this is what we’ve been doing in our classroom sketchbooks…
i think drawing, labeling, writing is a good way to process learning so i’m trying to do more of this. i’m also working out how to get everyone started on larger sketchbook projects that they can then continue with independently in between other assignments. when i taught 5th grade, one of the other teachers on my grade level let her students knit in class. it was the coolest thing! they each had a bag of yarn, needles, and whatever they were working on at their desks. since i don’t know how to knit this won’t be happening in my class, but i sure think it’s a terrific idea.
someone sent me a box of art supplies that included stickers, keys, tape, ribbons, origami paper, and plenty more. as you can see the stickers and tape were very popular! i like having just the one box of supplies (plus a bit of decorative paper from home and the wishlist) to dig through. i don’t have much available storage space and so far the one box has everything we need!
these children are very clever and require much less modeling than in previous years. i’m using sort of a self-service approach when it comes to concepts that i’ve already introduced. i lay out the parameters – choose one of 4 pictures to sketch plus a key from the box, then i let them get started then i sit at a table and if they want they can come ask me questions or watch me work in my sketchbook. if they don’t understand something they come ask me for a demo and i show them. for example, this week many wanted to know how to make a flesh tone using their watercolors.
after they’ve done the “assignment”, they can work on a “free” page and do whatever they want. if you look at the black outlined tulip and the child drawing the bird, those are examples of 2 students doing their own thing on their “free” page.
this might not be interesting for those of you who aren’t classroom teachers, but i get a lot of questions about how i’m using the sketchbooks in the classroom. these posts are my way of answering those questions and they provide a record of our experiments. if you are a classroom teacher, keep in mind i have a fairly unstructured way of doing things. also keep in mind that my school allows us quite a bit of autonomy in how we structure our days.
here are a few things that are inspiring me lately outside of the classroom…
these ledger sketchbook pages from a french blogger (thanks diana for sending!)