All students in grades 4-8 are required to have a sketchbook for their art classes at EHA. I have arranged to purchase a bulk order of hardcover sketchbooks for $6.50 each. Over the years we have found that the spiral bound books and other types of sketchbooks do not hold up well throughout the year. The hardcover books have been an 8th grade privelage and hold up amazingly well. The children enjoy working in the books and take them very seriously because of their quality. Due to this we have decided to use the hardcovers throughout all the grades hoping the families agree the extra cost is worth while. A significant plus is that I am expecting that students will be able to use these books for two years if taken care of well. You are welcome to purchase your own books but they are required to be 8x11. I have never seen hardcover sketchbooks for less then $10 so the bulk school price will be your best bet. If you choose to get your own or miss the deadline, the sketchbooks can be found at Staples, Walmart, Michaels and other stores. The order will be placed on Thursday, September 20th and no extras will be ordered. If there are any hardships please notify Mrs. Cafferty through letter or email.
Canson Basic SketchBook 8 1/2 in. x 11 in. by Canson*
$6.50 cash or check (payable to EHA) - Due by Wednesday, September 19th.
Information on use of sketchbooks.
Students in grades 4-8 will be using sketchbooks during art throughout the year. We will use these books as both sketchbooks and journals. Students will be given a weekly sketchbook assignment. The assignment may be to create an artwork or a written reflection. Students will be given up to 10 points per assignment. Sketchbooks will be collected once a month for grading.
4th, 5th & 6th - Second week of the month
7th & 8th - third week of the month
All sketchbook assignments and due dates can be found on Mrs. Cafferty’s website:
Students are required to bring their sketchbooks to EVERY art class. The sketchbook is to be used in and outside the art class. Students are encouraged to use the sketchbook for any and all of the following ...
Note Taking - historical/cultural, instructional sequence, notes on demonstrations, vocabulary, materials, skills, reference to theme or topic, retelling of information, thoughts on projects.
Sketching - visual/verbal connection, direct observation and reactions in words, research recording from books, visuals, web
Skill-Building - media, tools, techniques and skills, brainstorm/ problem solve for unique personal style or voice
Media Practice - wet or dry, directly in book
Collecting Resources - found objects or resources/references for work that are glued, taped, held in bags, photos
Sketchbook assignments should take the students 15-20 minutes once a week. The assignments are designed to be open ended and focus on REVIEW, ENHANCING SKILLS, AND CREATIVITY.
Thank you for your support,
Please review the sketchbooks with your child and encourage them to create in them.