The Sketchbook:  Questions and Answers

Q: But I'm taking a sculpture class, why do I have to draw?

 

A:  Sketchbooks are an important part of the creative process, a place where students can express creative thinking, experiment with ideas and materials, keep a record of how an artistic project began, was developed, and was created.

 

Q:  But I still can't draw!

 

A:  The sculpture sketchbook is not about your ability to draw, only your ability to think more deeply about what you do.  think of it as a journal of artistic "practice".  You do NOT have to draw.  You can create in other ways - collage, assemblage, stitch - to name a few.

 

Q:  I'm afraid to show what I did - I feel like it will never be good enough.

 

A:  Your work in the sketchbook is personal, meant for you to feel safe about trying things you are not sure will work.  I will, on occasion, ask if I can show something you've created so others can see your great, new, interesting direction.

 

Q:  You keep talking about this thing called DECONSTRUCTION.  What is it and why is it so important to you?

 

A:  Deconstruction is what I refer to as "altering the surface of the paper".  Often I find students (and adults!) have a difficult time starting an assignment when they're staring at a blank white paper.  Doing something to alter the surface BEFORE you start can often generate ideas.

The Assignments:

Art 1 Sketchbook Prompts:
1.  Old shoes
2.  Glass of water
3.  Unfolded laundry
4.  View out a window
5.  2 old drawings torn apart and made new
6.  Insects
7.  Study of seashells
8.  Symmetry
9.  Cut a piece of a postcard/magazine.    
     Recreate the rest of the scene.
10.  Only black things
11.  Only white things
12.  3 views of one object
13.  Drapery that isn’t fabric
14.  Found pattern
15.  All that is shiny
16.  Hands and feet
17.  My refuge
18.  Broken wings
19.  Outside vs Inside
20.  Object suspended in colored dish
       detergent
21.  Fabric with a pattern
22.  Close up to abstraction
23.  Insets, drawings within a drawing
24.  How it works: Inner workings of a
       machine
25.  A word and visual description
26.  Repetition
27.  Masking tape patterns and color
28.  Man made vs natural
29.  Less than an inch (small objects in
       repetition)
30.  Dirty water drawing with Sharpie
       (weighted line)   

Each student will be given a sketchbook and a list of prompts. The prompts (to the left) are intentionally vague - what does "Inside vs. Outside LOOK like to you?  How would you show your idea on paper?  Perhpas you might divide a room in half, showing interior furniture on one side and exterior furniture on the other.  Perhaps you might cut a "window" in one page (inside) and collage the next page with an outdoor scene (outside).  There is no right or wrong, only the effort of thought you put into each prompt.

 

Sculpture Sketchbook Prompts:
1.  Old shoes
2.  Glass of water
3.  Unfolded laundry
4.  View out a window
5.  Tools
6.  Insects
7.  Study of seashells
8.  Symmetry
9.  Cut a piece of a postcard/magazine.  
     Recreate the rest of the scene.
10.  Only black things
11.  Only white things
12.  3 views of one object
13.  Drapery that isn’t fabric
14.  Found object pattern
15.  All that is shiny
16.  Hands and feet
17.  My refuge
18.  Broken wings
19.  Outside vs Inside
20.  Object suspended in colored dish
       detergent
21.  Fabric with a pattern
22.  Close up to abstraction
23.  Insets, drawings within a drawing
24.  How it works: Inner workings of a
       machine
25.  A word and visual description
26.  Repetition
27.  Masking tape patterns and color
28.  Man made vs natural
29.  Less than an inch (small objects in
       repetition)
30.   What does music look like?
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