Sketchbook Assignment 5: Halloween/Autumn Drawing
Students are able to choose their media for the drawing.
Grading will be based on time and effort put into the drawing (minimum of 50 minutes).
Sketchbook Assignment 6: Doodle for Google!
Sketchbook Assignment 10 :
Variety... twenty DIFFERENT signatures:
- TEN experiments in types of font, handwriting, size, shape, etc.
- TEN experiments in logos, symbols, initials, etc.
Circle three that are your favorite or that you might actually use on your art.
DUE Friday, December 4th
Sketchbook Assignment 11: Present Bow
Colored pencil on black paper.
Paper can then get taped into your sketchbook.
- Begin with contour
- Value: highlights and shadows
- Gradation: smooth transition between values
- Texture: creating a shiny illusion
Due Tuesday, December 15th
Sketchbook Assignment 12: Compass Composition
- use the compass to create overlapping circles of various sizes
- use the whole page--some circles should go off the page
- use a sharpie marker to color in shapes created by the overlapping circles
- consider composition: balance of positive and negative space, balance of "busy" and "restful"
Sketchbook Assignment 13: Key Value Study
- Divide your sketchbook page into six, 3" x 3" squares
- In each square, draw a different section of a key. You may use different keys.
- Work from observation.
- Use graphite/pencil.
- Shade in each square (using a full range of value) in such a way that you create contrast between the squares (See examples).
- Due Friday, January 15th--Last sketchbook assignment of the semester!
Sketchbook Assignment 14: Mandala
- Your mandala may be black and white, or you may add color.
- Craftsmanship is important: neat and careful work.
Sketchbook Assignment 15: World inside a Lightbulb!
Sketchbook Assignment 16: What is in you heart?
Sketchbook Assignment 17: Painted Value Scales:
Tints and Shades
- Draw two 7" value scales either in your sketchbook or on a separate scrap of paper.
- Divide value scale into 1" sections
- Designate one value scale for tints and one for shades
- Strive to make each section a different value!
Sketchbook Assignment 18: Dry Brushed Sphere!
Trace around something circular.
Paint the circle a flat color.
Add highlights and shadows using the dry brush technique so that the circle begins to take on the illusion of a sphere.
Sketchbook Assignment 19: Non-objective Mini Paintings
Experiment with color, shape, line and texture.
These paintings should be non-objective: no attempted to create anything recognizable! The focus is on art elements and overall composition.
Possible color schemes:
- split complementary
- double complementary
Sketchbook Assignment 20: Snapchat Selfie!
Draw and embellish using your own choice of medium/media!
Sketchbook Assignment 21: Hand Holding an Object!
Start with a contour line drawing.
Shade: use a full range of value to help describe form.
Don't forget to use the eraser as a drawing tool!
Sketchbook Assignment #22: Watercolor Techniques
These should be non-objective studies.
Possible techniques (See Weebly page: Art I, Watercolor Techniques for more information):
- wet on wet
- wet on dry
- rubbing alcohol
- plastic wrap
- wax resist
Sketchbook Assignment #23: 6 "Drawings in the Round"
Create a drawing within the circle boundaries.
Challenge yourself with the idea or concept of the drawing. For example, don't draw obvious round things: apple, basketball etc...
Sketchbook Assignment #24: Crumpled Paper!
- Partially crumple up a piece of paper and decide what angle you are going to work with.
- Lay out your composition by "clocking angles" you see in the paper still life.
- Shade the drawing using a FULL range of value, making sure to make your darks, DARK!
- Over exaggerate highlights and shadows so that you create contrast in your drawing.
- Eliminate most lines from your drawing, using value to define the form.
Sketchbook Assignment #25: "Slice of Heaven"
Draw your version of what you consider to be "a slice of heaven".
You may choose your media: graphite, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, mixed, etc...
The main objective of this assignment is individual creativity.
Hand holding an object!
Sketchbook Assignment 1:
Sketchbook Assignment 2: Personal logo
Students were asked to think about at least three interests or aspects of their personality and incorporate them into a drawing. Two important considerations of this assignment are:
Sketchbook Assignment 3:
Sketchbook Assignment 4:
Students are asked to imagine what they think the future will look like using font and imagery to spell out the letters G-O-O-G-L-E.
Students may choose media (art materials).
First draft due: Thursday, Nov. 17th
Sketchbook Assignment: Pop can
This is a drawing from observation assignment. Students are working on drawing what they see--in this case, a pop can sitting right in front of them. Students will start off laying out the form of the can using directional and contour lines. They will then add detail and shade using a full range of value.
Sketchbook Assignment 6:
Sketchbook Assignment 9:
Draw a human heart and embellish it with imagery related to what is in your heart (what you hold close to you/what is important to you).
Students may choose their media.
Due Friday, February 12
A tint is a color + white
A shade is a color + black
Complementary: Colors across from one another on the color wheel.
Monochromatic: One color + black and white
Triadic: Colors equally spaced from one another on the color wheel. In this case--secondary colors.
The collected assignment ideas here are results and adaptations of our exposures and experiences as public school studio art teachers. Every teacher will find different ways to use them within their curriculum. We encourage you to modify, combine, adapt, and stretch them in any way you need to enhance and support your studio art lessons and objectives.
At our school we choose to assign one sketchbook assignment per week as homework, due one week later. When possible, handouts have been compressed to fit one half page, so teachers can fit two on a page to save photocopy costs. Additional comments for teachers are added at the bottom of handouts where they can be easily cut away before running class copies.
Classroom Procedure Example:
- A "New Sketchbook Assignment" Box is available and identified in the classroom.
- New assignments are placed there each Thursday, and it is the student's responsibility to pick one up from the bin.
- Sketchbooks are due on the following Wednesday (7 days later) at the beginning of class.
- Students are provided a shelf where they turn in "on-time" sketchbooks.
- A different area is identified for "late or make-up sketchbook assignments."
- Assignments are required to have the student's signature in ink, and a paperclip at the bottom of the page to be graded.
- Assignments must be drawn in the sketchbook, and are not allowed to be pasted or inserted from another source.
- Assignment solutions must be "G-rated" and conform to the school and classroom standards which have already been discussed.