Summer Sketchbook Assignment incoming, 10th, 11th and 12th grade

DSA Visual Arts HS Summer Assignments, 2017

for students entering Grades 10 – 12   (5 sketches and 5 finished pieces)

5 detailed sketches in your sketchbook for future class projects, including notes, and evidence of research.

Select 5 prompts from this list for your assignments. All work must be a minimum of 12 x 16,” but we encourage you to work larger on some. You may only use the computer on two prompts and you must have it the piece printed on quality paper at 12 x 16”. Experiment with different media and techniques.  Feel free to e-mail or over the summer if you have questions or need to check on altering a prompt.  All work must have the prompt clearly written on the back. All work should be fully finished and not left on an empty background—consider the entire picture space. Create a strong composition and use the idea generators to develop strong ideas for each piece.
Seniors Only: Select one of the prompts and do a series of 5 related pieces based on that single prompt. Your five pieces should show a development or exploration of the theme from the first piece to the last.   If you have an alternative plan, you must have it approved before you leave for the summer.

  • Research the work of a 20th century artist.  Create a piece that pays homage to their style
  • Illustrate one of your bad habits
  • Create a preposterous pair of shoes and show someone wearing it in a situation in which they could be worn
  • incorporate astrology or the history of constellations into an art piece
  • Make a piece of art based on one of your classmates.
  • Study the media of paper cuts and create a piece that relates to your world.
  • Draw the ugliest baby you can imagine
  • “The thing leered at the sleeping figure on the couch”
  • “He clenched his eyes shut to ward off the searing heat and blinding light”
  • Game Show (3D possibility)
  • “Culture Clash”
  • Social or political activist statement
  • Pick a word and visually represent the meaning of it.
  • “At the supermarket”
  • Pick an organic object and abstract it into a full page design.
  • Draw an animal living in one of your electrical appliances.
  • Create a full page watercolor design.  do a pen and ink drawing on top of it.
  • “The birds flocked to her.”
  • Collect tickets from concerts, travel, or other performances.  Use them in a mixed media piece to express the nature or emotion of the performance, trip etc.