Granary Studio

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Developing Sketchbooks

Developing Sketchbooks


September 8, 2023 - July 5, 2024    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Note: Payment is your first instalment - Total Cost: £500 (total)


Granary Studio
Main Road, Owslebury, SO21 1LU

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Developing Sketchbooks. Susan Chapman is the tutor for this course. For more information about Susan, please visit her website

sketchbook edges a selection of student sketchbooks


Using a sketchbook forms the basis for developing most art work, whichever discipline. This course aims to show how to approach this practice, and includes many ways of recording and developing ideas, in addition to traditional drawing.

Sketchbooks are the foundation of all creative work. If you can record your feelings, your observations, and all your senses, you will have a rich resource from which to design and make your textile pieces. This course serves as an introduction to the discipline of keeping a sketchbook and how to go about it, with some simple exercises to get you started, using a broad range of materials and techniques. Simple bookbinding techniques will be taught and also the process of working with a theme.

Dates, please take careful note

Dates for the year 2023/2024, mainly the first Friday in the month as follows.

8 sep, 6 Oct, 3 nov, 1 dec, 2 feb, 8 mar, 12 apr, 3 may, 7 june, 5 july


Developing Sketchbooks fee is £500. You should pay in 3 instalments, firstly £200 as a deposit before the course starts and will secure your place, secondly £200 paid before the February session, and thirdly the final payment of £100 to be paid before the May session


Each day will include a taught practical session in the morning, then in the afternoon you will continue to work with the day’s theme in your own sketchbooks, mentored by me.

The main themes covered in the course are as follows, although there may be changes along the way

markmaking for collage, altered photographs, monoprinting, collage, acrylic paint and glazing medium, stancils and masks, using text, pockets and folded books, covers, final editing and review.

Developing sketchbooks will give you an insight into a broad range of art materials throughout the course, which will be available for your use in the studio.

Requirements for the first session

The studio is well stocked with resources, and you will be advised to bring any further items at each stage.

Notebook and Pen


Sketchbook, these are for sale at the studio if you don’t have any. We will discuss sketchbooks at the first session , so don’t go out and buy any especially

Please bring your own lunch as there is no shop in the village. Tea coffee and biscuits available throughout the day

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Reserve Space

Total cost of the class is £500 for the year, paid in three instalments at the beginning of each term, to include most materials.
Payment 1 £200 Payment 2 £200 Payment 3 £100