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Sketch Academy Retreat

Oct. 3 – 5, 2024 | Bend, OR

Pack your sketchbook and get ready for an adventure with Emily Mills in the heart of the Pacific Northwest!

Over 3 full days, you’ll enjoy an intimate experience where you’ll learn in workshops, eat delicious food, take in the beautiful scenery, and make new art friends: Every experience becomes a page in your sketchbook!

Let the Sketch Academy Retreat be your inspiration to grow in your sketching skills or begin your drawing journey!

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Join 9k+ other creators and get community news, course updates, tips, and an inspirational sketch. Emails are sent about once every 2 weeks. Receive a free copy of “Emily’s Ultimate Guide to Sketchnoting Tools” upon signup.


Rise Above Stick Figures

Rise above stick figures and learn to draw people and faces in this 1.5-hour live workshop (March 23rd, 2024) Register here

Free Community

The Community is a worldwide community of people who want to grow their skills in creative expression. We very in our practices and experiences levels. All are welcome! 

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Reconnect to Creativity

A Free course to help you reconnect to your creativity and exercise your imagination.

What Real Students Say

These activities were all very challenging for me. Your activities were great at getting me to accept what I had to offer. They stretched me a lot! Thank you.

– Jennilyn S.

Practice makes better and this class gave me a great chance to have some guided practice in one of my favorite things to dabble in… sketchnoting. Emily Mills teaches so many tricks and tips that it inspires you to get going and keep going.

Emily Mills is so effective in teaching and modeling how easy it is to start your sketchnote journey.

-Roger D.

The lessons were so simple that my sixty-five year old imagination was stalled a bit…  Once I started doodling on the pages, my brain began to activate, and shapes began to take on imaginary forms. It was fun. Each exercise is like a game.  I am doing these lessons in order to help me make the kinds of journals my grandchildren will adore.

– Laurel T.

I love this course so much. And I exceeded my expectations with the exercises. They were fun and helpful. Thank you!

– Leslie C.

I appreciated how the “Sketchnote Your Goals” workshop built my sketchnoting skills, but also helped me think through steps to meet a concrete goal. I’m excited to have this document to refer to all year long!

Meet the Founder

Hey there, creator! My name is Emily Mills and I’m a professional illustrator based in Bend, OR. I’m most known for my live event illustration work and my best-selling book, The Art of Visual Notetaking. I started teaching sketchnoting via in-person workshops in 2017 and soon discovered there was a wold-wide desire to learn! I moved my workshops online and expanded from sketchnoting to include other kinds of creative classes.

Whether you’re taking a live workshop, enrolling in an online course, or downloading a resource, my goal is to help you reconnect with your creativity and help you grow in confidence in your creative expression.

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Recognizable over Realistic

Recognizable over Realistic

If you've been in one of my sketchnoting or drawing workshops, you've probably heard me repeat this mantra a few times: "Recognizable over realistic." Basically, when you're drawing or creating...

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What the heck is “Doodling?”

What the heck is “Doodling?”

Can I tell you a secret? I don't like the word "doodling." I'm never offended by anyone calling me "a doodler" or calling my work  "doodles," and I'd never correct anyone in the moment, but... it...

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