This course shows you the difference between an artist’s sketchbook, a journal, scrapbook or diary?
Students learn to develop themed ideas that link across multiple pages allowing creativity to flourish and new ideas to germinate. Students will work with mixed media techniques, learn how to deconstruct, and re-make their sketchbook into a personal response.
Personalising a sketchbook
Students will explore the differences between keeping an artist’s sketchbook, journals and scrap books. Learn techniques about annotation, background textures, and clever ways of making structural changes to sketchbooks that reflect individual personality.
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.
Helpful info + Guidance
“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
“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
“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