Sketchbookit Black & White Course

Create a beautiful sketch book with the help of our easy to follow lessons.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

At the end of our 6 lesson course students will have learnt how to produce 6 beautiful, themed pages in a sketchbook, practising their drawing skills in a variety of different media. You will have a collaged front cover for your sketchbook, a creative front page and 4 pages of drawing in a range of media and techniques. The theme for this course is 'The Sea', and as well as learning all about drawing, you will also be shown how to present all the pages, resulting in a stunningly beautiful collection of art work.

This course is suitable for students who are 9 years and over and is also suitable for any adults wishing to learn about, or improve their, drawing skills. The course
is not suitable for children under 9 years of age, unless they are particularly gifted at drawing and sketch book work.

What are the requirements?

  • A love of drawing and a desire to really improve your skills is what is most important before starting this course. These lessons will really stretch our students and push them to produce high quality work. The course is aimed at people who really want to work at their drawing and is not like some courses that are more meditative and involve simple colouring in tasks. The course is based around a theme: 'The Sea' and involves observational drawing so students will need to collect sea themed objects to draw- shells etc, but we also provide beautiful sea-themed photographs that are part of the course if these are not readily available at home. Students will need an A4 or A5 sketchbook to work in, ideally ring bound, and art drawing equipment: 2b/3b drawing pencil, black biro, fineliner, paint brushes, oil pastels etc as well as every day objects from around the house (eg fruit/vegetable netting, brown paper, card). At the start of every lesson we tell you what you will need so you can collect everything together. If you want to know how to draw well in a range of media, how to use a sketch book to show your work off to its maximun advantage,then this is definitely the course for you Our course is taught by highly qualified professionals with over 40 years of experience between them. The lessons are professionally filmed with constant demonstrations of the tasks so that you can see exactly what is being asked of you. One of the huge benefits of doing an online course is that you can pause the lesson at any point and, of course, you can also go back if you need to. You will be amazed at the quality of work you will be able to produce.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of our 6 lesson course students will have learnt how to produce 6 beautiful, themed pages in a sketchbook, practising their drawing skills in a variety of different media. You will have a collaged front cover for your sketchbook, a creative front page and 4 pages of drawing in a range of media and techniques. The theme for this course is 'The Sea', and as well as learning all about drawing, you will also be shown how to present all the pages, resulting in a stunningly beautiful collection of art work.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for students who are 9 years and over and is also suitable for any adults wishing to learn about, or improve their, drawing skills. The course is not suitable for children under 9 years of age, unless they are particularly gifted at drawing and sketch book work.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction with Kathy
Introduction
Preview
08:17
Section 2: Cover of sketchbook
Introduction
Preview
00:38
09:01

At the end of the course students will be able to put together a beautiful front cover for their sketch book that will really invite people to look inside.
Using found objects (eg feathers) and recycled items from around the house (eg fruit and vegetable netting, card, brown paper, string, wool) together with coloured pencils, you will be amazed at what you can do by combining all these things to produce a lovely front cover for your sketch book.


Cover of sketchbook 2
10:38
Section 3: Front Page
Introduction
Preview
01:13
11:28

At the end of this course students will be able to use oil pastel resist in a simple, yet very effective, way to create a beautiful front page for their sketchbook. These skills can be used in other, more complex, drawing tasks. Students will also be shown how to use coffee stain with the oil pastels to create the resist effect. 

We will also show you how to use effective presentation methods that will show off your work to its best advantage. These presentation methods are ideal to use all the way through a sketch book to foster a real sense of ownership and show off all work to its best advantage. 

Front Page 2
05:43
Section 4: Printing and Collaging
Introduction
Preview
01:13
07:57

At the end of this lesson students will be able to use simple print methods, combined with beautiful and effective collage techniques to produce a gorgeous mixed media, sea-themed page for your sketch book. You will use a variety of media for this lesson- all commonly found around the house.

Printing and Collaging 2
15:11
Section 5: Mark Making
Introduction
Preview
01:13
15:40

At the end of this course students will be able to use a range of different marks when carrying out observational drawing, to improve and refine their drawing technique. 
These techniques are invaluable for any type of drawing, whether it be in pencil and black biro (as in this lesson) or other drawing media. You will be able to apply these methods and techniques to all forms of drawing. Students will also learn how to present their drawing page to highlight the work they have done. This follows on from the previous lesson which shows students how to present their work to its best advantage.

Mark Making 2
17:39
Section 6: Fineliner and Coffee Stain
Introduction
01:13
19:23

At the end of this course students will be able to use an ordinary fineliner/black gel pen and water, together with coffee stain, to produce an effective, tonal, sea-themed drawing that combines mark making and shading with ink and coffee stain. Students will also present their work beautifully using simple, yet very effective presentation techniques, as shown in our other lessons.

Fineliner and Coffee Stain 2
13:55
Section 7: Oil Pastel Scratch
Introduction
01:13
18:01

At the end of this course students will be able to draw with the end of a teaspoon by gently carving into oil pastel to produce a simple, yet highly effective 'scratch' drawing. You will learn how to draw with alternative utensils and then use the same method to present your sketch book page in a bold, eye catching way. This is one of our shortest lessons but you will be amazed at how much you get done in a relatively short time. Make sure you press really hard with the oil pastels for optimum effect.

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Instructor Biography

Kathy Crawley, Kathy Crawley, a leading Art educator with more than 20 years experience.

Kathy Crawley is one of the founding partners of ‘sketchbookit’, an exciting and innovative new online art programme that places drawing at the heart of all great art practice.
Art has always been a huge passion in Kathy’s life. After successfully achieving a Fine Art degree, she lived abroad, in Greece and Portugal, running her own Art studios but also teaching and discovering another enduring passion: the role of educator.
Returning to the UK Kathy worked in a number of London schools teaching  DT and Graphics, after gaining a distinction in her post graduate teacher training course. The side step into graphics was in response to the shortage of female role models in the male dominated area of Design Technology. She became Head of department in Design Technology before returning to her first love: Fine Art.
In 2001 she and her family moved to North Essex where Kathy found a job in an excellent comprehensive school. In Essex she met one of the other founding partners of ‘sketchbookit’, Pandora Butterfield and together they have put together an amazing new art programme which is a distillation of all the art practice and experience acquired over the years.
Kathy is presently Head of Art in a department that gets some of the best A level results in the UK. For the past 6 years over 70% of all A level students taught by Kathy and her team have achieved A* grades at A level.
This art programme has been developed to enable a wider audience to gain a superb art education and share the ‘sketchbookit’ team’s passion for art and drawing.

Instructor Biography

Pandora Butterfield, I unlock doors for those with creativity and imagination.

After gaining a PGCE and Masters in Fine Art from Leeds University, I studied at the Royal Academy in The Hague. More recently I was selected on a Drawing Scholarship with the New English Art Club, London.
I exhibit my work regularly though out East Anglia and  London galleries. 

Capturing the landscape that surrounds me, I am committed to observational drawing and painting from life. 

My depth of knowledge of art history and personal experiences as a practitioner enable me to provide others with the thorough grounding they need.

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