learning by doing


As an artist or creative, it is so valuable to be able to show people how you really see them. In a world that is rapidly becoming more visually oriented, being able to tell a story using visuals is a marketable and admirable skill! The key however is to analyze and develop your personal and unique vision. That is exactly where my workshops come into play.

30,- per person

for private individuals and groups. If you want me to do a workshop for your company or event, contact me for a custom quote.

Language + location

These workshops are given in the Netherlands by default. Email me and let’s chat if you want me to organize some at other places on hey@annalena.nl.

The workshops can be given in Dutch and/or English. I’m flexible like that!

What is possible?

– Just you? You can get business or art advice from me for 99,- EUR ex. VAT in the form of a creative advice session, either in Gouda or over skype.

– With friends: If you have a group of at least 5 peeps and you want to book me for a friend-workshop on a date that suits you guys, that is also possible! The normal rate of 30,- EUR per person applies. Send me a message here.

– Company event: You want your company event to have an amazing, tailor made workshop or are looking for someone to spruce up your creative fair/event? That is just the right fit for me! Contact me for a custom quote and format here – please provide group size + event type!


The Braving the Blank Page workshop was my first one, so I was nervous at the start. However, Anna Lena has a very friendly and open demeanor, making me feel comfortable quickly. She shared her own tips during the workshop, making the sketching itself easier for me. The tour through Gouda was well organised and gave me inspiration for my future projects. I felt more confident in my work after the workshop. The blank pages of my sketchbook did not feel as daunting anymore! I recommend this workshop to anyone else who wants to learn, meet other creatives and could use a push in confidence.

- Rhaida El Touny, www.diddyeltouny.nl

WORKSHOP: Braving the Blank Page

Learn the foolproof tactics to finding inspiration and overcoming the hurdle of getting started with your art. By getting inspiration from a city and each other! In this workshop, I am taking you on a walk through Gouda, my own town, showing you the beautiful medieval atmosphere, buildings and cute nooks. During and after the walk, we will learn techniques and tools to quickly sketch what you see around you, and later use these as input to create collaborative artworks. We will sketch on the go. After, we will work from a cafe where we can elaborate on the sketches with prompts and materials I provide.


For how much?

30,- per person.


Can I do it if I don’t do art much?

Absolutely. Attendees indicate they enjoy the inspiration and overcome the creative hurdles, regardless of their experience.


What do I get?

– a personalized sketchbook and pencil

– paper, scraps, pens, colored pencils, paint and markers to play with

-reference photos that we will take on the walk.

-coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks.

-pdf with tips on how to draw on the go, to overcome creative hesitations

Want to get creative together?

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