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Creative sketchbooks

The Creative Sketchbooks 2-day course will show you how to use and develop your creative ideas.  We will cover a variety of processes to show you how to collect ideas, experiment with techniques, develop your vision, and travel a creative journey to new and exciting possibilities you may not have previously considered.

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course


Key Information


Spring 2018

Days: Sat + Sun
10 – 4pm


includes most materials

Booking opens Oct 2017
Places available
  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
        Sketchbook – size A4 or A5; thick cartridge paper, spiral bound if possible

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • Diaries from previous courses

  • “Fantastic, Motivating, Encouraging.”
    Sarah Q

    “I am a complete beginner and I now have a sketchbook full of creative ideas and techniques after just one weekend”
    Catherine W 

    “I have learnt such a lot and enjoyed every minute of the course. I now know I can push my work further and improve.”
    Jean M

    “Do it! Nothing to be afraid of. Excellent support and guidance to try out new techniques in a very friendly group situation.”
    Michelle S

  • Weekend Course: 10 – 4pm
    Tutor: Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Have a look at the course gallery

    Click here

  • Apart from your sketchbook and essential drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Charcoal (compressed and willow)
    • Chalk pastels
    • Soft pencils 
    • Emulsion paint
    • Acrylic paint
    • watercolour paint
    • Wax crayon
    • Inks
    • All the equipment, brushes, etc you need
    • Newsprint

    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials: eg

Course structure

You will be shown how to develop a themed idea flowing from one page to the next developing ideas,combining techniques (drawing, paint techniques, mixed media, print, stitch, etc), deconstructing your sketchbook and re-making it into a personal response to a given theme.  By the end of the 2-days your sketchbook will become a valuable resource of exciting ideas and techniques you can use towards your next painting, sculpture or craft project. 

Click the blue Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
You will explore the differences between keeping an artists sketchbook, journals and scrap books.  We will cover techniques that include different ways to include annotation, background textures, and clever ways of adding extra pages to make your sketchbook begin to reflect your personality.

Day 2
You will learn more techniques to develop your sketchbook into an exciting resource of linked and themed ideas that will enable you to discover new ideas for whatever kind of art making you like to do (eg: painting, textiles, sculpture, etc).  Today will include drawing and experimenting with more techniques such as dry-monoprinting and making texture rubbings.


“I have learnt such a lot and enjoyed every minute of the course. I now know I can push my work further and improve.”
Jean M

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What can I expect

Part of the Be more Creative series of courses the Creative Sketchbooks course is designed to support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist.  You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, processes, artistic best practice, all sprinkled with a dose of good old fashioned inspiration!

  • Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
  • Short Courses that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
  • Flexibility to explore your own ideas.  
  • Honest and supportive feedback through tutor-led and group ‘critiques’.
  • Encouragement to take chances in a supportive and learning-led environment. 

pinterest_badge_redxLooking for more inspiration? Visit my Pinterest board to see many of the images I talk about when teaching this course. Why not follow me on Pinterest!

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