Perspective Sketchbook Assignments College

You will be assigned certain sketchbook assignments, but you have the freedom to make the assignment more interesting to you.For example if you are assigned to focus on reflective surfaces one week, you might choose #6, #37, #64 or #88.  When drawing remember to use the entire page spread and both sides of the paper.

1.Plant Drawing:Three Drawings of a Plant

i.Contour

ii.Shaded rendering

iii.Magnify/enlarge a section

2.Three Hands:Blind contour (do not look at paper).Concentrate on your subject.

Make the drawings overlap each other at some points.

3.Two Feet:Modified contour (you may occasionally look at the paper).

Make the drawings overlap each other slightly.

4.Shoes:Find a very old shoe and draw it from an interesting and exaggerated angle.

5.Number:Draw your luck number and then keep drawing it over and over – Johns

6.Bunch of Keys:Group with a lot of variety and do a macro drawing of them.

Give them dimension and focus on the sharp lines of the cuts.

7.Toothbrush & Toothpaste:Show the difference in textures and the angles of the toothbrush vs.

            the bulbous shape of the tube.Best if toothpaste is almost empty.

What happens to lettering on a curved surface?

8.Inside a Drawer:Make a line drawing of the contents of a partially open drawer.

The junk drawer in a kitchen would work well. Think Composition!

9.Egg Beater:Line drawing using techniques involved in drawing negative space.

10.Knotted Fabric:Tie a knot in a sock or dishtowel, striped is best.

Focus on the variation of line and shade to give the wrinkles form.

11.Coat Hanging on the Corner of a Chair:Try to show the effects of gravity.

Think composition and exaggerate value in the folds, especially at top.

12.Clouds:Pick a day when the clouds are dramatic.Use expressive lines.

Show movement and drama without closing in any shapes.

13.Hub Caps & Tires:Draw them so that they are elliptical and show any reflection.

14.Street Signs & Lights:Draw a street sign as if it was an analytic botanical.

Write notes as to location, height and color.Think Durer.

15.Lamp Posts and Telephone Poles:Focus on negative space, then go in w/ detail.

16.Lettuce or Cabbage Leaf:Look for the growth pattern, draw at ¾ view.

17.Three packages of Food:Make them overlap, focus on texture and text.

Can you see the form of the food, is it pictured or named?Include shadows.

18.Corner of a Room:Include a partial piece of furniture and use variation of line.

Lay on the floor so that a piece of furniture is highly foreshortened.

19.Front of Your House:¾ view

20.Glass of water with a spoon in it:Focus on distortion caused by the water on the spoon.

Don’t forget that the glass has dimension and distortion occurs on all edges.

21.View of a Room from a Mirror:Show something as you do not usually see it.

22.Machinery:Magnify a part that moves, try to show how it moves.

23.Eyes:Draw 6 while either looking in a mirror or at someone’s eye.Different angles.

24.Noses;Draw 6 while either looking at your own or someone else.Different angles.

25.Mouths:Draw 6 from observation, 4 of them open and showing teeth.Different angles.

26.Animal:Draw from observation using gestural, simple and expressive lines.

27.TV Shows:Draw gestures for 5 minutes of the show or 3 commercials.

Go in and add detail from memory after the show has ended.

28.Movie:From memory draw your favorite scene.

29.Logos:Glue or draw 10 logos that you think are exceptional in your sketchbook.

Write down your analysis of why they are successful and why they appeal to you.

30.Illustration:Take a few lines from a poem or song and illustrate it.

Include only 1-3 words of the text.

31.Balance:Cut out 12 or more words from the newspaper or magazine.

Arrange ½ into an Asymmetrical composition and ½ into a Symmetrical one.

32.Overlapping Forms:Draw 5 overlapping forms from an extreme view.

Shade them in an exaggerated fashion so that the furthest is in sfumato.

33.Repeated Motif:Use a shape and repeat it so that it could be used for textile design.

34.Fast Food/ Take Out:Choose your favorite and draw it so the viewer understands

just how tasty it is.Include text and packaging – think composition.

35.Ants-Eye View:Draw something as if you were the ant.Extremely exaggerated.

36.Birds-Eye View:Draw something from an aerial perspective.Think fisheye lense.

Your drawing must be imagined from at least roof height.Don’t get on the roof.

37.Reflections:Draw the images that you see reflected in a chrome appliance.

38.Fantasy:Draw a dream or “somewhere over the rainbow” scene with you in it.

39.Old Masters:Choose an artist from the Renaissance and draw a study in their manner.

40.Composition:Choose an image and crop it close.Draw it using only stippling.

Draw it using cross-hatching.Do not outline the forms in any way.

41.Photo:Recreate a photograph using only + marks or a continuous line to render.

42.Plumbing:Draw the underneath of a sink, a showerhead or an outside spigot.

Draw using crisp lines and then draw no more than ¼ of it in extreme detail.

43.Egg in Carton:Use value to show the smooth texture of the egg and rough cardboard.

44.Milk Carton or Condiment Container:Show the form and show texture.

45.What I did today:Make a diagram or floorplan to show how your day was divided.

         Fill the rooms with representative objects

46.Old Hat:Use varying thickness of line and implied line to give it character.

47.Garbage:Draw an open garbage or recycling receptacle.Show that it is holding things.

48.Paper Towel or Napkin:Crumple it up and use value to show creases & shadows.

49.Hand Holding Something:Use contour lines to show that the hand is holding an object.

50.Person in a Chair:Use negative space to render someone sitting in chair.

51.Close up image of Popcorn:Make it look larger than life

52.Draw with an eraser:Cover the page with graphite or charcoal and erase light areas

53.Warped:This one is up to you to interpret.

54.Light & Object:A single object from different views with strong light source

55.Homework:Your school books stacked up on your desk or in your locker

56.Collection:What do you collect?Do a drawing collage of whatever they are.

57.Chess:Draw a chess set as though you were looking through the eyes of a pawn

58.Notes:Take an exam or notes you no longer need.Glue a page in and draw over it

59.Familiar Object:Draw 4 close-up views of a familiar object.

Zoom in so far that you wouldn’t recognize it if you didn’t know what it was.

60.Person talking on a Phone:Are they involved in the conversation?

61.Closet:Lots of lines and overlapping forms in a closet.Is it cluttered or neat?

Zoom in and make sure that you are drawing from an interesting point of view.

62.Looking Out:Look out a window and draw the scene, including the window.

63.Tree:Focus on its structure as an object.

64.Kitchen Stove:Draw from an extreme angle.Set up a still life with pots.

Focus on forms and make sure to get the burner covers and knobs in.

65.Pile of Shoes:There will be a lot of overlap, show the different lines and shoe laces.

66.Draw a Blind Contour Portrait of a Family Member:While drawing ask them to tell

you a story.Write the story behind the drawing and go back into the drawing.

67.2 Details & 1 Contour:Set up a 3 piece still life.Do a contour drawing using value

on only two object and the background.Leave one object contour only – focal point.

68.Bag of Chips:Show the dimension and texture of the chips.Show overlap and depth.

69.2 Versions:Draw a copy of an artwork that you admire.Then do a second version of the

same work of art, but make it your own.

70.Favorite Photo:Draw 2 versions of your favorite photograph.One realistic, one abstract.

71.Birds:Draw a real bird – as much texture as you can.Then draw an abstract version.

72.Make sure that the abstract is recognizable as a bird.

73.Newspaper:Cut out a newspaper article with an image.Glue it in your sketchbook.

Draw and write your reaction to the article over it.Rauschenberg & Saunders

74.Remembering a Landscape:Draw a landscape from memory.

75.Alive:Draw something that is alive and then paint the same subject.

76.Your Room:Draw a scene in your room with dramatic lighting – chiaroscuro

77.Intersections & Overlap:Draw a colorful design with intersections of lines and

overlapping shapes

78.Unguarded:Draw someone in an unguarded moment from observation.Make sure to use a sense 

         of  mood.Use pencil and color pencil.Hans Holbein, daVinci

79.Illuminated Manuscript:Create a page that mimics an illuminated manuscript, but the text is your    

         favorite song or a letter that someone wrote to you.

80.Non-Objective: 1 non-objective and 1 asymmetrical composition using points of concentration

         (areas where there are objects grouped more tightly) for focal point.

81.Non-Drawing Tool:Drawing or painting using only non-art materials and non-art

82.mark-making instruments.Example:“Draw” with coffee using a stick.

83.Ball-Point Pen:Create a drawing using two different colors of ball-point pens.

84.Art Nouveau:Create a page based on art nouveau techniques of line.

85.Off Hand:Draw objects of choice using the hand you don’t usually use or foot.

86.Collared Shirt on a Hanger:Get all of the details, overlapping lines and stitching in.

87.Solid turning into Liquid:Get creative and don’t draw ice melting.

88.Man & Machine Combined:Not Iron Man or a Transformer – Get creative!

89.Still Life composition that reflects you as an individual.

90.A realistic self-portrait

91.An abstract self-portrait

92.Hide an image within an image

93.Landscape from direct observation

94.Texture out of realistic context

95.Water bottles with colored water still life – white paper behind if too difficult

96.Metamorphosis from Natural to Synthetic

97.Objects floating on Water

98.Human & insect combined

99.Architecture from direct observation

100.Multiple frame sequential drawing

101.Object being sucked into or through something

102.Composition in which Movement is the primary focus

103.Human Figure from direct observation

104.Solid turning into a liquid

105.Zoom, zoom, zoom:Divide the space into 3 areas.Draw the same object, person or scene in each, 

         but zoom in exponentially in each of the separate spaces.

106.Cubist Trace:Trace an object over and over until it covers the pages.

Go in and add depth and rhythm by shading in some areas.

107.Spools of Thread:Draw a grouping with overlap or repetition

108.Dishes:Draw dishes in the sink after a meal, include portions of the sink

109.Dishwasher:Draw the dishes or utensils in the dishwasher.Clean or dirty, your choice.

You can view many artist sketchbooks on-line through museum or personal websites.When you visit a museum, they will often be on display.There are even Smart Phone apps that will show you sketchbook pages.I recommend looking at Leonardo daVinci’s as an exemplar.

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Sketchbook Assignments

Submitted by: Amanda Linn,
Harmony Grove High School
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SKETCHBOOK IDEAS

 

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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.

  • Make the image reach all the way to the edges of the page. Demonstrate what you know about point of view, emphasis, composition, positive and negative space, etc.

· Practice drawing from your imagination by drawing from the following list:

  • What would you see if you grew wings and flew over our town?

  • What if your big toe became its own person?

  • What if you suddenly became very very small?

Advanced Placement Sketchbook Ideas

Submitted by Robert Teslow:

Appropriate an image from magazine/newspaper/web-image that illustrates/demonstrates an unusual point of view of common objects, space/place, architecture, or group of things/people, other.

Draw a same size line drawing from your image.

Draw an enlarged scale version based on your same size line drawing (don’t be concerned about some changes in image… current drawing compared to a previous one).

Use oil pastels to enhance enlarged line drawing. Select among the following color relationships to be a guide to using color for expression and emphasis.

  • Warm hues with cool accents

  • Cool hues with warm accents

  • Monochromatic

  • Complimentary

  • Analogous

Submitted by Heidi Praff:

Homework assignment: Shadows as Connectors

This assignment will also be done in your sketchbook.

You may draw from a HIGH CONTRAST photos, or from direct observation, harshly lit.

DO NOT use any magazine photos of models, which are meant mainly to showcase makeup.

Draw the face, at least twice, summarizing it into shapes of shadows and light.

Observe and record how the shadows connect features.

Media: Your choice of Graphite Sticks, Oil Pastels, Charcoal, or any media you feel will give you the high contrast you are seeking.

At least 2 faces. If it is your own, you can just change pose or lighting.

Date all entries.

 

Homework Assignment - #3 The Eye:

This assignment is to be done in your sketchbook.

It involves drawing your eye twice in two very different ways. Both are from direct observation, though.

TWO DRAWINGS, DIFFERENT  APPROACHES, DIFFERENT PAGES

Please read the directions carefully. As always, date your entries.

  1. Make a DETAILED drawing of your eye and the area around it. Include everything you see when observing closely in clear, even lighting.

  2. For the second drawing, make a drawing in HARSH lighting, showing the shapes of the shadows only. SUMMARIZE, don’t itemize. This drawing will not contain detail, but will accurately represent the shapes of light and shadow on and around your eye area.

Submitted by Ken Schwab:

Sketchbook for A.P. Art #1

You will be keeping a sketchbook for the entire year. This sketchbook will be a series of drawings and mixed media pieces that you will use for your portfolio. Each one should be considered a complete art piece. This means that composition and principles of good design can and should be utilized.

These are the sketchbook requirements for your first grading period. They can be in any media unless specifically designated. These 4 drawings will be due in 6 weeks and will be given 80 points, (20 for each one)

1. Draw a portrait using light and shadow. In order to achieve strong gradations and a sense of form, place a light from different angles than normal. These can be under the chin, behind the head or from the top. This can be in graphite pencil or colored pencil.

2. Study your feet and shoes. Create a strong thick and thin contour drawing of your shoes drawing from different angles. Include more than one drawing on the same page over lapping and filling the format. Pen or pencil

3. Draw a place around the outside of your home. This can be a plant, part of the building or objects on the porch. Use ink and watercolor to create a strong contrast between the color and the ink. Crosshatching as a style is suggested but not required.

4. Draw bottles and cans. Have them crunched up for details in the reflections and folds of the metal. Include lots of detail and only show a small area instead of the whole can or cans. If it is a bottle, find an area that shows off the reflections and surface quality of the bottle.

5. Create a series of positive and negative space designs. On your desk at home stack a few objects into a pile. With a light shinning from the back look at the space that is white (light) and draw the shapes as a contour line shape. Use black paint or ink to fill in the spaces as a flat shape. The silhouette of the object should still be seen but new shapes created.

6. Draw a piece of furniture in your house. This can be in color or black and white. Sit in an area and observe the lines and shapes of the piece. Create a format around your observed area and look for textures, gradations, wood grain or interesting shapes and make a detailed study.

 

Submitted by Ken Schwab

Sketchbook for A.P. Art #2

This is the second round of sketchbook assignments. Choose 4 of these to use and have them completed before the next grading period. Remember to use good drawing skills and composition.

1. Pop some popcorn. Take a few kernels and look at the shapes and shades created. With pencil and smudge shading, study a few of the kernels and fill the page with them. This drawing should show a good sense of drawing skill and soft grays with a Tortillons or some blending device.

2. Draw or design a vehicle. This can be a car, spaceship, airplane, boat, motorcycle, bicycle or anything you want. Include details and make it big! Any media

3. Draw yourself using a strong light source on one side of your face. Use a mirror and try to have some expression. Focus on the strong shadows created by the light. Use pastel for blocking in large areas with a lesser amount of detail.

4. Using color (Cray-Pas) create an Impressionist Landscape drawing. Use Van Gogh, Manet, Seurat, Pissaro, Sisley, or Cezanne as your guide. Use the internet and look up these artists to observe their work. Find a landscape on the net as well and draw it as a n Impressionist.

5. Draw a series of animals in motion. Such as a cheetah running, a rabbit hopping, a bird flying. This can be in any media and you can use just three views or images in a row.

6. Divide the page into three areas with a ruler. Create a very involved contour drawing with pen of a small object of your choice and put it in one of the areas going outside the shape.  Next, in another area, draw the same object with pencil using good shading and proper proportion. For the last area, distort or abstract (like in cubism) the same object using three values or colors.

 

Submitted by Nicole Brisco

Ideas for the first day to engage creativity in any advanced class. I begin in Art 2.

1. Once I hand out Sketchbooks (or have students bring or make them) I have the students prepare the pages in a variety of creative ways, like paint washes on the pages, collaging, writing, cutting holes in some of the pages, creating patterns. This is just to alter the pages before we begin any sketchbook assignments/observational drawing... I know some people alter books and that is a great way also but I like the idea of the kids taking ownership of their sketchbook as a process oriented tool for thumb-nailing, drawing, doodling, writing, documenting, etc. It is a good first day activity especially if you give them a list that is open to interpretation, this challenges them to use their time wisely, be creative, use good craftsmanship, and follow directions. It is also a no pressure assignment that allows the kids to get to know each other. What I like about this is that it removes the white pages from the book and allows students to be more expressive with the drawings on the pages. It also make the sketchbook less intimidating and helps students to understand that every page does not need to be perfect and is more about learning and exploration. We look the sketchbooks of Wayne Jiang at http://www.waynejiang.com /sketchbooks/index.html

 

2. Another good idea is to print out a variety of sketchbook assignments on address labels and give them to the students. I have printed 30 different assignments on one page of sticker labels and printed one (each student receives the same problems) for each student, there is some initial cost for the labels but you will not have to give out another assignment sheet for the rest of the year. I created open ideas that instill good observational, creative, and compositional skills. Give each student the same printed page and they can chose what problem to tackle for their sketchbook for the week and stick the one they selected to the back of the page, or you can have them stick them to the prepared pages and they would be forced to move through the sketchbook in an unordered way. This gives the student options and allows them ownership in what they draw each week depending on their mood... but also keeps them focused on the skills they need to work on during the year. I have them staple the label page to the back of their sketchbook so that they do not lose it. I saw this idea and loved it and decided to adapt it to my art 2 and 3 classes and what kid does not like stickers?....even high school kids have a fascination. See list of ideas.

 

Here is a sample label file created by Gloria Rabinowitz

 

Suggestions from Ruth Wilson
• Draw a pile of shoes
• looking from an interior space to an exterior space (IE: a doorway)
• a figure drawn in an unusual perspective
• still life objects
• reflective objects
• self portraits with expression or mood
• pasting a piece of a magazine on paper and then drawing outward
• morphs
• painting or drawing in an artists style
• distorted reflections
• action
• anatomy
• shaded 3D forms showing strong contrast
• architectural drawing
• art history prints & Design elements
• draw on Mylar over an art history print with graphite to show the shapes, then another sheet of Mylar the directional lines, then the 3-5 local colors, and shading values

Suggestions from Donna Rodeghiero

Draw:
A grouping of seashells
A single flower with all its leaves, etc.
A cluttered place close-up
A pile of dishes sitting on the sink
Your favorite food with the wrapper included, and product showing
A close up set of 3-5 pieces of popped popcorn
A close up of the various pieces from a game, the board, box, etc.
A set of keys and a couple other items from your pocket or purse
Your shoes or sandals (off your feet)
Your sunglasses and what they reflect
Your digital camera with the last image showing
Your computer from an angle you do not usually view it, cords and all
A view out a window of your choice (with motion or still) showing inside and out
A shiny Christmas ornament and the view it reflects
A magnifying glass and what it is magnifying as well as the space around it that is unmagnified
A grouping of photographs of you, your family or friends in collage form
Your school books positioned in an interesting manner
A single object of choice drawn from several views with significantly different light sources in each view
Something you view from a prone position looking up at whatever it is
Your pet or favorite object from 3 distinctly different views

Suggestions from Patty Knott

I like to give words or phrases for idea spawning. I don't grade sketchbooks. I believe they are personal places of exploration for not only practice but journaling and questioning and sometimes, even doodling, but especially creative thinking. I just always hope they will discover mixed meanings, irony, metaphor, and symbolism.... just how to get ideas. This summer I am going through 5 years worth of art , fine crafts and photo magazines that I subscribe to, and I am listing word, phrases, titles, media and techniques that catch my eye. I like to have the kids make arbitrary picks from the list ( pull from a hat, a spin wheel, etc.) and take a day a week that they do the sketchbook exploration without the pressure of projects and grades.

Here are just a few of words and phrases I am currently compiling: (I always have them mind map and web all the possibilities for all the words)

Conflict of interests
More than meets the Eye (I)
Me, myself, and I (eye)
Warped
Nightmares/Other worlds
Habits
Food .. You are what you eat (still, after 36 years, my most
biggest art challenge was the RISD portfolio requirement - Draw your
family at breakfast. )
Lonely -- L (one) ly inspired by the e.e.cummings poem "1(a"
The seasons
The End
Pairs
I get around
Balance
Home is where...
All that glitters...
Pretty -- as a picture
Layer it on
So transparent
A touch of __________?
Messing around
Over the edge (this one led to a student doing his concentration on Robert DeNiro film roles)
The senses
Threads
It's my nature
Take cover
It's not easy being green
Color outside the lines
Hot and cold
Lemon Yellow
Black and White & red all over (so glad a student made red - read)
sunset
Metallics
Autumn
Forest floor.

A sketchbook should be a fun place, not a chore or another "have- to." If I judge and grade the sketchbook, then where do they go to make free ideas? If we all had i-pods and camera phones, I would include those too.

Suggestions from John Steiner

Where is Waldo? Students take one sketchbook page and fill it in with miniature drawings of everything that relates them and their lives… gum, braces, football jersey, soccer and footballs… etc and endless… the page must be filled, no blank space and all items are reduced to the same or nearly same size… could a 2D as well as drawing assignment... teachers complained that my students were drawing in their class!
They were fabulous!

Transformations
Draw a chess set set-up and partially played - do the same with other board games- use your favorite game from childhood.

Take a page from the notebook for another class and draw over the notes

Draw on white Mat board, cover with several layers of gloss medium, cover this with oil paint- release the drawn image, the paint and the medium.

Landscapes with and without man-made structures.

Draw buildings and man-made structures with character- bridges- the interior of old churches or old theaters.

Fill bottles with colored water and use in a still-life.

Fill plastic bags with objects and draw - draw bags of candy or marshmallows.

Play the Password Game.  Divide the class into groups of five or six. Use one painting each group comes up with five descriptive words from the same work of art. The students share their words with the class and everyone must then take all the words and write a piece of poetry. The poetry must use all the words, words that are repeated must be used as often as they are repeated. Students then illustrate their poetry.

Draw small architectural, mechanical things tiny may be very small drawings only 3 or 4 inches

Contour drawings of insects like a bug collection... (or dead flies off the window sill)

The skeleton of a small animal or bird really small or really big.

Tape a pencil or marker to a yardstick or long dowel; use this to draw on papers attached to a large wall.

Every night for I week draw the same object in a different media on neutral ground paper

Botanical drawings especially pine or spruce twigs w/pinecones.

Wash drawings from real life

Wash drawings taken from paintings, esp. of groups of people

Use a slinky or tubes to demonstrate circles and ellipses in perspective

Five views of the same object or objects.

Rather than just drawing hands, draw the same hand rotating and changing with each view...

Draw on objects or surfaces not usually used to draw on... these may be primed with tempera paint.

Stretch an old pair of jeans or flannel shirt. Prime with tempera if necessary, use this as a drawing surface for chunk charcoal or graphite sticks.

Stain plaster with tea, coffee or other natural materials... let "dirty" snow balls melt on drawing papers... draw or 2D over the dried color

Use a small picture frame, 8 x 10" (20 x 25.5 cm) or 10 x 14" (25.5 x 35.5 cm), stretch dampened paper by gluing the edges with Elmer's Glue; it will shrink and tighten when dried. Use this as a drawing or 2D design surface. The surface is "soft" and will not allow much pressure and for sure no erasing!

 

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