School ended on Friday and four hours later I was on a plane to Savannah,
Georgia for the Art Educator's Forum at Savannah College of Art and Design.
After sleeping through the first day here, on Sunday I met new friends and
we toured Savannah, shopped, visited art galleries, and ended up at the City
Market Square listening to live music. This is the life!! The locals are
really friendly, the architecture is to die for and the weather (so far) has
been a lot like home (central valley, California). I've also been seeing
buildings where they filmed "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" It's
"Gone with the Wind" set in the 21st century!
Tomorrow starts the two workshops I'm enrolled in; video editing with
Premiere and drawing and painting on photographs!
I've been trying to locate our other ArtsEdNetters, but haven't connected
with anyone yet. I did see Sid Miller's lesson plan in the lesson plan
collection they gave us. So Sid, if you get on line to read this, look me
up in room 453!!
So, take care everyone and Happy End of School, Start of Summer and hope you
year-rounders are off track!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevan Nitzberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 6:32 AM
Subject: Regarding sketchbooks...
> Having students keep sketchbooks, irregardless of the particular art
> discipline that they are involved with in class, is a tremendous way for
> them to build on their observational, inventive and inquiry skills. The
> sketchbook becomes a vehicle to record a variety of images from straight
> observation in reference to any number of different applications being
> studied in school, to coming up and experimenting with new ideas outside
> the confines of the classroom. The sketchbook can also be a tool for
> getting students to write narratives about what they are doing or engage
> creative writing that may or may not be linked to projects being worked
> In an art-based humanities class that I created years ago, I had students
> create sketchbooks loosely constructed around a Leonardo da Vinci model in
> order to have them combine images and writing in order to illustrate new
> ideas or inventions that they could envision that would be beneficial to
> society in some way or other. Simply put, the utilization of a sketchbook
> as a teaching / learning device, can provide students with a tool that
> allows them to not only personalize and communicate their own ideas, but
> also gives them more access to a creativity based learning model that they
> can carry with them wherever they go and bring out at a moment's notice.
> have found that many of the students that I have had over the years have
> made huge leaps in their ability to invent concepts on their own, develop
> their observational skills to a far greater level that was possible within
> the constraints of the class / studio, and become much more involved in
> whole creative process by keeping a sketchbook as part of their art
> Hope that this helps.