20 March 2012
kids' sketchbook project!
After I shared my latest Sketchbook Project with my son's class, his awesome teacher had the class make their own sketchbooks! They were all assigned the same theme, "Family Matters" and created their books entirely on their own ~ choosing the paper, sewing the binding and filling the pages. They plan to make their own classroom sketchbook library so they can check out their classmates' books, just like the Arthouse library in Brooklyn.
The books are absolutely adorable and the kids put a lot of work and care into them. Some glued photos of their family inside, but many of them drew pictures that illustrated the stories they told about their families.
Some of the stories inside are hilarious. One of my favorites says,
"My grandpa's name was Granpapu. I don't know much about Granpapu, except that his great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather fought in World War II."
There are also stories of a grandpa getting kicked out of a movie theater (for laughing during serious parts), a grandma throwing away a gift of pizza into the hay because it was unfamiliar, mischievous uncles playing pranks, and all kinds of plans for the future, including having a flying house with jets on the bottom so one can go to work and keep the family floating safely nearby at home.
I'm really thrilled by the students' creativity and impressed by what a group of 9-year-olds can do!