Denis Brodart Sketchbook Assignments


Sketchbook Assignments

Submitted by: Amanda Linn,
Harmony Grove High School


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From Amanda Linn: I thought these might be useful to others. I am sometimes stumped for meaningful sketchbook ideas. Many of these are ideas I have "sponged" and modified from other people. Others were designed to prepare my students for specific art experiences we will have in the future or to support themes and ideas we are exploring.


· Select an above or below point of view in a specific area (your room, kitchen, bathroom, outside, in a car, etc. Complete this drawing paying attention to details. You may complete the drawing in pencil, colored pencil, pen, etc.

· Choose a portion of a magazine or newspaper picture. Glue that picture on a page in your sketchbook. Create a drawing that incorporates that picture into a story. You may use more than one magazine or newspaper image BUT the artwork should be made mainly from your added drawings. This artwork should span 2 pages. You may use color or shading. OR you could use a color scheme (monochromatic, etc.)


· Choose an enclosed space- a kitchen cabinet, a television, an oven, a refrigerator, in a drawer or closet. What human qualities do the objects in the enclosed space assume when no one is watching? Do the mustard bottles dance? Do the socks play cards? This can be one page with details…be sure and show the interior of the space as well as the objects.


· Over 2 pages show the gradual transformation of a pair of scissors into another object- example: scissors into a shark- DON"T USE THIS EXAMPLE- it was my idea. Details are needed in the drawing- color is optional.

· If you got a holiday card from one of these artists what would it look like?

  • Pablo Picasso

  • Berthe Morisot

  • Salvador Dali

  • Georgia O’Keefe

  • Vincent Van Gogh

  • Frida Kahlo

· Arrange three related objects (3 kitchen items, 3 shoes, sports equipment, etc.) into a composition. Draw on one page using a light source and shading

· Create an image using only found images (from magazines, newspapers, worksheets, etc.) The image should communicate a message or tell a story

· Practice drawing anything from observation- the most common things are good practice

· Look at yourself in a spoon- draw the distorted image

· What happens when a 6-foot tall squirrel shows up in your yard?

· Identify an object that relates to your identity. Create an artwork that uses the image of that object (or the actual object) as the SINGLE FOCUS of the artwork. Open media.

· Fill in the blank… "I am a _________ in this world." Use the text of the completed sentence to inform the artwork. Open Media. This should be a 2 page spread

· Answer these questions with an image:

At age six I was ________

At age twelve I was _______

Now I am ________

At age 25 I will be ______

At age 75 I will be ______

Arrange these images in a composition that communicates your identity. Open media. Should span at least 4 pages in some order that communicates the answers to the questions.

· Illustrate a dream you have had using only 5 symbols (single images that communicate ideas) This may take one or two pages. You may use color or black and white to complete the image.  Consider what you know about composition, emphasis, etc. as you build the images.

· Make a detailed drawing of your hand holding something related to the fall season OR related to school. Make the drawing large enough that it touches all the edges of the page. You may add color or use shading

· Your choice- create a one or two page drawing that demonstrates several of your strongest art skills. This is your chance to create your own assignment as many of you have requested,

· What does the holiday season really mean to you? Your image can be abstract or realistic; you may choose the media. AVOID common images- meaning if you choose to show holiday gifts- SHOW THEM IN A CREATIVE WAY! I

· Create a design using elements from magazine or newspaper images. Cut and paste the images onto the page in your sketchbook to create the design.

· Practice observational drawing skills by drawing from the following list:

  • Shoes

  • Corner of a room in your house

  • Create an arrangement of objects, use a lamp or other light to make dramatic shadows,

  • Your pet

  • Creative views of your car, bicycle, skateboard, etc.

DUE DATE: Wednesday September 9, 2015

Find a stack of books (at least 3) and draw them sitting on a table. Use smooth shading techniques learned in class to include shading and shadows. (Pay attention the direction the light is coming from. Turn off lights and use a table lamp to add shadows if you don’t see any). Be creative by adding your own designs to the spine of the books.

Sketchbook Assignment #4: Hand and Shadows

DUE DATE: Thursday September 17, 2015

Using the hand that you DO NOT write with, draw it making some type of motion. Pay attention to shadows and details. TAKE YOUR TIME. Use smooth shading techniques. Hand should be life size.

Sketchbook Assignment #5: Breakfast Still Life


DUE DATE: Monday September 28, 2015

What does your breakfast look like? (1) Draw a still life of a breakfast setting. (Example: Bowl of cereal and cereal box, pancakes on plate, etc.) (2) Draw large and allow the drawing to go off the page. (3) Focus on composition, shading, and details.

Sketchbook Assignment #6:Create A Scene


Tuesday October 6, 2015

Here is your chance to be creative! Below is a painting called Girl with the Pearl Earring. Your assignment as an artist is to create an environment around her. Feel free to add changes to her wardrobe/accessories. Use your imagination and CREATE YOUR OWN SCENE. Fill the page of your sketchbook. Add color if you wish.  

Sketchbook Assignment #8:Create A Scene

DUE: Tuesday October 20, 2015

30 Points

This week you have a bit more freedom to create your own interpretation that will become your art. Take the phrase ‘The End’ and use your imagination to illustrate a SCENE that reflects it. Choose whatever media you like, but must include either shading or color. FILL THE PAGE. 

Sketchbook Assignment #9: Animate the Inanimate

DUE: Tuesday October 27, 2015

30 Points

Choose an enclosed space—a kitchen cabinet, a television, an oven, a refrigerator, in a drawer or closet. What human qualities do the objects in the enclosed space assume when no one is watching? Do the mustard bottles dance? Do the socks play cards? Your drawing should fill a page of your sketchbook. Be sure to show the interior of the space as well as the objects. (Lose 5 points if not in a sketchbook). Color or use proper shading techniques.

Sketchbook Assignment #10: Hole in the Ground

DUE: Tuesday November 3, 2015

30 Points

Using the picture of the hole in the ground below, create a scene around it. FILL THE PAGE. The hole should NOT be the entire picture. Use your imagination. Use proper shading techniques with pen or pencil. (no color)

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