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Portfolio Sketchbook

Portfolio Sketchbook

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ilga Leimanis


You may have a laptop or you may have a canvas and a palette. Either way, you need ideas and some procedures for executing them and expressing yourself. This one-week course offers a stimulating workshop of practical projects designed to trigger your imagination, helping you to develop different ways of seeing and exploring a set of options to develop your visual ideas.

The success of the course reflects the exciting atmosphere that it helps to create. It is a perfect environment for teasing out creative ideas and producing rewarding visual outcomes whilst learning and developing some core skills.

Topics covered

  • We will work with a variety of source material including natural forms, photographs, text and museum artefacts.
  • You will gain experience of drawing to gather information, including slow drawing, quick drawing, and selective drawing.
  • We will use a variety of media including charcoal, ink, torn paper, photocopies, coloured crayon and monoprint to transform raw material in visually interesting ways.
Who should take this course?

Beginners are welcome, as well as more experienced students. Students looking to build a portfolio for further study in art and design will also benefit from taking the course.  

This course is for students aged 18 years and over. Students aged 16 to 17 years old can find a similar course by visiting our Courses for Under 19s section of the website

Level: Appropriate for students of all levels

Entry requirements: None

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Ilga Leimanis MA is a London-based artist and writer. She is a member of Five Years, an artist-run gallery, and her own practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Her teaching experience of 10 years is varied and extensive. She helps prepare students for degree courses and many of her previous students have gained places at their preferred schools. She also works with professionals looking to develop their communication and creativity skills, as well as people taking courses for personal interest.

Ilga delivers workshops for the University of the Arts (UAL) Academic Support department, working across six UAL art and design colleges. She teaches manual drawing skills for architects and engineers working at leading offices in London, including at Foster+Partners, and she also works internationally.

Ilga is author of three chapters in Creative Sketching Workshop, published by Apple Press (UK), North Light Books (North America) and Tan Yang International (Asia).

Take a look ar Ilga's website


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • One A3 spiral-bound sketchbook
  • A pack of coloured pencils
  • One pencil sharpener
  • A rubber
  • Selection of pens biro/felt tip
  • selection of pencils 2B/4B/6B/8B

All other materials will be provided.
Any additional materials you may wish to use will be discussed on the first day of the course.

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