The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

Keep a sketchbook in the car

Kids spend so much time in the car! It’s easy to reach for a dvd or elec­tronic game to fill the time on long trips… or even short errands around town. But why not take a break from tech­nol­ogy and just reach for a sketch­book instead?

“Almost all art­work, no mat­ter what the final form, begins with draw­ing because draw­ing is the artist’s fun­da­men­tal tool.” ~ Mary Blair, Dis­ney artist and designer of Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” attraction

Draw­ing is an essen­tial skill, not only for artists, but for every­one. The abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate visu­ally is an impor­tant tool for express­ing ideas in a way oth­ers can under­stand. Many adults are intim­i­dated by draw­ing, but this can be avoided by encour­ag­ing draw­ing from an early age.

Draw­ing abil­ity, like any other skill, improves with prac­tice. But the thing about prac­tice is you have to find time (or make time!) to do it. So encour­age stu­dents to take the 30 Day Sketch­book Chal­lenge! Keep a sketch­book in the car and com­mit to draw­ing instead of using tech­nol­ogy while rid­ing in the car for the next 30 days (or longer!). This will give kids the extra min­utes and hours it takes to see improve­ment through prac­tice, and who knows.… it may even become a habit to reach for that sketchbook!

Hey kids.… need help get­ting started? Here are 5 ideas to get you drawing:

  1. Choose some­thing you’d like to be able to draw and prac­tice draw­ing it over and over until you become an expert! (Some ideas might be horses, dinosaurs, cars, peo­ple, cas­tles, super­heroes, etc.) Get a “How to Draw ______” book  to keep in the car or print some pages from the inter­net and stash them in your sketch­book for reference.
  2. Imag­ine an inven­tion inspired by a  Rube Gold­berg machine and draw what it would look like.
  3. Prac­tice draw­ing 3-D.
  4. Try some fun let­ter­ing tech­niques… design a new font and write your name using it.
  5. Draw some Zentan­gles.

Drawing in a sketchbook in the car

Take the 30 Day Sketch­book Chal­lenge! What will YOU draw??

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