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Courses Modeldrawing 2023-2024



The human figure is to date one of the most complex designs to understand. It invites us to study drawing concepts like proportions and values, and deepens our observation. The lessons we learn from figure drawing are universal, and can later on be applied to other genres such as landscape, portrait or still life. 

Since 2020 Ilse hosts model drawing classes in Maastricht. She will continue to do so in the upcoming academic year with several courses. Are you a beginning student and wish to improve your drawing skills? Or are you an artist already and like to learn more about the classical drawing technique? Feel welcome to join our growing community!

Our program is divided into the: annual program, a portrait course, workshops and a summer course. For the summary read the text below. For more information about a certain course see the button 'see full program'. 


We are proud to present the annual drawing program 2024. In recent years, we have had the opportunity to mentor many students and have seen inexperienced draughtsman grow into college-level students. This has strengthened our confidence in the course offerings. So it is with great enthusiasm that we start the new year.

The annual program is divided into three parts. Experience has shown that the best results occur when the courses are followed in chronological order. However, it is possible to attend just one or two courses of the annual program. 

1. ‘Seeing the big shape: learn to draw the human figure better’ 

January-April 2024, 10 lessons

Drawing the figure can be an overwhelming experience. After all, there are so many elements to take into account! Therefore, we cover the main concept of our model drawing classes: make sure the big shape is working, before you add any information like the features, fingers etcetera. ​

2. ‘Model drawing, lessons from the masters ' 

April-June 2024, 10 lessons

This is a course of 10 lessons in which we learn the classical drawing technique step by step. Capturing the likeness of our model will be our goal. ​

3. 'Open Atelier' 

April-June 2024, 

This is a short course of six lessons, developed to give students the opportunity to practice with the knowledge they have gained. New students are also welcome to join, and become familiar with the classical way of working. 

If you would like more information about the courses or if you want to subscribe, send an email to:

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The workshops are an ideal opportunity to get to know us and our way of working better. Students who already follow or have followed our courses are also welcome to come and learn more about the topics below. For more information download the pdf below. 



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Art-retreat in France 

(September 9-16, 2023)


Together with other art lovers we stayed one week in beautiful France, to further explore drawing and painting techniques. If you want to join us next time please subscribe to this website:

Portrait Course 

(Fall 2024, 8 classes, Fridays from 14:00-17:00h.) 


In eight classes we will learn how to make a portrait drawing in charcoal, focusing on likeness.  This program is intended for those who have already taken the annual program. The program consists of lessons in anatomy, and working from live models. For more information (or if you want to subscribe) please send a message. 




“We practice a step by step approach and

Ilse instinctively knows when you’re ready for the next step”


- Mieke Noël


“Lessons from Ilse are always interesting and fun. She is a really good mentor that each time teaches you ways to improve your drawings. Ilse is able to inspire and motivate groups of 10+ students. Nobody is left behind, she does not hesitate to point out areas in your drawing that can be improved but this is always done in an respectful manner and in combination with a review of the good parts of the drawing. Ilse is fun to be around with and creates a very pleasant atmosphere in her groups”.  


-Godard Hazeu 

"Lessons from Ilse are very inspiring! She is very enthusiastic and teaches exactly that part of craftsmanship that I missed while studying at the academy of Arts. Learning to see and learning to draw in a way the classical master painters worked has slowly been fading away since the start of the 20th century. It is really great that this is now possible in our community. Ilse has a positive mindset and always knows to discover a nice area or piece in your drawings. She stimulates you to push through no matter what level you are working at. Lessons are well prepared in advance with good examples and clear instructions. Bottom line: lessons from Ilse are a must for anyone who wishes to improve his or her drawing skills."   

-Paul van Mil 

"I really enjoyed these model drawing courses. The lessons are of high quality and unique in the Netherlands: while art academies are focusing on conceptual art mainly, this is a place where the classical drawing technique is re-thought! I was so inspired by these teachings that I decided to do a follow-up course at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Ilse’s lessons proved to be an ideal preparation for this program. "



"First you draw what you see.
Next, you draw what you know, and only then
will you know what it is that you see."

-Robert Beverly Hale 



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