The Power of the Sketchbook

I’ve always believed an artist should keep a sketchbook…or maybe that was just drilled into my head from the art teachers I had in school.  As a matter of fact, I still have my 6th grade SAX ARTS brand sketchbook complete with value drawings of my brother’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurines and, no, I can’t remember which ones they are.

Either way, sketchbooks are a great tool for student practice as well as collecting and analyzing the creative and critical thinking of your students.  In the classroom they can be used to document the development of ideas, plan composition or practice skills.

Are sketchbooks a part of your student’s art experience?

How are they used by students in your room?


Posted on June 11, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Michaelangelo is the orange one, Donatello is the purple one, Raphael is red, and Leonardo is blue.
    Angelo…orange. Raphael, red. Those two are super easy to remember. Then Leonardo was a more “primary” artist, and blue is a primary color.
    Who the heck is Donatello anyway?

    • He was also an artist! I love how the creator of the Turtles chose 4 Renaissance artists as their names – the kids always get a kick out of it too…and then the creator chose Splinter and Shredder to appeal to little boys 🙂

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