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 all the people she draws with. 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.


Fabienne Francotte’s practice includes the visual documentation of her personal experiences and is a celebration of her ritualistic approach to painting.

Join her for an inspiring evening at the gallery.  The Drawing Room will take place sporadically.

Galle literary festival

Drawing a one-of-a-kind piece and learning some new skills in a fun 3-hour workshop with Fabienne Francotte was on the Galle Literary Festival 2019 program.
The many participants used Saskia Pintelon’s “Book of Faces” for inspiration
as they focused on identity, creating stunning portraits in this beautiful location.

The five day drawing project

The mission of the project was to invite Rohingya ladies, adolescents and children to join two artists, Fabienne Francotte from Belgium and Farzana Ahmed Urmi from Bangladesh, in various creative activities. To draw outside of the box, demanding no skills and requiring no standards. To use different tools, materials and art books to open their minds and hearts. To focus on identity, highlight the inner journey and provide a positive experience, even if just for five days. Expression was key.


During a three-hour session each day, they exhibited artworks, painted murals, wrote names, made short movies - all the while creating a safe place for the refugees to share their moods, emotions, fears and aspirations. It was a five-day hiatus within all of the uncertainty.


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


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


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.




“We had international artist Fabienne Francotte as a visiting guest at our campus!


She shared her experience with Fashion/Interior Design students to develop and practice their design skills based on the themes for one of their portofolio projects. Her feedback helped the students to develop their skills and create their own style using the techniques provided while sharing her own art material.”


—AOD on Facebook


Fabienne was invited to give a drawing session to the students of LIFT (Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology) and Mod’Art focussing on the topic “Art is made with the hands”.


Fabienne has a unique approach to art; she concentrates on encouragement, self esteem and expression. She provides a space for students to confidently explore, evolve and draw outside the box. “Art does not have to be perfect” she says.



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.

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