About Sketchbook Crossroads & Portfolio Pathways
The information contained in this web site is to support and enhance the art experience while exploring Sketchbook Crossroads and Portfolio Pathways. These activity guide are for youth, plus packed with information for the art helper. They are designed for middle through high school age youth and may be used in a variety of youth development and academic settings.
All the activities focus on teaching the elements and principles of design and encouraging the development of skills for a lifetime. The Brain Joggers test your problem solving ability. Youth may connect locally through artistic community service or service learning opportunities. And, they may test their knowledge of art through cultural and historical art experiences that are interwoven throughout the activities. The learning indicators at the end of each activity help youth evaluate the learning process.
Art Helpers are teens or adults who assist youth with the activities. Reading the Artist Notes at the beginning of each activity familiarizes the helper with the background, history, culture, science, safety and techniques of the activity. Reading about the experiential learning model and life skill development will also aide in preparing for the experience. Asking the Reflect and Apply questions in each activity will enhance the overall art experience.
Each activity begins with Artist Notes, information and background for youth and the art helper. Artistís Notes provide cultural, historical or scientific information, strategies and tips for exploring the activity. Both the youth and the helper will be most successful and prepared when they are familiar with the life skill, elements and principle of design, and background information provided in each activity. The art skills are the elements and principles of design listed in each activity.
Sketchbook Crossroads and Portfolio Pathways may be ordered from National 4-H CCS or Idaho 4-H.
Elements and Principles of Design ׀ National Art Standards ׀ Life Skills ׀ Experiential Learning ׀ Field Trips ׀ Art Matrix