Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Sketchbook Project 2011

I stumbled across this website by Art House Co-op the other day and on impulse joined The Sketchbook Project 2011.  I'm really excited that this will force me to consistently keep up with a sketchbook and hope my moleskin finds it's way too me.  (The website didn't have the city and state of where I'm living.... :/ )  So I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed that the post office will figure it out. 

"It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks" is the description Art House Co-op uses. 

To summarize - you get a sketchbook provided by this project that you have to fill and mail back to them by January 15, 2011.  Then all the sketchbooks go on a tour across the United States.  Currently six cities are participating, but more may be added before the tour begins.  After the tour all the sketchbooks become a part of the permanent collection, of The Brooklyn Art Library, where the public can check out these sketchbooks.

                  Available for check-out at The Brooklyn Art Library.

                  Sorting through sketchbooks from the 2010 project.

Anyone in the world can participate, but there is a fee of $25 dollars.  The fee covers the cost of the sketchbook, but mainly it helps with the manpower it takes to organize the event, collate all the books and keep the website going.   

You can use any medium, add pages and alter the book to your hearts desire.  You just have to use their sketchbook, which has a barcode attached to track the books in the future.  Also, you must choose a theme from their list or have a theme randomly selected for you.  I like that you don't have to be an artist and many mothers are doing this with their kids.  I think it's such a great idea.  The deadline to enter is October 31, 2010.
             Examples of past sketchbooks from:

                 Sketch by. Oukrainskiy

I'm really looking forward to starting this project and think it will be fun and challenging.  The theme I chose is "Figuring you out".  Not sure yet how to interpret my theme or translate it into art, but I'll definitely post some sketches as I go. 

Check it out:
sketch book project


  1. I signed up too with the same subject. It seemed broad enough to buy me some time on what I'll sketch about.

  2. That's funny, because I was thinking about asking you to do this with me last week, but wasn't sure if you'd be interested. Most people don't like keeping up with a sketchbook. Shoot!!! We could have got a group discount with 2 more people. Maybe next year?

  3. i stumbled and joined on impulse too. i couldn't pass up such a cool concept.