Inspiring Creativity with Student Art Books

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, but I know it wasn’t my original idea. Thanks to whomever the blogger was that inspired me!

I bought a blank canvas sketchbook similar to this one at Michaels and had an artist friend decorate the cover. It would have been fun to hold a studio-wide contest but since I was just building my studio at the time, that wasn’t an option.

Here’s what she came up with. Isn’t it amazing?

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This particular book has been full for a couple of years now. Before I show you what we’re using for our new studio-art book, I wanted to share some of my favorite entries.

 

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One-Minute Club

Note-Naming Challenge

A few years ago I implemented the “One-Minute Club” in my studio. The idea, first made famous by Jane Bastien, has been continued and further developed by Susan Paradis. Susan has a wealth of free downloadable materials which she redesigns each year.

Read about it on her blog.

There are downloadable charts, flashcards, and full-size and business-card size certificates available. See more here.

The first year I did this, it was ongoing throughout the year. For me, this didn’t work, however, because I often forgot and wasn’t consistent. The following year I started doing monthly challenges with my students and decided to make this the challenge for April-May, approximately 6-7 weeks leading up to the Spring Recital. I love doing it this way as the whole studio is focused and I do it at every single lesson.

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I put together a permanent portable board from an old cork board I had laying around.  I covered it in white cardboard, bought cute letters from Target, posted the levels, winners from each year, and guidelines (so I remember my rules from year to year(!). I keep plastic lanyards inside a plastic holder made by cutting off the bottom of a plastic sleeve cover (more on the lanyards below). Color-coded copies of each level of notes are available so students can practice while waiting before or after lessons or even during their lab time.

Using a larger chart (purchased from United Arts and Education) helps me see each student’s progress from year to year.

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