Today we are reveiling what that awesome Mysterious Project is all about, that Danny Gregory and I have been working on.
So what is it?
Well, SketchbookSkool is a place for inspiration, entertainment and education. A place where it's all about creating, the fun doing so, and about making art a part of your life.
Every quarter of the year, Sketchbookskool offers 6-week semesters. Each week is taught by a different teacher. We're talking Rawk Star teachers: you'll be hanging out with some of the world's greatest sketchbook artists. They will tell you their stories, teach you through videos, show you their processes, ask you questions, start discussions, give you assignments and give you tips and advice.
The first Semester starts April 4 and has the perfectly matching theme 'Beginnings'. You'll be taught by Jane LaFazio, Prashant Miranda, Roz Stendahl, Tommy Kane, Danny Gregory and me.
On the brand new website, you can find all information you need, watch the video up there, and of course click the enroll button to get yourself a spot in klass!
A little bit of background, and this Semester's theme: Beginnings
It all started
at the end of September last year. A few people pointed out to me that
Danny posted on his blog about an upcoming visit to Amsterdam. He said
he was hoping to be meeting Dutch sketchbookers there, maybe get a
little insight in the drawing scene, or find locals who like to draw.
I have been hosting Sketchcrawls in Amsterdam and I do know quite a few
people who like to draw, I reached out to Danny and told him that I
would love to meet him, and show him around in my city during his stay
there. In his reply he said that several people pointed into my
direction, and we both were excited to be meeting each other the next
a true Amsterdammer, I've lived in this city all my life and could
think of dozens of places we could go to, but we decided to simply meet
up for a coffee so we could chat. Danny wanted to pick my brain about
teaching online, and I wanted to ask about his books and how his 'new
life' treats him, now that he quit his job after an impressive career in
the advertising world.
We had coffee, talked, went through each
other's stacks of sketchbooks, talked a lot and when it went dark
outside we went for dinner and talked more.
After dinner we said goodbye and next time we'd meet would probably be on my next trip to New York City in the near future.
next morning I sent Danny an email because I wanted to share an idea.
It wasn't a new idea, I had been walking around with it for quite some
Since I started teaching online, I wanted to do something
with guest teachers. I wasn't sure if it should be a single class in
one of my courses, or a complete workshop with several teachers, maybe
an online summit, a book, or even a live event... It never really took
shape, and I put it on my 'Some Day' projects list.
I asked him if
he would have any ideas or thoughts about this. We both have friends in
the drawing scene and maybe if we would join forces, we could work
The email he sent me back, was fabulous. He was
excited and bubbling with ideas, so we set up a Skype meeting and our
Big Brainstorm was ON! Danny is a fast thinker and even before we really
knew what we were going to do, he registered sketchbookskool.com. From there on, our ideas grew and we worked every single day to get those ideas into place and make them reality.
To me, this feels like a dream that came true. A dream I never realized I dreamt.
Go to www.SketchbookSkool.com to save yourself a seat in the first Semester!
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