Keeping a sketchbook helps your ideas grow and helps you develop new ones. It allows us to engage in the creative process by exploring interests, making random connections, juxtapose ideas and practice the elements of art and principles of design before making our concept for a project become a reality.

Sketches are often part of the preparation for more developed drawings, paintings, or three dimensional pieces of work. The sketch allows the artist to rough out their ideas and plan the finished piece before embarking on a more precise work.

Sketchbook Assignment

  • Your SKETCHBOOK is an important part  of your first quarter grade
  • Your SKETCHBOOK should have your FIRST AND LAST NAME and SECTION clearly written on the front.
  • CREATE a cover (ASSIGNMENT ZENTANGLES) for your cover.
  • Add to your sketchbook weekly, with each assignment (listed below). 
  • Watch the video at the end regarding sketchbooks, the why, and why they are works in progress, not final work or perfection. 

The Sketchbook Assignment this week

Assignment 1

On page 1 of your sketchbook brainstorm 5 different things that give you joy. 

These can be in the form of words, a drawing, a photo (printed, cutout, glued), an image, lyrics from a song, or a memory.

PURPOSE: Frame who you are and what gets you motivated, there is no wrong answer. 

Sketchbooks can be different things to different people. Some people like to journal, others like to experiment, collect, or brainstorm different ideas. Below are some examples of different sketchbooks and pages found online to explore.


  • Start from the last page of your book and work forward. 
  • Put a date on your entry. 
  • Go back to empty spots and pages and add notes or doodles.