You don?t have to be a professional artist to participate in The Sketchbook Project. Everyone who submits their art will have it displayed in museums and galleries across the country in the spring of 2011. Don?t worry, there is still plenty of time to sign up and get started on your sketchbook!
The idea behind Brooklyn-based Art House Co-op?s annual project is to eventually create a massive library of contemporary art for the public to view. ?In the meantime, the sketchbooks they are soliciting from creative people all around the world will go on tour.
Here?s how it works: Go to the Art House Co-op?s Website and select a theme for your journal. Themes range from ?Things found on restaurant napkins? and ?Make mine a double,? to ?Help!? and ?Sleepless.? After paying a fee of $25, the co-op will send you a moleskin journal for you to fill with art and alter any way you like. The journal must remain its original size, but pages can be replaced with thicker paper, the cover can be cut up and altered, and things can pop out of it as long as they are able to fold back down. The possibilities are endless.
Each book will have a barcode on it, which is the only portion that cannot be altered. Participants will be able to track how many people look at their book and be able to locate it in the Brooklyn Art Library. The co-op will be filming the exhibits for those who don?t live near any of the tour?s destinations. Participants will be able to go online and look watch how people attending the exhibits are interacting with their books.
To participate you must sign up by October 31, 2010 and have your journal postmarked by January 15, 2011.
2011 Tour Schedule:
Brooklyn, NY: February 19-27
Austin, TX: March 12
Atlanta, GA: April 8-9th
Portland, ME: April
Chicago, IL: May
Seattle, WA: June 10-12
San Francisco: June 18