Journaling is so therapeutic. The same is true of sketching. Sketchbooks are a place to extend thoughts into doodles, drawings, reference paintings, collage and project ideas as well as a way to capture the look or mood of the day. I just learned of an art project that involves both and anyone in the world can join in by choosing a theme and a Moleskine book ($25). It's called the Art House Co-Op Sketchbook Project 2011 and all you do is draw and/or write about that particular theme and send it back. I just signed up - you should join me!
This is the fifth year for The Sketchbook Project put on by the Art House Co-Op, a New York City artist co-op that is home to more than 20,000 artists from all over the world and known for putting on large-scale projects that are open to everyone from anywhere as a way of encouraging creativity for both the professional as well as new and emerging artists. The cool thing is after you send back your book it tours around the US (nine cities thus far) with all of the other cool sketchbooks and ends up living in the Brooklyn Art Library where everyone can view it just by looking through the card catalog and pulling it off the shelf.
A quick glance at the more than 1,100 entries from last year show the door is truly open for interpreting the chosen theme and the only restriction is to keep to the size of the book. Again everyone is encouraged to enter and there are discounts for groups such as classrooms and the like (not restricted to educational groups). So friends, relatives and fellow artists - here's the nudge, a cool idea and a little thing called a deadline to give ourselves a push to be part of what could build to be the largest interactive art scene to tour the country. Sign up now and start creating your Sketchbook! Or share this post with others in your area that you think would like to be a part of The Sketchbook Project.
Link to The Sketchbook Project website
Link to Art House Co-Op website