Yes. I have all of my classes keep some form of a sketchbook- however I don't
always call it that. In my Art I and 2 classes I have them use it as a
"notebook", a place for them to take down vocabulary and notes as I present
assignments. In Art 1, I have them actually do a sample or technique practice
before they attempt each assignment. In Art II I do the same except in
addition I require 9 assigned "finished" drawings in their books each
quarter. These are from a list of assignments which I hand out at the
beginning of the quarter. All assignments have something (sometimes loosely)
to do with what we are doing in class during the quarter ie. subject matter,
technique, reference, research,etc. This whole sketchbook is turned in at end
of each qtr. and is worth 30% of their 9 week grade!
For older and advanced classes I treat sketchbooks as VISUAL JOURNALS. They
are again a required part of the grade- each course has a different agenda
for stuff to be included such as article reviews, exhibit reviews, sketches
from field trips, glued in mementos, sketches, internet sights, notes, as
well as drawings or paint sketches. I believe the discpline is good for kids
and it also encourages them to document inspirations, ideas and creative
spurts. Many of my older kids grieve when/if they lose their sketchbooks.
They become very attached to them and value them. It is hard to actually
'grade" these. I require one entry per week for a C, daily entry for an A and
anything under that is an F. I usually just give completion grades: A, C or F.
Marcia in IL