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					                                                                                                  Category Scores (1-
                                      Grading Categories
                                                                                                      20 points)

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
                                Sketchbook Evaluation
                    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
                        "Expressive Lines"
               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.
                           "Directional Lines"
               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
                             new direction
               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
            "Typography Tester"
 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
                 Must do's:
               Include color
                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
    an object.
                                                      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
           The Do's:
    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-
                                                    won't work!)
      "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
                contour figure.
 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
      facing pages.)
These are quick studies
  of people/children in
   different positions
       doing things.
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
    tip marker.
Then layer colored
pencil in interesting
    What color
  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
                                                                       bands. )
                                                           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
            best darks!)
          "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!)

                                                            "Fallen Leaves"
                                              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
Superman, Cat
Women, Spider Man,
"Japanimation" or
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
                               negative shapes.
   Let the letters touch each other in order to close off more of the
                               negative spaces.
  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.

                                                       "Related Phrase"
                                               Illustrate a two-word phrase
                                                 using drawings of objects
                                                    related to its meaning.
                                             --- tool shed --- race car --- field
                                                            goal ---
                                               --- 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.
"Spiraling Spheres"
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!
                                 "Confetti Names"

                                Color Instructions:
*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
                             opposing temperature.

                  "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
                                                           letters to
                                                 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,
                    you can:
     Draw A Day In Your Life in Cartoon
 focuses on
   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
                                                 new size.
                              (So: the key is as big as the door in the
                                 new relationship, and can only lean
                                                  upon it!)
                                (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.

                                         "Special Edition"

   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
                 construct bouncepaths.
 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.
                                      "Top Topic"

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
                      "Something Silly"

  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

                                                     Remember to
                                                        use color
                                                   and to fill the page!
                               "Machine Impossible"

   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?

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