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 Professional Art Educator Competencies
3.1 Effectively paces lessons to facilitate student learning
3.2 Communicates effectively with students

3.10 Considers multiple intelligences when planning instruction
3.11 Considers students’ background knowledge and ability levels when planning instruction  

Nic Hahn

Nic Hahn

PRO Facilitator and Elementary Art Teacher

Nic Hahn, an elementary art teacher in Minnesota, and she has worked as an instructor for AOE. 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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