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.

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“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



Sat + Sun


Includes most materials

June 22 + 23

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

7 places remaining

Sat + Sun


Includes most materials

 Nov 30 + Dec 1

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

Places available

Course details

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. 

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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.

  • 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

  • Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • Brian has a background as a fine artist, community artist and adult tutor. 
    Brian is passionate about teaching and enthuses his students with excitement for creativity and making art.  His teaching style is supportive, relaxed and friendly, yet focused on ensuring everyone is able to progress to their potential.  He is Lead tutor at Creative Art Courses.

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What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

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

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.


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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“If you want to find inspiration for unlocking your ideas, this course is perfect.  Brian takes you through using different materials, techniques and research and development to ensure that you always know where to take an idea to next.  I loved everything!”
Kieran D

“Innovative, expressive, opportunities, friendly, relaxed, creative.  [The highlight was] feeling inspired and empowered.”
Sudesh N


  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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