ADVANCED PLACEMENT 2D SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS
IDEATION SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS
IDEAtion Sketchbook Assignments are meant for you to "work things out." It is the process by which you collect and paste, sketch, annotate, critique, research, create, edit, and finalize your ideas for a final product. The ideation process does not mean you create 1 idea and call it quits. It is a process for working through many ideas on paper. This means it is as much about failure as it is success. The Ideation Process should take you many hours to find a solution to a particular problem or challenge. Because it is so time consuming, the ideation process is heavily weighted in this class. Please see the rubric below. For each assignment, you will print and submit a rubric with your sketchbook assignment.
WEEKLY SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS
Every week you will be submitting an entry in your sketchbook. These exercises are assigned to you on this website. I will not announce them, only collection them on your schedule due date. Assignment are due at the beginning of class as you walk in the door. The 2D Weekly Sketchbook Assignments will always be due on Tuesdays. The sketchbooks will be returned to you the next day so that you can continue your work. Below is the rubric for the weekly sketchbook assignments. Please review the rubric and place a copy of the rubric in your sketchbook for every assignment that you turn in. Without the rubric, I will not grade your assignment.
IDEATION SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS
ISK 1: Abstracting Architecture
DUE: Sept 4th
Use pages 10-15 of your sketchbook. Print and cut up several of your photographs you took over the summer of architecture. Glue your projects on pages 2,3,4 and 5 of your sketchbook. You will created collaged, abstractions using the lines and shapes and value that demonstrate good movement, emphasis, and balance. Make 4 different collages. Annotate your sketches describing how you have use these 3 design principles. You are not allowed to use found images from the internet. You will be evaluated using the ideation rubric criteria 1-4. These "sketches" will be used as the base for your first 2 Breadth drawing due on Sept 13th.
RESEARCH: Rule of the 3rds
ISK 2: Laser Cut Wood Panel
DUE: Sept 24
TASK: This ideation sketchbook assignment is about prototyping your final design for the laser cutter. You are to complete 5 sketches for different ideas for the laser cutter. Make sure to annotate your sketches. You may start from photographic reference, observational drawing, draw inspiration from WSK #3 and #4. Minimally, I'm looking for you to think through at least 5 designs. We will critique the 5 sketches, select one to complete. The final drawing will be due on Sept 27th for us to scan in to the computer and prepare for the laser cutter. Your designs will be cut the following week. This project should highlight your design personality...your artist's voice.
ISK 3: What is Bohemian Design
DUE: Oct 3rd
TASK: Your task for this IDS is to create 4-6 pages of collage of bohemian style. This ideation assignment will be used as inspiration for your vectored Tea House design project. To begin do an image search to visually understand the word bohemian. Download tons of images then organize them in the following ways: 1-warm colors, 2-cool colors, 3-neutral colors, 4-patterns, 5-interior design. Then annotate your ideas around the image pages you've collaged so that you can unpack your interpretation of this style. Make notes about what you like and don't like, things that stuck out to you, things you didn't know, generalize and be specific about different images. Sketch out what you see, redraw patterns, then nail down what you like.
ISK 3: Tea House Poster Design Sketches
DUE: Oct 8th - critique
TASK: For this assignment, you'll create 3 thumbnail sketches for the Tea House Poster. The sketches must use isometric perspective and it must include your company's name, although the name doesn't need to be the primary design element. Remember you are triangulating steam punk, Japanese Tea House, and bohemian aesthetics in your company....not necessarily an easy merger. I would also suggest looking up isometric poster design or isometric typography or graphic design posters. It may take more than 3 sketches to arrive at an end so take your time....this piece poster is meant to be one of the show stoppers in your breadth portfolio! So really do the research and take the time to draw out creative solutions to this design problem.
ISK 4: Tea House Logo Sketches
DUE: Oct 15th - critique
TASK: For this assignment, you'll submit 10 sketches for possible logo design for the Tea House. The 10 sketches will be critiqued by the AP Drawing and Adv. Art students. They will provide some feedback on your designs and then you'll select 6 of the best to vector as a breadth piece. The logo can be designed how ever you want. It may or may not include the name, but it must be an power logo that could be iconic. Think of the Starbucks logo....it is everywhere and when you see it, you know what product you'll be getting. Think about what makes this logo successful, do the research on logo design and deliver 10 great ideas!
ISK 5: Tea House Product Design Sketches
DUE: Nov 5th
TASK: You'll have 3 weeks to work on this Ideation Sketchbook Assignment, because it's pretty involved. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO COMPLETE IT! For this final Tea House Assignment, you'll be designing a 3 product/package designs. The sky is the limit here!!! Do some research to come up with ideas and then take it on your way. You'll sketch out and annotate designs for a tea cup (we decide what you want it to look like), a tea can (a can your tea will be shipped in), and a laser cut box for the tea (this can be for a specialty item or a box for the can). We will discuss the features of good package design in class and you'll need to address them in your sketches. For this assignment complete multiple sketches for each of these objects and be ready to present the best one.
ISK 6: The politics of today.
DUE: Nov 5th
TASK: This ISK is about getting your ideas gathered for the Symmetrical skull design project. We've already started the ideation process for "All Things Equal." Take a look at the ideation wall at the front of the classroom. What can you add to it? What can issues interest you right now? What needs to be added? What is relevant? What connections can you make? What can you juxtapose to create a more complete story? How does this all fit into a skull portrait? Your team will be discussing this in class. In your notebook, collage images of the topics you'd like to juxtapose together to create a compelling image of our world today. Two that come to mind...Miley Cyrus and toxic waste....or radiated, deformed fruit and solar power. What happens when you start to put these things together. What will you turn in????4 pages of researched images and 3 thumbnails sketches of different ideas/combinations. We will then discuss how to build a skull out of this.
ISK 7: Reportage Thumbnails and Color Blocking
DUE: Dec 17th
TASK: This ISK is about getting your things ready for scanning and coloring/painting in Photoshop. it's not about doing more drawings just thumbnails and planning.
Complete the following steps.
Step 1: post-it note all the drawings you want to scan for the final digital painting Step 2: Use the micron pen and/or india ink to draw over any pencil drawings. Step 3: Complete 3 different thumbnails of final compositions. You'll finalize 2 of these drawings. Step 4: Use colored pencils to block in some basic colors for the final composition. We'll critique these as a whole clas.
WEEKLY 2D DESIGN SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENTS
DUE: Sept 10
DUE: Sept 17
WEEK 3: Positive/Negative Space
DUE: Sept 24
TASK: For this assignment, I'd like you to draw, from observation, 3 different scenes. Use a micron pen to draw, use continuous contour to draw the subject, but really focus on the negative space. This means that instead of having your eye to follow the object, follow the space around it. Then shade areas like the image above to enhance the positive space. Complete one on each page. Use this drawing as a way to work out ideas for the laser cut peace. Don't just draw 1 object, rather draw everything you see. The subject matter is up to you, but you might want to connect it with the Breath #2 assignment
WEEK 4: Graph Animal T-Shirt Symmetry
DUE: Oct 1st
TASK: For this assignment, I want you to focus on design a symmetry image that can be either laser cut or printed onto a t-shirt. Think of this project as an edgy fashion design unit that highlight your drawing skills or photographic skills. We will either digitally put them on a t-shirt or you may want to have the shirt manufactured. This doesn't cost that much and it looks great. A former student did this for his concentration and then made a catalogue of t-shirts as his final product. You may also think about using this for a laser cut piece out of paper or plastic. You might also consider laser cutting a plate and then printing it on paper for the final. The big focus is on fashion and symmetry. Complete several prototype sketches and then finalize with 1 design. Complete it in micron pen. Don't forget to print a copy of the rubric.
WEEK 5: The skull = All things equal
DUE: Nov 21st
TASK: This sketchbook assignment is about drawing the human skull filled with patterns and logos you have around your life. From clothing, to pillows, shoes, book covers, patterns and logos can be found everywhere. Use a pencil to lightly draw the skull from an angle and then switch to micron pen to fill in all the values with logos and patterns. Don't worry about the drawing being perfect. If it's off, it will add more to the final image. Just make sure you fill it up and you create the illusion of 3-dimensional form with the stuff you put inside the skull. Don't do anything with the background for now. HINT: You may want to look back at your pattern drawings and see it you can bring things into this drawing.