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Edinburgh College or Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF, Lothian, United Kingdom

A half-day workshop for secondary school teachers on sketchbook practices at University level


This workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss the use of sketchbooks with current Art & Design students and staff at the ECA.  All uses will be explored from the ‘homework solution’ to the ‘personal dialogue’.  Students will share their approaches to sketchbook development and describe how it impacts their work.  Participants also have hands-on sessions in creating sketchbooks and bookbinding techniques.


Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the most current practice of sketchbooks within an Art & Design degree.  This will in turn assist with supporting secondary students with their classwork and portfolio work towards School & University applications.



The workshop follows three sessions:

  • ECA students discuss their individual practical uses of sketchbooks in terms of drawing and development.  This will embrace examples of ‘habits of the minds’ and forms of continual practice.  Each student will discuss their past and present sketchbooks and their impact of final outcomes.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to create their own sketchbooks; learn bookbinding techniques; and explore more unusual sketchbook forms – from concertina to stitched books.
  • A guided tour of ‘The Model’ exhibition will give insight into the journey from concepts to conclusion.  Discussions will focus on the artist’s development from research in sketchbooks to realisation – a personal dialogue.


The event finishes with a wine reception and a final chance to network.

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