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Live online course – Extraordinary sketchbooks with Freya Pocklington

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About this course

Discover how to develop themes and meanings in your drawings to add to the aesthetic of your work, and explore your subject matter in more depth. Delivered in a live session via Zoom on the dates shown.

Course Description

Includes posted materials kit - booking open until midnight Sunday 22 November to allow time for you materials kit to arrive. Currently, these can only be mailed to mainland UK addresses.

You will explore a variety of techniques to create a library of sketchbooks from single folded sheets to simply bound books. You will also learn new ways to fill the books using various methods, from collage to cutting, alongside exploring ways to use the pencil differently. Demonstrations will be given with a short brief.

This course will revolutionise how you use sketchbooks – seeing them as not a scary set of empty pages, but as a useful tool and in some cases a final object or piece of work. You will discover ways of filling the sketchbooks through looking at themes, how to start them and work though them without losing interest.

09.00 – 09.15 Sign in and introductions
09.15 – 09.40 Introduction to the course and slide show about sketchbooks. 
                          You will need a notebook and pen/pencil
09.40 – 09.50 Exercise 1 (Warm up) 
                          A3 sheet of paper folded into 4.  Pencil or pen
09.50 – 10.10 Exercise 2 
                          4 x sheets of tracing paper. Paperclip. Pencil. 1 x red pencil crayon, 1x blue
                          pencil crayon
10.10 – 10.30 Exercise 3 
                          1 long sheet of paper made from A3 cartridge sheet, 1 x red pencil crayon, 
                          1 x blue pencil crayon           
10.30 – 11.00 BREAK
11.00 – 12.00 Exercise 4 
                          A5 cartridge paper x 4 sheets. Winsor and Newton Ink in red, blue, yellow
                          and black, Brushes 1 x thick and 1 x thin. Twig from outside
12.00 – 12.30 Exercise 5
                        4 x sheets A4 Cartridge paper. Black ink and coloured ink. Conte compressed
12.30 – 13.00 Exercise 4 revisited
13.00 – 14.15 LUNCH
14.15 – 15.30 Exercise 6
                          Collage papers (premade from before). Glue Pritt Stick.  Scissors. 
                          1 x sheet A2 folded into 4
15.30 – 16.00 BREAK
16.00 – 16.30 Exercise 7
                      Tapestry needle. Embroidery thread. Scissors

09.15 – 09.40 Exercise 8
                      3 x sheets A5 cartridge paper. Pencil. 2 x coloured pencils (red and blue).  
                      Masking tape
09.40 – 10.40 Exercise 9
                      Cardboard box (easy to cut). Black pen. White chalk
10.40 – 11.10 BREAK
11.10 – 12.30 Exercise 10
                      Box. Pencil. Paper
12.30 – 13.00 Show boxes
13.00 – 14.15 LUNCH
14.15 – 15.00 Exercise 11
                      A2 cartridge sheet folded into 8. Pencil
15.00 – 15.45 Exercise 12
                      Pencil. Pen. Envelopes
15.45 – 16.10 BREAK
16.10 – 17.00 Final chat and show

Course Materials


A materials pack is included in the course fee and will be mailed to you to arrive before the course. Currently, these can only be mailed to mainland UK addresses.

What students need to bring

Please read and familiarise yourself with the the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts 
It is also useful to have the following close to hand – a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet)

You will also need to have: 
Computer, pencil, black pen, notepad, apron, desk area with tablecloth to work on, scissors, ruler, 2 water pots, 1 thin/fine watercolour brush, 1 thick watercolour brush (1 inch approx), selection of twigs from outside, Pritt stick or any paper glue, masking tape (optional), cardboard box (easy to cut) – from packaging or a delivery, knife and a cutting board if you have one (or piece of wood).

Included in the kit you will receive before the course: 
12 sheets A5 220gsm cartridge paper
5 sheets A3 220gsm cartridge paper
6 sheets A2 220gsm cartridge paper
1 x red/blue double ended pencil crayon
4 Winsor and Newton Inks (Yellow, red, blue and Indian ink black) small pots
1 black HB conte compressed charcoal
1 x white chalk or pastel (one which will draw on cardboard)
1 x tapestry needle (fits embroidery thread)
1 x embroidery thread any colour
1 x cardboard box 
3 x plastic envelopes 


What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.

After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support.  This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.

Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places, depending on the course.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).

Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).

You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here

It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.

Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.

Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here.

We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email (Monday-Friday) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact (Monday-Friday).

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. For any other queries about online courses please contact

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (If your course included a materials pack, it will state this clearly in the course materials section).

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date.


Freya Pocklington

DACC Core Team Tutor and Short Course Tutor

Freya trained at Edinburgh College of Art and UAL. She has received residencies from The Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish Arts Council, The Florence Trust, Somerset House, West Dean College and The National Trust. She exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad. Freya is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art, examining the role of fine art portraiture within narrative medicine.

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