Students will learn how to make their own sketchbooks.
Artists use sketchbooks to express themselves, explore ideas and record what they see.
What is a sketchbook and how does an artist use it?
Materials and Tools
- 5 sheets of paper or construction paper
- About 20 inches of string (or yarn, shoelace, ribbon)
Artists use sketchbooks to record what they see, feel and think. Many artists make their own sketchbooks! Let’s make our own today!
Step 1: Combine 5 pieces of paper into one pile or stack and fold in half.
Step 2: Make two marks on the folded edge of your book and cut holes.
Step 3: Thread string through one hole and then the other and tie.
Reflection Questions for Discussion
- We started with paper and string, now we have a book—how did that happen?
- What would you like to put in your sketchbook?
Sketchbook, spine, bind
Betye Saar in studio:
Betye Saar: Call and Response | The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions
Maria Patino collage sketchbooks:
Artist’s Books | mariapatinostudio