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.
This Power-point presentation illustrates 50 different drawing exercises and well over 300 images to help you and your students fill up those sketchbooks. Each slide lists a sketchbook prompt alongside numerous student examples illustrating possible solutions. The illustrations range from lower level to advanced which both reduces student intimidation, and provides a visual rubric for the teacher. It is perfect for Middle School and High School classes where regular sketching is a key component to the class. It could also be used at the upper elementary or collegiate level course. Having taught drawing and sketching classes for years, I’ve put together the fifty sketchbook prompts that have been the most successful in my classroom over the years. Here’s how I know: Each week I give my students three choices for what to draw. They’re not dry or boring ideas but rather things that today’s youth is interested in. From video games, and music, to skulls and love, sports, fashion, animals, and home, the ideas presented here are relative and inviting. These three weekly prompts are similar yet unique. In other words, I prefer to group them based on a variety of concepts that might include: left brain thinking vs. right brain thinking, surrealism, feelings and moods, the natural world, studying objects, creating backgrounds, personal power, etc.). Throughout the years, I’ve found that certain exercises have been chosen more frequently by my students over the other two alternatives. My students have shown me what they’re interested in drawing and now I present the best of the best to you.
Best Practices Side Note:
I prefer to show my students the possible examples seen within this presentation and here’s why: In my initial years of teaching, I only gave my students written prompts with no visual possibilities. I had wrongly assumed that showing my students examples of other students work, would only encourage copy-cat solutions and a lack of creativity. By doing this, I found that the “artists” in the class were successful, while the “non-artists” frustratingly offered up weak solutions week after week and were left behind. I now show my students plenty of examples (those offered here) and the result? My talented students go well above and beyond the examples provided, and my lower level students (who generally struggle with envisioning possibilities) have a full understanding what to do, and come up with great ideas on their own.
If you’re looking for a plethora of effective and tested ideas sure to inspire your students, than this presentation is for you. I trust you and your students will enjoy this year’s-worth of ideas and produce the best sketches ever. Enjoy!
Bo (The Art Guru)