Featured image by Lin Frye

It’s almost the end of the year—time to look back at the old before ringing in the new. Judging by your drawings, 2015 was a great year at Sketchbook Skool, and we can’t wait to create with you in 2016! Registration for our new kourse opens on January 1; until then, here are a few of the amazing things that happened this year.

January 2015 was all about tips and tools! We gave you 5 interesting ways to start a new sketchbook, 10 great reasons to keep an illustrated journal, and 50 tips on drawing people. We discussed choosing a fountain pen, drawing as a way to meditate, and how your creativity helps others.

Danny Gregory

Danny Gregory

In February, we celebrated the first year of Sketchbook Skool with our skool cheer: art for all! We showed you how to see yourselves as artists and repeated some of our fakulty’s most inspiring quotes. And of course, we talked more about fountain pens.

In March, we answered your burning questions: What is gouache? How do you make time to draw? And how do you shut your monkeySketchbook Skool co-founder Danny Gregory’s catchphrase for silencing that inner critic? In April, Brenda Swenson drew on funky paper, Melanie Reim gave us her top five places to draw people, and Tommy Kane, the King of Krosshatching, showed us how this seemingly simple shading technique is done.

Tommy Kane

Tommy Kane

Art blues? Not on our kampus! In May, our teachers got you out of a style slump with 15 more inspirational quotes, and Brenda Swenson gave her positive reaction to rejection. In June, we showed you how to plan what to pack for vacation and how to fit 100 travel souvenirs in one bag.

Koosje Koene

Koosje Koene

In July, we learned about travel watercolor cases, getting over the fear of the blank page, and how many sketchbooks is too many. If the answer was “never enough,” in August we gave you tips for sketchbook storage, pricing your artwork, and, most important, how to leave perfectionism behind and just draw.

Book storage by Apartment Therapy

Book storage by Apartment Therapy

In September, we went back to Skool with tips on drawing your way out of your comfort zone, 5 ways to kickstart a creative habit, and how to make that new creative habit stick. We celebrated Inktober with Jonathan Twingley’s foolproof tip on self-motivation and 50 new sketchbook themes to pep up your pages, and we introduced you to one of your new teachers, Sabine Wisman.

Jonathan Twingley

Jonathan Twingley

In November, you met new teacher Michael Nobbs and got a sneak peek at what Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene’s planning for the new semester. And after the terrorist attacks in Paris, you stood with Jean-Christophe Dephline and his fellow Parisians and proved that drawing is more than just a pastime; art can heal.

Christine Van De Ruit

Christine Van De Ruit

December meant celebrating the holidays Sketchbook Skool style! We got festive with Felix Scheinberger, decked the halls with boughs of Penny Dullaghan, and made our own version of A Christmas Karol. In other words, we got ready for a new year of new art!

Felix Scheinberger, Penny Dullaghan, and Koosje Koene on location and getting ready for 2016!

Felix Scheinberger, Penny Dullaghan, and Koosje Koene on location and getting ready for 2016!

We love all the art you’ve been making, and we can’t wait to do more with you in 2016. Our new Sketchbook Skool kourse begins soon, with the registration office open on January 1. From all of us at Sketchbook Skool to all of you, have a happy, healthy, creative New Year!

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