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RE: The Importance of a Sketchbook?


From: Kimberly Herbert (kherbert_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 31 2002 - 06:04:50 PDT

I would leave out the part about if they finish early - call them
extensions instead. When you say the words finish early the parents hear
busy work. Something like - Our sketchbooks will allow you to witness
the growth of your child's visual literacy. A year's worth of ideas,
drawing exercises, notes, reflections, and extensions bound together
with is source for further ideas, and a record of growth and
Kimberly Herbert

-----Original Message-----
From: Breanne []
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 3:56 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: The Importance of a Sketchbook?

Hi all- I'm just looking for some insight... I asked my principal if I
could send a letter home to parents requesting a sketchbook for grades
for the school year (since the classroom teachers sent home supply lists
last year with report cards). He wants me to explain in the letter why
want the kids to keep one. He says that parents won't understand the
importance of a sketchbook at the elementary level. I want them to
project ideas, practice some drawing exercises, use it if they finish
early, write and reflect on their work, take notes (5th gr), etc. What
you think? How do I say that?