[ PRIVATE ] TEACHING
I strongly believe in the power of knowledge and skills, but always in service of taking things to the next level: meaning. This is how I teach.
Let me tell you a short story. When I was 18 years old and graduated from highschool, I decided to see more of the world. I left Holland for working at an Icelandic horse farm in Scotland. I was taking care of over 70 horses, each one was not only different in color, but also in character.
There was this beautiful black horse, with mane till its shoulder, strong gates, slim… I felt like a queen riding this one. I like wild horses, and this one looked like it. But it totally wasn’t.
If I asked the horse to turn right, it turned right. If I asked it to stop, it stopped. If I asked it to go faster, it went faster. Boring. When I asked the trainer about it, he explained that this horse was trained in Germany. There they break down the character of the horse first, and then build it up again, just the way they expect the horse to behave.
On Iceland however, horses are trained from their character, emphasizing on the good sides, improving the ‘bad’ sides. You can clearly notice this when riding one of these horses: they are always have full batteries, full of life!
And that’s how I teach. Being strict as a rule doesn’t work, being kind as a rule also doesn’t work. It totally depends on the needs and character of the individual student. To me, teaching is 40% sharing my knowledge and 60% knowing how to handle human nature.
I will be offering lessons in typography, type and calligraphy. These are modules focussing on specific typographic ‘problems’ or skills. For instance, from my experience as a teacher the main question I get is ‘How do I choose a font?’. This looks like a simple question, but there is no simple answer. You could answer this question from so many different perspectives and in so many different contexts.
Also, if you deal with certain specific questions yourself and want advice/help on an individual level, I can help you out. We will make a program together to improve your typographic skills.
My teaching is based on historical references, theory and practice.
Please send me an email if you are interested.
I have more than 10 years experience in teaching over 500 students at different art schools in The Netherlands.
I received my diploma for teaching at Higher Education in 2010.
I am a registered teacher at CRKBO.