Offered entirely online: livestreaming classes and personalized feedback on completed work.

Sketchbook Practice Workshop

with G Caruso

Develop a consistent sketchbook practice. Whatever your goal is – improving drawing skills, learning new techniques, or advancing a specific project – a sketchbook is the best place to work on it. For countless artists before us and now, the sketchbook has always been the place to collect and analyze ideas, practice specific drawing skills and experiment in small format with techniques and solutions that would later be developed into larger works.

Through live demonstrations, exercises, and hands on practice you will learn foundation skills for drawing as well as special sketchbook techniques.

Sketchbook Practice Workshop will consist of a series of modules, each focused on a different subject or technique. The teaching will develop organically with each module over the course of the year, but if you start mid-year you will be guided into the overall process. Individual tutoring and specific exercises will respond on the goals, struggles and needs of each student. 

This workshop is open to complete beginners and you are welcome to join at the start of any module, or leave and come back.

Mondays 6-8pm CET


Mixed Media: January – February 17
Portrait: February 24 – March 30
Lockdown Edition: April 6 – May 18 (online)
Watercolor: May 25 – June 29  (online)
Urban Landscape: July 6 – August 10 (online)
Inks: August 17-Sept 21 (online)
Monsters: Sept 28 – Nov 2 (online)
Pastels and Pencils: Nov 9 – Dec 14 (online)

Next up: Pastels and Pencils

Sometimes you are somewhere where you can’t use wet mediums but you still want to study colors… Pastels and colored pencils are your best friends for that. Dry pastels and wax or oil based colored pencils are the most accessible colored medium for your sketchbook practice. You don’t have to mix them or use a brush, they’re just there, ready for you!

During this workshop we will look at how to get the most out of our pastels and pencils and how to work in the most efficient way on tonal/colored paper.

Pastels are the dry media that is capable of producing images as chromatically complex as traditional oil painting. Pastels can produce blended and realistic effects as well as dynamic and vibrant expressive strokes.


Our Online Workshop Format:

Classes meet via Zoom, livestreaming, and include live demos and step by step instructions from the instructor. Participants will do exercises along with the instructor and have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time. We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and intimate. Participants have the option take a little extra time on their own, at home, to complete the exercises or practice at their own pace, although this is not required. Finished work gets uploaded to a Dropbox folder where the instructor will give individual feedback and answer questions in the comments section. Participants can also comment on each others work in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session will be made available to participants.

Read more on the blog:

Sketchbook Creative Journey and Painting on location and the practice of mindful observation