Course Start DatesTuesday 21st April 2020
About the Course
Join me online for my Travel Sketchbooks e-course. The course consists of nine sessions, as well as an introduction and farewell. Each session features a video tutorial, as well as footage of me creating my holiday sketchbook, still images to guide and inspire you as well as tasks and advice to help you get the most out of your travel sketchbook. The course is about how to find your own visual language, and how to approach drawing, to give you confidence to draw outside, and how to make the most of being on holiday, capturing the essence of where you are staying and create a mixed media sketchbook that is full of vitality.
Daily email notifications will give you access to password protected pages where you can access the course content. The course will be delivered over two weeks - you will receive emails with password access to online videos and tasks. The first two tutorials will need to be completed before you go on holiday, 3,4,5,6, whilst you are there, and 7,8,9 when you return. After each session there are 1-2 hours of tasks to complete. The video content of this course has subtitles.
After the course has been delivered, you will have a further 4 weeks to revisit and complete the tasks. During the six weeks you will have access to a forum for current course students where you can share your creations and receive constructive feedback on how to develop your work.
More information and images of previous students work on my website.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The course has been planned to reflect the same amount of content I would usually offer in a two day 'live' course. I have priced the e-course to reflect the additional materials you'll need to purchase (basic drawing materials/sketchbook/glue and some other basic kit).
This course has been the best thing! I’ve already got my next sketchbook prepared and learnt through the process so it’s a bit less textured than my first attempt.. The course was really well planned out, it was great being able to work through at my own pace, Helen was great offering tips, tricks and suggestions I just wouldn’t have thought to try. I’ve nearly finished my first sketchbook and am super proud that every page is filled. I nearly didn’t sign up as I was back at work and wondered if I would have time, but the creative bug was ignited and I made time. The simple tip of having a pencil case ready to go is one if the best. The weekly feedback and online forum were really supportive and encouraging, I super course I’d highly recommend..
Sam - - #17303
I learned such a lot! Produced a sketchbook of images of Fife plus patterns I had observed. Focus on a small bit of the ‘view’, see patterns in everything. Even not being faced with white blank pages makes it easier to get started.
Going on holiday soon and sketchbook prep nearly done and excited about the prospect of filling it!
I really recommend this course. You were led gently through tasks and got constructive guidance.
Ruth Blakey - - #17172
I absolutely loved Helen's Travel Sketchbook course! I was lucky enough to be be travelling in Thailand when the course began and already had my sketchbook and watercolours with me as I enjoy sketching new places. I loved learning the new approaches to capturing the atmosphere and spirit of a place, making memories in my sketchbook, and then sharing my work with the other students in the forum. Even though we were all working through the same lessons our work was very different and I enjoyed seeing the places the others were drawing. The lessons and prompts are shared at just the right place, I felt I was learning new things but never felt overwhelmed and everyone was very friendly and supportive. I would definitely recommend this course.
Tracy Cupitt - - #17167
Helen's Sketchbook Course has been wonderful. Packed full of ideas, prompts and suggestions, it acts as a real motivator to gather a few basic materials together, and get stuck in. I really enjoyed the preparation parts, killing the 'white space' trauma of a new sketchbook was a great start. Putting work onto the forum was a first for me and I found it friendly and encouraging. I'll be referring back to my notes for a good while yet, there was too much to absorb all at once.
Jenny Cross - - #17166
I would highly recommend this course to anyone. The only problem is when you get to the end you will want to go back and do it all over again. Helen has put so much thought and content into the course and the on-line forum is very helpful and supportive. It has been both reinvigorating and refreshing and I found being able to work at my own pace in my own time a huge advantage. I am already thinking about starting my next sketchbook.
Christine Jones - - #17163
This is a fabulous course. I was lucky enough to be away on holiday for the first part of the course and it really helped to spark up my creativity. Once I started drawing and doing the exercises that are set, I couldn't stop and the ideas and inspiration started flowing. When I found myself getting stuck, there was encouragement not only from Helen in the on-line feedback sessions but also from the online community that was created for the duration of the course. I can't recommend this course highly enough. There is an underlying respect and appreciation of each individual's own creativity, rather than a 'set way' of doing things.
Penny - - #17160
Well structured course delivered in a logical, friendly and positive way. Great ideas for boosting creative approach to sketchbook activities. Ideas and processes achievable on location. Excellent to see video materials alongside written and photo descriptions. This course certainly helped to rekindle my creativity. I believe it will also have an on going effect on my sketchbook work. Thank you Helen.
Jill Richards - - #15912
I really enjoyed this course as Helen has carefully thought out how she develops her sketchbooks and shares her knowledge and ideas . Her starting points are very good to take away the fear of the blank page and make sketching more fun. I also did mine at home which was fine but I didn't have as much time as I hope I will when I do the same on my holiday. My sketchbook is being prepared !
jane - - #15570
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I have gained some fabulous tips and ideas on how to approach a sketchbook and develop my work. Helen is a great teacher and will guide you though the process- sharing her tried and tested techniques to go on to produce your own interpretations of and memories from various elements of your holiday or stay-cation.
Rachel B - - #15449
This is a wonderful course if you're wanting to develop a sketchbook practice. The course is for a travel sketchbook but I've been doing mine from home in my local town which has also worked out well and I'm now looking forward to my holiday so I can really develop my practice further. The course material has been really thoughtfully put together and Helen is a lovely teacher. It's full of information and advice on artistic techniques and I'm feeling very inspired now to go out and start drawing.
Rachel - - #15421
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