After the exciting adventure of the twitter challenges this summer to work daily in art journals...I knew I had to attempt this with my students. I've actually been thinking about it for several years(collecting regular lined notebooks as they were on sale)...but was kind of unsure how to implement it. I decided to focus on 3rd & 4th grade. Each child was given a notebook that will be theirs to take home at the end of the year. Each week when they come into the art room students look to the white board for their prompt. Once they receive their pencil and notebook/journal...they get to work. They have about 10 min. to draw an image & write two sentences describing something about their creation. The biggest part of this exercise is creativity.
I have told my students I don't want boring. I want original, exciting, odd, and fabulously creative ideas in their journals. So far the students LOVE IT!! They will be given a grade on the journal entries as a whole..and not each individual one. Later in the year, we will do a narrative drawing using one of the journal creations as the inspiration. I look forward to seeing the students further develop their ideas.