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Sketchbook Project 2015 Has a Growing Number of Followers

For a third year in a row, district students will have an opportunity to participate in the Sketchbook Project, which encourages students to draw daily in their sketchbooks.

This year there are over 500 students and 22 teachers from 16 schools participating. The project will also engage four UBC teacher candidates and two artists from the Artists in Residence (AIR) Program.

Peggy Bochun, the district's Fine Arts Coordinator, believes the benefits of this project are multifold and that drawing frees the imagination in the spirit of invention.

"After all, Leonardo da Vinci's most basic tool was his sketchbook," she says.  

Bochun also credited UBC Professor Emeritus Bob Steele for his decades of work inspiring art teachers and students around the long-term benefits of drawing projects.

According to Steele, visual and verbal literacy are inextricably connected.

"Drawing is the language most useful for processing the negative and positive experiences of growing up," he says. "It is the language that helps the child master the codes of literacy, and experience daily empathy, aesthetic energy and the pleasures of making art."

Sketchbook Project 2015 will be coordinated by AIR artist Phyllis Schwartz. Participating students will have the opportunity to work with future art educators and AIR artists. This daily drawing project will culminate with school-based sharing and celebration events and a selection of work will be displayed in the VSB foyer in June.

Joining the project this year is Andrea Klann, who is an ArtStarts Infusion teacher, writer, visual artist and creative communication specialist. This project will also receive continuous support from Dr. Keith McPherson, Rod Brown and John Yamamoto, who are the Community Field Experience (CFE) coordinators from the Teacher Education Office, and Learning Services/District Fine Arts.

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