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03 September 2010

circles in sketchbooks

We are a week into school, which mean we are a week into our sketchbook work.  The age range in the class is three- to five-year-olds, and watching them work in their sketchbooks is fascinating.  Everyone uses space so differently; everyone represents differently; everyone's book, as always, is incredibly personal.

Today I offered a prompt that I didn't last year.  I drew a large black circle on one page of each child's sketchbook, and they used that page for their five-minute work.  It was fantastic to see how they used the space - some only used the inside, some only used the outside - but the idea of circles and spirals was continued in everyone's drawing today.


  1. I've provided paper of different shapes on which the children often create very different drawing to a regular rectangular piece of paper but I've not drawn different shapes to see what they would do ... might try it this week! Thanks for the idea
    Donna :) :)

  2. I love that you are in year two of the sketchbook work - what are you doing differently this year from last?

  3. Its interesting - I hav some new ideas, but I'm realizing that this is a different group of children, with a different morning dynamic, and that means it automatically looks different from before. I mentioned this at the end of last year, but I want more input from the children about their sketchbooks. What do they want to put inside? I also want to add a reflection piece - the children looking back at their work and thinking about it.


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