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Draw-till-you-drop Bootcamp [english version]

  • Atelier Wildschut 15 Tt. Neveritaweg Amsterdam, NH, 1033 Netherlands (map)

Are you a professional who is already using drawing in his/her work, like a graphic recorder, trainer or facilitator? And are you struggling with the technical aspects of drawing?

Then this might just be what you've been looking for. Because you want to concentrate on what you do best, and drawing should support that, not cost you more energy. And this is exactly what the bootcamp is about:

showing you the basics of drawing you long for!

 Learn the basics of drawing with Comandante Kanai 

Learn the basics of drawing with Comandante Kanai 

Learn from the experts

To bring you this unique experience Kanai is teaming up with Hélène Aarts, artist and experienced university teacher of drawing at Eindhoven Technical University and former teacher of Drawing at Delft Technical University. Kanai herself has been working as a live graphic recorder/facilitator and illustrator/cartoonist for nearly 3 years now, after a short career as an architect. Her architecture training laid the foundation for a solid knowledge of drawing. Check out her work here. Together we form a team of qualified professionals that can guide you and offer you insights to enhance your learning.

Personal guidance enhanced by group learning

We are limiting the number of participants to 10 so we can offer you the best possible learning experience. You get personal insights based on your work and get to learn from the insights and skills by sharing and seeing others' work.

Theory and practice rolled into one

We will be offering a rich program covering as much topics as we can without exhausting you (too much). From perspective drawing to the use of color, from composition to shading. You will receive a handout in advance to get acquainted with some theory, which we will exercise during the Bootcamp. 

Left and right brain use

We will be offering you some hardcore theory so be ready for real learning! But don't despair. There's plenty of time to draw and experiment. Besides exercising the theory we challenge you with drawing 'snacks' to tickle your intuitive mind and offer longer creative exercises where you apply the knowledge and tools just learned. 

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This is what the Bootcamp is NOT:

-a place to learn drawing from scratch
-a place to learn graphic recording from scratch
-a place to practice your graphic recording skills

There will be, however, opportunities to apply your newly gained knowledge in graphic recording and see how you have grown!

It IS a Bootcamp...but we'll have fun too!

This is no cosy afternoon watercolor course. On Friday we work 10am - 10 pm. Saturday we work 10am - 6pm. 20 hours crammed into two days. After all, we're offering to teach you what it usually takes students in Eindhoven weeks to master! So be ready... Maybe it's wise to book you room nearby in order to have a good nights rest. 

You'll get solid instruction and technical exercises alternated with playful drawing 'snacks' and design exercises to stimulate your creativity. Perspective, geometric shapes, color and shading and expression, we will cover A LOT.

But to keep this up for 20 hours, we should take care of our bodies. We'll be spoiled for lunch and a delicious vegetarian dinner on day 1, and lunch and teatime on day 2. The river IJ with harbor a close by so you can have a walk when you need to.

Venue and supplies

We will be received by our Host Corinna of the Atelier Wildschut at the NDSM wharf, an exciting piece of industrial heritage easily accessible from Amsterdam Central Station. Besides yourself, we expect you to bring your favorite drawing materials. On location there are also various drawing materials and we provide sufficient paper.


Because we want to make the most of the learning experience, we would like to receive people with a similar level of expertise. The starting point is: you already draw, but you want more background knowledge. We're keeping the group small, 10 people max. This means you'll be getting intensive, qualitative instruction of one supervisor per five participants.


The Bootcamp will be an unforgettable experience, because you bet that the pressure cooker setting will make miracles flow from your fingers! The first edition in May received a great score of 8 out of 10 from the participants. Here's what they say:

Because of the different backgrounds of the facilitators and the participants and the different methods I learned more in 12 hours than in the past 12 years. It was awesome!
The Draw-till-you-drop Bootcamp gave a huge boost to my skill set as a Graphic Recorder and I got more technical and artistic insights in 12 hours than I could have ever imagined!

Pricing and registration

The regular price is 599,- excl. 21% vat and includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner, snack, a handout and essential drawing materials. And if you bring a friend, you each get to come for only 489,- excl. 21% vat! Yes, you read that correctly! 

Register below and secure your spot by transferring the necessary amount to: 

NL58 TRIO 0198 4454 74
Kanai Architectuur & visualisatie
mentioning "Draw-till-you-drop Bootcamp fall edition 2016"

Once registered and paid, cancellation is no longer possible. However, if for some reason you cannot attend, bringing someone in your place allowed.

So, are you up for it, Private!?

Earlier Event: November 4
Tekenbootcamp - herfst edition
Later Event: April 8
Draw-till-you-drop Bootcamp