Posted by: dbjaquith | January 19, 2015

Secret Sketchbooks

A 4th grader is working from his sketchbook.

A 4th grader is working from his sketchbook.

Some students have sketchbooks that travel back and forth to school. They are typically tiny, fit easily in a pocket, and sometimes are hand-made. The sketchbook appears while students are working at studio centers but, quite often, no one but the artist sees the sketchbook. So it is a magical moment when I come across one, as happened the other day. A boy was drawing fish with tremendous focus. He had his tiny sketchbook as reference. He had filled out about 12 pages since New Years, when he started this sketchbook. When asked why he decided to use a sketchbook he replied, “I like having reference material when I draw.” In addition to many fish, labeled with their names, this boy’s sketchbook contains drawings of reptiles.


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