I am completely overjoyed with the progress students are making in art class! In just the three days we have worked with clay, painted, made portfolios, and implemented our sketchbooks as a part of the creative process! This is the first year I have used sketchbooks as a tool in my classroom. In the past, I had students use newsprint or other scrap paper. This year I worked with our STEM teacher, Mr. Dennett to implement the use of sketchbooks as a part of the design process in both of our classes (since we share students throughout the year). Using design thinking to develop a process, we were inspired by this chart (which I can no longer find the link to):
7th and 8th grade students are using this process to come up with solutions for their portfolio names. It is interesting to see what they come up with and how they work it out in their sketchbooks before applying it to their portfolio.
Sketchbooks are an exciting tool to use in the classroom and I am excited to see how my students utilize the space to generate and work through their ideas. Here is a great video on using sketchbooks to help with learning how to draw:
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.