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?
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.
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!
Our New Art Books
The new books we’re using are these awesome Moleskin Journals. They come in in a set of three and are perfect because they’re small, thin, and completely blank.
Besides having a studio-wide book, these art books are wonderful for individual student use.
After taking the two-week long professional development course on Music Learning Theory through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML), I was inspired to keep individual art books for my beginning piano students.
In the Music Moves for Piano Keyboard Games, there are often “creative activities” suggested such as having students listen to a song while drawing a picture of what they hear. These small journals fit the bill beautifully for this type of assignment.
Here, two sisters are spending a few minutes drawing pictures for the pieces “Three Blind Mice” and “Poor Blind Mice.”
Another bonus of these journals is that the cover is blank so each child can decorate their own cover! They come in a kraft brown color you saw above as well as black.
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.