Above: Sketchbook Skool student Lori Mitchell captures me as I stand in the minus 11 degree weather (January in Minnesota) to discuss my study of nature drawing—with one of my friends behind me. Creative exchanges like this happened hourly inside the Skool and on the Facebook “playground.” © 2014 Lori Mitchell. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
In April I was very excited to participate in the inaugural semester of Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene’s Sketchbook Skool.
Some 2,000 students watched the videos, worked on their lessons, and created a wonderfully rich and supportive learning environment within which to stretch their sketchbook wings.
Many of those students have continued to play in the Facebook “playground” Danny and Koosje created for them.
But the school doors are about to open again for a new semester. There are some fun improvements—Danny and Koosje have been working hard to improve the interface so that conversational threads can easily be followed. They have added "Dean of Students" Morgan Green who'll monitor the klasses and work to further enhance the learning environment for the students. Danny and Koosje are striving to make this a unique and engaging art learning experience, full of fun and inspiration.
On July 4 the new semester for klasses begins at Sketchbook Skool.
If you missed the first klass “Beginnings” you have another opportunity to sign up and see and learn from the inspirational videos from Danny, Koosje, Prashant Miranda, Jane LaFazio, Tommy Kane, and myself.
There’s also a second klass beginning on July 4—“Seeing.” In this klass you’ll catch up with Danny and Koosje again. They'll share their take on "seeing." They will be joined by Liz Steel, Brenda Swenson, Cathy Johnson, and Andrea Joseph. Just as you will have experienced in the first klass "Beginnings," each artist will bring his own take on the theme to the classroom. You’ll see the artists with their journals, learn about their philosophy of sketching and keeping a visual journal, and along the way see how it is that they do what they do, with a drawing demo.
If you missed “Beginnings” you can still jump right in and take “Seeing.” The klasses are self-contained and don’t require juggling “prerequisites.”
Left: Student Annette Dicke caught me larking around with a life model. Click on the image to view an enlargement. ©2014 Annette Dicke.
You can read about all of the artists involved on the Fakulty page of Sketchbook Skool’s website.
There you’ll find links to each artist's website so you can whet your appetite for klass by looking at the fantastic artwork they create in their sketchbooks.
If you have already taken the first klass “Beginnings” you’ll know what to expect. You’ve probably already signed up for “Seeing.”
If you’re new to Sketchbook Skool and are curious about what happens when you take a klass, Danny created a video explaining “What it’s like to take a klass." Check out that video now and watch the short videos on “Beginnings” and “Seeing” that appear on the same page.