Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (China)–2017
China’s recent developments on a social, economical, cultural and political level form the starting point of the SIVA's Advanced Class curriculum ‘Branding, Identity and Public Space’ (BIPS). Loes Sikkes was teaching the first and third year students. What does the future life in modern Chinese society look like, where life, living, leisure and work are connected? How can we connect this visually to the market and the environment in a distinctive and personal way? And what is your position as a designer in the international market? By emphasising the importance of concept development and authenticity students were stimulated to come up with original solutions for each of their assignments.siva.edu.cn
Modern International Arts and Design Academy, Chongqing (China)–2016
The course at Modern International Arts and Design Academy (MIADA) focused on how to visually interpret poems based on the original Jungle Book story by Rudyard Kipling. In response to this story, music and poems students were challenged to create a character design in an original way. Beside this they learned how to use their imagination to come up with background elements, behaviour of the characters and how to create all the illustrations in one consistent visual language. By having multiple feedback session’s students were capable of improving their designs and join the StArt Award competition. The results as shown above are both from students of MIADA (Chongqing) and SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Art). SIVA students were guided only by a one-week workshop to come to appealing designs.
Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam (the Netherlands)–2006 - now
Since 2006 Loes Sikkes started teaching at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam at the Illustration Department. Within Art Education she had multiple positions, including head of the Visual Communication department, lecturer at the Illustration department, Curriculum developer and Admission Assessor. She remains a part-time employee in combination with her own professional practice as a designer. Currently she is teaching Branding with the topic Next Economy to last year students of the Commercial Practices program.
Designskolen Kolding (Denmark)–2006 - 2011
Designskolen Kolding offers a international learning environment at university level. By attracting talent and close partners from around the world they provide their students with skills and contacts to engage effectively in a global labour market. Loes Sikkes was invited as a guest teacher and together with Léon Kranenburg she developed multiple workshops and master classes. Data ecology, grid systems and the professional designer vs amateur are examples of given topics.