Middle School Summer Sketchbook Assignment 2018 (for students entering 6th grade through 9th grade)
* those entering DSA as new students are encouraged to complete the majority of summer sketchbook assignments. If you have a question about your assignment, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org over the summer
15 total pages no smaller than 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
This completed assignment is due on the FIRST day of school with your stocked Toolbox, class sketchbook and portfolio. Use a separate sketchbook from your class book as it will take us several weeks to grade all the work. If separate pages, be sure to clip them together or put them in a folder.
FIVE observational drawings: These must be from life, not photos or the internet. Show attention to the entire page and background with no floating objects. Draw large. Demonstrate skills in shading, a light source, and shadows. Must be a full rendering in any media except digital. You can pull from the prompts below for your observational pieces.
TEN pages selected from the list below.
Each page MUST be labeled on the back with the prompt and your name. Create finished works that are well thought out and use the entire page. Use the idea generators and research to develop your ideas before beginning a piece. 3D pieces should be finished and well crafted. Explore and experiment with each prompt using different mediums. Spend at least one hour on each. You may use a computer on only three of these assignments; all others should be completed with a different media (not digital). If you choose digital media, you must print out the image on a quality printer to include with your assignment.
Select 10 from the following 20 prompts:
- Calder mobile
- Create a puppet that can move
- Design a piece of furniture using unique materials in 2D or 3D
- Create a perspective drawing with string
- Draw a mess in detail
- Sketch a piece of fruit for 5 days as it rots
- Crush it and draw it!
- Set up and draw a still life using objects that tell a story or have meanings behind them
- Draw the oldest thing you own
- Draw a crowd
- Create your own ORIGINAL super hero, villain or character in an interesting pose
- Create an expressive collage
- Draw a close up view of an object as if viewed through a magnifying glass.
- Create a sewn piece (2D or 3D)
- Research a time period and use the artistic styles and events from that time period to create a piece of art
- Draw your household appliances being used for something else
- Take a phrase from a favorite song and illustrate it. Write the lyric and artist on the back of your page
- Create your own story and illustrate it
- Expressive self-portrait from a unique angle
- Abstract a flower or plant and paint it