Category Archives for Study Hall

how to draw a story

Study Hall: How to Draw a Story

Everyone knows how to tell a story. Many of us could write a good story. But how do you draw a story? That’s what Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene shows you in this week’s Study Hall. Sketchbook Skool fakulty member Lynne Chapman took us on a tour of her concertina sketchbooks and shared her techniques […]

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draw and watercolor

Study Hall: How to Draw and Watercolor Outside

Most of us usually sketch indoors, in the comfort of our own homes, with nobody peeking over our shoulders. Maybe you even have a dedicated space for making art in your house or apartment. But eventually, the day will come when you want to take your sketchbook and venture outside, and that day probably came […]

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big head portrait

Study Hall: Danny Draws a Lapin-Style “Big Head” Portrait

The last time a Sketchbook Skool co-founder drew a “big head” portrait in the style of SBS fakulty member Lapin, Koosje Koene drew a special guest—her nephew Milo. This time, SBS co-founder Danny Gregory‘s special guest and model is someone you’ve seen in Danny’s artwork before: Joe the Daschund. Joe is an excellent model (and […]

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Spiraling Technique

Study Hall: Miguel’s Spiraling Technique

In this Study Hall, Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene draws something she’s never tried before (kind of surprising, considering where she’s from! You’ll see what we mean). Come along to Amsterdam and draw along with Koosje as she tries out this Urban Sketch and uses the “spiraling” technique taught by Sketchbook Skool fakulty member Miguel […]

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urban sketch

Study Hall: An Urban Sketch

Feel like going on an Urban Sketching trip? Come with us to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene will take you to world-famous Museum Square for an afternoon of urban sketching! A trip like this—being a tourist in your own town—is one of the great parts of the homework assignment from […]

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art of a fan

The Art of a Fan: A Sketchbook Skool Film

At Sketchbook Skool, we all know how drawing can enhance your appreciation of everything. People around you, the teacup in front of you, conversations you overhear in the cafe, food, and hockey games. Yes, even hockey. Marcy Singer, Sketchbook Skool student and ardent fan of the New York Rangers, combined her love of hockey and […]

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Creating Your Own Inspiration

Study Hall: Creating Your Own Inspiration

In this week’s Study Hall, Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene learns how to create her own inspiration with the crazy-good Butler Inspiration Generator. This amazing tool isn’t something you can buy at an art supply store, and it’s not an expensive gadget (thank goodness). The fabulous Butler Inspiration Generator (love the acronym—BIG!) is the invention […]

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how to draw buildings

Study Hall: Drawing a Building (an Urban Sketching Trip)

In this week’s Study Hall, Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene takes an Urban Sketching trip outside to draw a building. Here’s how to draw buildings:   In our Seeing kourse, Urban Sketcher Liz Steel teaches how to see patterns — she sketches ornate antique teacups to illustrate the point (literally!). Then, she goes outside and […]

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drawing Birds

Study Hall: Drawing Birds

Have you ever tried drawing outside, in nature? How about drawing nature in a city? Come with us to a park in the Netherlands and give on location nature sketching a try. In this week’s klass in our Seeing kourse, artist and naturalist Cathy Johnson takes you to the great (really great!) outdoors, her cabin […]

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Study Hall: Continual Line Drawing with Watercolor

Want to take an art lesson in Holland today? Come to Sketchbook Skool’s Amsterdam campus and learn about the continual line with watercolor in this Sketchbook Skool Study Hall. This week in our Seeing klass, Brenda Swenson teaches a lesson in continual line—drawing an object without lifting your pen from the page. It creates a […]

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