ONLINE: Developing Sketchbooks: A Place to Play

ONLINE: Developing Sketchbooks: A Place to Play

3 Aug - 7 Aug 2020
Price per person £250.00

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Monday - Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm




3 Aug - 7 Aug 2020

Course Staff

Colin Black Visiting Tutor

‘I start with an idea and then it becomes something else’ - Pablo Picasso

Learning to use a sketchbook effectively helps to develop and enrich your work as it allows you the freedom to play and experiment. This productively active ’ebb and flow’ attitude will give your ideas the space to germinate and develop. Beginning with your own imagery in the form of drawing, photographs, collected imagery, prose and poetry, the week will be structured around the creative process of research and development. We will look at how to explore colour, composition and mood through a variety of disciplines including collage, acrylic painting and drawing with pastels and pencils. Students will finish the course with a sketchbook that creatively records their process of developing ideas through art materials, with a mixed-media approach taken throughout the course to allow creative flexibility of using what you have at home.


All UK-based students will be provided with an A4 Leith School of Art sketchbook and set of 3 paintbrushes. These will be sent by post prior to the course. If booking within 3 days of the course start date we can not guarantee that these items will reach you in time for the beginning of the course. Students must source all other required materials and advice on suppliers will be provided upon booking. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this.

Materials required:

Pencils (HB-4B)

Selection of coloured pencils



Selection oil and chalk pastels

Selection of acrylic and watercolour paints

Glue stick


Water pot (something like a glass jar will do)

Mixing palette (ceramic dinner plate will do)

A variety of collage materials (eg. newspaper, wrapping paper, magazines, printed images)

Printer (not essential but would come in useful)

Summer School Online

All courses require a computer or tablet device with:
- stable internet connection
- camera (for video calls and photographing your work)
- microphone (for video calls)

Courses will take place using Google Classroom, and are limited to 15 students to allow for quality one-to-one teaching.


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