Sketchbooks - What is the Point?
Sketchbooks are a space where children can develop their ideas and artistic skills in an exploratory way. They enable children to try out ideas, techniques and reflect critically on their work.
Here are some key benefits of using sketchbooks in the primary classroom:
- They enable children to try out techniques and processes in a safe space. This helps to develop their skills.
- They develop children's critical thinking skills.
- They support children's writing skills through the reflective annotations and evaluative jottings they make.
- They are really useful for children to refer to in Art lessons. For example, a mark making lesson in Year 3 could be a really useful source of ideas later on in the school.
- They provide a space for children to both practise and master techniques.
- They encourage children's creativity.
- They are a fantastic source of evidence for teachers to be able to measure progress in Art (and to show Ofsted!) They are a great way to document the artistic journey children go on through primary school.
- Practising artists use sketchbooks as an important part of the art making process - therefore it is beneficial for children to do so also.