MAKE YOUR OWN SKETCHBOOK
Level: Middle School
Grades: 6-8 | Age: 11-14 | Written by:
[Lori is an art educator at St. Louis School in Indiana.]
Students can create and assemble a sketchbook from assorted materials and then (using prompts) draw in their sketchbooks every week.
What You Need:
- create and assemble a sketchbook from assorted materials.
- use various media to create the cover design of the sketchbook.
- create sketch ideas for the weekly sketches.
What You Do:
- hole punchers
- yarn or metal fasteners
- drawing paper
- paint, pencil, glitter, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, tissue paper, etc.
- small 2x3 pieces of paper
- bowl (we use a fish bowl)
- Give each student two pieces of cardboard. (I use 9"x11")
- The students will put their names and titles on the front covers and decorate them using various media. I encourage them to use a creative title. The back cover may be decorated, but that is optional.
- Use a three ring hole puncher to punch holes in the cardboard. Also punch holes in 20-30 pieces of drawing paper per sketchbook.
- Use yarn, string or metal fasteners to assemble the sketchbooks.
My students really enjoyed this project. They each got to write a creative sketch idea on a little piece
of paper. We put the sketch ideas in a bowl, and every other week I choose a student to draw one out. Whatever is drawn is the assignment for the week. They look forward to drawing a new one out. In fact, a lot of them want assignments EVERY week! It really gets them drawing.
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