The Gift of Sketchbooks
We are a little over a week into our fundraising campaign with 27% funded and 21 days to go. Thanks again to all of our friends (new and old) who are supporting design education in high school by donating or helping us spread the word. We are extremely humbled by all the support!
Our first class is next Wednesday, September 29th and one of the most important things that we will give to our new students on that day is their very own Moleskine sketchbook. We're expecting some funny looks when we hand them out, especially to a group of math and science whizzes, but that's the exciting part about teaching Project: Interaction - we're introducing a new way of thinking. Sketching is a great way to observe the world, brainstorm, and write out ideas. We expect our 9th and 10th graders won't be able to put their sketchbooks down once they experience it for themselves!!
My first sketchbook as a kid wasn't a book at all, it was reams of recycled computer paper that my mom would bring home from work. I would sit on the floor with my younger sisters for hours drawing pictures of dinosaurs and cheetahs (my favorite animal back then), ladybugs and butterflies, and whatever my little sisters challenged me to draw. I remember how fun it was to have the freedom to express my ideas and stretch my imagination simply by using pencils, pens, crayons, markers and paper.
I'm looking forward to extending that gift to our students.
We appreciate your continuing support by sharing our project with everyone who might be interested in helping!
We have a couple new posts on our blog, with more interviews and design bites to come:
“Get things out of your head and into someone else’s.”
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