Sketchbook course

Course Dates: 20/09/19 - 22/11/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Ruth Brison

Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.


What is the course about?

An introduction to the use of the sketchbook as a visual diary of your experiences, interests and visual experiments. You will explore ways of recording and developing ideas and experiment with composition. This will involve drawing and working in mixed media using a variety of materials, both in the studio and on location. You will be encouraged to discover and pursue your personal means of expression.

What previous students liked most about their course:
"The course content combined with excellent teaching in a positive and supportive environment that is highly conducive to effective learning. As a result my motivation has soared!"
"I enjoyed experimenting with different processes and using them to create a composition"
"The sheer breadth of media we were shown"

What students have achieved on their course:


What will we cover?

- How others have produced exploratory work and sketchbooks.
- Visual language - the use of line, tone, texture, shape, form, colour and the implications of composition.
- Working on location as well as in the studio.
- The generation of personal themes that may fuel one or two larger works in the studio.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- have increased confidence when experimenting with materials and techniques.
- gather information in the studio and on location.
- develop ideas for composition/final works.
- develop materials and media towards personal ends.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is designed both for those with basic drawing skills and for more advanced students who wish to develop and enhance a personal means of enquiry and expression, through sketchbook work.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Examples of sketchbooks will be shown. Demonstrations of methods and techniques will be given. There will also be practical exercises, handouts, one-to-one discussion and tuition, and informal group presentations and reviews.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic drawing materials for the course are provided. Please bring an A4 hardback sketchbook and any preferred drawing media you may have, to the first session. You will need a variety of materials, to be advised during the course.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The sketchbook course is designed to help you explore and develop your own initiatives through drawing and mixed-media, and paves the way for further development in the visual arts, such as drawing, painting, textiles and 3D work.
Your tutor can advise you on the right course for you to progress onto.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This is an inspirational course led by an outstanding teacher. I have learned so much about different techniques and approaches. I just wish I had done this course years ago. Can’t wait until the Autumn term.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
This is a brilliant course for people who wish to explore their own artistic ideas in a sketchbook format of their choosing whilst having the opportunity to use new techniques and/or materials which are demonstrated by the tutor throughout the course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2018)
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Course Code: VH432

Please choose a course date 

Fri, day, 20 Sep - 22 Nov '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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