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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] Stacie: visual journals


From: Betty B (bettycarol_40_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 26 2005 - 07:27:30 PDT

We spent the first week (6-7-8) making sketchbooks and
I also wonder how to make that easier. This year we
used a comb binding machine and it was not great, they
come apart too easily. I think I'll go back to the
japanese binding.

I don't do assignments in them, we do our bellwork in
them. I have a lot of turnover in my classes, so need
to make ten or so extra every time for new students.

I REALLY like the idea of making them smaller, but
this year the first several pages are my usual
handouts (which they lose otherwise) and the last 2
pages are a foldout timeline and a world map for us to
fill in when we do art history.

I agree, my main point with the sketchbooks also is
for them to get in the habit of carrying one around. A
few have started drawing in them on their own. I let
them draw whatever they need to draw in them.

Also, they all know I have my own sketchbook and use
it frequently. They've all seen it, and they know it
is the source of much of my own work (paintings).

I can't find the post youall are referring to with the
pictures of the visual journals. Could it be posted
again please or emailed to me?


--- Rick Larson <> wrote:

> I do sketchbooks from 3-rd through 6th. They don't
> take them home, they
> keep them in the room, bundled by class. 10 sheets
> of xerox paper folded
> with a 9x12 drawing paper cover. They use them to
> make thumbnails for
> lessons, put ideas in- I grade them twice a year.
> They also use them to
> sketch in if they finish early. Sometimes I will
> copy something for them to
> glue in there, pics, how to draw something, or
> background info.
> The secret is they don't go home- I do not give them
> assignments for them,
> for me, I wanted them to just have one and think
> that it is normal for
> artists to have one- this is what artists do sort of
> thing. I have 2 kids
> pass them out at the beginning of each class.and
> collect them at the end-
> those kids haved to keep track of the rubberband and
> lable.
> Betsy
> > I don't know if it can really be pulled off below
> 9th grade. I give
> > 7 and 8th grade sketchbook homework and it's
> nothing like this. I also
> > have
> >
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