Sketchbooks: creating visual journeys

Course Dates: 11/02/25 - 25/02/25
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Create a 'visual journey' of discovery through an experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media to produce a collection of work or personal ideas for further development. Suitable for all.
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Sketchbooks: creating visual journeys
  • Course Code: VH957
  • Dates: 11/02/25 - 25/02/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Ruth Brison

Course Code: VH957

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Tue, day, 11 Feb - 25 Feb '25

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

An introduction to the use of the sketchbook as a visual journal 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.

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.

Ruth Brison

Ruth has taught drawing, painting and mixed media for more than 30 years, at many levels including Further, Higher and Adult Education, all over the country, including Manchester, Birmingham and London. She studied Fine Art at Liverpool and Birmingham Universities and has exhibited diversely, including the Royal Academy in London. As an artist and educator she has an eclectic mix of skills and interests. Drawing is pivotal. Mixed media has become a central focus over the years and her practice has developed towards the interface between Fine Art and Textiles where elements of painting, relief and experimental textiles meet. Coming from a background of accomplished artists and educators’ she has spent many years developing values in educational practice and enabling students to access their own creative potential.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.