princeton sketchbook club

Join the Arts Council's Princeton Sketchbook Club

Join the Princeton Sketchbook Club.

Make your mark by transforming the pages of a 30-page sketchbook to be displayed in the new community-wide art library at the Arts Council of Princeton. Work in your favorite medium or discover a new one such as pen, graphite, ink, poetry, mixed media, or journaling. Leave behind your unique style and voice on the pages and become part of this exciting collective project.  

Everyone in the Club receives the same 8×5” sketchbook, a blank slate to completely customize with your own perspective. At the conclusion of the project, your sketchbook will become part of the library at the Arts Council, available for the public and fellow sketchers to view and be inspired.  

How to participate:

  • Reserve a sketchbook to be picked up from the Arts Council of Princeton. These 8×5” books are available for $10. Prefer we mail your sketchbook? Shipping is available for $5. Quantities are limited – first-come, first served. Get yours here. Please allow time for our team to process your order; you will receive notification when the book is ready for pick-up or has shipped.

  • Fill the book’s pages with sketches, doodles, poetry, musings — it’s up to you! The finished product should speak to your individuality and creativity. See the FAQ below for notes about ideal materials.

    • Need inspiration? Want to connect with fellow art lovers in your community? Stay tuned for a lineup of free Sketch-Ins and guided workshops.

  • Return your completed sketchbook to the ACP by the deadline of Saturday, February 4. Your sketchbook will become one piece of this community collaboration.

  • Come by and peruse the other books submitted by your contemporaries! Viewing the collection is free and open to all. An Opening Celebration for the sketchbook library will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 3-5pm.

Sketchbook Club FAQ

Saturday, September 24 | until supplies last
Sketchbooks become available for order to pick-up or have delivered. Get yours here. Kindly do not attempt pick-up before receiving the email notification that your book is ready. 

Saturday, February 4 | 6pm
Completed sketchbooks are due back to the Arts Council.

Saturday, February 11 | 3-5pm
Join us for an Opening Celebration as we toast you and your fellow artists for filling our inaugural sketchbook library! Free and open to all. 

YES! The Princeton Sketchbook is open to everyone, regardless of experience with making art. We welcome beginners and experienced artists to contribute their unique voices to the project. All books are accepted into the collection. We do not jury any of the work.

Your book must remain within the original dimensions of 5 x 8” inches. 

Don’t forget that your sketchbook will become part of a collection that will be viewed and handled by the public. If you choose to use art materials that could smudge, like charcoal, please seal or fix the work before you turn in your book. Your book should be durable and be able to withstand normal wear and tear.

We welcome artists in a variety of mediums, but some do work better than others. Tools like graphite, charcoal, and pen do well on the thinner paper, while wetter mediums like watercolor, inks, and paints might warp the pages. We’ve found that using them in moderation still results in a fabulous sketchbook, so try it out and use whatever you’re comfortable with.

The Arts Council values, respects, and appreciates that you are contributing your work to the Princeton Sketchbook Club. By agreeing to participate, you still retain ownership of your work. We own the physical sketchbook, but your work is your work. The ACP retains the right to use your artwork to share the project, but will always credit the artist as specified.

This is our favorite question of all! Please share that you are part of the Princeton Sketchbook Club by documenting your progress on your book, finished pages, where your book has traveled to, etc by using the official hashtag – #princetonsketchbookclub and tag the ACP at @artscouncilofprinceton on Instagram. We will share to keep your fellow sketchers inspired and get folks excited about coming to see the library!