In january this year, I began teaching at the Hoofdstedelijk Instituut Anneessens-Funck OKAN in Brussels. OKAN (stands for 'Onthaalklas voor Anderstalige Nieuwkomers') offers foreign students (mostly refugees) a one- or two-year, focused study of the Dutch language through an intense training of the 4 key language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. This makes it possible for the students to smooth the transition into secondary education or adult education (when the students are 17 of older).
They asked me if I would like to make an illustration for the schooldiary of 2020-2021. I'm still a beginner at illustrating so every chance to learn and develop myself is very welcome, so I was very happy for this opportunity! I made 2 illustrations where I did my best to portray different cultures.
The pictures in this blog post are of very bad quality, because they are made with my phone directly with Instagram Stories.
For the first illustration I had the idea of making a sort of 'selfie' with teenagers from different cultures.
This is the final result:
For the second illustration I kept it a bit more simple and made a group of friends from different cultures, wearing T-Shirts with the letters O, K, A, N and BxL (short for Brussels). Standing next to eachother, they stand for OKAN Brussels.
I personally prefered the white background, but they wanted it to have a bluegreen background, the colour of the hallway in the school.
Which of these is your favorite?
On my blog I write about the process of improving my skills, about grabbing every chance I get to become more experienced and about learning from ups and downs. Besides that, I write about everything that inspires me, like film, photography, paintings and psychology.