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ART 12 — Sketchbook Strategies: Incorporate Freehand Drawing into Your Daily Life

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 22—Mar 18
Time: 6:30—8:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 24
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $475
Instructor(s): Jane Kriss
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 19
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—8:30 pm (PT)
Jan 22—Mar 18
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 24
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Jane Kriss
Please Note: No class on February 19
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
A sketchbook is a priceless personal record of your life, whether you’re travel sketching, keeping a visual journal, collaging, planning projects, or drawing patterns. Sketchbook strategies uses a “choose your own adventure” approach to drawing. It is based on the premise that having a clear picture of your options is a crucial starting point for making creative decisions. Using historical and contemporary examples of informal sketchbook work, we will discuss intention, media, technique, subject matter, and point of view, stopping frequently to experiment, practice in our own sketchbooks, and share our discoveries. Along the way, we will explore perspective, composition, emotion, what is “seeing,” critics (both inner and outer), and fearlessness. Unlike some studio courses that allocate large amounts of time for drawing or painting, this course will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and drawing practice. Upon completing the course, you will have a finished sketchbook (or two!) documenting, in pictures and words, your explorations and skill development. You will have discovered which approaches best fit your intentions and personality, filled your toolbox with problem-solving strategies, and learned how drawing can enrich your life.

This course is open to beginning as well as experienced artists. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $80–$100 on these materials. Plan on drawing for a minimum of two hours per week outside of class time.


Jane Kriss has over 40 years of experience in the visual arts, with a career spanning graphic design, fabric design, fine art, and illustration. Her work can be viewed at janekriss.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.