MIXED MEDIA: The Unconventional Sketchbook

June 29 - July 3


MIXED MEDIA: The Unconventional Sketchbook

Week One (5-day): June 29 – July 3, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

MIXED MEDIA: The Unconventional Sketchbook

Cultivate a rich sketchbook practice and build your personal creativity through the exploration of a wide range of media and materials. This course will delve into the purpose of a sketchbook: to reflect, record, develop and express ideas. You will be shown how to work with chosen themes, gather source material and develop creative visual ideas. You will learn how to utilize line, tone, colour, texture, image and pattern within your sketchbook ideas, and to manipulate a variety of mark making media, papers, inks, paints and dyes using both conventional and unconventional approaches.

Mornings will be spent outdoors working on location collecting imagery through exploratory drawings and studies in our sketchbooks, using materials such as graphite pencils, pens, charcoal, pen and ink.

In the afternoons we will be in the studio developing the drawings, working with various media to develop images through transfer printing, stencils, gouache resists, raised pattern roller prints, mark making and collage. The final works in the sketchbook can be seen as preparation for a larger scale works or as finished piece in itself. There will be critiques at the end of each day to reflect and discuss work and to create connections with your creative practice.

This course is for those who enjoy experimentation and process and are seeking to develop their own visual language.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $85
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $800

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Sharon Epstein graduated as a textile artist from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She was then invited to attend the Banff Centre of Fine arts in Alberta, Canada. She is a founding member of the Contemporary Textile Co/op in Toronto. In the past few years she has worked internationally with Dawn Dupree in London and with Joanna Kindersley-Taylor in Glasgow. Most recently she was invited to the international fabricators, Glasmalerei Peters Studio in Paderborn, Germany, to expand her practice into glass-work.


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