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[teacherartexchange] An answer on sketchbooks for Stacy


Date: Fri Jul 01 2005 - 11:44:30 PDT


I now teach high school but prior to that I taught middle school. For my
sketchbooks, I had the kids put together there own. I had the kids for approx
8-10 wks (depending on the grade). The second day I had the students I would
show them samples of sketchbook pages from former students and we would play a
game (in groups) trying to guess the idea or theme of the pages. The next
day I took colored construction paper (in my case 12 x 18 " size in 8 different
colors) and layed them out on the counter along with a piece of tag board for
the front and back covers. The kids would go up and choose one of each
color- plus front and back covers and 1/4" hole punch them ( I would have a
template that they would use to mark the spacing of the holes. They would then place
the paper in a "special order" I determined that identified a particular week
and attatch all together using a piece of yarn out of my scrap box. I would
show them how to to tie them together so it wasn't too tight where the paper
would tear. They then spent the rest of the first week coloring the front and
back covers while I would explain the sketchbook directions and demoed
putting together a collage for the remaining week. Each page was (front and back )
to be a weeks worth of sketchbook credit (10 pts). The front would be drawings
and on the back would be a collage all having to do with a "theme" I created
for that week. For the first 10-15 minutes of each class, they would get to
work on their sketchbooks -which ended up being 30 % of their grade. This
allowed me to prep materials between classes and also made them accountable for
their time. The themes were different for each week and also different between
the drawing pages and the collage pages. For example, I may start off in fall
with "Things I did over summer vacation" for the drawing page and may have a
theme such as "Differences in people" on the collage side for the same week. I
would pick up the entire sketchbook and look at for the particular COLOR(s) I
was evaluating and grade them every 3rd or 4th week. I did get some
beautiful sketchbooks and would use them -or parts of them, for displays! I would
encourage the pencil but allow the use of markers & crayons as well because they
are comfortable with those materials and made them extremely colorful.

Kathy in Kalamazoo

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