Working Sketchbooks: two approaches

with Alison Mountain

Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th April (2 days)

£130 excluding materials

Plus £5 per day for lunch (optional) – all dietary requirements catered for

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This two-day class explores different approaches to the working sketchbook. You will leave with a deeper understanding of what inspires and excites you, and how you can begin to use and develop this information in your individual art work.

Day one will begin with a discussion of preconceptions about the sketchbook with a view to extending ideas about what it can do, and how it can extend your existing practice. You will look at examples of sketchbooks to explore the various approaches and experiment with ways to begin the process and overcome fears, specifically centring around ‘the blank page’. You will play with methods of transforming expectations, thereby creating new connections, which can be individually selected and developed.

On day two, you will work from your own starting point and be guided through possible routes of development, with a focus on extending your practice beyond tried and tested methods to encourage creative breakthroughs.

This is primarily a practical workshop, and at the end you may well have produced several personal sketchbooks which not only look very different, but evidence or demonstrate alternative approaches to the working book.

All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along any preferred media too.

About the tutor

Alison Mountain is a multimedia artist and teacher who together with Jeanette Sendler owns and runs Big Cat Textiles. Primarily a painter, she has also focused on the creative process and co-authored Think inside the sketchbook (Collins, 2011).

She has led classes in creativity at all levels with particular emphasis on the development of sketchbook led processes to support personal practice whatever your discipline.

Alison Mountain Sketchbook Class 1

Alison Mountain Sketchbook Class 2

Alison Mountain Sketchbook Class 3