Congratulations on your new sketchbook!
Your sketchbook is a tool to help you refine your art skills, practice new ones and a way for you to just be creative outside the art room.
The required sketches are designed to help reinforce what we are learning in the classroom. There will also be sketches that will require you to be more creative and allow you to come up with your own ideas. These sketches are intended to be a challenge to embrace your inner creativity and have fun!! You may also use your sketchbook to free draw, only the required sketches will be graded.
You will be required to complete only 5 sketches per Trimester. That's only a total of 50 minutes of work if you do the bare minimum. Hopefully, you will spend much more time creating beautiful art in your sketchbook.
Sketchbooks will be handed in two weeks before grades close. (dates to be announced)
You may have time to work on your sketchbooks during class if you complete a project early and have free time.
You should spend at least 10 minutes on each sketch to be complete. This is important because it takes time just to visualize what and how you want to draw something. Give yourself time to get into the process, you may just be surprised how much time you can spend on one sketch. Trust me, it shows!!
Some things to remember:
Unless noted, DO NOT TRACE OBJECTS OR DRAW FROM MEMORY!! These are "observational drawings" meaning that you have to LOOK at the object that you are drawing. Why is this important? It allows you to focus and find details that you would not otherwise notice if you are not looking at the object. Having it in front of you allows you to see textures, shadows, and true form. It will help to make your drawings look more realistic too!!
However, there are a few sketches that do not require you to draw from observation but this is no way easier, actually, it may be more difficult.
Sketchbook Grading Criteria: (10 points each sketch)1)Effort (5 points)2)Observation/Details (3 points)3)Accuracy (2 points)**In order to keep sketches clean, only draw on one side of each page.Sketchbook Assignments1st TrimesterSketch 1 No Tracing · Looking at a manikin, draw using correct proportion.Sketch 2 ·Trace 3-5 leaves (depending on size) on one page. Include overlapping and an interesting composition (turn leaves so they are all not facing the same direction) Observe and draw the veins of each leaf including as much detail as you can· Using colored pencils or crayons, color the leaves as they appear. You may blend colors to get it to look just right.Sketch 3 No Tracing Using "gesture" (quick) line, draw any object of your choice at least 2 times. Color optionalSketch 4 No Tracing ·Cut out an object from a magazine or print an image from your computer, cut the object in half and glue it into your SB. Draw the missing half. Color optionalSketch 5 - Your choice! You may choose any object and use any medium (pencil, marker, watercolor, chalk...) you wish to create the sketch. This sketch can be traced, from memory, observed or imaginary. It’s your choice, have fun!Sketchbook Assignments2nd TrimesterSketch 1 Think of 3 things you are grateful for and draw a picture to represent each. Color using cryaon, marker or colored pencil.Sketch 2 No Tracing Draw the first letter of your name in block letter style and fill it with interesting patterns and lines. Use the idea of ZENTANGLE. May use color but not required.Sketch 3 No Tracing · Draw a pair of scissors, then cut and glue bits of COLORED paper around scissor to create an interesting design. DO NOT glue white paper. Can also use magazine clippings.Sketch 4 No Tracing ·Draw a paintbrush, pencil, and marker on ONE page. Be creative with how items are placed on the paper. Can go off the edge of the paper. Have each item create a design. Use color.Sketch 5 - Your choice! You may choose any object and use any medium (pencil, marker, watercolor, chalk...) you wish to create the sketch. This sketch can be traced, from memory, observed or imaginary. It’s your choice, have fun!Sketchbook Assignments3rd Trimester
Sketch 1 No tracing
- Draw a chair. Include the seat, back, and legs.
Sketch 2 No tracing
- Draw a shoe. Whole or part as long as it is filling the page.
- Include as much detail as possible.
Sketch 3 No tracing
- Draw your hand with bent fingers. NO palm or flat hand. Include as much detail as possible.
Sketch 4 No tracing
Sketch 5 - Your choice! You may choose any object and use any medium (pencil, marker, watercolor, chalk...) you wish to create the sketch. This sketch can be traced, from memory, observed or imaginary. It’s your choice, have fun!
- Draw a stack of books, at least 3, one must be opened.