Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Sketchbook Project Tour LIVE

This past weekend, we met a group of friends up in Portland, Maine to see the Sketchbook Project Tour live and in person. What a blast it was. I wanted to share a few photos from the event.

Their system is quite simple yet hi tech. You sign in for a computer gernerated library card on the Mac, then you can request 2 books at a time (we all thought they should have given your more like 5 at a time) either by asking for a certain artist or theme, or they will choose two books for you at random.

Look how many there were to choose from. I read that about 10,000 sketchbooks are traveling in all. These carts are loaded on and off the truck which travels to the next town.

When you were done, you just returned them to this desk, and the staff checked them back in. We discovered that this return table was a good place to quickly flip through books to see what you might be interested in checking out the next time you got into the checkout line.

Here we are holding our sketchbooks!
Some friends who came along, also enjoyed looking.

Afterwards we went out to one of the local establishments to unwind, where the budding young artists in our group got inspired by the show to get a jump start on their own sketchbooks for next year!

Next stop Atlanta!


Autumn Leaves said...

Look at all those delightful sketch books! So glad you got to see these, Ann!

Kim Vanlandingham said...

I'm so glad you shared this! I didn't end up signing up for this one, but it was really cool to see it in "action" so to speak. Oh, and just loved seeing the little artists at work too! So cute!!

Autumn Hathaway said...

Thanks for sharing. It seems like one of those things that you could do for hour-days. very cool.

Bonnie Heather said...

Very exciting. I hope it come our way sometime.

Tara's Art Camp said...

How cool to see this. I was a participating artist last year.

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