Divya's Sketch Sesh

Divya's free mini course takes you from blank page to a sketchbook full of ideas in 6 sessions. Where will your next drawing take you?

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Go explore... with your sketchbook in tow!

Your imagination is the BEST thing you've got and there are no limits to what you can do! IF you put your mind to it. IF you give it a chance. Set your imagination free by joining my free mini-course. 6 sketching sessions (do 'em all at once or save one for each week of the holidays) for you to enjoy - including some of my all time favourite teaching activities - taking you from blank page to a sketchbook full of drawings, discoveries and dreams (wait and see!) Everything you need to start (stress free) sketching, have FUN and wake up that inner artist. Give him/her a chance to dance - see you inside! Love, Divya x


...waiting for YOU!

For some of you, it may have been a while - no worries! With ya every step of the way :)

For you other hardcore sketchers, doodlers and artists - I guarantee this'll be rewarding for you too.

The sketches are just the beginning.

For all of us. Whoever we are. Wherever we're at.

Who knows where your next drawing could take you?!

Life's One Big Canvas Waiting For You: Me beginning work at Japan's International Gardening Show. That canvas awaits you - let's go!


"Creativity Takes Courage." - Henri Matisse

Especially the older we are.

Especially if we've tried before.

Especially if they've stopped believing.

Especially if...

we've stopped believing.

It gets harder to embrace being a beginner again and explore our creative selves.

Especially later in life.

Especially in the age in which we find now find ourselves.

In the digital age of advanced technology and AI, what is it that makes us human?

This is why I'm so happy and honoured you're here.

And I'm with you all the way!

"Dear Divya, thank you for teaching me about drawing! I’ve learned a lot from “When in doubt, draw!”

I had mixed feelings about drawing, but now I see the possibilities of creating a piece of art by looking at nature and persevering with my work.

Spending Friday afternoons with you has enriched my life!”

- Barbara

It's never too late...

Take Grandma Moses - she started painting in her late 70's!

"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."
- Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson)

Country Fair, Grandma Moses

Be Brave!

There's value in vulnerability:

"85% of the men and women we've interviewed, 13,000 pieces of data, 85% can recall a time in school that was so shaming, it forever changed how they thought of themselves as learners.

50% of those stories involved art and creativity.
Now today I get asked to go into corporations, organisations and the number one problem is - there's no innovation, we don't understand what's going on.
Without vulnerability, there can be no creativity, there can be no innovation.
Without failure, which is maybe the ultimate experience of vulnerability... there can never be innovation."

- Dr Brené Brown


Ready for an adventure?

Let's go! (don't forget your sketchbook)

All You Need To Enjoy Drawing

Kickstart your creativity and enjoy discovering, or re-discovering, your creative self with this free chance to make a change:


Unsure To Inspired

"I Can't Draw" To "I Can!"

Scared To Start, To Confident To Create

Stuck, Stressed & Seeking, To Happy, Excited & JoyFULL

Let's remove those blocks and see what you've got inside!

Inspired by a workshop I did in the park, where I saw how simple exercises could re-spark and rekindle the romance (ooh la la!) with the blank page, I'm extending the invite and including for you ways to fill your days with sketches and, most of all, wake up that inner artist and have FUN :)

Each drawing challenge builds upon the one before,

until you look back and find that you've gone from blank page,

to a sketchbook full of drawings (and dreams - more about this inside)

Fun Drawing Challenges + Creative Sparks Flying Off Your Heels + A Sketchbook Full Of Ideas = One, Happy Artist!

Your Instructor

Divya Marie Kato
Divya Marie Kato

Divya Marie Kato FRSA, CEO Atelier Kato Tokyo, Paris-born, Tokyo-based, British Indian Fine Artist working in Japan since 2005.
Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Companion of The Guild of St. George, Founder of the When In Doubt, Draw drawing programme and the award-winning Big Draw Japan drawing festival.

Passionate advocate of art education, drawing, visual literacy, art therapy and collaborative, cross-cultural art projects that strengthen ties between countries and cultures.

My work exists in private and public collections, including ANA InterContinental Tokyo, featured in ELLE, The Indian Express, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Metropolis and collaborations with international organisations, local communities and schools.

My formative years were full of change and this is when I first realised the power of the blank page. An open space I could always go to for expression, reflection and connection.

Growing up, I began making my way in the world. Life continued - with its fair share of ups and downs! - and still drawing was there to help me process experiences and navigate change.

I began teaching drawing, not only as the skill itself, but in the way I had come to know it.

And this was when something clicked.

I wasn't teaching people just how to draw.

I was helping them rediscover their creative selves.

I found that I was an artist who could share the creative process in an accessible way with people from all walks of life and all ages and abilities.

Sharing drawing with others lights me up from the inside out and I'm thankful every day for the work I get to do.

Committing to building your own business isn't easy, but committing to rediscovering your creative self later in life isn't either.

Watching people being brave and bringing new drawings to life is joy through the roof and I say with all my heart, thank you.

"Creativity takes courage" - Matisse

Especially later on in life! And I've been helping people find that courage now for over 12 years. Seeing faces light up in recognition of, and reconnection with, their creativity is the why behind my work.

The way I share drawing is not only about the skill itself

(although that on its own is pretty cool) as you're about to learn.

To this day, I continue to paint and teach in parallel; an aspect fundamental to my work, and created the When In Doubt, Draw programme to share my love of drawing with others, both in Japan and around the world.

It's all I know about the benefits of art and creativity rolled up (with a great, big hug) into my gift to you.

So welcome, friend. I'm happy and honoured you're here and hope you'll enjoy the joy of drawing as much I do.

Everything you'll find here is about how creativity and the simple act of drawing transforms lives.

Happy creating!

Love, Divya x

Who We Are & Why We LOVE What We Do!

An idea that started here at home, stretched into a drawing school, wandered around in the form of workshops and grew into a course. Everything I've learned about drawing - much more than the skill itself (although that on its own is pretty cool) - and creative living. All still growing. Come grow with us!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. Oh hang on - it's FREE! :)

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." - Sylvia Plath

When In Doubt, Draw

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