SchoolArts Magazine

May 2016

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CONTINUED ON PAGE 42. dent naturalist showed them live owls, students sketched some amaz - ingly detailed drawings. Back in the classroom, students folded, cut, and colored a pop-up frog, which was glued into their sketch- books. I also stamped a fish, frog, and crawfish on one of their pages, which they could color in later. Of course, students need some blank, "undirected" pages for their own drawings. As I was looking through their sketchbooks, I found a drawing a first-grader had made of me. "He smiles a lot at children" was written above my portrait. Creating Covers Before class, cut out the cardboard covers to 8 x 13" (20 x 33 cm). With a razor knife, make two cuts through the top layer of the cardboard, creat - ing the book's spine. Cut four to six 12 x 7½" (30 x 19 cm) white drawing pages. Fold these in half to create eight to twelve pages. Cut additional I usually fill a sketchbook in six months and always look forward to starting another, with its blank pages waiting for my scribbles, inscriptions, or whatever. But for many students, the blank pages can be daunting. I begin with lessons that start students on creating a cool sketchbook that will hopefully be treasured and kept for years. Students enjoy the freedom of dec- orating the cardboard covers them- selves. Providing stickers and collage materials helps. I also like to marble paper with students, gluing the paper to the cover to create an attractive sketchbook. On the inside back cover, we also glue a construction paper pocket for saving a bookmark, feather, or other collected item. Inspired by Nature My first-graders made sketchbooks prior to a field trip to the local nature center. At the center, stu - dents used their sketchbooks to do a contour line drawing of a leaf, then made a leaf rubbing. When the resi - I f there is only one connection between artists, it's probably that they all keep sketchbooks. Whether you call it a sketchbook, a journal, or a diary, creative people need a place to note impressions, jot ideas, record thoughts, or sim - ply doodle. This important part of being an artist can be, and should be, shared with children. The type of sketchbook I use is the Moleskine sketchbook. The size is small enough to carry with me every- where I go, and the stiff covers make it easy to sketch just about anywhere. I've patterned the recycled cardboard sketchbooks I make with students after the Moleskine sketchbook. Rec led Sketchbooks SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 25 E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D Craig Hinshaw Whether the all it a sketchbook, a journal, or a diar , creative people need a place to note impressions, jot ideas, record thoughts, or simpl oodle.

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