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Live online course with materials box – Extraordinary sketchbooks with Freya Pocklington

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About this course

Learn innovative and unusual methods of creating sketchbooks broadening your idea of what a sketchbook can be. 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

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.

You will explore a variety of techniques to create a library of sketchbooks from single folded sheets to collapsing sculpture books. You will be looking at sketchbooks in the broadest of terms and will learn new ways to fill the books using various methods from collage to cutting, alongside exploring ways to use the materials differently. Demonstrations will be given with a short brief.


Day One – Wednesday

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

Day Two – Thursday

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. These can only be mailed to addresses in the UK mainland.

What you need

  • Please read and familiarise yourself with the the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.
  • To enable you to share your work effectively during the course, we recommend that you either
  • 1. Use your smartphone, ipad/tablet or a digital camera to take images of your work during the course, to download these to your computer’s desktop, so that you can easily use the Share screen option in Zoom, to show your work when necessary.
  • Or
  • 2. Alternatively, join the course via the Zoom link from a secondary device to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (e.g. a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, though please ensure the sound is turned off on this device to avoid sound interference).
  • You will 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), water pot and small pots for ink, a box – shoe box or similar size for collecting items, tissue/toilet roll, string or ribbon, hairdryer or warm radiator/place for drying work.
  • 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
  • 3 sheets A4 tracing paper
  • Paperclip
  • 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
  • 3 x semi-transparent paper 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 for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.

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, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only) 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, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only).

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. If your course includes multiple units, by booking you are committing to attend all unit dates listed in the course description, no alternative dates or refund can be offered for any that you are unable to attend. For any other queries about online courses please contact

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland.  The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland.  See note below.

Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office with your address and contact details, do not book the course online.  Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost.  We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking.  Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.

What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.

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. Boxes are usually larger than letterbox size and the courier may contact you via email with delivery information. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.

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. If the original delivery is failed or refused and returned to the College, you will be responsible for paying any additional charges for re-delivery. 


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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