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, communication, and care and effort, Most of the prompts will be theme based, although some my be observational drawings. Students will have a week to finish each prompt, are free to work on them in class (especially when projects are finished), and can obviously take their sketchbooks home. SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS 1. Freedom DUE 9/18 2. Fear DUE 9/25 3. Time DUE 10/9 4. An Artist DUE 10/23 COMPOSITION
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. 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.
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