1. Jackie Garner
    November 15, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Whilst I’m not generally a fan of teachers writing in a pupil’s sketchbook, it’s not always a bad thing. I remember going on an art dayschool run by an artist I respected; at one point the artist started to draw in my sketchbook to demonstrate a technique, I drew something to clarify my understanding, then he added something else and it became visual conversation. Some of my later drawings in that sketchbook related back to that event. A thumbnail sketch to demonstrate a technique, perhaps accompanied by a suggestions of which artists can be seen to have used that technique can be a valuable part of the sketchbook, especially if further work arises from it.
    A post-it note that gets lost is useless.
    A sketchbook shows a part of your creative journey and may well show how other have had input in to that journey. It’s a working tool, and being too precious about it defeats its purpose.


  2. Sue Emms
    November 21, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    I would like to have more info on making a 2 hour workshop on colour theory an exciting 2 hours and not a boring slog for the student and the teacher. Ideas please. I am teaching adults.


    • Margaret Christison
      July 10, 2013 @ 11:14 am

      I teach creativity workshops to adults and this involves fun inner child stuff. How about having coloured envelopes/boxes each with a piece of information about the theory. Each box fits into the colour wheel itself ,each participant reads and shares the bit of information in their box then places their box/envelope into the appropriate place on the wheel. Kinaesthetic learning!
      Also -in addition to the mysterious opening of parcel/envelope- you could put in a sweetie or tiny toy to add to excitement. Good wishes for the workshop.



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  4. Benjamin Barker
    February 20, 2012 @ 4:52 am


    I am glad you mentioned the idea of post it notes. I am just launching into sketchbooks with my classes (K-6 in Australia). In setting up an understanding of how open ended and personalized the process aims to be, I think I will ask them to decide is it valuable and useful input I am offering them at any given time. I can put my input onto post it notes and if they choose as the owner of the work, they can protect it by pasting it in. Thanks for prompting what I think might be a good idea…


    • Margaret Christison
      July 10, 2013 @ 11:30 am

      I love your option of the student pasting it in if they want to keep it. My only query with post-its is they usually are brightly coloured and may be the brightest thing on the student’s page.A scrap of paper could be more subtle?


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