ONLINE Sketchbook Club: Getting Started - Starts Wed 2nd November 2022 at 10am
Due to the interactive nature of these workshops, we would encourage students to participate live and work along with Janina and Karen, if possible.
A video playback service will still be provided to all students for the first four sessions. The follow up session will not be recorded.
Wed 2nd November 10am - 11:30am - Week 1: Skip into Sketchbooks with Janina Maher
Wed 9th November 10am - 11:30am - Week 2: Colour & Collage with Karen Carter
Wed 16th November 10am - 11:30am - Week 3: Lovely Lines & Lettering with Janina Maher
Wed 23rd November 10am - 11:30am - Week 4: Pattern & Print with Karen Carter
Wed 30th November 10am - 11am - Week 5: Follow Up & Feedback with Janina and Karen
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for anyone who would like to get started with sketchbooking - the perfect chance to try out all of the Ardington skills you have gained over the years.
Join us for the first instalment of our brand new Sketchbook Club. Your chance to spend five weeks creating, collecting, experimenting and exploring with two of our favourite Ardington tutors, Janina Maher and Karen Carter.
Sketchbooks can sometimes feel a bit daunting, so in this relaxed and informal series of workshops, Janina and Karen will be focused on helping you get started. They will show you a whole range of techniques and will give you lots of ideas for how to start filling those pages.
A sketchbook is a safe place to try out ideas, make a visual record, store notes and reference, and most of all to play! Without the pressure of a finished piece of work, a sketchbook is the perfect place to snatch small moments of creative time for yourself.
As well as the plentiful demos and exercises each week, Janina and Karen will also be sharing a glimpse into their own personal sketchbooks with you – your chance to see the good, the bad and the ugly!
The overall theme for this series will be Autumn.
Week 1: Skip into Sketchbooks with Janina Maher
An introduction to using sketchbooks, the tools and materials. Assemble your inspiration and work-along make a mini curly wurly book.
Week 2: Colour & Collage with Karen Carter
An introduction to collage & colour-mixing. Create collage papers and colour themes, then play with different approaches for using your papers, combining paint, paper & layers. Work along making your own collage papers and have fun ‘painting with scissors’!
Week 3: Lovely Lines & Lettering with Janina Maher
We'll look at using different pens and pencils for line work and lettering in your sketchbook, and adding doodles and details over the collaged backgrounds from the previous session.
Week 4: Pattern & Print with Karen Carter
An introduction to simple printing techniques, exploring materials to make & print stamps & create easy line monoprints. We will explore repetition, pattern & design then use these techniques to create borders, backgrounds and focal points.
Week 5: Follow Up & Feedback with Janina and Karen
This session is all about you! It won't be recorded, so it is the perfect opportunity to share with Janina, Karen, and the rest of the club, your favourite pages from your newly created sketchbook so far. There will also be plenty of chances to ask further questions and pick up additional tips from one another.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Gaining confidence working in your sketchbook
- Simple printing
- Lettering styles
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
Sketchbook Club is all about using what you already have at home. The essential materials needed throughout the series will include:
- A4 softback sketchbook
- Selection of graphite pencils, pencil sharpener and rubber
- Coloured pencils
- Black fine liner pen
- Oil pastels
- Selection of watercolour and acrylic paints, including a tube of titanium white acrylic
- Acrylic matt medium
- Glue stick
- Small paintbrushes
- Water pots and kitchen roll
- An apron
In addition, there will be some specific materials that you need to participate with the work along sessions each week. Details of these will be provided via the blackboard, two weeks before each class.
For week 1, in addition to the materials above, you will need:
- Large paintbrush
- Waterproof black pen
- Washi tape
- Scrap paper
- Magazines with autumn theme
Links to suppliers
Seawhites produce an Essential Art Kit (stock number KIT01) for £20 plus P&P which contains most of the basics listed above - Janina will be using this kit in Week 1 to explore what you can do with just the basics. You can order online by clicking here.
Janina and Karen have also produced a 'paper pack' to accompany this series, which you can purchase here.
Jacksons - https://www.jacksonsart.com/
Hobbycraft - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/