I've noticed some posts about keeping a sketchbook in HS art classes,
esp. beginning art classes. I'm going to start that this year, having it be a
requirement that students buy a sketchbook similar to the way a student in
math or science has to have a notebook. Sketchbooks can be purchased very
cheaply at any Long's, Target, Walmart, etc, not necessariy at an art supply
Students will keep their sketchbooks in an old filing cabinet in my room,
and at the beginning of class, will get their sketchbooks and go sit down.
They'll work on a "bell work" assignment which I will have posted on the
board. Bell work consists of short sketches or written responses to questions
regarding a project that we will be working on at the time. I'll collect
sketchbooks and grade them twice a quarter. This also allows me time to take
roll and do the paperwork type stuff that we teachers always have to do at
the beginning of class.
I'm really keen on getting students to enter a room (in a civilized
manner) and know that they should get their work and go sit down. It puts
them in the frame of mind to begin their art work. Plus, I need the space.
Not having students come up to you and ask you fifty questions at the
beginning of class will be real nice.
Dennis in Stockton