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de Youngsters Studio: Memory Book Inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s "Four Seasons"

Make an illustrated book to capture moments of your life. As we begin a new year, let’s draw the markers of time that we observe throughout the day or over the course of a week. We will make a special book to house the collection of drawings!

Collection Connection

There is a sense of time passing in Jennifer Bartlett’s Four Seasons. Throughout all four screenprints, Bartlett illustrates meaningful markers of time through decks of cards—maybe this shows how there are things that we do during the changing seasons that remain a constant in our lives. For instance, in just one of the prints are butterflies representing spring, a time of growth and new beginnings.

Materials

Questions to Consider

Steps

1. Make the book by following the illustrations below:

de Youngsters Studio: Memory Book Inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s "Four Seasons"
de Youngsters Studio: Memory Book Inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s "Four Seasons"
de Youngsters Studio: Memory Book Inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s "Four Seasons"

2. Create your drawings! Remember, you can complete all your drawings in a day or make one drawing for each day the week.

Here are a couple of my examples:

de Youngsters Studio: Memory Book Inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s "Four Seasons"

In this book, I focused on one day of my life. I drew what I had for breakfast, then the sweater I wore that day because it was chilly, and finally this plant that captured my attention while I was out on a walk.

de Youngsters Studio: Memory Book Inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s "Four Seasons"

In this second example, I decided to make one drawing at the end of each day of the week. I have one day to go!

On the first day, I decided to draw a candle to celebrate the new year and new beginnings. I also drew a mug of coffee. This is the cup I drink from every day and it is special because a friend gave it to me a few years ago for my birthday. I made this drawing of my watch on Wednesday because the day went by so fast! What will you draw in your book? 

Reflect  

  • Do you remember what time of day you made each drawing? 
  • Does looking at the drawings bring up a particular memory from the day/week? 
  • Did certain drawings capture specific emotions? 
  • What did you enjoy drawing most? 
  • How was the process similar to writing in a journal? 

Share

After you have completed your day’s or week’s drawings, take a look at your illustrated book of memories with a loved one. Use the reflection questions as a way of talking about your drawings.

We would love to see what you create! Email pictures of your artwork to families@famsf.org or tag us on any social media platform with #deyoungsters.

Watch how to make a Memory Book
 

Image credits:

  • Jennifer Bartlett, Four Seasons, 1990–1993. Color screenprint on Japanese handmade Kurotani Hosho paper, 33 x 34 3/4 in. (83.8 x 88.3 cm); each image: 31 3/4 x 31 3/4 in. (80.7 x 80.7 cm). Jennifer Bartlett / Image Phillips
  • Process photographs and illustrations by Jennie Smith