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1.    Draw the inside of your closet

2.    Draw the contents of your desk drawer

3.    Just before your room is cleaned, draw it

4.    Draw the contents of your refrigerator

5.    Draw the contents of your medicine chest

6.    Draw the contents of your garage

7.    Draw your dad’s work table after he’s worked on a project

8.    Before the dishes are washed, draw them

9.    Draw a pile of laundry waiting to get washed

10.    If you have an octopus for a furnace, draw it

11.    Draw a pile of bicycles on the sidewalk

12.    Draw the guests at your parents dinner party

13.    Draw yourself in a mirror

14.    Draw your brother/sister practicing his/her instrument

15.    Draw your friend shooting hoops in the driveway

16.    Draw yourself painting your toenails (if you do)

17.    Draw your hand in multiple positions

18.    Draw your hand holding a variety of objects

19.    Draw your hand against other parts of anatomy (chin, knee, etc.)

20.    Draw your bird, cat, dog, fish, snake, leopard, lobster doing something strange

21.    Draw what is in the rear-view mirror of your car

22.    Draw a dead bird in a beautiful landscape

23.    Draw a flower growing next to a turned over garbage can

24.    Draw raw chicken parts; cooked parts; after eaten parts

25.    Draw a piece of cake and make it look delicious

26.    Draw 2 eggs in the shell, fried, over easy

27.    Draw one popcorn kernel, draw a bag of popcorn

28.    Draw a raw steak, steak bones

29.    Draw moving water, still water

30.    Draw a wet object, make it look wet

31.    Draw an object when looking through a tube (microscope)

32.    Draw an object seen through glass (how does the glass make a difference)

33.    Draw something floating

34.    Draw a dark object in a light environment

35.    Draw a dark object in a dark environment

36.    Draw the contents of a light room when sitting in a dark room

37.    Climb a ladder, draw what is below

38.    Climb a mountain (hill), draw what is below

39.    Lie on the floor, draw what is eye level

40.    Dig a hole, put a whole in the hole, draw what is in the hole

41.    Fill in the hole, cover up the whole, draw the covered hole

42.    Find a quiet place in a crowd, draw the crowd

43.    Find a quiet place, draw the quiet

44.    Find a noisy place, draw noise

45.    On the school bus, draw your friends on the way to school, draw your friends on the way home.  Is there a difference?

46.    Shine a light through an open weave structure, draw the cast shadow

47.    Draw an object that is lit by the light coming through mini blinds

48.    Draw a portrait that is lit by the light coming through mini blinds

49.    Draw an object that is lit by a candle

50.    Draw a figure that is lit by a candle

51.    Draw your sister/brother by the light cast by the TV or computer screen

52.    Draw your father/mother by the light cast from the TV or computer screen

53.    Draw an apple, pear, banana

54.    Draw an apple, banana, and a wrench

55.    Draw a scoop of ice cream and an old shoe

56.    Draw an apple, a vacation photo, a hammer and a gold fish

57.    Tighten a C clamp on a banana, draw it

58.    Draw an apple, pear, and a banana that is tightly wrapped in aluminum foil, plastic wrap

59.    Draw an apple, pear, and a banana that is tightly wrapped in string

60.    Copy the Mona Lisa

61.    Rearrange the Mona Lisa to suit yourself

62.    Rearrange the Mona Lisa to suit your art teacher

63.    Put Mona Lisa in a contemporary setting

64.    Copy any work of art older than you

65.    Remake the above work of art in your way

66.    Make a drawing that says something about the environment

67.    Make a drawing that says something about the world situation

68.    Make a drawing that is pure propaganda about any issue you feel strongly about

69.    Make a drawing that is totally truthful

70.    Make a drawing that lies all over the place

71.    Make a drawing that is completely impossible

72.    Draw a portrait inside out

73.    Draw an apple, pear, banana inside out

74.    Look out your bedroom window, draw what you see

75.    Look out your bedroom window, draw what you would like to see

76.    Draw an apple, pear, banana that is wrapped in an apple, pear, banana

77.    Draw a form fitting case made of steel that would fit an apple, pear, banana

78.    Draw two squares of a sidewalk and make it look interesting

79.    Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of grass

80.    Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of hair

81.    Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of a feather

82.    Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of a dollar bill

83.    Make a drawing of grass, hair, feathers and a dollar bill

84.    Draw an insect under a magnifying glass

85.    Rearrange, redesign the insect

86.    Change the size relationship (scale) of the insect and something else (i.e. building, ships, cars)

87.    Draw a portrait of your best friend as an insect

88.    Draw a self portrait of you as a beautiful insect

89.    Draw a family insect portrait

90.    Copy Copley’s Watson and Shark

91.    Change the figures depicted in the Copley painting to people you know

92.    Rearrange Copley’s painting Watson and the Shark to work on dry land

93.    Crumple a magazine ad, draw it

94.    Crumple a photograph, draw it

95.    Crumple a drawing, redraw it crumpled

96.    Cut out a photo into small pieces, rearrange the photo in some other order, draw it

97.    Make a drawing that looks sticky

98.    Make a drawing that oozes

99.    Make a drawing of a mechanical structure or machine

100.    Make a drawing of a machine that oozes

101.    Make a drawing of a machine so that the parts are sticky

102.    Make a drawing of a fine mechanical instrument (camera) under water (use your imagination)

103.    Draw the Brooklyn Bridge

104.    Draw the Brooklyn Bridge over a small body of water i.e. bathtub

105.    Draw a form fitted case made of wood and lined with velvet for an apple, pear, and a banana

106.    Draw a chair

107.    Draw the concept of the uses of a chair (sitting) without the chair

108.    Draw a bed

109.    Draw the concept of the uses of a bed without a bed without the bed

110.    Make a drawing that illustrates the phrase “I have come to a juncture in my life”

111.    Make a drawing that illustrates the phrase “There is an insufficiency of intellect”

112.    Make a careful drawing that illustrates the word “Haste”

113.    Draw the imaginary skeleton of an apple, pear, and banana

114.    Draw a monument for a bagel

115.    Draw a photograph of an apple, pear, and banana at an angle tilted away from you

116.    Draw a portrait of you and your friends as cards; the queen, king, and jack of spades

117.    Draw a slice of the best pizza you have ever seen

118.    Make a drawing of all your drawing materials

119.    Make a detailed drawing of a rock

120.    Make a drawing at McDonalds

121.    Draw the reflection from light bouncing off a motorcycle

122.    Draw your portrait from the reflection of a shiny chrome object i.e. toaster, bowl, spoon

123.    Draw the reflection from a body of water

124.    Draw the reflection from a store window

125.    Draw the reflection of reflection

126.    Reflect on your drawing of reflection, draw your retrospection

127.    Draw an aerial view of your back yard

128.    Draw a transparent object

129.    Draw a translucent object

130.    Draw a translucent object that is inside a transparent object

131.    Draw a translucent apple, pear, and banana

132.    Draw a building in which you would like to live

133.    Make a drawing using a map of the USA as a motif

134.    Make a portrait of yourself as you see yourself in twenty years

135.    Make a pastoral drawing

136.    Draw life in the city

137.    Draw a mysterious doorway or staircase

138.    Drape a mysterious object in cloth, draw it

139.    Draw a moving object

140.    Draw an empty room, make it interesting

141.    Draw a woman wearing a big hat

142.    Draw a masked man (not a super hero)

143.    Draw a sleeping person

144.    Draw a flower, make it appear dangerous

145.    Draw a person looking out a window

146.    Draw a person looking in a window

147.    Draw a person reading a letter

148.    Draw an apple, pear, and banana in outer space

149.    Draw a detailed drawing of a nut and bolt


Drawing quotes


"The essence of drawing is the line exploring space." ~ Andy Goldsworthy.



More Ideas






Drawing Idea List

Please read through this list before distributing to your students. Not all ideas will be suitable for your students!

1.  Draw a vase and a beautiful arrangement of flowers

2.  Draw a picture of the inside of your stomach and the food in it after a big meal

3.  Draw your idea of Paradise

4.  Draw a picture of someone you would like to kiss (your boyfriend/girlfriend, a baby, your cat, etc.)

5.  If animals could draw, what would their artwork look like? Draw their artwork.

6.  Why are people afraid to visit cemeteries at night? Draw it.

7.  Draw a necktie and design an interesting pattern on it.

8.  Draw a medal for yourself. It must be designed for the thing you do best.

9.  Draw a city on another planet.

10. You are a toy designer; draw your new toy.

11. Draw a logo for a t.v. show.

12. Draw a picture of yourself the way you will look 20 years from now.

13. Draw a picture of the perfect garden for your house.

14. Draw a scene from your early childhood.

15. Draw a parade.


17. Draw a picture of where you would like to fly to.

18. Draw a poster to advertise your favorite movie.

19. Draw a construction site.

20. Draw your view from an airplane window.

21. Draw a scene on another planet and include another kind of being.

22. Draw a picture of an ideal wedding ceremony.

23. Draw a picture of someone you would like to visit.

24. Draw what you think a garden would look like from the view of an insect.

25. Draw a sandcastle.

26. Draw a house built underground.

27. Draw what a spaceship commander would see on his video screen.

28. Draw a view under a magnifying glass (include the magnifying glass).

29. Draw the boat you would like to travel in around the world.

30. Draw a scientist's top secret project.

31. Draw a new piece of sculpture for the museum's sculpture garden.

32. Draw a picture of yourself if you grew flowers instead of hair.

33. An imaginative architect has changed the look of the skyline with an innovative new building; draw the building.

34. Draw a modern house which would still look good in a neighborhood with older houses.

35. Draw an idea that came into your head by thinking of food.

36. Draw an idea that came into your head through your ears.

37. Draw an idea that came into your head through your fingers.

38. Draw an idea that came into your head through your feet.

39. Take any one of the ideas you have already drawn and revise it - - redesign it.

40. Write a large number in the middle of a page. Turn it into a person/animal.

41. Make a design using your address.

42. Combine a plant and an animal to create a new life form.

43. Add a machine to a shape (square, circle, etc.) to create a new invention.

44. Draw a picture. Cut your pictures into squares. Paste the squares into a new design.

45. Draw a picture. Fold your picture into a fan. Cut little shapes out of the fan (like cutting snowflakes). Open the picture up and glue onto a second sheet.

46. Illustrate a famous saying/quotation.

47. Draw yourself in a mood.

48. Draw things that make noise and illustrate the sound.

49. Draw things that float.

50. Draw things with a flavor.

51. Draw your greatest fear.

52. Draw things that close.

53. Illustrate "the way things were".

54. Draw the world from the point of view of a frog/toad.

55. Draw your own game board.

56. Draw a "how to" poster.

57. Draw yourself with wings.

58. Draw things that come from eggs.

59. Draw a comic strip with your own characters.

60. Draw your dream room.

61. Design an advertisement for yourself.

62. Design a new license plate for Kansas.

63. Illustrate words such as up, upside down, apart, crazy, sane...

64. Design new methods of transportation.

65. Design an ad for your favorite music.

66. Design a new map.

67. Create an imaginary alphabet.


69. Design a costume for 2090.

70. Draw old-fashioned puppets.

71. Illustrate: If you were the tallest person in the world.

72. Draw a view of the jungle.

73. Draw a lost dog.

74. Draw the trail of an imaginary insect.

75. Draw how you would be if you were the last person on earth.

76. Design a new CD cover.

77. Draw yourself dressed in clothing from the 1970's.

78. Draw your best friend.

79. Draw your birthday wish list.

80. Draw an illuminated letter for your best friend.

81. Draw yourself in the style of your favorite artist.

82. Draw your "dream car".

83. Draw a "fantasy" house.

84. Draw a bubble.

85. Draw a leaf.

86. Draw the sky.

87. Draw a mirror and all it reflects.

88. Draw your favorite animal with a human face.

89. Draw yourself as a robot.

90. Draw your favorite song.

91. Draw your favorite photgraph.

92. Draw your favorite person (from life).

This original list was obtained during my college years at Wichita State University. I don't know the original author so I am unable to give credit. Some changes have been made throughout the years as I edit and change them for my own classroom usage.

Ideas 84-92 were contributed from Shona Robertson. Thanks Shona! More sketchbook ideas can be found at  The Incredible Art Department . These were compiled from ArtsEdNet mailing list.

Write us and add your favorite drawing ideas to the list




Sketchbook Ideas for 

High School - Middle School

Compiled from TeacherArtExchange mailing list

Sketchbooks Assignments from

Christine Sumner Lyman

Sketchbook Assignments - Amanda Linn

Advanced Placement Assignments





Curriculum  9th  10th   11th  12th wam


Sketchbooks don't have to be perfect

Good Progression of skill Sketchbook

Scribble Books/ Sketchbooks


    Due THE WEEK BEFORE GRADES * * * * * *                         https://www.google.com/search?q=things%20to%20draw&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&source=hp&channel=np&safe=active


IN CLASS THEN SAME FOR HW..  O'BOOKS nOtes and Observations


Scribble books and sketchbooks should be worked on for a minimum of 30 minutes a week. That means not less than 30 minutes (NOT 29-28-27-26 minutes or less) Can be hours. The more you practice with a focus the better you will get. It is highly encouraged that you do more. You can do the 30 minutes all in one sitting or break it up. Two days- 15 minutes a day. Three days- 10 minutes a day. or  5 minutes a day for 6 days.


  • 20pts a week for your sketchbooks.
  • You may use scratch paper (but keep it organized and together. **** It is BEST toStart with a lined spiral note book
  • Make sure to keep all of your scribble book work and sketchbooks as Part of your FINAL GRADE.
  • Draw for 30 minutes a week minimum.
  • Dates and drawings subject to change
  • If  you can NOT remember the assignment   DRAW ANYTHING  - for a 1/2 hour (follow the 2/3 rule)_
  • 2/3  RULE-  Drawings should be two thirds (20 minutes) from observation. Looking at what you draw and the rest One third (10 minutes) creative drawing. 
  • DO NOT DRAW  in class the day it is due. (if you do draw in class make sure you are done with all of your work! or you are waiting for a computer)
  • SAVE ALL OF YOUR DRAWINGS FOR YOUR FINAL GRADE- (All drawings done during the semester will be checked the week before school finals and awarded a bonus for consistency persistence.



Scribble book   table of contents


1st week             Due February 7, 2008

Just scribble do the required time of 30 minutes and make marks. Focus on variety Thick- thin, Straight lines - curves and sharp edges and corners.


2nd week          Due February 21, 2008

ratios AND shapes




Gesture drawings objects and sillouettes. (NO DETAILS) SEE THE WHOLE


3rd week            Due February 28, 2008

Gesture drawings of Hands in many different positions


4th week           Due March 6, 2008

Gesture drawings People


5th week Due March 13, 2008


Cubes in space. draw cubes from different angles. Look at objects to get ideas. A table, computer anything "CUBE" a box etc.



6th week         Due March 27, 2008   1 Hour minimum of drawing SPRING BREAK Gesture drawing people and things



7th week      

cylindars in space pyramids in space  (CLICK HERE)



8th week

Cones in space


9th week

gesture drawings (CLICK HERE AND READ!!!) then (CLICK HERE) (or HERE)(or HERE)(ESPECIALLY HERE)(or HERE)(or HERE)(or HERE)


10th week

Gesture Letters Understand gesture drawing from above then design letters using gesture drawing. Work on consistency and continuity- do a whole alphabet.


11th week and beyond

Keep practicing . You can draw what Mr. Chavez tells you so you can improve (and earn a bigger bonus). Keep at it until he says "yes that's it" or you can draw what ever you like yes what ever. Try to keep it at 20-80.








 To make observations and take notes.


Scribble class assignments.


Sketchbook class

sketchbook class



From Marcia Thompson (archives 9/2/97)
I used the single idea book with my 8th grade students as well last spring.  We called ours a theme book. My students made their own hard bound books, chose a theme and made each page a beautiful work of art based on the theme.
They were beautiful! I plan to use the same idea in place of a sketchbook second semester. By the way, one girl made 4 theme books during the semester and another one made a book about movie stars with fold outs and pop outs and a hand made box to fit the whole thing in that was about 14X18".  Whoever donated this idea originally -- thanks!
From Barbara (Artgotch)
I use a sketchbook to: 
• rough out project ideas
 • versatile list of topics from: Art Journal Topics, by Terri Tarr-Schweitzer. Published by McDonald Publishing Co. , 1997. Found  in the art resources section of an art supply catalog.
From Linda Kelty

Creative thinking:
the wind, sadness, happiness (other emotions represented with symbols, colors, etc.
Collections of objects: toys, books (opened, closed, stacked), kitchen utensils, art materials, contrasting texture items, knick-knack collections, crumpled paper bags, still lifes of fruit or vegetables, clothing hung from hooks or chair backs, assorted balls, a collection of cans from the pantry or shampoo bottles from the shower. Stacks of shoes.  Old hats.  Spools of thread.
Fantasy art: mythological interpretations, invented creatures from actual live creatures, fables and fairy tales.
Story illustrations: for stories they've read or written.  to redo those they don't like, or to emulate or reinterpret those they do like.
Portraiture.  Figures.  Animals.  Transportation forms.  Functional object design, such as the bookbag or windsuit they'd like to have.  "Lautrec of the 90's" poster designs for an event they are involved in.  Formulate an idea and work it out on paper for a new...

From Mary B

I use them for notes, journaling and sketching; also for a short test at the end of our 6 week ( 27day) period; honors art class has weekly sketch assignments.
I have gotten ideas for sketches from the archives. I refine my sketch list each year to keep it interesting. Some ideas:
        - bookmarks for the school library
        - junk food with wrapper
        - part of a vehicle
        - instead of a hand... your foot ( no socks or shoe)
        - something not pretty (one of the 8th grades favoritess)
        - an interior of something (once a student did the inside of a 
           jar of peanut butter)
        - inside of closet
        - 3 unlikely objects together
        - your Mother's or Father's choice
        - part of any object ( mystery draw)
         - a scene that depicts peace

From Sharon Hodges

I have used sketchbooks for many years, usually  with grades 7-12.
Here are a few of my favorites:

   * Illustrate your favorite poem
   * Draw the contents of a trash can
   * Drawing of a house plant (real or artificial)
   * Draw an object with a surface texture.
   * Draw tools used in certain professions
   * Draw a tennis shoe
   * draw a grouping of leaves
   * Draw something you might find in a department store display
   * Draw a large jar and fill it up with something (candy, toys, 
      rock, etc)
   * Design a school desk
   * Draw your favorite snack food
   * Draw an object melting
   * Draw a bowl  of fruit, shade it.
   * Draw hands holding something
   * Draw a mechanical object
   * word picture: select a word that bring to mind a mental  picture,
    *Draw the word as the shape of the object. such as the word
      apple in the shape of an apple, or apples spelling out the word.
   * Draw popcorn
   * Keyhole: what would you see through a key hole

From R.E. William Loring

In my school, every student in an art class has a sketchbook.  In beginning classes the assignments echo the concepts the students are learning...practicing contour, using different types of line, etc. They have a weekly assignment, as well as keeping track of some in class technical stuff and the writes we do....the studio or advanced kids keep the sketchbooks as process journals...all their class notes, thumbnails, pre assignment work, personal sketching etc goes in them.  The sketchbooks go from art class to art class...they purchase them.  Once in awhile I will find a big sale and resell my incredible bargains to them.  There is paper and tag board or old recycled folders for kids who do not want to pop for the sketchbooks.  The end product is 25% of their grade.  We expect a couple hours of work a week in them. At the end of the semester there are never leftovers in class the kids have a lot of pride in the visible progress they have made.

From Alix Peshette (archives 2/19/98)

7th grade was to issue sketchbook packets. These were four to eight pages, photocopied, folded and stapled into a mini-sketch book. Each page had a theme or 'mini-drawing lesson.' 
There was also an area to score each page and a cover page that listed the title of the sketchbook (perspective, cartooning, portraits, etc.) the student's name, total grade, etc. The advantage of these was that the assignment length was short (two weeks) and because we moved on into new themes, the interest level was high. If a kid blew off an entire sketchbook packet, his grade didn't sink him in the class.

From Janealla

I do this type of drawing with high school students, but use a student model.  The students draw with crayons, each person using a different color.  We form a circle around the model and draw until a timer indicates to stop. 
I then instruct them to leave their work and move three chairs to the right.  We draw for another 4-5 minutes, correcting if need be, and continuing the drawing.  I have them move a second time and complete the drawing two spaces to their right.
Each person signs the work, so you can tell by the color who did what.  We critique these, and return each drawing to the person who started it.  It is an excellent drawing method that was given to me in a workshop several years ago.

From Charlotte Griswold

Just had a great sketchbook experience at the Whitney...about six of us circled a sculpture, did a quick sketch of the object, and then on a signal, laid our sketchbooks on the floor, and moved to the left, to another person's book!  It was rather terrifying, esp. for the totally non-artists in the group.  One woman wanted out...said it was too stressful...another objected to the fact that we could erase and add, and finally, no one left, and we all emerged from the experience with a greater understanding of point of view, and an appreciation of each other's experience...plus, we all have really interesting pencil sketches of a great sculpture by David Smith, c. 1950. This is a great exercise for students, even if you don't have access to a museum (which I don't) but I will prepare a sculpture for them, a la the Styrofoam & dowel hanging sculpture that I got off this list (from SanD, I think, but maybe Alix).

From Richard, 4th semester MFA
It wasn't until I got into grad school that I realized that sketchbooks are for more than just making drawings.  They are a journal or diary of my thought processes that I can refer back to for more ideas later.   I use to just draw in sketchbooks.   I now:  draw, paint, write, collage, attach
Xerox copies of articles from art magazines or any magazines, and paste up pictures or scraps of paper or whatever I find interesting.   (Picasso did all five too.)   For the painting I put down a border with drafting tape which can be pulled off later.

Sketch book Choices and Ideas  
Studio In Art
Mrs. Sumner-Lyman


You need to do at least one sketch per week in your sketch book. This should take between 45- and 60 minutes to do because the purpose of a sketch book is to make you look harder at things, use your imagination, and explore ideas and techniques that interest, challenge, and stimulate you. You will find that practice does indeed pay off and your confidence in your abilities will increase proportionally to the amount of effort and care you put into your work. Full shading is expected, as are details. Use of colored pencils or other materials like pen and ink or your own favorites are fine ! This is your place to experiment and grow ! Remember- you're only limited by your own imagination




Draw a portrait using light and shadow- place the light from different angles than "normal" -under the chin, behind the head, in front of the face.


Study your feet and shoes. Draw them in different positions and from different angles and views.


Draw studies of your hands. Try a variety of positions or overlapping them.


Draw a figure in an environment from your observation- in motion, and standing still.


Draw in imaginary place- remember to show rich details.


Do a self portrait. This can be full body view or face only. Accuracy !! Gesture drawings of people, things, or animals in motion.


Contour line drawings of figures or objects.


Draw several studies of your eyes, nose, and mouth in a variety of positions and


Focus on drapery and pattern: a shirt over a chair, a sheet around a banister, etc.


Draw everything you can see from where you are positioned: this can be from imagination, like if you were in a hot air balloon, ant sized, etc.


Draw a man made object.


Draw a metallic object and everything you see in it.


Draw or design any kind of vehicle.


Draw an object of interest from 3 different views.


Draw using 2 point perspective.


Draw the inside of a mechanical object.


Filling the page with them, overlap two dimensional forms and pick a direction for the light to hit them from. Shade accordingly.


Draw your reflection in any shiny surfaced object.


Draw a landscape from observation. Remember to show foreground, middle ground, and background.


Draw your home and what's around it.


Draw family members with things that they cherish.


Draw the interior of your room and what's in it- from wherever you're sitting: on floor, up on bed, from ceiling looking down.


Study the forms, shapes, lines and textures and colors of trees.


Draw animals from life ( if you can't see them live, copy them from a reference


Draw a plant with as much detail as possible using line contour and line variation.


Arrange a still life and draw it with shading.


Draw bottles and cans- have the cans crunched up for lots of detail and contrast to the bottles' smoothness.


Draw dishes in a drainer, with shading.


Create a fantasy building and landscape.


Create a series of positive and negative space designs.


Draw a piece of furniture and use color to show the textures and shadows.


Draw a still life with one to three pieces of patterned cloth in it. Show color and patterns.


Focus on textures in a drawing.




Using color (no black) and light (white) create a Impressionist style landscape drawing- remembering to optically mix colors by placing compliments next to each other.


Transform an object from a realistic view to a Cubist representation (using several different view points within the same frame) in a progression of 4 steps.


Draw yourself using a strong light on one side or angle of your face, focusing on the shapes of the shadows of your facial features- excellent shading practice.


Try several studies of DRAPERY- a towel, shirt, or blanket draped around or on another object to create lots of wrinkles; focusing on shapes of folds and creases and the shadows that are created by them.


Advanced drapery- try the same exercise with a patterned cloth in color.


Take out a library book on any artist of your choosing and duplicate their art work. ­Please make a Xerox copy of it for my reference.


Create a series of drawings of people in motion- playing sports; doing housework; etc. Try to overlap several views of the action as it progresses- use light sketchy lines; it will help.


Design a tattoo for someone particular- a celebrity; teacher; etc.


Draw from imagination with s much rich detail as possible- if you were awakened by a crash in the middle of the night; what would it be from ??


Draw yourself 50 years from now; including your surroundings, possessions, etc.


Illustrate a favorite story of yours told by a grandparent; uncle, or other relative.


Design a CD cover for a musical group ( no gangster rap, peace signs; pot leaves, or conventional, unoriginal or violent imagery will be accepted !!)


Draw your greatest fear; your biggest hope; or your dream for your future.


Draw a series of animals in motion.


More Sketchbook/Drawing Ideas - list from Michal Austin

150 Sketchbook Ideas from Niskayuna Central School. Read through and select ideas appropriate for your students.














































































































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Sketch Definition





How to

Designer Starter Kit   Design Sketchbook Website






How to Train to Become a Successful Working Artist Importance of a Portfolio


The Sketchbook Series - Karl Kopinski  DL on Alien Also talks about materials/ frustration Striving and always improving and learning


Nature Sketching


The Sketchbook Series -


Watch 1st - Explains HOW Scott Eaton



Karla Ortiz

Ian McCaig Talks about Materials- Pencils 

The Sketchbook Series - Iain McCaig

The Sketchbook Series - Nadezda





The Sketchbook Series -

Carlos Grangel Materials- Back of Cereal boxes- Colored pencils !!!! 

Crash McCreery!!!!

The Sketchbook Series - Moby Francke Talks about SHAPEs and Starting LIGHT




Bobby Chiu Unattached to drawing- Sentimental Attachment to drawings- My Precious-




  Jeff Watts 

Sketchbook Practice


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