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May 1, 2015
Midterm Report: Stretching at Sketchbook Skool!
Featured image by student Pat Cameron As we reach the midway point of our newest kourse, Stretching, the staff at Sketchbook Skool are simply blown away by what students have been exploring over these past few weeks. Let this serve as a little update and a peek at what’s been going on in our skool halls for those of you who haven’t signed up for …Read more »
April 27, 2015
Should I Draw Digitally? A new Q&Art video with France Belleville-Van Stone
We don’t normally feature the same artist two weeks in a row but since her klass starts on Friday of this week, we talk with Stretching fakulty member France Belleville-Van Stone about an important question her lessons might have you asking! Even though we are approaching the third week in the course, there is still time for you to sign up and …Read more »
April 24, 2015
From One Beginning to Another: A Year of Sketchbook Skool
Featured image by Gwenaelle Glotin Tomorrow marks the first day of this new semester’s run of the Sketchbook Skool kourse, Beginning. Beyond welcoming a new batch of fresh students with sparkling empty sketchbooks, this month marks one year since we first launched Beginning as our very first kourse. One year of people drawing everything from …Read more »
April 22, 2015
Getting it Out There: Part II
For the second part of our series* of posts about Sketchbook Skool students getting their art out there and sharing it with the world, we meet a student who wasn’t ready to exhibit frame-ready prints, but that still wanted to show off the time spent on the pages of her sketchbook. Kerry McFall is a textile artist who chooses to share the work she …Read more »
April 20, 2015
Our Community Draws: Everyday Moments
Do you ever wonder how to decide what to draw in your daily art journal? How to make it count? How to make it interesting? For a recent weekly email assignment, fakulty member Liz Steel challenged us to capture a week’s worth of everyday moments. Draw an everyday object to summarise your day - what did you use the most that day? Did you buy …Read more »
April 19, 2015
What is crosshatching? A new Q&Art video with France Belleville van Stone
To finish up our focus on crosshatching, this week we ask author and brand-new Fakulty member France Belleville van Stone about the fine art of crosshatching — what it is, how to approach it, and how to get as good at it as she is. To learn more about Frances’s exciting klass in our new kourse, “Stretching” and to join, click here.Read more »
April 15, 2015
Getting it Out There: How Sketchbook Skool Students Share Their Art with the World
Featured image by Susanne Nason
This week’s guest post from our community is part one in a four part series on getting your art out there. With all the talk of stretching happening on social media and throughout our new platform, the topic of students pushing their drawings out into the world is a timely subject.
Have YOU been drawing in the …
April 13, 2015
Our Community Draws: On Funky Paper
Featured image by Brenda Swenson At Sketchbook Skool, we spend a lot of time talking about change and inspiration. We love it when fakulty members encourage students to break out of their comfort zones and there are plenty of ways to do this, whether it’s through taking one of our courses or perusing the blog for ideas on new things to try. For a …Read more »
April 10, 2015
Welcome to the Skoolhouse!
We are excited to welcome you all to our new semester — and our new campus! We have long wanted to build an virtual home for our skool that would showcase our lessons and your homework in a clean, welcoming design that was easy to use and rock-solid — and now we have the SketchBook Skoolhouse! Our development team has been working for months to …Read more »
April 8, 2015
Happy Draw a Bird Day!
Featured image is a sketchbook page filled with birds by fakulty member Cathy Johnson No matter where you are, today is Draw a Bird Day! We’ve seen birds before among the gallery pages at Sketchbook Skool and throughout social media. As it turns out, tomorrow is a great day to celebrate by drawing our Avian friends. What makes April 8 so special? …Read more »
April 6, 2015
Our Community Draws: Without Looking!
Featured image by Jean-Christophe Defline One of our most recent Sketchbook Skool weekly email assignments encouraged recipients to take off their serious hats and play! Fakulty member Jean-Christophe Defline asked, Do you really need to look at your paper when drawing? Jean-Christophe was inspired to give this assignment as an homage to Cabu, an …Read more »
April 3, 2015
Fakulty Friday: Taking Oblique Strategies to Your Sketchbook
The concept of Stretching has been on our minds lately, and for good reason. With an exciting new course coming up, we have been stretching our brains when it comes to new challenges and new content, as well as how to jazz up what we currently do for this community and how we can make it better. For those of you who have been returning to your …Read more »