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Sketchbooks for HS art classes


From: Carolyn Roberts (croberts18_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 24 2004 - 12:31:13 PDT

Questions for HIGH SCHOOL art teachers who require sketchbooks for regular
assignments outside of class that are done for a grade...

How do you grade the assignments and how much weight do you apply to the
sketchbook grades?

How often do you require outside assignments in the sketchbooks? (Are they
optional or required?)

Do you give random assignments or are they related to the work being done in
class? What are the requirements as to how they are done...quick small
sketches, contour line drawings, completed page drawings with shading, etc.

How often do you require that they be turned in? If you have a certain time
that they are to be turned in, what are the consequences for not doing so?
How much extra time do you allow?

How important are outside sketchbook assignments?

What kind of sketchbook do you require? Do you accept LOOSE sketchbook
assignments as opposed to all drawings being contained in one book? Do your
students make their sketchbooks?

How do you handle it when students say they are unable to purchase a

***The reason for this survey is for the high school art teachers in our
system. Some of them require sketchbooks and some do not. Some say
students will not do the outside assignments and giving zeros brings their
grades down too much. Some say students have so much outside work for other
classes, as well as jobs, family obligations, etc.that they do not have time
to work in their sketchbooks.