We are making our own sketchbooks to enjoy over the summer! Here is where I am at!
Various Sketchbook lessons (from all those wonderful ideas!) I am going to put a few random pages throughout their blank pages so they have little mini lessons throughout the summer!
- Draw a portrait using light and shadow- place the light from different angles than “normal” -under the chin, behind the head, in front of the face.
- Study your feet and shoes. Draw them in different positions and from different angles and views.
- Draw studies of your hands. Try a variety of positions or overlapping them.
- Draw a figure in an environment from your observation- in motion, and standing still.
- Draw in imaginary place- remember to show rich details.
- Do a self portrait. This can be full body view or face only. Accuracy !! Gesture drawings of people, things, or animals in motion.
- Contour line drawings of figures or objects.
- Draw several studies of your eyes, nose, and mouth in a variety of positions and poses.
- Focus on drapery and pattern: a shirt over a chair, a sheet around a banister, etc.
- Draw everything you can see from where you are positioned: this can be from imagination, like if you were in a hot air balloon, ant sized, etc.
- Draw a man made object.
- Draw a metallic object and everything you see in it.
- Draw or design any kind of vehicle.
- Draw an object of interest from 3 different views.
- Draw using 2 point perspective.
- Draw the inside of a mechanical object.
- Filling the page with them, overlap two dimensional forms and pick a direction for the light to hit them from. Shade accordingly.
- Draw your reflection in any shiny surfaced object.
- Draw a landscape from observation. Remember to show foreground, middle ground, and background.
- Draw your home and what’s around it.
- Draw family members with things that they cherish.
- Draw the interior of your room and what’s in it- from wherever you’re sitting: on floor, up on bed, from ceiling looking down.
- Study the forms, shapes, lines and textures and colors of trees.
- Draw animals from life ( if you can’t see them live, copy them from a reference book.)
- Draw a plant with as much detail as possible using line contour and line variation.
- Arrange a still life and draw it with shading.
- Draw bottles and cans- have the cans crunched up for lots of detail and contrast to the bottles’ smoothness.
- Draw dishes in a drainer, with shading.
- Create a fantasy building and landscape.
- Create a series of positive and negative space designs.
- Draw a piece of furniture and use color to show the textures and shadows.
- Draw a still life with one to three pieces of patterned cloth in it. Show color and patterns.
- Focus on textures in a drawing.
MORE SKETCHBOOK CHOICES
(JUST IN CASE YOU NEED MORE INSPIRATION)
- Using color (no black) and light (white) create a Impressionist style landscape drawing- remembering to optically mix colors by placing compliments next to each other.
- Transform an object from a realistic view to a Cubist representation (using several different view points within the same frame) in a progression of 4 steps.
- Draw yourself using a strong light on one side or angle of your face, focusing on the shapes of the shadows of your facial features- excellent shading practice.
- Try several studies of DRAPERY- a towel, shirt, or blanket draped around or on another object to create lots of wrinkles; focusing on shapes of folds and creases and the shadows that are created by them.
- Advanced drapery- try the same exercise with a patterned cloth in color.
- Take out a library book on any artist of your choosing and duplicate their art work. Please make a Xerox copy of it for my reference.
- Create a series of drawings of people in motion- playing sports; doing housework; etc. Try to overlap several views of the action as it progresses- use light sketchy lines; it will help.
- Design a tattoo for someone particular- a celebrity; teacher; etc.
- Draw from imagination with s much rich detail as possible- if you were awakened by a crash in the middle of the night; what would it be from ??
- Draw yourself 50 years from now; including your surroundings, possessions, etc.
- Illustrate a favorite story of yours told by a grandparent; uncle, or other relative.
- Design a CD cover for a musical group ( no gangster rap, peace signs; pot leaves, or conventional, unoriginal or violent imagery will be accepted !!)
- Draw your greatest fear; your biggest hope; or your dream for your future.
- Draw a series of animals in motion.
- More Sketchbook/Drawing Ideas – list from Michal Austin
- 150 Sketchbook Ideas from Niskayuna Central School. Read through and select ideas appropriate for your students.
- * Illustrate your favorite poem
* Draw the contents of a trash can
* Drawing of a house plant (real or artificial)
* Draw an object with a surface texture.
* Draw tools used in certain professions
* Draw a tennis shoe
* draw a grouping of leaves
* Draw something you might find in a department store display
* Draw a large jar and fill it up with something (candy, toys, rock, etc)
* Design a school desk
* Draw your favorite snack food
* Draw an object melting
* Draw a bowl of fruit, shade it.
* Draw hands holding something
* Draw a mechanical object
* word picture: select a word that bring to mind a mental picture,
*Draw the word as the shape of the object. such as the word apple in the shape of an apple, or apples spelling out the word.
* Draw popcorn
* Keyhole: what would you see through a key hole
- - bookmarks for the school library
- junk food with wrapper
- part of a vehicle
- instead of a hand… your foot ( no socks or shoe)
- something not pretty (one of the 8th grades favoritess)
- an interior of something (once a student did the inside of a jar of peanut butter)
- inside of closet
- 3 unlikely objects together
- your Mother’s or Father’s choice
- part of any object ( mystery draw)
- a scene that depicts peace