No, don’t worry, I’m not expecting you to draw a workshop for this week’s Sketchbook Saturday task. In fact, this week has a pretty simple chore. I’m not even asking you to draw anything. Instead, you simply have to fill in couple boxes online.
WEEK #4 “PROMPT:” Sign Up for A Workshop
Before you start moaning and groaning with excuses that you don’t have the time or money for an art workshop, let me tell you that not only is the workshop free, but it’s also online which means you can do it pretty much any time (within reason, I think the workshops expire after a few months).
Strathmore is an American company that makes some pretty decent paper for drawing, watercolor, charcoal, etc. And each year, they host several online art workshops. Of course, the workshops do have a bit of product placement advertising, but it’s not heavy handed or anything.
Last year, I joined in on a couple workshops, so I was already looking forward to this year’s batch of classes. When the email came letting me know what was available, I began to wonder if maybe the stars weren’t aligning just for me and my Sketchbookers because the very first workshop is about, wait for it, wait for it, sketching!
It’s called Sketchbook Fury: The Art Ninja’s Guidebook and the description sounds like those who join in on the four-week class will learn some handy creative skills and be entertained at the same time.
Signing up is pretty easy. You just create a user name and password, then register for the workshop by clicking Join Group at the end of the class description. The course starts 7 March 2016, but you can usually watch the class videos for three to four months after the workshop ends.
MY WEEK #4 RESULT – Signed Up!
I’m now signed up for the sketching workshop as well as the watercolor and marker workshops available later this year. Since I don’t have a sketching project to show this week, I thought I’d just show off the cute little miniature daffodils that started blooming in my garden this week.
I hope everyone takes advantage of this workshop…maybe we can pass notes in class!
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
If you’ve gotten bit behind on the prompts, or are joining in for the first time, this week’s easy task gives you a terrific opportunity to play catch up on the sketching prompts for Weeks One, Two, and Three. As always, I’d love to see what you come up with so be sure to share (see how in the details below).
How Do I Participate?
The easiest way is to follow this blog so you get each week’s prompt right in your email Inbox (see sign-up thingie at the right side of this page). After each week’s prompt, have fun with it. These are sketches and are meant to be enjoyable, not something you try to make perfect. Then, please share what you came up with (go on, be brave, if I can do it, so can you!).
You can share your creation by blog or by Facebook (for those of you who don’t want to clutter up your blog with sketches).
Participating By Blog
- Post your sketch on your own blog (even better…write a post to go along with it to describe how you came up with your sketch).
- Include a link somewhere within your post to the week’s prompt on my blog that inspired you.
- Leave a comment on the Sketchbook Saturday post with the prompt you used. In the comment, add a link to your blog post.
Participating By Facebook
- Go to my Facebook page once you’ve completed your sketch.
- Scroll a bit to find the post for the prompt you used.
- Leave a comment with a snapshot of your sketch.
- Share the Sketchbook Saturday post with your friends and followers (this is optional, but it’s a great way to get others to play along).
What If I Don’t Draw?
Don’t judge yourself too harshly. You can’t get better at drawing if you don’t do it. Plus, this is meant to be fun and simply to get your creative juices flowing, so give sketching a shot.
If you find your creative juices flow in other ways, such as writing or crafts or collage, I’d love to see those works as well. Simply create something based on the prompt and share following the guide above.
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCIL. YOU CAN FIND HER WORK AT TAMMIE PAINTER’S BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.