Sketchbook Club

Sketchbook Club Housewife Confidential

For the last five weeks I’ve been heading to Jennie Maizels‘ studio for Sketchbook Club. Each week Jennie leads the gang of sketchers in a new layout in our sketchbooks.

Jennie’s holiday sketchbooks are legendary (check them out on Instagram) I totally wanted to join in with her group holiday diary project last year except we didn’t go on holiday and ‘I worked as fast as I could before the children wrecked the joint’ wears thin after the first couple of days.

Sketchbook Club Housewife Confidential

Sketchbook Club was perfect for me and as soon as Jennie announced it I knew I wanted to join.

I’ve found the evenings’ work therapeutic and while I may not log off completely (I got the wifi password week one – addict) taking time away from the computer adds to my enjoyment.

Each week we work on a loose theme and bring our own flare to the sketch. I’ve found some challenging and others just flowed on to the page.

Sketchbook Club Housewife Confidential

Sketchbook Club Housewife Confidential

Having barely drawn since school I did wonder if I was going to be able to keep up with the class but Jennie has this way of putting you at ease. Once I got out of my own way and relaxed I found that drawing was a really comfortable state to spend time in.

My favourite weeks have been the houses and leaves. I really struggle with the lettering (despite being a font geek!) so I have something to work on over Easter. I am looking to my friend Lisa for some hand lettering inspiration!

Sketchbook Club Housewife Confidential

The best part of Sketchbook Club (and yes, it’s totally cool to talk about Sketchbook Club) is seeing my sketchbook fill up week after week. Don’t they all look amazing together?

Do you want to come along too? I know there are a couple of spaces in the class for next term and also a class coming after Easter for children aged 11+ so if you’re near Winchester get in touch with Jennie.

Have you taken an art class since school? I’d love to know what you have been creating.

Sketchbook Club Housewife Confidential

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12 Comments

  • Reply Yvette March 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Hi Kat, I took an art class a couple of years ago. It was more of a painting class. I really enjoyed it but didn’t manage to find time outsideof class to get the paints out. This looks so much fun. You have some beautiful sketches there, I think my favourites are the buildings with blue skies. Looking forward to seeing more sketches.

    • Reply Kat March 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Yvette. I agree with you about finding time outside of class! I’ve been working on one over the weekend but it’s a little noisier in my house :)

  • Reply Lianne March 26, 2015 at 10:17 am

    looks great! Nice idea to do it straight in a sketchbook and nice to do with the kids too. I love all the coloured hand lettering!
    We started doing family doodling sessions…big sheet of paper on the table, everyone a pen, one starts with a line or a shape or a letter and we all keep adding to eachothers work until the whole sheet is filled with madness, monsters, bizarre structures, funny lettering and mini stories…no rubbing out, no crying over mistakes or what has been added to your work allowed. Pippa is very much a perfectionist, her rubber used to be more worn out than her pencil. It’s amazing how a few afternoons of family doodling has set her creativity free…and it gave us all a good feeling too. So much fun! Guess it’s the same with your Sketch Book club. x

  • Reply Katie March 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I love this idea so much. Between this and Tina Bernstein’s sketchbook explorations, I’ve been inspired to do more sketching. Watch this space!

  • Reply Fran March 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I’m hoping to come along after Easter! I’ve loved seeing the pictures on Instagram – it looks so much fun xx

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  • Reply Kat March 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Love this idea! We often stick a roll of paper to the table or floor for the children but forget to join in ourselves.

  • Reply Annie March 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Oh this is right up my street and not too far away either. I have the self doubty creative pangs but would love to pluck up courage and join.
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    • Reply Kat August 10, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Annie, you totally should join. It’s a lovely evening and so worthwhile!

  • Reply Tobia | craftaliciousme April 11, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I have been spying on those sketches a while now and they are beautiful and colorful. I really love it.
    I just recently got a sketch note workshop (payed by my boss) and I booked a class for calligraphy in May. really looking forward to it. it can be so mind calming. I always a bit sad that such things get lost in the every day hassle.
    Have a great weekend, Tobia
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    • Reply Kat August 10, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      It’s so fun to let your creativity play, isn’t it?

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