The name Roumayne Schepers must be familiar to art lovers on Instagram. Roumayne is the heart of and brain behind Art Based Learning (ABL), an experimental way of looking at art developed by Jeroen Lutters and intended to train and stimulate the creative thinking of entrepreneurs and teams. This takes place offline through Art Based Learning sessions in museums and galleries and online by training our 'creativity muscle' with Creativity Breaks and the Insta Museum Guide. Roumayne shares Lutters’ view that looking at art is a personal experience that can trigger our brain in terms creative thinking. And to encourage this, she believes in the ABL method, which is not primarily about learning about art, but about learning from art.
Who is this young entrepreneur and how does she put the Art Based Learning method into practice?
Roumayne lives in Amsterdam with her partner and 2 sons aged 2 and 5. During her job as a pharmacist, she started the (part-time) photography course at the Fotoacademie where her love for art started. Roumayne: "During my training I often went to the museum for inspiration. I preferred to look at abstract art to let my thoughts wander and to experience my emotions even more intensely. After the birth of our children, I started looking for a different interpretation of my work based on the idea: more art and creativity for everyone. Learning from Art (Leren van Kunst, LVK) started from this.” Roumayne no longer works as a pharmacist, but devotes herself full-time to the activities of LVK. But how exactly does this method work? We decided to ask Roumayne:
"The definition of creative thinking is simple: breaking through (thinking) patterns. The implementation, on the other hand, can be quite challenging. Abstract art can help to break those patterns. Our imagination is important in finding solutions and new ideas in our daily life and work. According to neurobiologist Dick Swaab, when looking at abstract art, our visual system is used in a different way than in everyday life or when looking at figurative art.
By asking yourself what you see in abstract art and turning it into your own imagination, you train your right brain. That’s where your creative thinking is. Anyone can train this. All you need is a bit of curiosity, then you will be able to form the most diverse images when looking at an abstract work. "
So all you need is curiosity and you can learn the rest. To figure out how this works out in practice, we asked Roumayne to create a Collection and link it to Learning from Art. She chose "imagination" as one of the five creative thinking skills to practice with. Posing the question "What do you see?" Roumayne invites you to spend a few minutes looking at an abstract work of art and then describe what you see. Below you’ll find Roumayne’s tips and observations to help you on your way. Here we go.