This is a special page for children and parents from Optimist International School Hoofddorp.

Dear parents,

At this moment there are many children on the waiting list for Group A. That’s why we have decided to start a second group right after the first.

The first group, group A starts at 1.50  to 2.50 and the second group, group B, starts at 3.00  to 4.00

At this moment group A is full. Children who want to join group B are very welcome and can start right away!

The next term (after Spring break) consists of 13 lessons until Summer Holidays. When school is closed there will be no Art class:

  • 24/2 (study day)
  • 13/4 (Easter)
  • 27/4 (Kings day)
  • 4/5 (May Holidays)
  • 18/5 (school trip)
  • 1/6 (Pentecost)

The costs for this term are € 97,50. This can be transferred to:

NL17ABNA0809726475 in the name of Ramoon Illustraties. (Please don’t forget to mention your child’s name)

If your child is already joining Art Class and wants to continue the next term you need to registrate again! Please don’t forget to register in time (before February 14th!). After this date I will inform parents from the waiting list. Registrate here: registration page





Do you want to know what we are doing in Art Class?

Hello, my name is Ramona van Bakkum. I am a pedagogical supervisor and a Children’s book illustrator. Since three years I’ve also been teaching children how to draw. If you want to see my work, please take a look at my website.

Every Monday I am visiting the school. We will work with a different theme every lesson.  We start with a directed drawing. I will draw an image on the white board, step by step. The children will then copy it on their paper and together we build up the image. After that, everyone finishes their drawing like they choose to. I will bring all sorts of material (e.g. colouring pencils/crayons/markers/watercolors).

The second half of the lesson there is time to make your own drawing. Preferabele it is something to do with the theme although I’m not very strict about it.
For instance; if the theme is “holiday” and someone feels like drawing a dinosaur… Then I will try to encourage to draw a dinosaur who is planning to go to the swimming pool, a dinosaur at a campsite, on a plane or something like that. 😉 Just use your imagination!
I will also bring lightpads and illustrations to trace, which is good for the fine motor skills and to learn how an illustration is build up. For some children it’s a very safe way to draw as it almost can’t go wrong and they get a quick result.
At “De Tekenbrigade” we are very relaxed. As it is an after school activity you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do and almost everything is allowed 😃. Please don’t be afraid your drawing skills aren’t good enough. We are together because we just love to draw and every time you practice you will get better at it! That’s how it worked for me too; I once started to draw every day, and now I am a children’s book illustrator.
If you want to join the course (again) after Spring break please fill in the registration form.
Hope to see you in art class!
Kind regards,
Ramona van Bakkum