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Traveling with your Sketchbook

Instructor: Susan Abbott

Zoom classes 10am—12:30pm, March 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2023

Home assignments each afternoon

In this popular workshop, participants utilize drawing, collage, watercolor and text to record their travel –and at home– experiences. Students learn to use their sketchbook as a personal journal and work of art! Students practice fast-paced drawing with many fun exercises. They will “travel” through their home and neighborhoods while completing focused and fun assignments. For inspiration and new ideas, students will look at many artists’ sketchbook journals. Past students say, ““This class changed my life!” by showing them how to explore with deeper sensory awareness. All levels of drawing experience welcome, including beginners.

Student reviews are wonderful.

“Your class helped me get a sense of direction and purpose when traveling. Now that my trip is over, I can look back to places and drawing with fond memories. Thank you!”

“This class really helped me on my recent trip to the Greek islands. I went with a group of watercolorists and my journal was the envy of the group.”

A kit of supplies is listed and available for purchase below.

For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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Class Supplies

Traveling With Your Sketchbook Supplies

This kit of supplies is available for purchase here, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked at the store in room 217 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The kit includes the underlined items. Please indicate in the notes section of your order if you need your kit mailed to you or would like to pick it up at the store. Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.

Traveling With Your Sketchbook Supplies with Susan Abbott

Small ring bound sketchbook, such as 6” x 6” or 7” x 10” Canson field sketchbook or Holbein multimedia drawing sketchbook—sized under 7” x 10”

2 or more permanent (waterproof) black felt tip markers

Sizes fine and/ or medium. Faber-Castell PITT brand if possible. Optional extra colors: red or sanguine

HB or B pencil

Glue stick and scissors

Paper towels  


A small empty white plastic folding palette and the following pigments:

Permanent Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Pale or any primary yellow

Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna

Permanent Red or Cadmium Red or any “orangish” red

Alizarin Crimson or Thalo Red or any “purplish” red

Ultramarine Blue or any primary blue

Thalo Blue or Winsor Blue or Prussian Blue or any greenish dark blue

Burnt Umber

Fill the stall in your palette a few days ahead so that the paint dries before class.

Note: Watercolor supplies come in student or professional grades. Student grades (such as “Cotman”) are less expensive, but the color and handling are inferior to better quality paint. Buy professional brand paint, and if cost is a factor, buy just 3 primary colors (Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Thalo or Winsor Blue, and Permanent Yellow) in professional grade paint. If you already have a palette set up with watercolors, you can use that.

Round watercolor brush— small (not tiny).  A #6 Winsor & Newton round Sceptre series brush is a good choice (Don’t get a cheap brush like squirrel’s hair that will be too limp.)  

OR colored pencils or water-soluble pencils if you want to use these instead of watercolor

The kit includes the underlined items.
Cost is $104.06 plus sales tax of $6.24 for a Total = $ 110.30
Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.


How to Register

To submit enroll, please click the Add to Cart button to select this course. Add as many classes and workshops as you like, and then proceed to the Checkout page to submit your registration. Online registrations must be confirmed by office staff in order for your enrollment to be completed. You will receive one notification when we have received your form, and another when we have confirmed your enrollment in a course.

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