Sketchbook Fridays

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“Sketchbook Fridays” refers to sketchbook assignments that will be done on Fridays (or in between projects or at home). For each prompt, you should brainstorm creative ideas and try out preliminary sketches and compositions on a piece of scrap paper before starting your final sketchbook page. You should spend approximately two hours on each entry. You can use whatever art materials you like. Make sure your entry fills the page and is your own creative idea. Sketchbook entries will be combined to count as one project grade at the end of each quarter. They will be graded on composition, creativity, complexity, craftsmanship and design.

*All work needs to be done in your sketchbook, not taped into it or on loose sheets*
*Your sketchbook must be 8″x 10″ or 8.5″ x 11″*

Click here to view examples of  outstanding creative sketchbook pages by students from the Student Art Guide that will provide inspiration for your own sketchbook!
Here’s a brief video of a gorgeous sketchbook done by a high school student in years 10 and 11 that focused mainly on portraits:

Quarter 1 Sketchbook Friday Assignments:
Use this Tips and Tricks brainstorming sheet to help you come up with ideas before starting each entry below.
1. Theme of “Future”
2. Theme of “Music”
3. A famous quote or inspiring quote (Visit brainyquote.com or Huff Post’s 100 Motivational Quotes to find a quote you like)
4. Utopia/Dystopia (Visit this website and this website to find out more about utopia/dystopia)

Quarter 2 Sketchbook Friday Assignments:
Use this Tips and Tricks brainstorming sheet to help you come up with ideas before starting each entry below.
Before beginning your sketchbook entries this quarter, please also click here to view examples of  outstanding creative sketchbook pages by students from the Student Art Guide that will provide inspiration for your own sketchbook!
1. CREATE A NEW CREATURE by combining the parts of two or more animals/insects/birds. Put it in an environment.
2. HOMAGE TO A FAMOUS ARTIST (Remake a famous painting).
You have 2 choices for this entry.
Option A is to creatively remake a FAMOUS painting (or drawing, sculpture etc..), take a photo, and attach the color print out into your sketchbook. Click here to see 20 examples… make sure yours is different from the examples.
Option B is to remake a famous painting in your sketchbook using art supplies, but add your own creative spin to change it in some way. The idea is that the viewer will recognize the famous painting but also be surprised by your creative changes. Click here to view a slideshow of examples of paying “homage” (respect) to a famous artist.
3. ORDINARY REMIX- Combine two objects that do not normally go together to create an interesting image. Click here to read more about this assignment (click through the various pages once at the link)
4. WATERCOLOR- Create an image of your choice using watercolor in some way. You use watercolor to make the whole image, or you could tone the page with watercolor and then draw on top of it with various materials once it is dry….or you could do a drawing first and then use watercolor to add color to it. Before making your final entry, try out the experimental watercolor techniques in this video:


 

Here are examples of high quality sketchbook entries that were done by LHS art students in previous years (different assignment topics):
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