This course has concessions available

Creating Exciting Sketchbooks – Online

Have you never used sketchbooks but always wanted to? Is all your work on loose pieces of paper getting torn and tatty, disorganised in a drawer or folder somewhere? Or is your sketchbook dull and uninteresting? Do you start it then forget about it? Does it need some love and attention? Does it need colour? Organisation? Do you want to creatively explore within the pages of your sketchbook, learn some new techniques and create a vibrant, exciting sketchbook? If any or all of these apply to you then this course is for you!

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

Complete beginners to those with years of art experience can enjoy this course.

What does this course cover

During this 4-week course beginners and more advanced students will be able to explore different new and exciting techniques to create interesting sketchbook pages.
You will learn a variety of mixed media techniques such as collage, wax resist, blotting, using different pens, graphite, inks, watercolour paint, Scraffito, frottage, wet and dry brush techniques, simple printing.
The formal elements; line, tone, colour, texture, pattern will be covered in brief.
You will explore how to gather, research, collect information and develop a theme (using nature as a starting point) and how to reference artists, designers, craftspeople to support and enrich your own work.
We will look at composition techniques such as using a viewfinder, combining or repeating elements.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
Be more confident in using your skecthbook
Completed at least 4 double pages showcasing the techniques visited
Devleop ideas of how to take it forward in your sketchbook or into larger pieces of work including: paintings, prints or mixed media

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation via zoom. PowerPoint etc handouts with visual diagrams (emailed to students). One-to-one teaching. Group discussions all via zoom.
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching. Sharing techniques/achievements in their work via zoom/ in class displays/discussion.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials list:
We would recomend that you prepare variety of art materials including:
Sketchbook (s), homemade or bought
A wax candle or white crayon
Inks and/or watercolours
A selection of black pens including water soluble if possible and a couple of coloured pens may also be interesting but not essential
Primary colours plus black and white acrylic paints
A selection of brushes
Brown paper, newspaper, old envelopes, tissue paper or any other papers you have that can be glued into your books

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre. Mixed media, painting or drawing courses or printmaking and textiles.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’