Category Scores (1-
Following Directions: Listens without interruption during explanation of assignment. Takes time
to understand and follow directions to insure success of assignment.
Craftsmanship: Works neatly and carefully, paying attention to details. 1-20
Effort: Puts in effort beyond the bare minimum required to complete an assignment. Makes
reasonable attempt to meet deadlines.
(variable: according to learning objective of assignment)
Preparedness: Brings necessary supplies to class. Gathers work forlder, materials and supplies
at the beginning of class.
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Color: Well planned and carefully applied according to instructions
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Value: Shows a full range of value, with consistent application.
(variable: according to learning objective of assignment)
Daily Work Habits: Works consistently and quietly; gathers necessary material early and gets to
work. Stays in seat at desk to work. Clean-up at appropriate time.
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Composition: Page is filled, balanced, avoiding symmetry, large inactive negative spaces, and
minus late deduction
Total Score at Right Sum of above scores
Each of four categories is worth up to 25 points.
Grading Categories Category Scores (1-20 points)
Fulfilled all points of assignment 1-25
Used entire page 1-25
Page is well designed / interesting
Time and effort (1 & 1/2 hours) is evident in
craftsmanship and detail.
minus late deduction
Total score: sum of above
Try to make as many types of lines
as you can.
Repeat each type of line several
Try all types of lines: wavy, curly,
jagged, dashes, fat, thin, etc.
Fill your page with as many lines
as you can.
Unlike the expressive, directional lines
are very precise. Lines should all be the
same thickness. These lines look as if
they are bending and overlapping. This
is not "free" like expressive lines) but
calculated constant, and even.
Start anywhere on your paper. Move in
a certain direction. stop and begin in a
Keep lines in a group the same distance
Try to go in every direction at least
Begin by drawing an abstract, free-form line on the
page. Then use other lines to echo the original line,
flowing with it, into it, and away from it. Add color on or
between the lines.
Even very young children can merely trace outside a
line. You must create new variations away from your
first lines to make it look different !
-- - - S k e t c h b o o k - - - A s s i g n m e n t - - - -
"Draw What You Hear"
"2-D and 3-D Arrows"
Create a full page composition using a combination of 3-dimensional and 2-
dimensional arrows. Use overlapping to break up the spaces into interesting
positive and negative shapes.
Outline with felt-tip pen.
Think up an interesting color scheme and fill the shapes with colored pencil
Fill the page with a variety of lettering
styles. Be creative! Find a poem - a
favorite song - a list of favorite sayings
- your favorite things -
Perhaps start with pencil (very light)
then move to markers or colored pencil
Perhaps divide your page into separate
shapes, perhaps use borders
Fill the page
Have five or more styles
•Special note: If you know how to letter in another language/alphabet,
include that as a style, too!
PEN & INK STROKES "Pen & Ink Shading"
Contour Lines: Contour lines are marks that There are seven basic
precisely follow the curves and planes of strokes used to shade
with pen and ink.
Parallel Lines: Parallel lines are straight
marks that extend in the same direction.
Sketched free-hand, the lines need not In your sketchbook, use
have ruler straight perfection. a minimum of five
Crosshatching: Crosshatching consists of different types of
two or more sets of contour or parallel strokes to shade from
lines that are stroked in different black to white. Fill the
directions and intersect. page.Try to go from
Stippling: Stippling is a grouping of dots.
light to dark in the
Scribble: A scribble line is a free flowing (but
controlled) mark that loops and twists in sections.
a sketchy manner. The areas can be any
Wavy Lines: Wavy lines are drawn side by shape; they don't have
side in a repetitive pattern to be rectangles.
Crisscross Lines: Crisscross lines flow with
the contour of an object and are arranged
in a staggered, randomly crossing
Do make a flat edge on
the tip of your pencil
lead by "coloring" a
sharpened tip on a
piece of scrap paper.
Do shade in one direction
only... then shad the
opposite direction on
top. "Pencil Shading"
Do shade from light layers Fill the page with overlapping shapes that
to dark to avoid run off the page on all sides. No
uneven transitions. pos/neg spaces larger than a fistprint.
Fill each pos/neg space with smooth
pencil gradations (from light to dark).
The Shading Do-Nots:
Do not shade with the side of your pencil.
Do not smear the drawing with your finger
or a tissue.
Do not start out too dark - you can always
get darker as you work.
Do not use mechanical pencils. (Sorry-
"Blind Contour with Color Wheel"
Using your black felt-tip (not roller-balls) do
two blind contours of your teachers. Use two
pages; draw one on each page.
Using colored pencils, turn the most
interesting of the two blind contours into a
color wheel. The colors must flow in the
order of the color wheel.
Be Creative! Design the entire page.
Perhaps use a floating rectangle behind as a
way to unify.
The color can go on top or behind the
Blend the color very carefully and smoothly.
You'll have to "make" some of the colors by
carefully layering two colors on your page.
Maybe use some of the techniques you
learned in some of your other sketchbook
The color wheel:
Violet, Red-Violet, Red, Red-Orange,
Orange, Orange-Yellow, Yellow, Yellow-
Green, Green Green-Blue, Blue, Blue-
----Sketchbook---Assignment---- "Bottle Landscapes"
Everyone knows that things that are further
away from us look smaller. But what if you
can't rely on size to tell the story? This
assignment uses plastic bottles, which can
be any size. How do you make a big
detergent bottle look like it's sitting behind a
little eyedrops bottle?
Things that are partially covered by another
object are seen as being behind the object:
Things that are further away are drawn
higher on the picture plane. Their bases
(bottoms) will be placed higher on the page
than the bottles that are supposed to be
Assignment: Take one bottle at a time to
your table, and do a contour line drawing of
it, starting anywhere on your page. Then do
the same thing with another bottle. Fill your
page with overlapping bottle shapes. Bottles
that are meant to be in front must have a
Two techniques to practice that make base that is lower on the page than the
objects in your drawing look closer object that is behind it.
Warning: If the bottom of your front object is
or further away:
higher than the one behind it, your front
Overlapping object will appear to be floating in the air!
Change in baseline
"Full of Contours Page"
Do a page full (20 to 25)
of "mini" blind and
modified blind contour
drawings. (May take 2
These are quick studies
of people/children in
Perhaps --- go to a park
or a sporting event of
some kind. Observe
and Quickly draw
people being active
Do this in pen please!!
After the contour drawings are done:
Add some color accents
Finish the page in an interesting way
"Everybody's Junk Drawer"
I think every household has a
"junk drawer" - that drawer that's filled
with all the "stuff" no one knows what
to do with. Open the drawer, don't move
anything, and draw what you see as a
modified contour drawing.
--Do the drawing very lightly in pencil-
no black marker
--You can make the drawing
in a 7" x 9" rectangle.
2. --Don't be obsessed with realism! Let
After completing the drawing be loose! Fill the page! (or
the pencil drawing, the rectangle.)
now outline in felt
Then layer colored
pencil in interesting
can you invent?
"Roller Coaster Contrast"
You will be creating at least
six continuous bands of
color. (You can think of
them as loops - like flat
and really long rubber
Each band must reach at
least 2 sides of the paper.
Shading info: Let's assume that Each band must cross or be
things that are closest to us will crossed by at least 2
get more light, and appear lighter, Shading: lighter on other bands.
and that things further away from top, darker beneath Bands should be at least
us receive less light, and are 1/4" wide, with consistent
therefore darker. As we look at the width.
bands you have drawn, bands One path will appear to be
passing under others seem far
above another at each
away from us, and bands on top
seem near. To emphasize this, crossing site (you'll have
shade each band darker when it to plan, and erase one set
goes under another, and lighter of lines.)
where it passes above. (Layer
combinations of colors to achieve
"12-Part Color Wheel"
Shading info: Let's assume that
Create an interesting shape to repeat things that are closest to us will
and fill with *primary colors get more light, and appear
Create another shape to repeat and fill lighter, and that things further
with **secondary colors away from us receive less light,
Create a third shape to use for and are therefore darker. As we
***tertiary colors look at the bands you have
Label the color names (Notice that drawn, bands passing under
others seem far away from us,
primaries and secondaries have
and bands on top seem near. To
their own names, but tertiary color emphasize this, shade each
names are a double-name) band darker when it goes under
Plan your drawing in pencil so that it another, and lighter where it
will be big on the page. OK to use passes above. (Layer
object shapes - Shapes with a combinations of colors to
related theme work best! achieve best darks!)
Make it decorative! Embellish the page!
OK to make the lettering part of the
design! Finish with an ink outline!
*Primaries: R, Y, B
**Secondaries: O, G, V
***Tertiaries: All have two names:
Ex: R-O, B-G...
"What's in Your Head?"
Draw the inside of your own head
What are you like? Are you: Colorful? Plain? Accurate? Disorganized? Soft?
Sharp? Poetic? Focused? Musical? Funny? Dependable? Flightly? Spacey?
Numerical? Cautious? Organized? Fashionable? Rigid? Geometrical? Bright?
Dull? Speedy? Mysterious? Exotic? Electric?
Please, No "Brain" Drawings, No Heads!!! Be imaginative!!! Be conceptual!!!
"Stained Glass Stroll"
Begin by drawing 1 outline shape, then overlap partially with the same shape
again, letting the first one show through. Overlap again and again, creating
interesting paths across your page, filling it. Remember to plan your paths to
create interesting negative shapes around them, too.
Color: With colored pencil, begin at any point and color the original shape in
entirely. (Light pressure works best!) Choose another color and color the next
whole overlapping shape, even where they cross. (Easiest with analogous colors!)
It's fall and harvest time! Go "harvest"
some leaves!! Find several different
types (shapes) of leaves and trace
them into your sketchbook. These
may have to be repeated several
times to make a good composition.
Now divide the page into four separate
areas. Please do this creatively also!
Then using colored pencils, color
each area in one of these four color
Remember good composition rules: Complimentary colors: colors opposite
each other on the color wheel
Overlap, run off the page, very the size, Analogous colors: three or more colors
repeat shapes, maybe try a "floating touching each other on the color
rectangle" to create an interesting, wheel
full page. You need to fill the page in an Tints and shades: one of the above two
interesting way. color schemes with white and black
The coloring on this must be very neat added to lighten or darken.
and carefully done. Color fairly dark so Tones: colors with their complement
the color schemes show up well! added- do scheme 1 or 2 in toned
"Draw What Scares You"
Doesn't have to be spooky ghosts and traditional stuff (but it can be).
What else is scary? That Chemistry test? A bad hair day? Breaking out on prom
night? The dentist? Your dad's wardrobe? A coach on a really bad day?
OK to include words as part of your design! You can mix your personal scary
things with traditional if you want to. Remember to keep it "G" rated, fill your
page, and use color!!
"Design Your Own Superhero"
Your superhero must
be original. Please
do not turn in
Women, Spider Man,
any other copies!
Invent your own,
Capes, tights are
Create your very own Superhero. Your drawing must be in color
and it should take up the entire page. Include your action hero's
name, his/her superpowers and super-talents. Also, write what
this hero's biggest pet peeve is... what do you have to do to
really tick this person off? And if you did... what would they do
to you? (Be inventive, not gorey, please.)
Use Color ----- Fill the Page
Make a six letter word (or more). Your word can have repeat letters (like: Betty B.)
but you can't use repeat letter people. Each letter is a new solution. Plan it first so
the drawings will all fit!
"All the Letters in Your Name"
Start: At any place on your page - this example started at the lower left.
Draw the first letter (from your name) with an outline shape (lower case
letters are the most interesting.)
Before you draw the second letter, turn it, so that it creates interesting
Let the letters touch each other in order to close off more of the
Fill your page, adding and turning letters, and creating interesting
negative spaces between them.
But you are the only human on earth who has met them! It is up to you to tell
their story! Make a full page, color composition and tell the world the news
that everyone is waiting breathlessly to hear: What do they look like? What
can they do? Where are they from? What language do they speak? Why are
they here? What are their names? How did they get here?
Ok to include words, descriptions, or labels with your drawings. Make them
attractive, as part of your page layout.
Plan the whole page of your color composition-- You can include
backgrounds and you can use more than 1 picture - like snapshots, closeups,
"The OTHER Meaning"
Choose a saying or an idiom that
usually doesn't mean what it actually
says. Example: "Raining Cats and
Dogs." Illustrate the saying in a color
composition according to a literal
interpretation (exactly what it says) or
an alternative interpretation Don't
illustrate its idiomatic meaning. Include
the saying as part of the design of your
full page composition Some sample
sayings are below.
Sample Sayings ( or use others that you know )
apple-pie order, apple of his eye, at the tip of my tongue, beauty is only skin deep, too big
for his britches, blow hot and cold, blow your stack, bread the ice, cast pearls before swine,
cat got your tongue, change of heart, chase a rainbow, chew him out, cold turkey, that's the
way the cookie crumbles, cool it, costs a pretty penny, crocodile tears, don't look a gift
horse in the mouth, a fish out of water, with flying colors, follow your nose, go bananas,
grasp at straws, like greased lightening, I have half a mind to..., hang loose, heart to heart
talk, can't hold a candle to..., if the shoe fits, wear it, get up on the wrong side of the bed, in
one ear & out the other, in a pickle, in the doghouse, keep your eyes peeled, knuckle down,
laugh out of the other side of your mouth, my lips are sealed, off his rocker, off the wall, on
the ball on the wagon, over the hill, pass the buck, pay through the nose, play it by ear, play
musical chairs poker face, put your best foot forward, rat race, snow job, square meal,
stuffed shirt, talk in circles, two-faced, walk on eggs.
Illustrate a two-word phrase
using drawings of objects
related to its meaning.
--- tool shed --- race car --- field
--- wild cat ------- text book ---
bike path ---
--- high jump --- hot dog ---
---- mind meld --- chemistry lab -
---- musical instrument ----
Fill up the space! Add color!
Shade for 3-D effects! Use your
Remember to center by placing the imagination. Originality will give
middle letters in the middle of the lines you more points.
Overlap circles (or other shapes) of
graduated sizes, moving from smallest to
largest (largest on top- draw it first) to
create an illusion of movement toward you
from the surface of the page. Fill the page
with various sized trails.
Shade one end of the spiral trail gradually
darker, one end lighter to enhance the
illusion of movement and depth. Your
choice of colors.
Create an interesting background; perhaps
using analogous colors or monochromatic
tints and shades to develop an ambiguous
The object shapes don't have to be
You can overlap any shapes you want to
Mix them up, too!
"Illustrate a Joke"
Choose a joke and draw the picture or
pictures that go along with it.
You don't have to make the joke up, and
you won't be graded on how funny it is.
Remember that all material must be G-
rated, and cannot be derogatory to a group
of people. If you're unsure of the
appropriateness of your subject,
ask your teacher.
- use color - fill the
page - create your own
drawings - don't copy
another artist's joke
Using pencil, construct a complete maze. Begin by drawing a 1.2" border around your
Remember that the goal is an interesting and balanced page design. Asymmetrical
designs are almost always better than symmetrical.
Fill the page; use color. Avoid large, regular negative spaces. OK if paths go off the
page. Avoid tangents!
*For all the shapes that fall inside the pen areas, choose either warm or cool
colors (but not both). Alter the colors where a pencil line divides the area.
*For all the shapes that fall outside the pen areas, use the colors of the
"Make It Fit"
Choose a phrase, saying, book title, line of
a song or poem, or a quote, and draw the
letters to fit the whole page. Make letters
bigger and smaller, slanted, round,
whatever it takes to fill the spaces
creatively using the letter shapes as
design. Stretch or shrink the letters to fill
the negative spaces between letters and
Color in or around the letters - make a
border or include a picture or other graphic
element if you like, but:
Make the letter "fits" the main idea!
Be inventive!!! Stretch, shrink, alter the
Example: stretch the
fill the negative shapes.
"Continuous Line Face"
Draw a face using lines that go all the way across the page from the left side to
the right side without stopping. They can wander, double back, repeat, echo,
curve, and change direction but they can't stop before they get to the other side.
Use your imagination. Don't copy my sample.
Do a whole face and make it big on the page! Use color! Fill the page!
Exaggeration is good; gargoyles OK; remember to skip the demon/vampire icons,
"Your Own Cartoon Strip"
Design and Draw Your Own Cartoon
---- OR ----
if you don't have a cartoon strip idea,
Draw A Day In Your Life in Cartoon
drawing "Size Distortions"
from direct Choose two ordinary objects at home
observation which have a relationship to one
. (looking at another but are not the same size at
the real all. (Like: the front door and a key -- or -
thing) - the refrigerator and an apple.
Draw the two different sized objects as if
they are the same size, and draw them
so they have a new relationship at the
(So: the key is as big as the door in the
new relationship, and can only lean
(So: the apple could be so big that it
occupied the entire inside of the
Be inventive! think up your own two related
objects, and observe and draw their
details carefully. Plan an interesting
composition on the page.
Design the arrangement of the front page; name the newspaper; write headlines;
sketch the photos or ads; add captions to "photos" Use color. Fill the page. It doesn't
have to look like a conventional newspaper (maybe think of a magazine layout instead)
and you don't need to write stories. Use lines or shading to indicate the areas of type. Be
inventive! The lettering is part of the look in page design!
Step 1 Use "Magazine Reflection"
facing pages in
your Step 3 Select alternating
sketchbook. pieces, and paste them
Side by side if in their correct positions
your book on the right side of the
opens that way, paper. Paste the
or up-down if remainders on the left,
your book also in their correct
opens that way. positions.
Step 2 Find a full page magazine
photo (not a magazine illustration)
that you like. B/W or color, but B/W is
easier on this.
Cut the photo into 10 pieces that are Step 4: Choose one side and shade
about the same area. They don't in the missing areas in pencil, using
have to be the same shape. Shapes the opposite page of pieces as
can be regular or not. Try to cut reference for what to draw. Try to
through interesting areas of the photo recreate the values (lights and
(like the face!) darks) of the original photo.
"Bouncing Off The Walls"
Choose an object (sphere, box,
pyramid, apple, teddy bear,
balloon, etc.) Picture the object
bouncing off walls. They could
be bounding in outer space
rooms or you can imagine the
effects of gravity on your object.
(As an object bounces up it
looses speed [shapes spread
Remember the goal is to create an interesting full page apart] and as it comes back
design, so think ahead on where you want the paths to down it speeds up again
go. Paths can cross each other and overlap. [shapes close & overlapping])
Include 3 stationary objects/shapes on your page that
your moving objects can bounce off of. (a chair in the
middle of a room, for instance.) Position them to help
Choose a color scheme (suggestion: limit to 4 colors
and their closest relations on the color wheel.)
Tips: The more complex (lots of paths), the more
interesting. To get realistic "bounces," objects bound
away at the same angle at which they hit the wall.
Next, combine all these parts into a full page composition. You might overlap sections to
break up the negative space, or you can decorate or design a background to unify the
Get as many parts in as you can. Very sizes, use close-ups, zoom in, zoom out, change
the angle, include words, phrases, names. Make them part of your design.
Tip:, When you choose your color plan, you may want to pick one or two colors that can
be included in most sections of your composition to help unify the parts.
Page O’ People
The peach and brown pencils that come in
our pencil sets really aren't very much like
real people colors. You can achieve much
Skin Colors: (easiest if you follow the order more beautiful colors of all skin types if you
below) layer colors. A basic recipe for skin is at left.
For light skin: Start by inventing a silhouette (outline) form that
Very, very faint layer of yellow conveys the 'shape' or 'essence' of a human
Light layer of orange person... The shape should occupy a space that
Light layer of light brown you can easily layer colors in, say about 2 x 3".
Light layer of red Repeat this shape 7-10 times, filling you page
Very, very faint layer of blue (or green) (to with an interesting arrangement.
subdue the color brilliance) Color each shape, experimenting with different
For dark skin: densities of the nearby "skin tone recipes". Vary
the amounts of colors to create a page full of
Step 1: same as above (very light) people who represent a wide range of skin tones
Steps 2-4: gradually and smoothly from light to dark.
build up more layers, achieving more Pattern the background, or perhaps create
pigment (color) interlocking borders: something to give the page
Step 5: same as above (very light) a unified appearance.
Tips: **Make smooth layers (essential for good results) **You can go back and add to layers, but
you can't take layers off- so start off slowly ** Too much yellow will make the skin too orange **Too
much yellow and blue will turn the skin green **Too much blue will make the skin gray
Divide your page into 12 sections (regular or not). Draw
12 things you can make from raisins! No idea is too
silly! Have fun! Be outrageous! Be Zany! Make me
and to fill the page!
What do you wish
you had a machine
to do for you?
Make your bed?
Fix your lunch?
Fetch your soda?
a power supply: Solar? Electric?
Hamster? Hydro? Air?
the elements of your imaginary machine
in an interesting composition, filling the
page, and complete your drawing with a
pleasing application of
"Theme Park Poster"
Use: the whole page, and let
your lettering and color be a
part of your page design.
Your poster design should
entice us all to buy a ticket to
your theme park!
What color is your bedroom? Did you choose it?
How does the color make you feel when you are in there?
If you could paint your room any color that you wanted,
what would it be?