Advance your practical hands on skills through inventive and student friendly activities.

Whether you want to get a head start before your course starts, want to add something to your project portfolio at school or college, or just want to take risks and step out of your comfort zone, Practical Skills has lots of resources to help you develop further and faster. Articles have useful explanations, examples of practice by other students and introduction to the skills to make it easy. There are some really clever ideas covering everything from turning your own space into a functional studio, to canvas stretching, from mark-making, to making the most of sketchbooks.

Testing Painting Ideas Using Computers

Testing Painting Ideas Using Computers

The beauty of computers is that you can undo and redo whenever you want. You don’t have to be afraid when experimenting and trying something new. This resource looks at how computers can help students doing practical work like illustration, painting and other specialisms.

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Mark making made simple

Mark making made simple

Painting is one of the bedrocks of art and design. Learning about the potential of what paint can do can open many doors to expressing yourself. This resource looks at ways you can develop your understanding of the kinds of marks and textures you can use to help express ...

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Writing Creatively in Sketchbooks

Writing Creatively in Sketchbooks

During your studies you will have a lot of thoughts about your work and your progress. Thinking about your learning and artwork is really important and it is just as important to make sure these get evidenced in your sketchbook. This is a resource which looks at creative ways ...

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Working with Sketchbooks

Working with Sketchbooks

The sketchbook is the most common way for a student to present evidence of how they have developed an idea into an outcome. They are an incredibly valuable tool, but they can also be unique and present your ideas in a very personal way.

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Tips For Working in Sketchbooks

Tips For Working in Sketchbooks

Sometimes ideas for working in a sketchbook just flow. They are easy and come naturally. At other times, students can feel blank paper syndrome and not know where to start or just need a spark of inspiration. This resource is about quick and simple creative ideas for working in ...

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Canvas Stretching Made Simple

Canvas Stretching Made Simple

Canvas has a particular resistance and surface that you can learn to judge and determine how paint will react to it. You can buy pre-made ones, but these come in very standard sizes and depths. Here is a simple way of making your own, step-by-step.

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