessible way of letting go and creating your own unique art.

It is amazing what you can achieve with Simone's guidance and encouragement. She breaks the course down into small segments and explains the visual elements one by one, which is perfect especially if you don't have a lot of time to spare.

You don't need lots of equipment either. Absolutely brilliant!



Thank you so much for taking the time to read this page!

I am sure that ArtSchool will give you the tools to get your art practice up and running or give you new inspiration to dive into your creativity. Be welcome to join me, and experience the joy of making abstract intuitive art!

I have just finished your course and I love it so much! Lots of inspiration, joyful techniques and how to look around you to discover possibilities and tools to add som details in the collages/paintings.

I paint every day and my mind is hooked 🙂.


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