Sponsored by the Art House Co-op, the Sketchbook Project 2011 is an accessible outlet for anyone who enjoys drawing, art in general, or the rare opportunity to have their work forever available in the Brooklyn Art Library. The unique aspect of this project is that it is open to anyone and everyone who wishes to complete a sketchbook. Here’s a snapshot of the Sketchbook Project 2011:
Signing Up for a Sketchbook
The first step in entering the Sketchbook is to purchase a sketchbook for a flat rate of $25. Visit The Sketchbook Project 2011 website and click on ‘Participate’. There you will see a wide range of topics that you can choose from. Basically, this is meant to give you some direction when considering how you should fill your 5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook. This theme is meant to be a starting point for the sketchbook; it is not rigid and meant to restrict the artist. Some of the themes include “Lights in the distance”, “Coffee and cigarettes”, “I’m sorry I forgot you”, and many more.
When you select your sketchbook’s theme and color, you will see other additional options to purchase. These include the opportunity to digitize your sketchbook (the pages will be scanned and available for online viewing) and an optional tour t-shirt made by American Apparel.
Receiving your Sketchbook
Once you have received your sketchbook in the mail, let your imagination run wild! Consider the chosen theme and challenge yourself to cover the pages; sketch, doodle, or scribble to your heart’s content. According to the website, you are welcome to transform, decorate, and personalize your book; remember to check the official rules before you get too crazy, though. The project guidelines state that they do restrict you from the use of “ties, random plastic things, art materials that could smudge, glitter, and any hazardous materials.” Because the book will be touring several spots in the country, they require that you maintain the original size of the book.
Return your Completed Sketchbook
When you finish the sketchbook, check the Project’s website for details on mailing it back. After shipping it off, be patient in waiting for any notifications. Once your book has completed the tour and is ready to be submitted to the Brooklyn Art Library, you will be notified. Because this project is a large undertaking with limited manpower, those behind the Project will be working diligently to contact each sketchbook’s owner. For those who purchased the option to digitize your sketchbook, this is expected to be accessible by spring of 2011.
Important Dates and Information about the Tour
For those wanting to participate, it is important to note two deadlines: you must sign up by October 31, 2010 and the completed sketchbook must be postmarked by January 15, 2011. The sketchbooks are going fast, so visit their website as soon as possible to claim your theme and purchase a book.
Once all of the sketchbooks have been collected, the Project team will prepare for the March 2011 tour start date; the sketchbooks will be travelling from Seattle, WA to Portland, ME. At each tour location, every sketchbook will be available for a public viewing. Anyone’s artwork has the chance to be admired. The last and final destination will be the Brooklyn Art Library.
For all of the details and comprehensive rules of the Sketchbook Project 2011, visit the official website. They provide an in-depth look at every aspect of the Project. This is an incredible opportunity in which a student, retiree, professional artist, or mother of five could express his or her unique art skills.