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Mixed Media Sketchbook Assignments Middle School


 

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:

Sketchbook Assignment 5:  Halloween/Autumn Drawing

This is a drawing from imagination assignment.
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 :

Twenty "artist" signatures.
Any medium.
Variety... twenty DIFFERENT signatures:
  • TEN experiments in types of font, handwriting, size, shape, etc.
  • TEN experiments in logos, symbols, initials, etc.
Search for uniqueness that carries the weight of a recognizable "brand" (you!).
Circle three that are your favorite or that you might actually use on your art.

DUE Friday, December 4th

Sketchbook Assignment 11:  Present Bow

Draw a Christmas bow from observation.
Colored pencil on black paper.
Paper can then get taped into your sketchbook.
Considerations:
  • 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

Begin layout of composition by using a pencil and compass
  • 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"
Due Friday, January 8th

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

Mandalas are radial designs, often using repetitive, geometric patterns starting from a central dot and working outward.
  • Your mandala may be black and white, or you may add color.
  • Craftsmanship is important:  neat and careful work.
Due Wednesday, January 27th!

Sketchbook Assignment 15:  World inside a Lightbulb!

Due Thursday, February 4th!

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!

In this exercise, students will experiment with the dry brushing technique.
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

Choose a color scheme for each mini-painting. 
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:
  • monochromatic
  • analogous
  • complementary
  • split complementary
  • double complementary
  • triadic

Sketchbook Assignment 20: Snapchat Selfie!

Take a selfie and alter yourself using a snapchat app or other photo editing filter/app/program.
Draw and embellish using your own choice of medium/media!

Sketchbook Assignment 21:  Hand Holding an Object!

Draw from observation:  your own hand!
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

Practice a minimum of eight different watercolor techniques on the strips of watercolor paper provided in class.
These should be non-objective studies.
Possible techniques (See Weebly page:  Art I, Watercolor Techniques for more information):
  • wet on wet
  • wet on dry
  • salt
  • rice
  • rubbing alcohol
  • plastic wrap
  • stencil
  • dry-brush
  • wax resist

Sketchbook Assignment #23:  6 "Drawings in the Round"

Draw 6 circles in your sketchbook.
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!

This is an observational drawing.  You must draw by looking at an actual piece of paper, not a photo of one.
  • 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"

This is a drawing from imagination assignment.
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!

Draw and shade a hand holding an object as realistically as possible.

Sketchbook Assignment 1:  
​Value Scale

Students will create a graphite value scale using a full range of value and intentional surface texture.

Student Examples

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:  
  • creating a cohesive, dynamic composition
  • using a full range of value 

Student Examples

Sketchbook Assignment 3:
​Facial Features


This sketchbook assignment gives students practice drawing facial features.  With this 15 point assignment, each student will work from reference photos and will draw one eye, one nose and one mouth.  Drawings should be as realistic as possible and should show a full range of value.

Student Examples

Sketchbook Assignment 4:
​Keyhole

This is a drawing from imagination assignment.  Students were asked to use their imagination and draw what they think they might see if they looked through a keyhole.  There is no "right" or "wrong" way to approach this assignment.  Grades will be based on effort, imaginative solutions and demonstrating an understanding of how to use a full range of value in a graphite drawing.
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

​https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

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:
​Phobias

Go to this link: PHOBIAS
Create an interpretation or representation of a phobia. Have fun or be scary! 
Fill a page of your sketchbook. Render shading and detail. (May use color.)
Minimum of 50 minutes spent on drawing. 
Write the name of the phobia on your drawing.

Due Friday, November 6th. 

Student Examples

Sketchbook Assignment 
Food Observation
​Due Tuesday, Nov. 29th

Observational drawing of food item(s) or food wrapper.

TEXTURE is very important in this assignment because texture will be the real "selling point" for the convincing realism of the drawing.
Spend a minimum of 50 minutes on drawing.
Render realistically - color or graphite shading.

DUE Friday, November 13th.

Sketchbook Assignment 9:
Magazine "Springboard"

Start with a cut-out image or pattern from a magazine.
Complete an imaginary drawing based off of that magazine cut-out.

Try to think creatively about your cut-out : such as a surreal environment, unusual combination, or creative interpretation.
For example, if you cut out a banana... I want you to draw something less obvious than a monkey holding the banana. Unless that monkey is radioactive and the banana is his crime-fighting weapon...

Render. Spend a minimum of 50 minutes on assignment.
Full page.
DUE Friday, December 4th

Internet examples:

Students examples:

  • Draw an imaginary world inside a light bulb.  
  • Use graphite or colored pencil.

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.
Possibilities:  
  • graphite 
  • ink
  • colored pencil
  • collage, watercolor
  • mixed 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.

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