Then one day a truck pulled up to our school loading dock full of office furniture and supplies that a government agency was donating to our school. There was a lot of copy paper, and the school took the regular sized paper, and asked me if I would like the legal and oversized (17 1/2" x 11") paper. Why of course I did.
The legal size paper made a good size book when folded in half. And the larger size made a really generous book. I have always been fond of bookmaking, and it makes a nice way to start the year or the semester. Plus I am a big believer in keeping a sketchbook myself and using it on a daily basis. I use my own sketchbook to inspire the students and create sketchbook prompts from my own examples.
Once you establish the sketchbook habit with your students, it makes for great substitute lesson plans. I'll often leave an assortment of materials for them to use such as watercolors, stencils, and rubber stamps as well as some prompts which I like to mix up among drawing, doodling and writing.
These are the instructions on how to make the smaller sketchbooks:
Simple Book with a Three Hole Binding
These are for the multi-section book.
Accordion Binding Book with Five Holes
I only do wrapped covers with my eighth grade students. If you want to paint paper to wrap around your covers, view this slide show:
Also here is a video on how to sew a three hole binding:
Here are my Golden Rules for bookmaking with students:
1. Let the paper dictate the size of the book. What I mean is, don't end up cutting hundreds of sheets of paper to make books a particular size or shape. You'll cut a lot less mat board for covers.
2. Establish a relationship with a frame shop so that you have a steady supply of mat board.
3. Use good thread. I recommend 3 ply waxed linen thread from Royal Wood, Ltd.
|Not a student sketchbook, but a giant lead book by Anselm Kiefer at Mass MOCA|