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Students Explore the Benefits of Sketchbooks

Drawing Lab students work in sketchbooks to augment studies we usually do on larger paper. Our Wednesday and Thursday evening crews enjoy learning quick gesture sketches as well as longer, detailed studies of objects around the studio. Shown in the above photos, Lenore happily busted out a fine Picassoesque gesture sketch of the rooster, while Fiona swiftly studied textures and details of the rusty, old lantern.

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Our Thursday evening crew, deep in the sketchbook drawing zone

Regular practice in a sketchbook is an important aspect of improving observational drawing skills. The sketchbook is also a powerful tool for drawing from imagination, organizing ideas for projects, and journaling one’s deepest thoughts.

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Emma sketches her way through observing a cup of drawing pencils.

Our Sketchy Goal: Try to do at least one, 15-minute sketch per day. It’s important to make it a fun habit to draw for a little while, even if it’s just a random doodle during school or a staff meeting at work. Try drawing a coffee mug during your lunch break or while watching TV. Here’s a list of ideas to help students keep their sketchbook habit going—you can get started too!

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Wednesday evening’s Drawing Lab students concentrating on sketching various subjects.

Carry your sketchbook, wherever you go. Unplug and enjoy using a pencil or pen to capture a wonderful life experience in your sketchbook instead of using your phone camera.

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Mike’s zoom-in drawing of a piece of driftwood.

Enjoyment of sketch booking comes from casual or intensive studies of things you’re looking at. It’s all about experimenting with different techniques, exploring different media, and making mistakes—happy accidents can turn into exciting new directions for your drawing! And once in a while, we might even take time to pull together an awesome finished drawing.

Want to draw with us? Drawing Lab or SketchTribe

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Rob Court

Founder and drawing coach at the Scribbles Institute, Rob helps adults and kids learn basic drawing skills for work, school, and enjoyment. He is the author of a number of how-to-draw books.