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Questions About Sketchbook Skool

What is Sketchbook Skool?

We are an online art school — but a different one.

We offer online video classes. We give live online workshops.  We have a huge community of aspiring artists just like you.

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.

Why Are We Different?

Sketchbook Skool 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 multi-week courses, you will get several different teachers, each with their own way of creating and teaching art. Every week, a different teacher will share their stories, their sketchbooks, their techniques and ideas. So, you will get many fresh perspectives. And every course, 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. Moreover, they will teach and inspire you based on lessons they’ve learned from documenting their days, all around the world. Our faculty 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. So, 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. Moreover, 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 courses are $29, and longer ones are $149.

(Plus we have to add VAT, for EU residents.)

And what do I get?

A lot.

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 class and discuss the lesson in our discussion section. After that, you’ll get fascinating creative assignments which you can then upload and share with the class.

Your teacher will then give a demonstration, letting you watch over their shoulder as they draw and paint a full sketchbook page. This video, generally ten minutes or longer, will be narrated and full of in-depth tips and advice.

As part of your enrollment, you also get an exclusive invitation to the Skool Yard, Sketchbook Skool’s newest social network. This space is for students only and is an exciting new platform for sharing art and making friends!

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 FACULTY section of this site to learn more about them and see some of their amazing work.

What’s the difference between the categories of courses?

“On-demand” means you can start on your course 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 course, but they’ll be working at their own pace too.

Courses for beginners  cover the basics. They’re for anyone who wants to start or 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 in-depth and focused but they are still open to all levels.

Multiple Teacher courses 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.

Can I get feedback?

Absolutely. When you enroll in a course, you will be invited to join our online social platform, The Skool Yard.  You will find a specific group where the other students in your course hang out, sharing their work, encouragement and guidance (and the teachers often drop by too!)  We do not provide individualized instruction or critiques by the teacher 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 class. 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?

Yes. We close caption all our courses (in English). 

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 Art Bootcamp. But whichever course 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.

What time of day is the class?

Anytime you want! Skool lessons are pre-recorded videos, and you get access once each week of class 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 class 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?

Yay! Join our Facebook group, our YouTube channel, follow our Twitter feed, share your art on Instagram and Pinterest, or drop us a line at [email protected].

What if I took a course a long time ago, but can’t find it now?

If it’s been awhile since you logged in, you just need a new account on platform in order to see your old content. You can write to us and we will get you back in class!