This was the first year all my students had sketchbooks, not just the
Drawing students. To cut down on cost, we used the English Dept's comb
binder to punch holes and assemble them. I used illustration board
for the backing, poster board for the front cover, and filled it with
white sulfite drawing paper. Cheap, and the students were able to add
pages as needed, but they were time-consuming to make, and the English
Dept. wanted their binder back. Plus, a lot of students don't want to go
rebind their added pages, so now they have a lot of loose pages falling
Do you have any ideas for cheap sketchbooks for next year? I've
considered ring binders so we have the flexibility of adding pages. Have
also looked at the inexpensive red pasteboard "wallets" which wouldn't
bind the pages, but they do have a flap with a Velcro enclosure. I
thought these might be good as Sax has them for something like $1.35 for
100 or more 12x18 size; they would be like portfolios, as well as keeping
work in progress.
I know someone Out There has a great solution!