Art: Kim O’Brien

In times of adversity, the Sketchbook Skool Community does something people have done throughout time: turned to art to process and express their feelings, and to communicate and connect with others. This past week, Sketchbook Skool students in Texas and Louisiana dealt with Hurricane Harvey in a way that helped them cope, documenting it in their sketchbooks.

Trapped in her home by floodwaters, Sketchbook Skool student Kim O’Brien did what she had to do to stay safe, and then sought solace in her sketchbook. She drew what she saw and about her experiences (her illustrations are featured on this page). Other students in the area did the same, connecting with each other and with people far away from the disaster. The SBS Community was there on social media, sending messages of encouragement and prayers for safety. We are always touched, and never surprised, by the way you all rally around each other.

We’re relieved to report that the students in the affected areas have checked in, are doing okay, and are documenting their recovery. Now, too closely following Harvey, Hurricane Irma has been rampaging along the tropics and is heading, at last report, to Florida. Everyone at Sketchbook Skool sends good thoughts to all in that area. Once you have gotten to safety and done all you need to do, we hope that drawing your experiences helps you cope. We are all with you, connected through the power of creativity.

Art: Kim O’Brien

Art: Kim O’Brien

Art: Kim O’Brien

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