The young artists at my school inspire me every day. From Kindergarten to 5th grade, they have perseverance. They have curiosity. They want to succeed. They aren’t afraid to fail and get up again. They are tenacious. They are joyful. They respond to challenge. They are collaborative. They smile a lot. (It’s true!)
My school is a small public charter school that provides quality academic and social emotional education within an under served East Oakland neighborhood.
95% of our students are eligible for free or reduced lunch and 50% of our students are English Language Learners. These amazing, hard working kids deserve an art program that will challenge and inspire them. This will be the first year we have a dedicated studio space for Art Class.
Third grade in Art represents a huge leap from developing foundational art skills to really understanding how artists think and the practices that support their work. Sketchbooks are a crucial tool for the kind of planning and reflection they are now asked to do.
Walk into a classroom of students working in sketchbooks and you may forget you are in a school.
Students look relaxed, happy engrossed in their work. "Having my sketchbook helps me to see the ideas in my head on paper. I like that I get to practice before I make my final drawing." - 5th Grader "I hate when sketchbook time ends and we have to go to recess. It's my favorite part of the day because my mind gets quiet and I can really focus". - 4th Grader.
Young art students are able to connect their working process to their final product. Sketchbooks allow students to think visually, analytically, critically, creatively.
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