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The Sketchbook Project Publishes a Printed Glimpse Into Their Global Sketchbook Community

May 5, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 by co-founders Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker as a way to disseminate hands-on art making via the virtual world. Since its inception in Atlanta, GA and move to New York City in 2009, the project has grown into a massive crowd-sourced library that features 33,724 sketchbooks from over 135 countries. This extensive collection can be viewed in person at the project’s exhibition space at the Brooklyn Art Library, online in their digital archive, and at pop-ups around the country in their mobile library.

Now entering the project’s ninth year, the co-founders have published a compendium of their collection of sketches from around the globe titled The Sketchbook Project World Tour. Peterman and Zucker believed it would be unfair for the book to represent the entirety of the project, and rather aim for the publication to serve as a glimpse into the community they have supported for nearly a decade. “Sketchbooks over the years have served as shared memoirs to cancer survivors, inspired some to return to art school, and have been a daily practice to re-inspire the dormant or budding artists. You will read accounts by people you have never met,” they explain in the book’s introduction.

The book’s foreword is written by our very own, Christopher Jobson, who in 2012 had the opportunity to curate a selection of sketchbooks for The Sketchbook Project’s first national Mobile Library tour. The book, printed by Princeton Architectural Press, is available today in the Colossal Shop.
Update: The Sketchbook Project World Tour book is now available in the Colossal Shop.

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Sketchbook Project at Galerie F in Chicago

August 21, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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On a quick local note, our friends from the mighty Sketchbook Project are stopping by Chicago on August 22 & 23 with some 4,000 sketchbooks for you to peruse from their famous mobile library. The library will be parked at Galerie F which is opening Cut Along the Dotted Lines, a stencil art exhibition featuring work by SARO, Jason Rowland, and EPYON5. It’ll be awesome, see you there!

 

 



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The Sketchbook Project Introduces the ‘Pen Pal Painting Exchange’

June 4, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Our friends over at the Sketchbook Project recently launched their latest global art endeavor, the Pen Pal Painting Exchange. Based on criteria you provide, the project pairs you with a like-minded artist and you’re both provided with a pre-gessoed 4″ x 4″ canvas, a custom canvas bag, and loose guidelines. After finishing the artwork, the paintings are then swapped in the mail. The first theme, “flight,” proved wildly successful, and the next theme, “classic,” is up for registration through September 1st.

Colossal teamed up with the Sketchbook Project for their 2014 Tour which has upcoming stops in Oakland, San Francisco, and Portland. If you want to participate in the 2015 tour, you can signup here for a sketchbook.

 

 



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Call for Submissions: The 2014 Sketchbook Project

October 30, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Time is quickly running out to sign up for the 2014 Sketchbook Project, the world’s only crowd-sourced sketchbook library that goes on mobile tours around the world. Anyone can participate from any background, any location, or artistic skill level, from an artist seeking motivation or an art teacher using the Sketchbook Project as a learning assignment. It’s a great way to participate in a collaborative art project, and you even get emailed when somebody checks out your book on tour or in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Library.

This year Colossal will be along for the ride as part of the Central Tour with stops in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Madison. But there are several other ways to participate so check it out. You have until midnight on November 1st, 2013 to sign up, and you have until January 15, 2014 to finish your sketchbook and submit it for the tour. The Sketchbook Project is run by the Art-House Co-op in Brooklyn, and if you’re ever in New York stop by the Brooklyn Library and checkout a few of the 27,747 Sketchbooks from 135 countries (yours truly has looked through about 4,000 of them and I highly recommend it).

Update: The Sketchbook Project World Tour book is now available in the Colossal Shop.

 

 



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Colossal ♥’s The Sketchbook Project / Brooklyn, Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison in 2014

May 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I had such an absurd amount of fun working with the Sketchbook Project to curate their first mobile sketchbook tour in 2012 that they asked if we might partner again for their hugely expanded 2014 tour that will stop at some 20+ cities in the U.S. and Canada. Colossal will be along for the ride as part of their Central Tour making stops in Brookyln, Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis. If you’ve never participated or haven’t heard of the Sketchbook Project you can watch the video above to learn more about the world’s only mobile library of art sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Art Library based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY that’s now home to 27,000 sketchbooks from around the world. Last year I had the honor of viewing some 3-4,000 books and I didn’t even get a paper cut, though my brain hemorrhaged several hundred times while I discovered incredible sketches, paintings, collages, poems and even paper sculptures.

So let’s make the Central Tour the BEST TOUR, signup for your blank sketchbook and have your work travel around the midwest—it might even show up right here on Colossal.

Update: The Sketchbook Project World Tour book is now available in the Colossal Shop.

 

 



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The Sketchbook Mobile Library Hits the Road

November 16, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Just a quick heads up, the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library has hit the road on its inaugural journey, fully-loaded with over 1,000 sketchbooks selected by yours truly for an amazing show, A Landmark and A Mission. Look at that trailer! The project will be making stops in Pittsburgh (tonight), Ann Arbor on Saturday and Cleveland on Sunday. Check out the official site for more details.

 

 



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A Landmark & A Mission: Colossal Partners with the Sketchbook Project to Create a Mobile Library Tour

September 10, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’m thrilled to announce Colossal’s first ever collaborative show with Art House Co-Op’s Sketchbook Project called A Landmark & A Mission. If you’re not familiar, the Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project where participants from all walks of life are sent sketchbooks to fill with art as they see fit. After completion the books are returned for annual inclusion in a permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library which now houses over 22,000 sketchbooks from 130 countries. That alone is pretty fantastic, but wait, there’s more.

With generous support from Ugg Australia’s Creative Council the Sketchbook Project is building a custom-crafted trailer that will contain 1,000 sketchbooks I’ve selected around the theme ‘A Landmark & A Mission’ for inclusion in this first-ever mobile sketchbook library. In early November we’ll drive around the U.S. with stops in Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, and Cleveland to share hundreds of artists work with you. It’s like art meets libraries meets road trip. Stay tuned to Colossal and the Landmark & A Mission page for more details, and hopefully we’ll see you soon.

Update: The Sketchbook Project World Tour book is now available in the Colossal Shop.

 

 

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