I changed from standard sketchbooks, to ring binders 2 years ago. Much easier
for grading and wear and tear. The students have a 1 in. binder, pockets on the
inside of the cover ,and the front and back have a place you can slip in a
When kids hand in a sketch, it is one paper with name and date, not a whole
sketchbook. At the beginning of the year, I give them a handout /checklist that
tells them what I am looking for in a quality sketch, so it isn't always "Why
did I just get a C?"
There should be in the archives lots of ideas for sketches. I think a while back
someone( Judy D.?) compiled many of the ideas.
And besides using the binder just for sketches, the students ( like others have
mentioned) use it for more than drawings. They also keep various handouts, class
information, comp.disc, late tickets, an inventory of a year's worth of work(
one year the kids had a small digital photo next to the description) , thoughts
about art in their life, and their final evaluation of their work.
Finally the students takes home the binder for the parents to see, Parent signs
a form and comments on the binder. The student receives a grade for a completed
binder that is averaged in to the final quarter.
Also like Marian , I have found that 25% works well for averaging sketchbook
grades with the artwork.