To help the younger years in school begin to analyse artists and designers work I have made some wipeable mats with key questions on. We used this as a starter activity to get the ideas flowing which the students then used in the lesson to help them write up a short analysis piece on their artist.
Here is the mat in PowerPoint format: Artist Analysis Mat
Browsing the web I can across a good technique to help those students who find making notes in their sketchbooks difficult, its called Sketchnotes or visual note taking. Students make summarised notes that show their understanding and use images alongside these to help illustrate their point.
The example above is by Patrick Ashamalla who I found via this article on Mashable.