Not long ago I went to the sketchbook conference organised by The Studio Project. I was amazed by the artistic skill and passion people have for bookmaking, by the end of the day I was hooked.
I began creating a book about the Impressionists to show my KS2 year 5 & 6 students (more on this subject in another post coming soon). My daughter who is in year 8, had a substantial project about the Native American Indians to complete for homework. As you can imagine with a typical 12 year old, she was not entirely motivated about starting it …… UNTIL …. she saw me making my book.
I helped her to measure and fold her own bookcover and to insert the pages …. the rest as they say is history (literally in this case). My daughter used luggage tags to write certain facts on, a hole-punch was used on the pages to create the hole to tie the tag. Coloured papers were glued in a random way to create interesting backgrounds, pockets were stuck in the book to home photos and an envelope was stuck on the back to house the conclusion. The project was stunning, her teacher was really impressed and gave her a really good mark (and a trip to the Head to show it to him).
The thing about school projects are that they become FUN when you make your own book.
I will be writing more info about making sketchbooks in the next few posts so keep a look out.