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Sketchbook Assignments

Submitted by: Amanda Linn,
Harmony Grove High School
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SKETCHBOOK IDEAS

 

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From Amanda Linn: I thought these might be useful to others. I am sometimes stumped for meaningful sketchbook ideas. Many of these are ideas I have "sponged" and modified from other people. Others were designed to prepare my students for specific art experiences we will have in the future or to support themes and ideas we are exploring.

 

· Select an above or below point of view in a specific area (your room, kitchen, bathroom, outside, in a car, etc. Complete this drawing paying attention to details. You may complete the drawing in pencil, colored pencil, pen, etc.

· Choose a portion of a magazine or newspaper picture. Glue that picture on a page in your sketchbook. Create a drawing that incorporates that picture into a story. You may use more than one magazine or newspaper image BUT the artwork should be made mainly from your added drawings. This artwork should span 2 pages. You may use color or shading. OR you could use a color scheme (monochromatic, etc.)

 

· Choose an enclosed space- a kitchen cabinet, a television, an oven, a refrigerator, in a drawer or closet. What human qualities do the objects in the enclosed space assume when no one is watching? Do the mustard bottles dance? Do the socks play cards? This can be one page with details…be sure and show the interior of the space as well as the objects.

 

· Over 2 pages show the gradual transformation of a pair of scissors into another object- example: scissors into a shark- DON"T USE THIS EXAMPLE- it was my idea. Details are needed in the drawing- color is optional.

· If you got a holiday card from one of these artists what would it look like?

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Berthe Morisot

  • Salvador Dali

  • Georgia O’Keefe

  • Vincent Van Gogh

  • Frida Kahlo

· Arrange three related objects (3 kitchen items, 3 shoes, sports equipment, etc.) into a composition. Draw on one page using a light source and shading

· Create an image using only found images (from magazines, newspapers, worksheets, etc.) The image should communicate a message or tell a story

· Practice drawing anything from observation- the most common things are good practice

· Look at yourself in a spoon- draw the distorted image

· What happens when a 6-foot tall squirrel shows up in your yard?

· Identify an object that relates to your identity. Create an artwork that uses the image of that object (or the actual object) as the SINGLE FOCUS of the artwork. Open media.

· Fill in the blank… "I am a _________ in this world." Use the text of the completed sentence to inform the artwork. Open Media. This should be a 2 page spread

· Answer these questions with an image:

At age six I was ________

At age twelve I was _______

Now I am ________

At age 25 I will be ______

At age 75 I will be ______

Arrange these images in a composition that communicates your identity. Open media. Should span at least 4 pages in some order that communicates the answers to the questions.

· Illustrate a dream you have had using only 5 symbols (single images that communicate ideas) This may take one or two pages. You may use color or black and white to complete the image.  Consider what you know about composition, emphasis, etc. as you build the images.

· Make a detailed drawing of your hand holding something related to the fall season OR related to school. Make the drawing large enough that it touches all the edges of the page. You may add color or use shading

· Your choice- create a one or two page drawing that demonstrates several of your strongest art skills. This is your chance to create your own assignment as many of you have requested,

· What does the holiday season really mean to you? Your image can be abstract or realistic; you may choose the media. AVOID common images- meaning if you choose to show holiday gifts- SHOW THEM IN A CREATIVE WAY! I

· Create a design using elements from magazine or newspaper images. Cut and paste the images onto the page in your sketchbook to create the design.

· Practice observational drawing skills by drawing from the following list:

  • Shoes

  • Corner of a room in your house

  • Create an arrangement of objects, use a lamp or other light to make dramatic shadows,

  • Your pet

  • Creative views of your car, bicycle, skateboard, etc.

  • Make the image reach all the way to the edges of the page. Demonstrate what you know about point of view, emphasis, composition, positive and negative space, etc.

· Practice drawing from your imagination by drawing from the following list:

You will be assigned certain sketchbook assignments, but you have the freedom to make the assignment more interesting to you.For example if you are assigned to focus on reflective surfaces one week, you might choose #6, #37, #64 or #88.  When drawing remember to use the entire page spread and both sides of the paper.

1.Plant Drawing:Three Drawings of a Plant

i.Contour

ii.Shaded rendering

iii.Magnify/enlarge a section

2.Three Hands:Blind contour (do not look at paper).Concentrate on your subject.

Make the drawings overlap each other at some points.

3.Two Feet:Modified contour (you may occasionally look at the paper).

Make the drawings overlap each other slightly.

4.Shoes:Find a very old shoe and draw it from an interesting and exaggerated angle.

5.Number:Draw your luck number and then keep drawing it over and over – Johns

6.Bunch of Keys:Group with a lot of variety and do a macro drawing of them.

Give them dimension and focus on the sharp lines of the cuts.

7.Toothbrush & Toothpaste:Show the difference in textures and the angles of the toothbrush vs.

            the bulbous shape of the tube.Best if toothpaste is almost empty.

What happens to lettering on a curved surface?

8.Inside a Drawer:Make a line drawing of the contents of a partially open drawer.

The junk drawer in a kitchen would work well. Think Composition!

9.Egg Beater:Line drawing using techniques involved in drawing negative space.

10.Knotted Fabric:Tie a knot in a sock or dishtowel, striped is best.

Focus on the variation of line and shade to give the wrinkles form.

11.Coat Hanging on the Corner of a Chair:Try to show the effects of gravity.

Think composition and exaggerate value in the folds, especially at top.

12.Clouds:Pick a day when the clouds are dramatic.Use expressive lines.

Show movement and drama without closing in any shapes.

13.Hub Caps & Tires:Draw them so that they are elliptical and show any reflection.

14.Street Signs & Lights:Draw a street sign as if it was an analytic botanical.

Write notes as to location, height and color.Think Durer.

15.Lamp Posts and Telephone Poles:Focus on negative space, then go in w/ detail.

16.Lettuce or Cabbage Leaf:Look for the growth pattern, draw at ¾ view.

17.Three packages of Food:Make them overlap, focus on texture and text.

Can you see the form of the food, is it pictured or named?Include shadows.

18.Corner of a Room:Include a partial piece of furniture and use variation of line.

Lay on the floor so that a piece of furniture is highly foreshortened.

19.Front of Your House:¾ view

20.Glass of water with a spoon in it:Focus on distortion caused by the water on the spoon.

Don’t forget that the glass has dimension and distortion occurs on all edges.

21.View of a Room from a Mirror:Show something as you do not usually see it.

22.Machinery:Magnify a part that moves, try to show how it moves.

23.Eyes:Draw 6 while either looking in a mirror or at someone’s eye.Different angles.

24.Noses;Draw 6 while either looking at your own or someone else.Different angles.

25.Mouths:Draw 6 from observation, 4 of them open and showing teeth.Different angles.

26.Animal:Draw from observation using gestural, simple and expressive lines.

27.TV Shows:Draw gestures for 5 minutes of the show or 3 commercials.

Go in and add detail from memory after the show has ended.

28.Movie:From memory draw your favorite scene.

29.Logos:Glue or draw 10 logos that you think are exceptional in your sketchbook.

Write down your analysis of why they are successful and why they appeal to you.

30.Illustration:Take a few lines from a poem or song and illustrate it.

Include only 1-3 words of the text.

31.Balance:Cut out 12 or more words from the newspaper or magazine.

Arrange ½ into an Asymmetrical composition and ½ into a Symmetrical one.

32.Overlapping Forms:Draw 5 overlapping forms from an extreme view.

Shade them in an exaggerated fashion so that the furthest is in sfumato.

33.Repeated Motif:Use a shape and repeat it so that it could be used for textile design.

34.Fast Food/ Take Out:Choose your favorite and draw it so the viewer understands

just how tasty it is.Include text and packaging – think composition.

35.Ants-Eye View:Draw something as if you were the ant.Extremely exaggerated.

36.Birds-Eye View:Draw something from an aerial perspective.Think fisheye lense.

Your drawing must be imagined from at least roof height.Don’t get on the roof.

37.Reflections:Draw the images that you see reflected in a chrome appliance.

38.Fantasy:Draw a dream or “somewhere over the rainbow” scene with you in it.

39.Old Masters:Choose an artist from the Renaissance and draw a study in their manner.

40.Composition:Choose an image and crop it close.Draw it using only stippling.

Draw it using cross-hatching.Do not outline the forms in any way.

41.Photo:Recreate a photograph using only + marks or a continuous line to render.

42.Plumbing:Draw the underneath of a sink, a showerhead or an outside spigot.

Draw using crisp lines and then draw no more than ¼ of it in extreme detail.

43.Egg in Carton:Use value to show the smooth texture of the egg and rough cardboard.

44.Milk Carton or Condiment Container:Show the form and show texture.

45.What I did today:Make a diagram or floorplan to show how your day was divided.

         Fill the rooms with representative objects

46.Old Hat:Use varying thickness of line and implied line to give it character.

47.Garbage:Draw an open garbage or recycling receptacle.Show that it is holding things.

48.Paper Towel or Napkin:Crumple it up and use value to show creases & shadows.

49.Hand Holding Something:Use contour lines to show that the hand is holding an object.

50.Person in a Chair:Use negative space to render someone sitting in chair.

51.Close up image of Popcorn:Make it look larger than life

52.Draw with an eraser:Cover the page with graphite or charcoal and erase light areas

53.Warped:This one is up to you to interpret.

54.Light & Object:A single object from different views with strong light source

55.Homework:Your school books stacked up on your desk or in your locker

56.Collection:What do you collect?Do a drawing collage of whatever they are.

57.Chess:Draw a chess set as though you were looking through the eyes of a pawn

58.Notes:Take an exam or notes you no longer need.Glue a page in and draw over it

59.Familiar Object:Draw 4 close-up views of a familiar object.

Zoom in so far that you wouldn’t recognize it if you didn’t know what it was.

60.Person talking on a Phone:Are they involved in the conversation?

61.Closet:Lots of lines and overlapping forms in a closet.Is it cluttered or neat?

Zoom in and make sure that you are drawing from an interesting point of view.

62.Looking Out:Look out a window and draw the scene, including the window.

63.Tree:Focus on its structure as an object.

64.Kitchen Stove:Draw from an extreme angle.Set up a still life with pots.

Focus on forms and make sure to get the burner covers and knobs in.

65.Pile of Shoes:There will be a lot of overlap, show the different lines and shoe laces.

66.Draw a Blind Contour Portrait of a Family Member:While drawing ask them to tell

you a story.Write the story behind the drawing and go back into the drawing.

67.2 Details & 1 Contour:Set up a 3 piece still life.Do a contour drawing using value

on only two object and the background.Leave one object contour only – focal point.

68.Bag of Chips:Show the dimension and texture of the chips.Show overlap and depth.

69.2 Versions:Draw a copy of an artwork that you admire.Then do a second version of the

same work of art, but make it your own.

70.Favorite Photo:Draw 2 versions of your favorite photograph.One realistic, one abstract.

71.Birds:Draw a real bird – as much texture as you can.Then draw an abstract version.

72.Make sure that the abstract is recognizable as a bird.

73.Newspaper:Cut out a newspaper article with an image.Glue it in your sketchbook.

Draw and write your reaction to the article over it.Rauschenberg & Saunders

74.Remembering a Landscape:Draw a landscape from memory.

75.Alive:Draw something that is alive and then paint the same subject.

76.Your Room:Draw a scene in your room with dramatic lighting – chiaroscuro

77.Intersections & Overlap:Draw a colorful design with intersections of lines and

overlapping shapes

78.Unguarded:Draw someone in an unguarded moment from observation.Make sure to use a sense 

         of  mood.Use pencil and color pencil.Hans Holbein, daVinci

79.Illuminated Manuscript:Create a page that mimics an illuminated manuscript, but the text is your    

         favorite song or a letter that someone wrote to you.

80.Non-Objective: 1 non-objective and 1 asymmetrical composition using points of concentration

         (areas where there are objects grouped more tightly) for focal point.

81.Non-Drawing Tool:Drawing or painting using only non-art materials and non-art

82.mark-making instruments.Example:“Draw” with coffee using a stick.

83.Ball-Point Pen:Create a drawing using two different colors of ball-point pens.

84.Art Nouveau:Create a page based on art nouveau techniques of line.

85.Off Hand:Draw objects of choice using the hand you don’t usually use or foot.

86.Collared Shirt on a Hanger:Get all of the details, overlapping lines and stitching in.

87.Solid turning into Liquid:Get creative and don’t draw ice melting.

88.Man & Machine Combined:Not Iron Man or a Transformer – Get creative!

89.Still Life composition that reflects you as an individual.

90.A realistic self-portrait

91.An abstract self-portrait

92.Hide an image within an image

93.Landscape from direct observation

94.Texture out of realistic context

95.Water bottles with colored water still life – white paper behind if too difficult

96.Metamorphosis from Natural to Synthetic

97.Objects floating on Water

98.Human & insect combined

99.Architecture from direct observation

100.Multiple frame sequential drawing

101.Object being sucked into or through something

102.Composition in which Movement is the primary focus

103.Human Figure from direct observation

104.Solid turning into a liquid

105.Zoom, zoom, zoom:Divide the space into 3 areas.Draw the same object, person or scene in each, 

         but zoom in exponentially in each of the separate spaces.

106.Cubist Trace:Trace an object over and over until it covers the pages.

Go in and add depth and rhythm by shading in some areas.

107.Spools of Thread:Draw a grouping with overlap or repetition

108.Dishes:Draw dishes in the sink after a meal, include portions of the sink

109.Dishwasher:Draw the dishes or utensils in the dishwasher.Clean or dirty, your choice.

You can view many artist sketchbooks on-line through museum or personal websites.When you visit a museum, they will often be on display.There are even Smart Phone apps that will show you sketchbook pages.I recommend looking at Leonardo daVinci’s as an exemplar.

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