AP Sketchbook assignments 2010/2011
You will be required to work in your sketchbook continuously throughout the year. Items that are
expected in your sketchbook will be:
1. Assigned pages with explanation of media used, interpretation and problems encountered.
2. Journaling and notes
3. Scrapbooked images with notes
Keep in mind that there may be different ways to interpret these assignments and the more creative
and growth you show the better you will do. Attempt different styles and media, the idea is for each
student to learn and grow through their sketchbook use. Each one should be considered a complete art
piece. This means that composition and principles of good design can and should be utilized. What am I
looking for in a sketchbook assignment? Students should spend one to two hours on each sketchbook
assignment. You will have an opportunity to do some of the work in class, but sketchbook assignments
are generally considered homework assignments. Usually, Sketchbook assignments are worth 30
percent. You do not want to blow them off. A zero is hard to recover from if you do not turn in a
sketchbook assignment. Sketchbooks are due at the end of each month or as specified by the teacher
Semester One Assignments
Choose one assignment to complete for each month. Each assignment will have 5 completed
sketchbook pages. Sketchbooks are due at the end of each month.
Sketchbook Assignment #1
Tell the story of an object's life.
In this sketchbook assignment, you will be using your sketchbook to make a series of studies of one
specific object. You will choose the object, and in addition the setting, tone, mood, and point-of-view
will all be determined by you as the artist.
The goal of this assignment is to have you create a narrative of the many facets of the object’s life based
on your own imaginative and creative powers.
A total of 5 different scenarios must be completed.
For example: a mug in brown wrapping tied with string; Steaming on a cozy table with a beloved's
teacup alongside; sitting alone on a draining board; sitting on a desk full of pencils, with a torn
photograph; broken in pieces in the wastebasket. You might tell the story of a beloved teddy, a bunch of
flowers, a bottle of wine, or a dollar bill. Need a challenge? Look for the most mundane object you can
think of! Contemporary objects - such as a mobile phone - can be difficult, because we have no artistic
tradition to refer to when representing them.
Sketchbook Assignment #2
Do you Dream in Color?
DEPICT OBJECTS THAT DEAL WITH COLOR. CREATE A STRONG COMPOSITION UTILIZING INTERESTING
IMAGERY. YOUR SKETCHBOOKS SHOULD REPRESENT AN OVERALL DIVERSITY OF COLOR AND ITS USE IN
1 Create a drawing that uses expressive line AND COLOR. Be bold. Work piece until it has a free, but
finished look. FOCUS ON INFORMAL BALANCE
2Create a drawing that utilizes strong contour line AND COLOR. Create a center of interest. FOCUS ON
3Create a drawing that utilizes strong contrast AND COLOR. Use media of choice. FOCUS ON VALUE
4 Create a drawing that utilizes repetition to achieve rhythm WITH COLOR. Think creatively. FOCUS ON
MOTIF AND PATTERN
5Create a drawing that utilizes mixed media AND STONG USE OF COLOR. Do not overwhelm the
drawing. Be graceful with your media and allow it to direct you to the drawing.
FOCUS ON SURFACE TEXTUREALL DESIGNS SHOULD BE NONO-OBJECTIVE, ABSTRACTED FROM LIFE, OR
FROM LIFE. DO NOT USE 2D IMAGES. PUSH COLOR, AVOID TRADITIONAL COLOR SCHEMES. DRAW
WHAT YOU ENJOY, BUT THINK OUTSIDE OF WHAT TRADITIONAL BEAUTY IS. WORK TO CREATE BEAUTY
IN THE UNAPPARENT.
Sketchbook Assignment #3
Five things I Love About You
DEPICT OBJECTS YOU LOVE. EACH WEEK, CREATE A STRONG COMPOSITION UTILIZING INTERESTING
IMAGERY. YOUR SKETCHBOOKS SHOULD REPRESENT AN OVERALL VIEW OF WHO YOU ARE and WHAT
1 Create a drawing that uses expressive line. Be bold. Work the piece until it has a free, but finished
2Create a drawing that utilizes strong contour line and color. Create a center of interest. 3 Create a
drawing that utilizes strong contrast. Use media of choice.
4 Create a drawing that utilizes repetition to achieve rhythm. Think creatively.
5Create a drawing that utilizes mixed media.
Do not overwhelm the drawing. Be graceful with your media and allow it to direct you to the
drawing.COLOR, FOOD, CLOTHS, MUSIC, PATTERNS, CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, FRIENDS, CHAIRS,
OUTDOORS, BOOKS, CLASSES, HATS, SHOES, FAMILY, CUPS, CLOSET, ROOM, UTILITARIAN OBJECTS,
PRESENTS, SUPPLIES, GLASSES, ARTISTS, THINK, THINK, THINK, THINK, THINK, THINK, THINK, THINK,
Sketchbook Assignment #4
DEPICT OBJECTS THAT HAVE REFLECTIVE SURFACES. CREATE A STRONG COMPOSITION UTILIZING
INTERESTING IMAGERY. AT THE END OF THE SIX WEEKS, YOUR SKETCHBOOKS SHOULD REPRESENT A
VARIETY OF INTERESTING AND CREATIVE SURFACES.
1- Create a drawing that uses expressive line. Be bold. Work piece until it has a free, but finished look.
2-Create a drawing that utilizes strong contour line and color. Create a center of interest.
3- Create a drawing that utilizes strong contrast. Use media of choice.
4- Create a drawing that utilizes repetition to achieve rhythm. Think creatively.
5- Create a drawing that utilizes mixed media.
Do not overwhelm the drawing. Be graceful with your media and allow it to direct you to the drawing.
All objects must be from life. BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR SURFACES AND THE REFLECTIONS THAT ARE
Sketchbook Assignment #5
The Power of Themes: A Diary of Shoes
1 Look at the historical relevance of shoes. Think about their uses during a variety of time periods. Select
a time period and create a drawing of shoes that reflects that time period. Examples: Roaring 20’s, Civil
War. Draw from life and use the full composition.
2 Look at the differences in gender. How are how their shoes are different. Create a drawing using a
man’s and a woman’s shoe. Create an interesting design using repetition. Work from life.
3 Select an artist that appeals to you. Create a shoe that would belong to this artist. Begin drawing from
life and then go wild. Use your creativity. Example: Picasso, bright colors, wacky laces or Van Gogh,
Subtle colors, pattern in swirls. Create an interesting composition.
4 Create a mixed media collage and then use a shoe from an unusual point of view to add line, value,
and color. Make sure the media does not overwhelm the drawing. Focus on strong weighted line, value,
and contrast to pop the image. Draw from life
5 Use a brush and coffee to create a simplistic drawing of a pile of shoes (Do not work too wet or the
paper will wrinkle). Once dry, come back in and emphasize line, shape and value with a dark contrasting
media. Use darkness in the back in an exaggerated way to push the focal point forward.
Be expressive and work from life. Spend a minimum of 1 hour on each drawing.