Sketchbooks

A major part of your assessment is to produce a Developmental Workbook (DWB) which reflects your understanding of art and design including research, experiments, ideas, sketches and personal reflections. You should take great pride with these books. You will work on them at home and in class. DO NOT FORGET YOUR BOOK.

Your workbook will be a combination of a journal, research book and a sketchbook presented in a “visually interesting way”. It will be checked at the beginning of every week.

This book is a brilliant opportunity to practise as a “REAL” artist.

sketchbook-confidential-book-reviewThis is one of my favourite art books because it shows you different ways for keeping an artist’s sketchbook. Some people work on different surfaces and then collate them in a book, others sketch on graph paper, serviettes and other found objects. Some draw with pen, paint, ink or pencil. They all write notes about their experiences and ideas. A sketchbook can be an artwork itself.

STUCK FOR PRESENTATION IDEAS?

Have a look at: My Pinterest Board 

There are many themes, ideas, techniques and videos. It is truly inspirational. Even if you are not in an MYP class, people who would just like to have a visual travel diary or scrap book would also benefit from this board.

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SO WHY DO WE USE A DWB?

  • To collect information, generate ideas, plan, set goals, experiment, create, reflect and evaluate.
  • To record evidence of the process in an organized and timely fashion.
  • To store resources, ideas and references
  • To encourage analysis and reflection
  • To give the students “ownership” of the process

Every time you create a new artwork you follow a similar process. This “creative process” has broad headings for each type of activity you do:

Investigate

Plan

Create

Evaluate

In understanding the creative process you will be able to add greater focus to your work. MYP Arts places an emphasis on all phases of this cycle, not just on the creating phase. It requires students to develop a range of skills which will be shown through both the development of their art and their artistic outcomes.

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This book is about your “development” as a student Artist. You need to ensure that the work in your DWB displays how you have developed ideas and understanding of the Arts, and also your development from the start of each creative process to the completed art work.

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 2.34.07 PMIn this image we can see that a variety of materials, observational drawing and photo resources are being used by the student. There are colour tests and reflective notes.

Please note the DWB is not a scrap book as it has to contain meaningful items, which you can talk about to other people and use as evidence of your work and progress.

WHAT DOES IT CONTAIN?

  • Students’ plans, brainstorming, ideas
  • All mistakes and trials are KEPT in order, dated
  • Research notes and references – sources must be acknowledged
  • Conceptual development and notes
  • Planning strategies: brainstorms and mind maps
  • Feedback comments and reflections
  • High-lighted and annotated handouts
  • Experimentation with media and practising skills
  • Feedback from parents, teachers and peers
  • Self-reflection of the progress – notes MUST be personal

REFLECTIONS

ReflectionReflective writing              Click here to download the sheet.

Reflection is when you look back on an experience. In art it is used as a way to learn from our mistakes and allows us to think deeper about the process of art making. It helps you break down, analyze and evaluate what happened.

Questions to consider:

How did you plan your art work?

What materials did you use? why? How did the media influence the art work?

How did your work improve throughout the process?

How did your ideas and skills change?

What problems did you face? How did you overcome them?

What ideas and suggestions did you get from your teacher, peers or parents?

What ideas did you get for future art works?

What artists influenced you? How?

What was the most successful element of your work?

What were your strengths?

How successful is the final result?

Reflection-starters                     Click here to download the help sheet.

Giving feedback appropriately: Click here to download the sheet       How to Give Feedback

HIGHER LEVEL ART DWBs

This is one of the BEST websites I have found with very clear information for HIGH SCHOOL students: http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/sketchbook-ideas-and-portfolio-presentation

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 2.45.57 PMIf you are a DP, GCSE or AP student then this site is an absolute MUST for you! Not just for your DWB but for gaining incredible ideas.

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 2.50.50 PMNEED MORE INSPIRATION? OR MAYBE YOU JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO IMPROVE YOUR ART SKILLS. How about trying these CHALLENGES:

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365 One Word Journal Prompts.

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 3.04.04 PMThis is cool click the picture or link to see what it is about http://29faces.blogspot.com/

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 3.07.33 PMIf you want to see more examples but this time from New Zealand then click this image or the link. http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/subjects/visual-arts/external-exemplars/level-1-2011/

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EDM- Every Day Matters art challenge. Click the image or the link for a fabulous draw every day idea. http://dannygregory.wordpress.com/community/edm-challenges/

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 3.10.36 PMTHERE ARE 328 IDEAS FOR YOU. IT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THAT IF YOU WANT A CHALLENGE.

I really hope this page gets you inspired and ready to go on a fabulous visual journey. Pick up some paints, ink or pencils and HAVE FUN and remember………

ART IS AN ADVENTURE

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