This article contains a collection of beautiful sketchbook pages to help students studying a range of high school Art qualifications, including GCSE, A Level and IB Visual Art. The collection includes sketchbooks completed by students as well as artist sketchbooks. Pages have been selected to demonstrate different sketchbook presentation techniques as well as to indicate the variety of layout styles possible. Descriptions underneath each image provide tips and guidance, outlining the successful aspects of each page.
An A Level Sketchbook page by Louis Trew from Bideford College, Devon, United Kingdom:
An A2 Art sketchbook page by Ruth Beeley:
An A2 Art sketchbook page by Lucy Luu:
Sketchbook pages completed as part of a VCE Studio Arts folio by Australian high school student Heesu Kim:
A Level Art sketchbook pages by Lisa Jiang:
An AS Art Sketchbook page by Charlotte Taylor:
An A Level Fine Art sketchbook page by Sally Al Nasser:
An AS Level Art sketchbook by David Wasserman from Monks Dyke Tennyson College, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom:
Two International GCSE Art Sketchbook page ideas by Amiria Robinson:
An A Level Art sketchbook page by Robyn Yeang from Queen’s College London, United Kingdom:
A CIE IGCSE Art and Design sketchbook page, completed by Sarah Loh, while studying at ACG Strathallan College, Auckland, New Zealand.
An A Level Sketchbook page by a student from Chalfonts Community College, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (image sourced from Dan China):
A sketchbook page by Evie Sudlow:
Artist sketchbook pages by Adebanji Alade:
IGCSE Art and Design sketchbook pages (CIE) by Rebecca Betts of ACG Strathallan College, Auckland, New Zealand:
Advanced Higher Art sketchbook pages (SQA) by Catherine Larsson-Wolfe:
An NCEA Level 3 Painting Scholarship workbook page, sourced from NZQA:
An AS Level sketchbook page by Jack Broad:
An IGCSE Art and Design (CIE) preparatory work by Georgia Shattky, from ACG Parnell College, Auckland, New Zealand:
An A Level sketchbook page by Sophie Antoniou from King Alfred School, London, United Kingdom:
An IB Art Investigation Workbook by Imogen Reeves:
AS Level Art and Design sketchbook page by Iona Skinner:
A sketchbook page created as a teacher example for IGCSE / GCSE students by Heather Garland:
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The examples above have been collected specifically for students who specialise in Painting and Related Media or Fine Art courses. Other collections are available with inspirational Photography, Graphic Design, Sculpture and 3D Design and Textiles and Fashion sketchbooks. These articles are continually updated, with new examples added frequently. Please bookmark these pages so that you can return to them for inspiration whenever you need! If you would like to understand what sort of drawings, illustations and artist analysis should be included within a sketchbook and how to annotate a sketchbook, please read: Tips for Producing an Amazing Sketchbook. If you are looking for creative ideas for use of media within sketchbooks (such as exciting materials to draw upon and ideas for creating backgrounds) you may be interested in: How to Make Your Art Project Exciting: Inventive use of Media.
This exceptional IGCSE Art Coursework Project is another from the high-achieving Art Department at ACG Strathallan College. Completed by the dedicated and conscientious Tarika Sabherwal, this sketchbook and final piece were awarded 100% and the highly sought after TOP IN THE WORLD placing for the 2011 CIE October examination session. Tarika achieved this result along with another student in her class, Tingjian He (Jim). Viewing these two projects together provides an invaluable learning opportunity for students and teachers alike, as it illustrates how a classroom-wide teaching programme can be used to successfully guide students to achieve outstanding original and creative work.
Tarika’s project consists of a twelve page A3 sketchbook, plus a final acrylic painting (approximately A3 in size). Her work explores a ‘Coastal Environment’ theme, depicting beach-related still life scenes, bones, fish, seedpods (harakeke flowers) shells, coastal landscapes, birds and traditional Maori carvings.
Tarika’s Coursework project is visible in the YouTube clip below:
If you are a reader of the Student Art Guide, you will no doubt already be aware that ACG Strathallan College has an exceptional Art department that continues to achieve great success under the guidance of Curriculum Co-ordinator Jo Palmer. More to come from this great faculty soon!
In the meantime, you may wish to view Tarika’s beautiful 100% IGCSE Art exam.