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Lockdown Hobbies: Wellow Art Academy

The Isle of Wight’s Answer to Grayson’s Art School – ‘The Sketchbook Project

Artist Julie Sajous – founder of Wellow Art Academy – has just launched her new online art school ‘The Sketchbook Project’ and she’s already got students as far away as Devon, Sweden and The Netherlands! Julie established Wellow Art Academy in 2012, using her light and sunny garden studio to provide art classes for all abilities. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the academy has closed but she’s taken her lessons online, creating ‘The Sketchbook Project’.

But these are no normal art classes. Julie is much more hands-on when it comes to teaching, she’s full of ideas and helps her students to grow in confidence and flourish. Julie explained “Lessons cover all kinds of topics and media, but the emphasis has always been on encouraging each other and enjoying the process”. What she’s created has become a wonderfully uplifting and supportive art community, open to all and providing a ray of sunlight during these difficult times.

Julie was initially daunted by the prospect of filming herself teach lessons online but they’ve really taken off and she’s enjoying the challenges. “Above all I’m aware that our community of amazing art students is thriving, even growing despite the challenging situation”.

For just £10 a week, students get access to two weekly video classes, a weekly group Zoom call and the Sketchbook’s forum, where you can post your own works and see your fellow students’ creations too. What’s more, there’s no commitment, so you can drop in and out as much as you like.

To find out more or to sign up to the The Sketchbook Project, visit Julie’s website at

1 thought on “Lockdown Hobbies: Wellow Art Academy”

  1. I am really enjoying these lessons despite having done no art of any kind for some years. I find it is such a fun thing to do.

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