The Artist’s Sketchbook

Sketchbooks have an intimacy and freshness not often found in more finished works of art. This course will help you create a series of sketchbooks that reflect your unique vision and voice and capture the flow of ideas, projects and life. 

sketch of fruit in sketchbook

“You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”— John Singer Sargent

For centuries, artists have kept sketchbooks to capture the flow of ideas, projects and life. Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe and many others recorded fleeting images and thoughts in pencil, pen, watercolor, collage and ink. Part journal, part artistic sandbox, sketchbooks have an intimacy and freshness not often found in more finished works of art. Requiring a minimum of time, space and tools, sketchbooks can enhance an artist’s creative process. The class includes demonstrations, presentations, sketching in class, a field trip and sharing. Participants are encouraged to take part in the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project. No prior drawing experience is necessary for this welcoming course.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1002.F18.1 Ellen Orseck On-campus 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Ellen Orseck
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
START DATE: Sept. 27, 2018

Instructor: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck, M.A., is a Houston-based artist whose artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru. She has been awarded several commissions from state art councils, corporate collections and private patrons and was a finalist for The Hunting Prize. Ms. Orseck is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston. Her education includes four years at the Glassell School of Art. She holds a master’s degree in painting from New York University and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 27, 2018

End Date: Nov. 08, 2018

Schedule: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Length: Seven Thursdays (including one off-campus field trip)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $290 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $25.)

Rice Alumni: $261

CEUs: 1.75

Note: Limited enrollment. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to the course start date. For more information, please contact

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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