What is Sketchbook Skool?
Our goal is to get you making art again. To show you how to get started. But also how to keep going — how to fit art into your everyday life so you keep improving and having fun.
And that’s where your sketchbook comes in. It’s going to become a book of stories about your everyday life. At Sketchbook Skool, we don’t draw naked strangers and bowls of fruit. We draw the things of your life, the places you go, the food you eat, the people you love, the beauty that surrounds you. And page by page, you will create a visual memoir that is as unique and beautiful as you are. Whether you are want to kickstart your creativity or deepen the work you are already making, Sketchbook Skool will unleash the artist in you in exciting new directions.
SketchbookSkool is different because we’re not about rigid lessons and how-to exercises. We want to inspire you with stories and fresh perspectives on art and life. We want to fire you up and keep you going.
At Sketchbook Skool, every class of every term is unique. In each of our 5-week kourses, you will get five different teachers, each with their own way of doing things, each with their own unique life experiences. Every week, another teacher will share their stories, their sketchbooks, their techniques and ideas. You will get five fresh perspectives. And every kourse, we’ll have new, exciting and inspiring teachers.
Because at Sketchbook Skool, we believe there are as many ways to make art as there are people on the planet.
The teachers of Sketchbook Skool are practicing artists, illustrators, designers, and art directors, who have all been keeping illustrated journals for years. They will teach and inspire you based on lessons they’ve learned from documenting their days, all around the world. Our fakulty are the word’s best-loved illustrated journalists, well-known on the Internet and in books and videos.
Every class at Sketchbook Skool is designed to inspire you. To educate you. And to be fun. We use high-quality video production. Sumptuously illustrated materials. Clear concepts and demonstrations. No jargon. And useful feedback. All running on leading-edge, yet simple-to-use technology.
And we want you to meet other artists just like you. That is why we foster and encourage an atmosphere of collaboration and discussion between all of our students and teachers. You will have a chance to share your work in a supportive and encouraging environment and to make friends with great people who are on the same path of discovery.
Check out the video on our ABOUT page for a lovely skool tour.
What does it cost?
Shorter kourses are $29, two week kourses are $49, and longer ones are $99.
(Plus we have to add VAT, for EU residents.)
And what do I get?
Each week during the kourse, you will be invited to the next session of Sketchbook Skool. In several beautifully produced videos, you’ll be introduced to your teacher’s art, story, and view of the world. You’ll even get a peek inside their personal journals.
Next, your teacher will share several unique and inspiring insights into drawing and journaling. You’ll be able to share your point of view with the klass and discuss the lesson in our discussion section. You’ll get fascinating creative assignments which you can then upload and share with the klass.
Your teacher will then give a demonstration, letting you watch over their shoulder as they draw and paint a full journal page. This video, generally ten minutes or longer, will be narrated and full of in-depth tips and advice.
At the end of each session, your teacher will give you a special gift. The value of these gifts alone may well exceed the cost of tuition.
All of this material is available to you forever.
Who are these teachers?
Simply put, they are the best sketchbook artists in the world. Check the FAKULTY section of this site to learn more about them and see some of their amazing work.
What’s the difference between the categories of kourses?
New Kourses: Every month or two, we launch a new kourse and we all work on the lessons together. The lessons are timed to roll out each week and all the students get them at the same time. You’ll find yourself surrounded by a big community of great creative people just like you, all sharing the experience, supporting and encouraging you to be creative. Sort of like a book club — but with sketchbooks!
“On-demand” means you can start on your kourse immediately. And work at your own pace. Enroll today and start drawing today. Watch the lessons once a week. Or binge-watch as much as you want. It’s up to you. You can still share work and comments with others in the kourse, but they’ll be working at their own pace too.
Foundation kourses cover the basics. They’re for beginners but also for anyone who wants to get back to the principles of drawing, painting and journaling.
Workshops focus on a particular type of project and tend to be taught by a single teacher.They are more indepth and focussed but they are still open to all levels.
5 Weeks, 5 Teachers kourses are what the name implies. Each week you hang out with a different teacher and share their studios, techniques, work, and wisdom. We think of them as an inspirational smorgasbord.
What if I missed the deadline for the start of a community kourse?
You can still join a community kourse in progress at any point. You may have some extra work to do — what fun! Or you can just wait for the next community kourse, usually announced a couple of weeks before it begins. SUBSCRIBE to our zine for announcements.
Can I ask the teacher questions?
Our community kourses offer weekly video chats with the teachers. And we also hold monthly “Office Hours” for all our on-demand kourses where we answer any question you might have. We also post the most frequently asked questions and the teacher’s in-depth answers in the kourse materials. We do not provide individualized instruction but we hope to inspire you to draw a lot, which we believe is the best way to learn.
Do I need a lot of supplies?
At the start, the only requirement is a blank book and a pen. And as soon as you enroll, we’ll suggest how to shop for these basics.
However, you can use any additional media you like. Our teachers will be using watercolors, ink, gouache, collage and more, and we’ll give you the details of those materials in klass. We hope to inspire you — and that may prompt another trip or two to the art supply store (what could be better?).
Will the videos be subtitled?
We have started to subtitle our newest kourses (in English). And we provide complete, downloadable video transcripts for each lesson in every kourse.
What if I can’t draw?
You’ve come to the right place. You might want to start with How to Draw Without Talent or A Drawing A Day. But whichever kourse you take, we will get you on the road to developing a lifelong creative habit. A habit that will erase your fears about “talent” and your inability to draw a straight line (that’s why they make rulers). A habit that will turn drawing and painting into a regular, rich, fun part of your life.
What if I can draw?
You’ve come to the right place. Sketchbook Skool is about new ideas, new directions, and loads of inspiration. Even if you are an avid illustrated journalist, we’re sure you will find loads of fodder for new ways to make your sketchbooks exciting and fresh.
Is Sketchbook Skool only online?
For now. But we are working on real-world events to celebrate the art of illustrated journaling. Stay tuned!
What time of day is the klass?
Anytime you want! Skool lessons are pre-recorded videos, and you get access once each week of klass begins. You can watch them any time you like. Our students are from timezones all over the world, so you’ll be able to interact with them in klass forums and on our Facebook group whenever you want.
How long do I have access to the lessons?
Forever. So if you fall behind, no problem. You can catch up and review all your lessons whenever life permits.
What if I want more, more, more?
Don’t you people know how to spell “school”?
Of kourse we do…