Bookmaking Handmade Sketchbook Project – High School Crafts – Visual Art Lesson


Product Description

Create sketchbooks for high school or middle school art using collage materials, art supplies, cardboard, a needle, string, and drawing paper. This lesson is a great way to get students excited to journal and record their own thoughts in an artistic way. They learn how to make their own book, which can be used as a Visual Journal, sketchbook, or notebook.


This product contains:

  • A PowerPoint with video demonstrations on how to create and bind their book.
  • Included in the PowerPoint are instructions for a collage project which becomes the cover. Students use, color, texture, and pattern to reflect their sense of aesthetics and discover how they can express mood and feeling using these elements.
  • Four-page PDF with instructions on how to complete the project with lots of pictures and examples.


This project is a great beginning-of-the-year lesson, as students can keep the book to complete journal assignments or just record their own ideas and thoughts however they would like in a safe place. The book is 6 x 9 and is a great size to have handy and keep close at all times. It can be used as a sketchbook or diary as well. It is good for exploring new ideas or reflecting on finished work.

Materials needed are drawing paper, cardboard, string, a needle, glue or medium, and a ruler.


Need an Easy to Follow Art Sub Plan?

The included worksheets work great as sub plans, and early finisher assignments, for students on home instruction or in ISS. They are easy to follow with the linked videos and are easy for substitute teachers or self-directed learning when the art teacher is unavailable.


All of my lessons can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform and are formatted to work for distance learning or in the classroom. They are designed to save you time and help your students access the tutorials, presentations, videos, or worksheets as easily as possible. You can find more ready-to-go, easy-to-follow, time-saving art lessons in my RESOURCE SHOP.


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Bookmaking Handmade Sketchbook Project – High School Crafts – Visual Art Lesson