Students may choose to not follow the sketchbook prompts, if they have other ideas that they would rather use. Sketchbook prompts are provided for when students are stuck for ideas. Whether or not the sketchbook prompts are followed or not, ALL SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE ORIGINAL. This means that students should not copy a work of art or photograph done by someone else. All imagery in the sketchbook assignment should be original and creative.
The purpose of sketchbook assignments is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and mastery of skills, concepts and techniques learned in art, as well as developing their own way of expressing creative thoughts. Sketchbook assignments offer guided practice to show proficiency in drawing, shading, compositional skills, as well as the understanding and application of the elements of art and the principles of design.
Sketchbook assignments also align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Essentials, as well as New Essentials (2012-2013):
6.V.2.1 Generate solutions to artistic problems
6.V.2.2 Use obervation skills of the immediate environment to create original imagery
6.V.3.2 Create art using a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, including digital
6.V.3.3 Create art in different media using various techniques and processes
6.CR.1.1 Generate responses to art using personal preferences, prior knowledge, and relationship to self
7.V.2.1 Evaluate solutions to artistic problems
7.V.2.2 Use observation skills of the environment and personal experiences to create original imagery
7.V.2.3 Create original art emphasizing selected elements and principles to express ideas or feelings
7.CR.1.1 Generate responses to art using both personal and formal criteria
7.CR.1.2 Implement formative and summative evaluations of personal art
8.V.1.2 Apply the elements of art and principles of design in the planning and creation of personal art
8.V.2.1 Create art that uses the best solutions to identified problems
8.V.2.2 Apply observation skills and personal experiences to create original art
8.V.2.3 Create original art that conveys one or more ideas or feelings
8.V.3.2 Use a variety of media to create art
As a result of completing each sketchbook assignment, students will:
~Elaborate on skills, concepts, or processes used in class
~Have the opportunity to investigate themes, ideas, or countries of interest to them
~Develop a personal style and use the opportunity for personal artistic expression
~Become better problem- solvers, by coming up with a creative way to "solve" each sketchbook prompt
Sketchbook assignments will almost always be due the last day of the week, either on Thursday or Friday.
Unless otherwise noted, the choice of artistic medium is up to the student, as long as the overall work of art is complete and displays the student's best work. It is expected that, in order for students to continually develop artistically, students will spend an average of 5-10 minutes each day (that they have art) on the sketchbook assignment. From time to time, students will have time in class to work on sketchbook assignments.