The art of the sketchbook

Weekend-long practical course

Courses and Classes

8—9 July 2017

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Sarah Simblet, Sketch after Francisco Goya’s ‘Duel with Cudgels’ (detail), 3 January 1995.

Pen and ink and wash on paper. 34.7 x 55.7 cm. Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Join artist Sarah Simblet for a two-day intensive workshop focusing on the practice of making and filling a sketchbook. Learn how to create an effective, inspirational and useful sketchbook and spend the weekend on drawing exercises and techniques to fill it.

You will also visit the Royal Academy’s archive to see first-hand, in a small group setting, some extraordinary historic and contemporary artists’ sketchbooks, taking away with you both exciting new ideas and your own new sketchbook.

Drawing is one of the most direct languages we have for visualising our thoughts and emotions and recording what we observe. Sketchbooks are, for many artists, amongst their most valued possessions. They are working, portable volumes of ideas and collected inspirations; permanent records of time and place, atmosphere and experience. Sketchbooks are central to the practice of looking and seeing the world around us critical for artists and their final artworks. Artists’ sketchbooks offer huge insight into the diversity of the creative process and can provide inspiration and ideas. Filled to the brim, they are a joy to explore demonstrating the dedication and the pursuit of an ideas.

Sketchbooks are also individual and private. They can be closed and put away and offer an opportunity for personal space and reflection. As well as a critical tool for all creative professionals, they provide a wonderful entry point for those who do not draw often or are returning to the practical arts after a time away. Sketchbooks are practical and can be carried in a pocket or bag, and sometimes worked in briefly, to make the most of the small moments in busy lives. Sketchbooks can also be a place for experimenting with new media and and developing ideas for larger projects.

This course explores all aspects of the sketchbook in a practical and theoretical workshop. Professional artist Sarah Simblet will help you develop your own sketchbook, as well as introducing exciting and new ways in which to use it – either as a standalone activity or in relation to other works of art and projects you create.

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8—9 July 2017

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and a drinks reception.

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