Mixed and other media

The instant sketchbook with Annabel Tilley

Ref: S1D09161

Suitable for all

Book now

1 place available

About this course

Reboot and re-energise your practice with an instant sketchbook. Make one, fill one and make another. Experiment with drawing, collage, composition and colour.

Course Description

Hourly, daily, weekly, timed and subject-focussed sketchbooks can be used as research tools to explore ideas, techniques or to revitalise your practice. If you are time-short an instant sketchbook will hold and represent your current ideas and investigations in miniature.

The humble artist's sketchbook is a magical component of any artist's practice. Learn how to create an instant sketchbook using drawing and collage techniques. Work quickly, instinctually and experimentally to create rapid images where one idea leads to another.

Annabel will demonstrate how an instant sketchbook can be a practice-changing, joyful and liberating experience. You will learn how to overcome the hesitancy and indecision that can often eat away at precious studio time, and will find yourself taking risks and trying new approaches in terms of technique, colour, form and composition.

There will be some very basic stitching to create the sketchbooks for which the tutor will be on hand to advise and assist.

By the end of the course you will have learned how to make a variety of instant sketchbooks, and created and filled three of your own. You will have developed new ideas about drawing and collage and will have gained confidence in trusting your own judgement to work quickly and instinctually.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing all paper-based materials for the sketchbooks including: archival glue, needles, thread and some paper-based collage material shared amongst the group

What students need to bring

  • A variety of collage material such as magazines, newsprint, wallpaper, tissue paper, foil and tracing paper etc. Drawing materials and a pair of scissors are essential.
  • Have a look on-line at artist's sketchbooks: Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Paul Klee, Georges Braque, Phyllida Barlow. Do some research on how artists, past and present, use sketchbooks and think about how you would like to use one in your own practice. Gather together general collage material, magazines, brochures and catalogues.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Scissors (essential)
  • Pen, pencil, coloured pens and/or pencils
  • Ruler
  • Quick-drying paints like: watercolour, gouache, acrylic and/or coloured inks
  • Brushes
  • Glue-stick (like Pritt Stick) if preferred (archival pva glue will be provided)
  • Papers - textured papers, tracing paper, tissue paper


Annabel Tilley

Annabel Tilley, graduate of the University of Brighton and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, has a drawing-based and sketchbook practice and has exhibited widely and undertaken several residencies. She is a lecturer, co-author of What they didn't teach you in art school (Octopus Books, 2016) and co-Founder of Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-2015).

Courses of interest