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Re: sketchbooks and observation skills


Date: Tue Feb 11 2003 - 19:22:56 PST

In MY opinion, 6th graders are going through a tough transition to middle
school and I personally feel they struggle enough without having to be
disheartened by producing what they may feel as "stupid" drawings. My 6th
graders do produce sketchbooks for the 9 wks I have them. I give them a
Theme (such as people in action or fantasy creatures) and that s what they
focus on for the week. My requirement is to fill up one page (12x18) of
drawings (on the topic) for each week of class. On the opposite side of the
drawings they are to produce a collage referencing once again, a particular
theme (such as holidays, sports or "things to work for"). So each week, one
complete page; one side-drawings and the other side collage is due EACH
WEEK. The first week of class is dedicated to making the sketchbooks and
learning to produce the neccessary work for them. Then--(for the
remaining 8 weeks), I dedicate the first 10-15 minutes of each 50 minute
class as Sketchbook time. This is the ONLY formal training with collage that
my kids get in the middle school. I pick up the books for grading every 3
weeks and grade on quantity and relavance to the theme (basically- following
directions). Grading is very objective at this point . My sketchbooks are
worth 30 % of their final grade.
Hope this helps a little...
Kathy in Kalamazoo