In Art 1 SKETCHBOOKS are used in a variety of ways. Students will be given specific exercises that are to be completed in the sketchbook. Students can take note in their sketchbooks in order to keep track of key concepts. Students are encouraged to work on thumbnail sketches, material lists, and other plans for bigger projects in their sketchbooks. Students can use their sketchbook as a scrapbook to keep track of ideas and images they find interesting. Finally, students will be given specific prompts, approximately once a week, to be completed in their sketchbooks. These prompt grades will be recorded in the exercises/sketchbooks/homework category according to the following criteria: composition (10 points), communication (10 points), care and effort (5 points), and general requirements (5 points), Prompts may be theme based or direct observational drawings. Students will usually have one week to finish each prompt. Students are free to work on sketchbooks in class (especially when projects are finished), but they are generally considered homework. Sketchbooks must be brought to class daily because you will be expected to use them for project planning. SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS QUARTER 4 1. From Whole to Parts 2. Greeting card QUARTER 3 1. Honor 2. 1 object, 3 drawings 3 different textures 3. Sadness/grief 4. Cartoon--1 or more panels, your own characters, must have something to say 5. Scale change--example: a fly driving a motorcycle 6. An out of place pile--example: laundry in the woods 7. Whimsical--look up the definition and some example and compose a drawing in the style 8. Body part--from an observation as realistically as possible 9. Binomials--opposites like stop and go or pairs like salt and pepper QUARTER 2 1. Artist--draw a name and create a sketchbook page both researching the artist and exampling the artist's style 2. 3 unrelated objects relating--example: elephant chair and bananas 3. Metamorphosis--in a series of 5 drawings change one object to a different object, example: banana to feather 4. Macro to Micro and Micro to Macro 5. The contents of something from an observation--Example: a junk drawer 6. Inspiration 7. A object in its natural environment 8. An imaginary environment--use color and fill your page QUARTER 1 1. Freedom--try to avoid cliche 2. Fear 3. Time
Are the elements of the work positioned to achieve balance? OR, Are they intentionally off-set in order to illicit a specific viewer response, direct the viewer’s focus, or communicate a particular meaning?
Has the artist spent time addressing the negative space as well as the positive space?
In a representational observation piece, are the objects in the drawing grounded rather than left floating in an undefined space?
Did the artist utilize the picture plane in a meaningful manner?
Do all the elements in the work come together as a whole?
Does the work present a specific point of view or ask the viewer to consider a new idea or an old idea in a new way?
Do all the elements of the work (color, text, icons or symbols, rendering style, line quality, etc) contribute to the intended meaning?
Did the artist use specific techniques to engage the viewer, such as attraction repulsion?
CARE AND EFFORT
Did the artist consider the directionality of his/her mark making so that the work appears to be aimed toward a professional presentation?
Did the artist take time to clean up or camouflage spills, smudges, and unintentional marks?
Does the work appear complete?
GENERAL RULES ABOUT SKETCHBOOKS 1. Only use the front of each page (If it is a two page spread make sure no drawing is on the back of either page). 2. Put a barrier between the page you are working on and the pages underneath to protect the pages underneath. 3. Label the backs of your EXERCISES and your SKETCHBOOK PROMPTS with the name of the exercise or prompt and the due date. If there are questions connected to the prompt write these out on the back as well or attach a separate piece of paper to the back. 4. If a page that has not yet been graded falls out of your sketchbook make a not of that fact in your sketchbook and put the finished page in your folder.