Last updated 27/07/2014

23 creative sketchbook examples to inspire Art students

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:

A Level Art sketchbook layout


An A2 Art sketchbook page by Ruth Beeley:

art sketchbook ideas

An A2 Art sketchbook page by Lucy Luu:

a level art sketchbook ideas - artist research


A Level Art sketchbook pages by Lisa Jiang:

sketchbook layout of an artist study


An AS Art Sketchbook page by Charlotte Taylor

AS Art sketchbook page


An A Level Fine Art sketchbook page by Sally Al Nasser:  

Chrissy Angliker artist study


An AS Level Art sketchbook by David Wasserman from Monks Dyke Tennyson College, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom:

example to help with an A Level Art sketchbook


Two International GCSE Art Sketchbook page ideas by Amiria Robinson:

GCSE Art sketchbook examples


An A Level Art sketchbook page by Robyn Yeang from Queen's College London, United Kingdom:


example of great layout for A Level Art sketchbook


A CIE IGCSE Art and Design sketchbook page, completed by Sarah Loh, while studying at ACG Strathallan College, Auckland, New Zealand.

sketchbook of shell drawings


An A Level Sketchbook page by a student from Chalfonts Community College, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom  (image sourced from Dan China): 

a level art sketchbook


A sketchbook page by Evie Sudlow

architectural inspired A Level Art sketchbook


Artist sketchbook pages by Adebanji Alade:  

artist sketchbook by Adebanji Alade


IGCSE Art and Design sketchbook pages (CIE) by Rebecca Betts of ACG Strathallan College, Auckland, New Zealand: 

drawings of shells - gcse art sketchbook page

gcse art sketchbook page exploring natural forms


Advanced Higher Art sketchbook pages (SQA) by Catherine Larsson-Wolfe:  

advanced higher art project


An NCEA Level 3 Painting Scholarship workbook page, sourced from NZQA

NCEA Scholarship painting workbook


An AS Level sketchbook page by Jack Broad

A Level Art sketchbook page exploring natural forms


An IGCSE Art and Design (CIE) preparatory work by Georgia Shattky, from ACG Parnell College, Auckland, New Zealand:   

GCSE Art sketchbook pages exploring shoes


An A Level sketchbook page by Sophie Antoniou from King Alfred School, London, United Kingdom:

artist research - A Level Art sketchbook


An IB Art Investigation Workbook by Imogen Reeves

IB Investigation Workbook


AS Level Art and Design sketchbook page by Iona Skinner:

striking a level art sketchbook presentation


A sketchbook page created as a teacher example for IGCSE / GCSE students by Heather Garland:

tips for GCSE Art sketchbooks


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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 GCSE or A Level Art 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.

Amiria RobinsonThis article was written by Amiria Robinson. Amiria has been a teacher of Art & Design and a Curriculum Co-ordinator for seven years, responsible for the course design and assessment of Art and Design work in two high-achieving Auckland schools. Amiria has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. She is a CIE Accredited Art & Design Coursework Assessor. Follow Amiria on Google+