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Art of the sketchbook


About the Course

Who is it for?
For you, Creative, Artist, Maker.

What will I gain?
By the end of this workshop you will have a sketchbook jam packed with ideas, pages you will be itching to use and the confidence to move your work forward.
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I am Mel a Fine Artist living and working in the Cotswolds. I am passionate about fuelling creativity. So I created this course for you.

An inspirational online art course designed for artists of all ages and ability levels. Six focused creative tasks encourage experimentation, creativity, curiosity and play. Taking the fear out of the blank page. 

Be inspired ... 
This is an opportunity to find or build your visual language through your sketchbook. We will explore and question your use of the visual elements.
Line - Shape - Tone - Texture - Form - Pattern -Colour

How is this delivered?
Delivered through 6 engaging, instructional and informative films in which I guide you through your creative journey in your sketchbook (more details below.)

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Finding your visual voice...
We produce pages that explore and help you diagnose your unique use of the visual elements.
Art of the Sketchbook is designed for:
• Artists and creative’s who want to experiment, explore and expand their sketchbook.
• Artists and creative’s of all stages and ages.
• Anyone who is curious about their creativity and would like to build a confident sketchbook.
How do I know if this is for me? 
This workshop really is suitable for any artist or curious creative at any level. Here is Jane a professional artist talking about her experience during ‘Art of the Sketchbook.’
“It is gentle and inspiring. Mel’s warmth and creative generosity is really encouraging. I've already started developing ideas to turn into paintings.
Art of the Sketchbook - is the perfect antidote.
It is suitable for professional artists and complete beginners alike and I hope it will lead to  people everywhere dusting off their blank sketchbooks, or buying new ones, and filling them with with delicious experiments, exciting compositions and new ideas like I have. 
Thanks Mel you've really charged my flat battery”
Gaye started painting and drawing only last year. Here is her feedback on this online workshop. 
“Mel, I’m loving your on line course, I really am.  I’m learning so much. I’ve discovered that when I’m ‘mark making’ I’m actually trying to create pictures rather than just marks and effects and then disappointing myself. It suddenly dawned on me when watching your 4th workshop lesson, so I’m starting again from scratch with glee!”

Each of the six tasks has a clear focus and is accompanied by an engaging, instructional, informative film in which I guide you through your creative journey in your sketchbook. The films provide an insight into my studio practice and artistic experiences and demonstrate your creative task. Watch the ‘Art of the Sketchbook’ film on my website, you will see how.

Practical support.
Each task has its own downloadable sheet that contains a kit list and a summary of what you’ve learnt. It also contains clickable links to my carefully curated Pinterest boards for inspiration. Once a week for 6 weeks you will receive an email from me offering gentle advice and support on the creative task you are about to receive.
A new creative task, will be sent to you every week over a 6 week period.  Once you sign up you will have free access to your workshop AT ANY TIME, giving you the freedom to complete the workshop in your own time and your own space. This also gives you the opportunity to go back and repeat any of the tasks whenever you choose, either immediately or at any point in the future.
What are the Creative Tasks? 
We start the workshop with a creative task designed to make your sketchbook more accessible and exciting. Tackling the fear of the blank page. We then move on to exploring the properties of materials ... outside of the sketchbook. These experiments are created and used to further disrupt the blank page and help compose creative sketchbook pages. 
Finding your visual voice.
We go on to produce pages that explore and help you diagnose your unique use of the visual elements. This exercise is designed to help you find your visual voice. Watch the ‘Introduction’ film on my website where I explain this in more detail.
Composition and colour theory.
All  while giving you practical tasks and tips on colour theory, mark making and composition, with insights into my own artistic practice.
The Creative Tasks are:
·       Changing pages 
·       Exploring materials 
·       Disrupting the page 
·       Exploring your visual language 

Bonus Feature on mark making 
·       The creative journey continues 
Free... I gift you a seascape lesson at the end of your six lessons.

What you will need

You can use whichever sketchbook you have or takes your fancy. I demonstrate using a square Pink Pig sketchbook with150gsm paper inside.

What materials do I need?
The good news is ... what ever materials you have to hand, dry or wet. E.g. pencils, pens, ink, paint ... as the creative principles apply to all.

My preferred materials are acrylic inks, acrylic paint and watercolour pencils. Therefore these are the materials I will be using throughout demonstrations.

I will be showing you primarily how to work in the materials above. This doesn't mean other materials aren't relevant. Including oil pastels, chalk pastels, a pan box of watercolours, fine line pens, graphite pencils, the list is endless.

Useful Equipment
A water spray bottle, palette knife, square ended brush, household candle.

Art Shopping Treats
Box of pan watercolours
Acrylic inks (start with 2 bottles)
Water colour pencils might be useful too (start with 2 colours)

My advice, buy the colours you are attracted to. One darker colour and one lighter/brighter colour of inks and watercolour pencils.
A larger cheap tube of white paint - System 3 Acrylic serves me well.

More Detail
Here are my favourite colours, if you would like to buy singles. Watch out for prices, some colours are much more expensive than others.
Titanium white - Prussian Blue - Olive Green- Cadmium Yellow - Paynes Grey - Cadmium Red - Alizarin Crimson
Expensive colours - Naples Yellow - Phthalo Blue (green hue.)


Melanie at Melanie Cormack-Hicks Fine Artist

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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