Atomic Reactions | Cartooning Society: How to Draw Political Cartoons

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This workshop is a collaboration between X, TU Delft Library and Studium Generale.
Cover image: collection Beeld en Geluid, © Jos Collignon.

Expressing an opinion on a controversial topic is not always easy. But humour or satire go a long way and make it easier to organise an open discussion on any topic. This very much applies to the nuclear science discussion in the Netherlands.

The public’s opinion on nuclear subjects has an eventful past in the Netherlands. Nuclear energy, science and weapons are much discussed and disputed topics in media. Many political cartoons have been drawn about it in the past decades, as you can see on display in the current exhibition Atomic Reactions at the TU Delft Library.

To complement this exhibition, we challenge YOU to try and represent your thoughts through drawings. So join this political cartoon drawing workshop with professional cartoonist Maarten Wolterink and get your ideas on paper too.


This cartoon workshop will bring out the artist in you. Half of it we focus on drawing techniques and ways to get ideas for cartoons. Then it’s time to take the next step: telling the joke or making a statement on the topic with a few lines and speech bubbles. Spoiler alert: you do not really have to master drawing to be a cartoonist. It does help though 😉

Maarten Wolterink – Cartoonist

Maarten was born in The Netherlands in 1964. After a few years at the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam he started working as an independent cartoonist in 1992. Since then he has worked for several Dutch (regional) newspapers of which the collaboration with the Leidsch Dagblad even dates from 1997. His work has been in/on France 24, Le Monde, Washington Post and Trouw. He also does live stand up cartooning and gives workshops.



© Srikkanth


© Roberto Merino Martinez


© Rob Bootsman & Merel Verhoef


© Patrick van Oostrom


© Noa van Dorth


© Miriam Kreysel


© Lukasz Kobos


© Lingyun Gao


© Melle de Winter

Atomic Reactions

This workshop is part of the TU Delft Library project Atomic Reactions. It consists of an exhibition, lectures, workshops and a film screening and discussion. In Atomic Reactions we aim to untie the messy knot formed around this topic. How was the imaging and public opinion on nuclear energy formed and how did it change during the past decades? Atomic Reactions is part of TU Delft’s programme for its 180th lustrum. The theme for this lustrum year is: energy transition.