Sketchbooks in the Art Room!

Sketchbooks… to develop creativity!

Sketchbooks or journals are tools that artists use to experiment, try something new, practice, make mistakes, challenge yourself, or develop ideas.


Our handmade sketchbooks are finally together and ready for use! 3rd, 4th and 5th grade artists, created these colorful sketchbook covers on our second day of art. We are currently in the process of adding duct tape details to make our sketchbooks a truly special place for our ideas to take flight. Our 4th graders have already been busy planning their next art project in them.

We began by painting manila folders using warm or cool colors. We made our covers bright, sparkly, and rich with texture. Creating a unique place to explore our ideas, reflect, record our observations, and plan future art projects. I can’t wait to incorporate more sketchbook activities throughout the year. Inspiration for this project came from art teacher extraordinaire, Cassie Stephens.

“You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch

everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”

-John Singer Sargent

         I’ve actively been keeping a sketchbook ever since my high school art years. To this day, I carry a sketchbook around with me at all times. 9 in total, they are my most prized possession. More special then any painting I’ve ever created. These bound pages represent to me a time and a place. This weekend i will be filling the pages of my sketchbook with inspiration, when I attend the AENJ “Full STEAM Ahead” art conference.

I’m excited to see how our artists use their sketchbooks throughout the year. You just never know when inspiration will strike. I invite students to keep a sketchbook at home too. They are a wonderful place to express one selves or record our experiences and stories.

4th Grade, Recycled Robot Sculptures

Fourth Grade students just finished creating these unique/one of a kind, recycled robots!  We began by learning about robots, what they are, how they function, and what they are made from. Students designed their robot “prototype” with a specific function in mind. They turned their working drafts into 3D sculptures. Our 4th Grade artists were encouraged to use as many recyclable materials as possible in their creations. They were also challenged to create a sculpture that did not exceed 8’x 8″ 8″.  Students have been cutting, layering, bending, twisting, and attaching their recyclable pieces for the past few weeks. Take a look at their finished sculptures! Fourth grade really loved working on this PBL lesson!

On our last meeting day, students participated in a post-it note critique. Students enjoyed sharing their creations with their classmates.

3rd Grade Art Exhibition

Our 3rd graders did a fantastic job showcasing their artistic creations at their gallery show yesterday. They presented their fish and biography works of art to parents, staff and students. I’m so proud of our 3rd grade artists! I have so loved collaborating with our 3rd grade teachers on this exciting science/ art/ writting project! An earlier post showcased a sneak peek at our recyclable creations. Now, take a look at our finished fish! fish Display 1 Fish display 2 fish display 3 Students designed a fish inspired by four adaptations, body shape, mouth, coloration, and reproduction. Students began by collected plastic recyclables to reuse in the creation of their fishes body.  Next, we used cardboard to create details like fins as well as a mouth. Thirdly, we layered plaster wrap over our fishes form to make them sturdy and ready for color. Lastly, we used different painting techniques to create our fish’s coloration.  Each fish was fashioned with features best suited to help it survive in their aquatic habitat. Arn’t they fantastic!

Items Needed

Imagelids bottems to lidshangers eggcartons

Currently collecting these items photographed and listed below;

  • wire hangers
  • cereal boxes
  • paper towel rolls
  • laundry detergent lids
  • egg cartons (foam or cardboard)
  • large lids
  • Gatorade and soda bottles

Any or all of these  materials would be greatly appreciated as they will aid in the creation of some new and exciting art projects. Please feel free to send these items in with your child.