Create a lasting treasure with this DIY flipbook project and prepare for your art study time. This tutorial gives you all the details about the supplies, artwork and your drawings and notes. Get the FREE flipbook inserts.
Hola amigos! I’ve been dying to share this flipbook project with you, because it’s a beautiful treasure that you can enjoy for years to come. Way back, when I started doing art study, I was surprised to find how much I really enjoyed seeing the artwork. And I definitely loved the drawings my children made. It made me sad to put them into a box hidden away in storage. As a short term solution, I put all the papers into an ugly white binder on the bookshelf.
Not only that, the whole process of printing the artwork was complicated and took way too much time. I wanted a beautiful finished product that I didn’t have to go back and fix later. As a solution, I created this art study flipbook. And I designed some inserts for a cover, artwork list, drawings and notes.
This tutorial will show you how to prepare the artwork prints, inserts and all the personal stuff you may want to add into the album. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Before anything else, if you have no idea what art study is, let me tell you. Art study is an activity to grow Spanish language skills and vocabulary. It is a thirty minute session with five engaging steps to observe and discuss one artwork. After several sessions, you will have lots of prints, drawings and some notes. All of the art prints and your personal work will go into the flipbook.
All of the details on art study time and the five steps are HERE:
This flipbook tutorial will show you how to prepare for art study time. At the same time, you will create a lasting treasure of your prints, drawings and notes.
A Tutorial for Making An Art Study Flipbook
- Photo album of your choice
- I recommend a 4×6 album so the images are large enough to see, yet not too grainy. I used these durable Pocket Photo Albums, 3 Pack. They have 48 slots in each album, plenty of room for the artwork prints (and extras), your kids drawings and notes with new Spanish words. The plastic cover is thick and flexible.
- Cardstock for the cover and inserts (optional)
- If you are going to print your own pictures at home, then this photo paper value pack comes in size 4×6 and requires no extra cutting.
- Artwork Prints
- Flipbook Inserts
- Scissors or Craft Paper Cutter
1) Select the artist. An art study covers only one artist (or civilization, genre or movement) during several weeks. A comfortable pace for me was one artwork per week for six weeks. This left plenty of room for interruptions, schedule changes. In one school year it is possible to learn about 6 artists and 36 artworks. The amount of time and frequency is your choice.
I have an online gallery and biographical information in English and Spanish for Latin American artists:
2) Skip the next steps – finding and editing images – and download the artwork print files in the Spanish Toolbox, FREE resource library. Get the super secret password (if you don’t have it already) HERE >>>
Once you have the file download, go straight to step 4.
If not, continue to the next step 3.
3) Select the artwork for the artist you will study. There is only one artwork for each art study time. For example, if you are planning to have 5 sessions, one each day this week, then you will need at least five artworks. I always add extra artworks to enjoy at the end.
Wikiart – Visual Art Encyclopedia is a great source for artwork images. I found that 4×6 prints are the best size for a clear picture. Look for high quality images with minimum resolution of 600×900 (1200×800 is better) for 4×6 print size. Anything less than that will be too grainy.
3) Copy and edit the selected images to the size you want. This process will be different depending on the computer and software you use. Right click to copy image and paste into a program to adjust the size.
I edited images in a regular word processing document. Select the image, hold shift and drag the corner until you reach the 4×6 dimensions. You may have to crop for the right proportions.
4) Print each artwork 4×6 photo size. You have two print options – your home printer or an online print service. Either way, I have a set of edited artwork images in size 4×6 ready to print (see step 2 above). To get them directly to your inbox sign up HERE >>>
If you print at home on regular letter size paper, you will need to cut the images to 4×6 size with the craft paper cutter for a nice clean line and corners (or a regular pair of scissors).
5) Print the flipbook inserts and cut to size. I designed several pages – a cover, artwork list, drawing and notes. Use card stock to make it more sturdy. Cut the inserts along the outer solid gray line. Get the printable inserts HERE >>>
4) Now it’s time to put it all together. This is pretty straight forward. But, I will show you how I organized mine. Replace the cover and insert the artwork list on the first page. For each artwork print, place a drawing of your own details.
I am going to place my children’s drawings next to the artwork print. Maybe, the drawing with the most details will be the one that goes in the book.
If you want to add in your new Spanish vocabulary, there are note inserts.
Remember, to keep all the artwork out of view until it makes it’s debut. So, tuck it away somewhere no one will find it. This means, when it’s art study time, you will pull out ONE ARTWORK for that session. When all the sessions are done, then you can put it on display.
Have a great art study time full of new vocabulary and opportunities to practice listening and speaking Spanish.
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