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Sketch books

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Alix E. Peshette (apeshet)
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 06:32:46 +0000

Hi Mark,
I have to echo Bunki's thoughts on sketch books. I always had the
best intentions in college, but let them slide to the last day. My
solution in 7th grade was to issue sketchbook packets. These were
four to eight pages, photocopied, folded and stapled into a
mini-sketch book. Each page had a theme or 'mini-drawing lesson.'
There was also an area to score each page and a cover page that listed
the title of the sketchbook (perspective, cartooning, portraits, etc.)
the student's name, total grade, etc.The advantage of these was that
the assignment length was short (two weeks) and because we moved on
into new themes, the interest level was high. If a kid blew off an
entire sketchbook packet, his grade didn't sink him in the class.

Your system sounds very major league and college level in
expectations! Also, it sounds like a hecka lota work for you, beyond
even the grading! I applaud your determination, but maybe you can
rework the dynamics.


> Hi, Mark...I just wanted to let you know that I don't do sketchbooks
> because I had two professors in college whe did this, and I
> absolutely HATED having to keep up a sketchbook even though the
> assignments weren't tough. I'd forget, or wouldn't be in the
> mood...I'd find SOME reason to drag it out. I DID it, but still
> hated it. Swore I'd never have my kids have to do it and hate it as
> I did.
> Maybe your kids are coming from the same place I have been. From
> your post, it sounds like you're really doing one heck of alot of
> "reminding" to get them in. You must feel it's worthwhile to do it
> or you wouldn't be stressing yourself out so much. Do you really
> feel it's worth all the trouble you're going to? I know you're
> probably going to say "yes" to that question...but is it worth it if
> they don't want to do it and you're having trouble getting them in?
> Just thought I'd open my mouth, put my foot in, and give you another
> perspective. Cya.........
> Bunki Kramer
> Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Rd.
> Danville, California 94526

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