FABIENNE FRANCOTTE

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During all of her workshops, Fabienne concentrates on the encouragement of free self-expression through drawing, painting, and sculpture. It is this same freedom and empathy that she brings to her time spent at the National Institute of Mental Health in Angoda (Colombo) and at the Siviraja Children’s Development Center for the Deaf and Blind. Facilitating a “breath of fresh air,” through art making, exploration, and encouragement, Fabienne provides a space for students and patients to confidentially draw outside the lines. Her goal is to combine education, self-esteem, and quality of life in each experience with her students.

ART WELLNESS RETREAT

Fabienne was invited by the Santani Wellness Resort in Kandy District, Sri Lanka to lead a three-day art session about nature.

 

Experience relaxation and rejuvenation of your body, mind and soul while unleashing your creativity with our very own artist in residence. A combinaiton of daily yoga, immersive art experiences, and gourmet meals at an internationnally recognized hotel right here in Sri Lanka.

 

—Santani Wellness Resort & Spa

ART WORKSHOP WITH KIDS AND ADULTS

Fabienne has been holding art workshops for many years in Belgium, Greece and more recently in
Sri Lanka. She often says that neither age nor drawing experience really matter. Her aim is to ensure
that at the end of the session, everybody is satisfied with the result.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

Mrs. Fabienne Francotte is volunteering in Art Therapy every Tuesday and Thursday. (...) Her work is exemplary and I find our clients looking forward to her sessions. Furthermore; it should be mentioned that her art therapy sessions have given positive clinical outcomes in our clients. She also supports the institution by ways of fundraising and carrying out rehabilitation activities. I would consider her a model of leasdership in well-planned volunteering.

 

—Dr. Kapila Wickramanayake, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

CENTER FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

Fabienne also has a special commitment with the deaf and blind children of the Siviraja Development Center in Mahawewa, Sri Lanka. Each of their meetings is a time where they can have creative fun beyond their handicap. “Their smile and laughs are my dearest reward,” says Fabienne. She has also been active in collecting funds for the refurbishment of the Center.

 

 

ACADEMY OF DESIGN

Fabienne was asked to give a presentation combined with a drawing session to the first-year students of the Academy of Design of Colombo.

 

We had a truly special guest conduct an eye-opening session with our Foundation students. Fabienne Francotte, Belgium-born artist with a trove of experience to her name, helped our early-creatives on how to think, feel and open their minds on identity. We had such a fabulous time!

 

—AOD on Facebook

Art at school

Fabienne has been a language teacher for twenty years in two schools in Brussels (École Nos Enfant
and l’École Active) inspired by active pedagogy methods such as Freinet, Steiner and Montessori.

 

Her pupils and students were asked to learn by observing and thinking. She has often used the works of painters and writers to encourage them to become active players in their own development and to be free to depict their emotions.

 

Words by Marguerite Richards

© fabienne francotte - 2018