Creative sketchbooks


Creative Sketchbooks.  Discover how to develop an exciting and dynamic artist sketchbook.

Learn how create a personal artist’s sketchbook that will become a key part of how you develop and transform 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.

Creative sketchbooks is an essential course for all artists who want to discover the transformative power of sketchbooks.

Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists.
Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course

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includes most materials

Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond

 1-2 Dec 2018

3 places remaining
  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    4. 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

  • 2-day weekend:
    Sat: 10 – 4pm
    Sun: 10 – 4pm

    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • Diaries from all previous courses


What can I expect

Structured learning
The weekend has been carefully planned to take you step by step towards showing you how to develop exciting sketchbooks so you leave confident in knowing how to progress further on your own.

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.

Personal artistic development
This course has a strong focus in showing you how sketchbooks can be a key ingredient to encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.

Shared learning
There will be plenty of opportunities to receive lots of positive feedback, share ideas and learn from each other in a supportive group environment.

Extra Session
Book yourself onto the PAYG Creative Saturday  sessions to give yourself  the extra time that so many students ask for after completing this course.  Extra studio time with the usual 1:1 support and guidance from an experienced tutor will help you put into practice everything you have learnt.

Discount Details available here.


Choose this course if you want to find out how sketchbooks can help you create more exciting and creative work.


“Really enjoyable, Brian has a great approach to teaching, informative, encouraging and fun! Learnt more in a weekend than in a previous beginners course of 10 weeks.”
Wendy B

“It was a really enjoyable course which offered me a good understanding of the tools and techniques that I needed to learn to draw.  I would highly recommend Brian as a teacher.”
James E

“A very good introduction to a range of drawing and painting techniques, ideal for someone like me who has not picked up a pencil or brush for 40 years.”
Steve J


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. 

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.


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Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.

 Core | Materials | Creativity | Independence


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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  1. Jane Farrelly
    9 September 2018 @ 12:47 pm

    Hi Brian, very interested in the Creative Sketchbooks course but not been able to do it when you have run it so far. Would you run this course externally at another venue as a visiting tutor?


    • artfulantics
      9 September 2018 @ 5:21 pm

      HI Jane
      Thank you for your interest in the Creative Sketchbooks course. I will email you directly to discuss your request. Kind regards, Brian


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