DO YOU WANT TO PAINT – BUT DON’T KNOW HOW TO START?
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 week is for free, so you can try it out first without taking any financial risk.
READ MORE ABOUT THE THREE COURSES:
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! 🙂.
IS ARTSCHOOL FOR YOU?
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!
WHO CREATED ARTSCHOOL (AND WHY)?
My name is Simone Nijboer
I'm a Dutch artist.
Before I turned into a full-time artist, I’ve also 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, these are inseparable from unleashing your creativity and 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 still and deep place inside of yourself.
The beautiful thing about making art is that it helps you to foster your creativity and at the same time your personal growth and spiritual deepening:
- Creativity: Making art helps you to express yourself, become playful, find back your inner child, lets you explore all the creative possibilities that you thought impossible.
- Spiritual deepening: it helps you to become still, get out of your head and into your body, experience that you're one with the fundamental life force that's underneath everything. It invites stillness and depth in your life, from where wisdom, truth, and power can emerge.
- Personal growth: it makes you resilient and strong. It helps you to find the inner power and trust that you need if you want to make fundamental changes in your life.
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.
This all changed when I started painting on a more or less daily basis. I loved it so much! It might sound exaggerated, but I personally feel that daily painting changed my life. Creativity became an indispensable and 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
Then I discovered collage making, much to my delight. The moment 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 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 am a great lover of intuitive painting. But I also developed a more structured approach: The six visual elements. In the online course about collage making, I systematically teach these six visual elements:
- Marks & lines,
- Shapes & Images,
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 membership site for people who want to discover the wonderful world of abstract intuitive painting.
Try it out: one week for free!
With ArtSchool, I wanted to make my courses available for a larger public, and create the possibility to try my courses out for free. That’s why ArtSchool is free for one week.
If you would like to
- learn to let go,
- use your intuition,
- discover artistic freedom, and
- make paintings that you love,
I would love to meet you there ;-)!
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONTENT OF ARTSCHOOL
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?
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?
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRACTICAL/FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF ARTSCHOOL
What if I’m not happy with ArtSchool?
The first week of ArtSchool is free. In this week, you can find out if you like ArtSchool or not.
What’s the price of ArtSchool?
ArtSchool is currently priced $ 47,00 /month. For EU Customers, VAT is added automatically. Teachable automatically converts American dollars to the currency of your country (against the exchange rate of the day).
I’m a European customer. Why don’t I see VAT when I sign up for the free trial?
For the first 7 days, you don’t pay (since it’s a free trial). The VAT of $ 0,00 = zero. Keep in mind, that once you start paying for your subscription, the VAT – percentage of your country will be added automatically
How does the membership 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.
The first week is free.
How do I cancel my subscription?
Go to the ‘Edit Profile’ tab on your school page, then go to the Manage Subscription page. There you’ll find your ArtSchool subscription, including the time of enrollment, and the cancel button (which will cancel your subscription at the end of the current billing cycle). Read here all about editing your billing information.
You cannot change the billing date of an active subscription—your billing cycle is determined by the date you purchased the subscription.
If you want to cancel your free trial, please do it in time. Teachables subscription service uses the UTC timezone to determine the day. If you sign up for a free trial on Sunday, and you want to cancel, do so on Saturday.
Please, don’t cancel on day 8, because Teachable doesn’t pay you back if you cancel too late. Of course, you can always cancel your subscription after the first week, but then you’ll be charged fir the first month. I’m sorry if this sounds all a bit ‘threatening’ – but I like to be clear, and don’t want anybody to be disappointed.
If you have any question about billing, you can you can get in contact with the Teachable support desk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I get a notification before my free trial ends?
Teachable sends you an automatic notification 7 days before the free trial ends. Since the trial is 7 days long, you will get this notification straight at the beginning. Afterwards, Teachable doesn’t send you another notification, so it’s good to keep that in mind in case you want to cancel your subscription.
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: email@example.com
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 simone-at-simonenijboer.com, 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!
I WOULD LOVE YOU TO JOIN ME!
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!
ArtSchoolall my online courses in one place.
- One week for FREE!
- The online course 'The Joy of Collage Making' (read HERE all about it)
- The online course 'The Art of Now' (read HERE all about it)
- The online course 'Make Art & Change your Life' (read HERE all about it)
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 🙂.