100 Sketchbook Ideas

Sunday, April 30, 2006

100 Sketchbook Ideas

Here is the full list of sketchbook ideas from the 2005 OAEA Convention. Please feel free to contact us with additional sketchbook ideas to add to the site. Or contact us with any other ideas for postings, lets share ideas!

Sarah Danner fh_sdanner@seovec.org
Cynthia Lowry lowryc@gilmour.org


1. Mark Kessler’s book “Draw Squad”
2. “Fix My Ride” I have the students draw a car before and after. The after car being a dream car w/colorful details and
unusual gadgets.
3. 10 ft squirrel ends up in your backyard. Draw what happens next.
4. Design a CD cover for your favorite band.
5. Make a magazine collage about you
6. Design a poster or pamphlet for an important social event.
7. A map to your house.
8. Combine organic and geometric shapes
9. Your eye using a mirror
10. An object placed on a student’s desk
11. A self-portrait with words
12. A still life of a favorite collection ex: sea shells, match box cars
13. Your house as it looks today, what it looked like in the past and what it might look like in the future
14. The view out your window
15. Your favorite toy (now or when you were younger)
16. The bottom of your closet
17. The Monsters under your bed!
18. Holiday theme
19. Artist/Movements
20. Still life
21. Creative drawing
22. Four puzzle pieces. In each piece draw one part of your face in detail (eye, ear, nose, lips, eyebrow). You may draw the
same part over again as long as it is at a different angle.
23. Your brain
24. A personal time capsule
25. A nightmare
26. A self-portrait
27. A room in your house
28. Your house or bedroom
29. Your personality in expressive line only
30. Doodles non-stop
31. What’s under your bed
32. Draw as you eat it: draw your snack, eat some, draw it again, repeat 2-3 times until your snack is gone
33. One-point perspective of their bedroom
34. Value study of their hand (no middle finger poses)
35. Design an ad for a movie
36. Someone in the family (can be a pet)
37. You; doing an activity you like to do
38. A “junk” drawer or closet
39. Value drawing-set up your own still life of all white objects
40. Room with a view-interior view of home, bedroom, etc. looking out of a window to a dream view.
41. Invent a creature that is part human and part animal, give it a name and draw it in its habitat
42. Something in your pocket or bookbag-draw it from all/multiple angles
43. A corner of the room
44. Light bulbs
45. Outside the window
46. A houseplant with an abstract background
47. Silverware messed/overlapping still-life
48. A piece of fancy jewelry
49. Figure drawing of a person in action
50. Figure drawing of a person sitting; legs crossed; reading; playing a musical instrument
51. ABC scavenger hunt…students have to sketch a still life item that begins with each letter of the alphabet
(26 sketches, 13 must have value and shading…18 wks to finish)
52. Create a new alphabet
53. Your family tree
54. Illuminated letter(s)
55. Graffiti letters
56. One word (combine word and meaning to create style)
57. Line doodles
58. Destruction and repair
59. Collages (Landscapes)
60. Likes and dislikes collage
61. Animal most symbolic to you
62. Spotlight (colored pencil) O area in a pencil still life
63. Playing card of self instead of a King or Queen
64. Birds Eye View of subject
65. Pair with another person, make a funny face and draw
66. (3) sketches: candy bar (whole and wrapped), opened and half eaten, remaining wrapper
67. “Hybrid animal” ex. Horse/tiger
68. Shoe/clothing design
69. Memory from childhood
70. Scene from a dream you had
71. Re-design the packaging for your favorite food
72. Original Halloween mask
73. Open a drawer and draw what you see
74. Collage on a page: anything having to do with a color of your choice. Use magazine clippings, swatches of fabric, paint,
found object like candy wrappers, tickets, etc.
75. Light/Dark-the moon at night
76. A hero
77. Create a pattern
78. A corner in the room
79. Shoes
80. Small creature outside
81. Wrapped candy
82. Zoom in on an object
83. Fill a border or page with doodle
84. Write or pick a poem and write it in the form/shape of an animal (without the outline), could be calligraphy
85. Students clip their completed exercises, then into miniatures (thumbnails as practice for larger project)
86. Enlarge/abstract a common object (chess piece, paper clip, etc.)
87. A room from various perspectives and then add them all together
88. Dump your laundry in a pile on the floor…now draw
89. View as an ant or a bird
90. An alien spaceship landed in your back yard…draw the ship and the alien
91. Your hand holding anything
92. Design a shoe
93. What will you look like at age 60
94. A new species of animal has been discovered…draw the animal
95. (3) objects with wheels
96. Your favorite food as a monster
97. (3) objects that represent happy memories
98. A car made out of your favorite food
99. Your pet as a human
100. Yourself as a pet
101. The change in your pocket
102. Your cell phone in your hand
103. The view outside your bedroom window
104 Your dream car
105. Create a tessellation
106. Your favorite and least favorite veggies arranged on a plate
107. Create a greeting card and the poem for the insert
108. Your favorite tree
109. The laundry pile in the corner of your room
110. First 7 minutes of class are silent…students are given their folders and they take out their handmade sketchbook and
work on the posted assignment. Not all assignments are drawing, some are reflective quick writes or responses to art
ex: objects that roll concentrating on overlapping, quick write of the posted picture
111. Art Attacks: students fold an 8 1/2”x11” piece of paper 3 times in half making 8 rectangles and sketch a “doodle
everyday they’re in art class. This counts for participation and counts for 8 points in my grade book. It also tells me
student attendance in class. Reference: Accord Publishing Calendar: “Doodle a Day”, Mark Kistler’s “Draw Squad”
112. I use art folders for my 4-6 graders. I collect simple drawings, art wordfinds, and anything that they can do on their
own. I have a box of paper for the art folders. When they are done with the class project, they get out their art folder
(which never leaves the room) and work. I keep the folders in labeled boxes.
113. My middle school students build masks using corrugated cardboard, found objects, and paper maché Before we
construct, each student must sketch 4 ideas for masks. They focus on shape and pattern. We look at and discuss actual
mask repros and mask making aesthetics.
114. This is a variation of your question-my 8th graders print fabric and make their own bound (stabbing) sketchbook.
It has assignment sheets in the front, drawing paper pages and an oaktag envelope pocket in the back.
115. Sketchbook purpose: Authentic Assessment (instead of quarterly bubble test).
Notes/Visual Imaging-Creative problem solving Vocabulary (Web Maps…experimenting and planning with the elements
and principles)…art history and artist research Student’s Free Drawing…sketches of whatever that are later shared, if
desired, with the class.