Before I opened my studio, I always knew I wanted to have a student art book in the waiting room. Where the idea came from, I’m not sure. I know it wasn’t my original idea. The way I read blogs, I know someone else must have inspired me.
I bought a blank canvas sketchbook similar to this one at Michaels and had an artist friend decorate the cover. I didn’t have enough students at the time to hold a contest otherwise that would be fun. She asked what I wanted and I told her I trusted her to be creative. Isn’t she amazing?
This one has been full for a couple of years now. I sat down and had a look as I was planning to finally put out a new one.
I thought I would share some of my favorite entries as well as my new art book and individual art books I now use for inspiring and fostering creativity.
ARt by: My Students
It was especially touching to come across a page like this for the first time, especially when it was written several years ago!
My New Art Books
After my GIML Course, I was inspired to have individual art books for my students – or at least a few to start with.
Creative activities are included and encouraged in the Music Moves for Piano Keyboard Games books I’m using with two sets of siblings. Often they are simply using their imagination to draw a picture of the song.
I found these awesome thin, plain Moleskin Journals in a set of 3 at Target. They’re perfect. The cover is blank so each child can decorate their own cover as well.
Here, two sisters are spending a few minutes drawing their pictures for their “Three Blind Mice” and “Poor Blind Mice” pieces.
They also had a set in black, so I decided to purchase a pack for my studio-wide art book the kids like to draw in when waiting before or after lessons.
I just used a silver permanent marker to draw on the cover. They’re nice and slim so I’ll use a new one for each year.
Do you have any kind of a student art book in your studio? I look forward to hearing how you may incorporate similar ideas.