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Re: [teacherartexchange] sketch/scrapbook


Date: Thu Aug 07 2008 - 06:06:49 PDT

Yes! I do the same thing and I try to get my Senior studio and AP
students to keep some kind of daily book page, too.
If nothing "comes to us" for the day, we just tear color swatches from
magazines and create color pages----adding a little at a time i.e. I
have a page for each color wheel color and add to them for months. Some
of my kids even do pages of natural textures or black and white line
images or school colors (yuck), etc. The collages become beautiful
accumulations of these patches. Some students pattern them, some are
random, some organize them, some cut out objects, some just use
patches, etc.

-----Original Message-----
From: christy hedman <>
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 6:38 am
Subject: [teacherartexchange] sketch/scrapbook

Your scrap/sketchbooks sound wonderful. THey do remind me a little of
the boxes
of stuff ANdy WArhol collected. If you ever get to Pittsburgh, I think
haveĀ  them archived and stored at the Warhol museum(reciepts, napkins,
shoes...). I would love to see how you attached those flattened glasses
to your
book. I guess the idea strikes me so much because it is a very personal
reflection of your day/life. When an outsider looks at your gum
wrappers, she
only sees gum arappers, but you see what, who, where you were when you
chewing th
at gum! For me, my art is made up of so much of my past
and it takes some time for them to reveal themselsves to me. But you
have it all
right there! It sounds almost magical. If you ever post them online,
please let
us know!

Another project relates to artist's sketchbook. I wish the sketchbook
would work with me! It doesn't. So I've found one that does. I call it
stuff diaries.. its a cross between an artist's sketchbook, scrapbook
(clippings), journal (sort of), travel diary.. etc. This started in 2002
for me when I travelled to study in England, and it continues today.
This process is a matter of filling sketchbooks, scrapbooks, old books,
with common and unique things found, personal traces, wrappers from fast
food I ate, receipts, family photos, from the mundane, pop culture,
collages, etc. It seems to be an ongoing project.. This seems very
unartistic, since the media is not traditional except for the 
I collect things in my pockets and bags, at the end of the day they are
emptied, and later layer pages or begin new ones. It might have come to 
end recently because I've been living in the same place for a few years,
but it continues. I have some ideas about showing them, if it happens..
Its a curious thing for me, and interesting to look back at the early
books. The feelings or memories are different much more direct and 
quickly about the grocery sto
res, the sidewalk, the city corner where I
picked up the flatten glasses. Very different than say the photo album.
I've become abit of a sketchbook/scrapbook hound as well so I peruse 
dollar shop for them so I have many choices to begin a new book.
enuf already, but thanks for the space to let some of this out.
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