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Sketchbook Ideas that Really Work

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Types of Sketchbooks and Drawing Materials

Introduction 3:44

The Best Media for Sketchbook Work 3:11

Sketchnotes and Project Planning

How to Teach Your Students to Work with Sketchnotes 5:46

Project Planning, Brainstorming, and Preliminary Sketches 5:42

Exercises for Creativity

Drawing Exercises for Creativity 5:35

Brainstorming and Writing Exercises for Creativity 3:47

Exercises for Technical Skill

Drawing Ideas with Various Media 8:46

Drawing from Observation 8:21

Sketchbook Work and Daily Challenges

Benefits of Using a Sketchbook Challenge 7:30

When and How to Use Sketchbooks in Class

Conclusion 1:25

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Sketchbook Ideas that Really Work

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Explore how to use sketchbooks in a variety of ways in your art room

  • 2 Learn how to teach specific exercises that develop drawing skills and creativity

  • 3 Discover the benefits of artist challenges and learn how to find the time for sketchbook work

You may love the idea of having your students use sketchbooks in your art room, but setting up an effective system can be daunting. In this Learning Pack, you will explore a variety of drawing exercises, note-taking methods, and innovative ideas to help your students develop their creativity and drawing skills.

Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

7. Media and Techniques
A. Selects best practices when teaching media and techniques to students
B. Scaffolds media and technique skills for students according to age and ability level
C. Designs opportunities for students to experiment with materials and skills

8. Creativity
A. Designs experiences to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills
B. Designs instruction to allow for freedom of expression and independent thought within student work

9. Connections
C. Values how the arts connect with other disciplines and provides opportunities to experience those connections

Nic Hahn

Nic Hahn

Host of AOEU's Everyday Art Room, Elementary Art Teacher, and PRO Facilitator

Nic Hahn, an elementary art teacher in Minnesota, and she has worked as an instructor for AOEU. She also authors the popular blog “Mini Matisse.” She enjoys sharing creative ideas and positive musings about teaching. Nic has worked with learners from preschoolers through adults and has discovered she loves teaching at all levels.


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