Artists sketchbooks help artists develop and transform their creative ideas. This course shows you how an artists sketchbook is difference to a journal, scrapbook or diary. Learn techniques to take control of your sketchbook and develop personal themed ideas and concepts that link across multiple pages allowing creativity to flourish and new ideas to germinate.
All images are students work completed on the course
“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
Personalising a sketchbook
Students will learn techniques about annotation, background textures, and clever ways of making structural changes to sketchbooks that reflect individual personalities. Students will work with mixed media techniques, learn how to deconstruct, and re-make their sketchbook into a personal response.
Developing a sketchbook attitude
Observational drawing is key to exciting art and allowing drawings to ‘fail’ without feeling a failure. This attitude is the key to embracing experimentation within a sketchbook and will allow work to develop and progress.
Story telling in sketchbooks
Learn techniques to enable imagery and ideas to thread and flow between pages developing visual stories through a sketchbook. Students learn about page composition and mixed-media techniques that encourage quality observational drawings.
Outside influence in a sketchbook
Incorporating other artists work into a sketchbook has the power to transform existing ideas in unexpected directions. Students will work on a mini project developing their ideas towards an outcome of their choice – painting, sculpture, craft object, or design.
By the end of the course…
Students will have ideas and skills to transform their sketchbooks into the ‘engine of their creativity’ and understand how an artist’s sketchbook is the go-to place to play and generate new ideas.
“A person who did not know how to start and fill a blank page I have finished the 2-day course feeling more confident with lots of ideas to use a sketchbook to experiment and take the first steps to try out different techniques, materials, and to be creative. I feel it has given me ideas, techniques which I will carry on to develop my new art project” Jane M
“I wanted to find out how to use a sketchbook to support developing art projects and the course has done exactly this. [I learnt] how to use a sketchbook to generate and develop ideas (as well as some new techniques). This will help me fine tune ideas, experiment, develop more complete pieces of art.” Cathy J