VISUAL / VERBAL JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS                                               FALL 2012


WHY keep a journal /sketchbook?
Most artists keep journals/sketchbooks. In them, they experiment with ideas and collect
drawings of things around them. Sketchbooks are like visual diaries for artists. Artists often
use them for planning and developing their work.

        The most famous journals are those of Leonardo da Vinci. His journals are filled with
         drawings, diagrams and written notes of things he saw and ideas he came up with.

        Picasso produced 178 (!) sketchbook/journals in his life time. He often used his
         sketchbooks to explore ideas and make compositional studies until he found the right
         idea or subject for a larger painting.

If you want to be an artist, it’s a good idea to start keeping your journal
around with you all the time. You can draw in it, write in it and stick
photographs and other things you find in it. Later on, you can return to look
in it when you’re looking for ideas for your art.

                 Journals are due every Friday (that we have class).

                               Weekly 2D Journal Requirements:

YOUR visual/verbal journal is an organizational tool to assist you in this art class. It is a place
to take notes, draw sketches, try out different versions of designs, color schemes, etc. and to
work out solutions to art problems.

Each week a quote has been assigned. Usually the quote will deal with art or an art related
concept. Sometime during the beginning of the week (usually before class begins or after your
class work is complete) you are to copy the quote into your 2D Art Journal.

   (1) At the top of the page, write the date and copy the quote into your journal.

   (2) Respond (with words AND images that you created) in one of the following ways:

              What do you think the quote means to you? Explain.
              Do you agree with this quote? Why? (Explain)
              Do you disagree with this quote? Why? (Explain)
       ***no response is wrong as long as you support what your opinions with

Late work will not be accepted for ANY reason without an excused absence form.
 If you have an excused absence on a Friday, be prepared to turn in the assignment on the first
day of your return with your excuse note.

***It is YOUR responsibility to be sure it given to the teacher to be graded! ***

Journal Guidelines:
      Assignments must be attached INTO your sketchbook to be graded. Loose, unattached
       assignments will NOT be accepted.
      FILL THE PAGE! Each entry should touch or go off the edges of your paper.
      Always include a background & lots of details
      ALWAYS include a wide range of values (shading)
      Draw freehand – NO tracing or use of rulers, protractors, compasses, etc.
      ***these drawings and writing responses to the quotes are from observation and
       personal experience – that means you should LOOK at any object(s) you include while
       you are drawing them – (NOT draw from your imagination)!***
      While you may glue in a few images as part of your design . . . this is NOT a collage!

Listed below are your visual/verbal journal assignments for FALL Semester, 2012.

# 1 Due: Friday, August. 24
"One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity." Auguste Renoir

# 2 Due: Friday, August 31
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso

# 3 Due: Friday, Sept. 7
Still - in a way - nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small - we haven't time - and to see   Georgia
takes time, like to have a friend takes time.                                                      O'Keeffe

# 4 Due: Friday, Sept. 14
"When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I
told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back
at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"

# 5 Due: Friday, Sept. 21
Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso

# 6 Due: Friday, Sept. 28
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." Simonides

# 7 Due: Friday, Oct. 5
"A man paints with his brains and not with his hands." Michelangelo

# 8 Due: Friday, Oct. 12
"All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography." Frederico Fellini

# 9 Due: Friday, Oct. 19
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams

# 10 Due: Friday, Oct. 26
“The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is
always on his doorstep.”                                                                          Paul Strand

# 11 Due: Friday, Nov. 2
"The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?" Pablo Picasso

# 12 Due: Friday, Nov. 9
“Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking…a small glimpse of what they hold               Sarah –Middle
inside. Little secrets, regrets, joys…every line has its own meaning.”                        school student

# 13 Due: Friday, Nov. 16
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I        Georgia
had no words for.                                                                                  O'Keeffe

    --------------------------------------Thanksgiving Break-----------------------------------------------

# 14 Due: Friday, Nov. 30
"Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

# 15 Due: Friday, Dec. 7
"One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity." Auguste Renoir

Below is a sample of the Rubric (based on the guidelines above) I will use to grade these
journal assignments each week:

Want to do More!?
                            ANY EXTRA DRAWING (SUGGESTIONS BELOW)
                           TURNED IN WITH YOUR “REGULAR ASSIGNMENT”

                     ***LIMIT: one extra drawing per week***
Try one of these suggestions:
                                                                 Draw the inside of an old piece of electronic
      Shoes, old hats, tools, kitchen utensils, or other         equipment
       interesting objects from around your house
                                                                 Draw an enlargement of your eye – look at it
      Take your sketchbook along to the waiting room             carefully in a mirror as you draw
       at the doctor, on a family trip, or on a class field
       trip – keep a record of the things you see                Draw a poster to advertise your favorite movie.
      Draw a pet – don’t worry if it moves before you           Draw a view of something under a magnifying
       finish your drawing, go back and finish it later           glass (include the magnifying glass).
      Draw a collection you have                                Illustrate a famous saying / quote.
      Take a vegetable or piece fruit – cut it in half          Draw a comic strip with your own characters.
      Look at pinecones from all angles                         Draw a bubble. It’s transparent, with reflections!
      Crumple up a paper bag – draw it.                         Draw your favorite photograph.
      Toss some paper clips on a table – bend or twist          Stack some boxes haphazardly – some open,
       some                                                                                                            4
                                                                  some closed

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