Introduction to sketchbooks

This video introduces the sketchbook - a must for all artists to record their ideas, inspiration and a place to practise and refine their skills

Learning Objectives

  • To understand that sketchbooks are used for developing ideas and trying things out

National Curriculum Links

  • Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

  • Pupils should be taught to create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

Success Criteria

Cross Curricular Links

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Have ready

Attention Grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need letter templates or a printed sheet with outlines to use. Some may require extra encouragement to try out unfamiliar materials.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could create designs that represent something about them as individuals. Could explain their choices of material or techniques to create particular effects.

Wrapping up

Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comicA series of drawings which tell a story characters and…
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