8th Grade Sketchbook Assignments

You are required to have a sketchbook for this class. 
Your sketchbook must NOT be smaller than 8x10 in. 
If you cannot get a sketchbook we can make one for you in class.

Sketchbook #1

Typography Practice

Write your name using 10 different fonts that you create on your own. Designs must be in color.
Here are some tips below:


Sketchbook #2 

Animals in Space

Your second sketchbook assignment is to draw an animal in space, yes outer space. The animal is your choice, you may draw it as realistically/cartoony as you would like. Remember space is not solid black nor is it completely empty. Think about all the different things you could include to fill the page and create a unique artwork.

Sketchbook #3

Crazy Cartoon Houses

Create a cartoon house. Your house should be created out of something whimsical that is not used as a normal house. Cartoons are bright and colorful, make your house interesting by adding details and a background.

Sketchbook #4

Through the Keyhole

Create a detailed pencil drawing of a keyhole, including the coverplate (you may google images of keyholes to get ideas).  Add a lot of lights and darks (shading).  Make the drawing large enough so the keyhole becomes a window to a world.

What do/would you see through the keyhole?  The keyhole drawing should also contain many details and should be realistic (not abstract).  COLOR the world inside the keyhole – you can use any medium you wish, including mixed media.

Your entire page should be FULL!


Sketchbook #5


Choose a phobia from the website to illustrate. Write which phobia you illustrated on your piece.  Include it on your design.

Sketchbook #6

Greek Mythology

Check out this site to learn about Greek Mythology:

Create a visual representation of a greek mythological figure of your choice. You may choose any figure from the site. You may represent the figure any way you choose. You must include the figure's name in your design. 

Sketchbook #7


This week's sketchbook tasks you with creating unique emoji. You must create 6 emoji faces that are all different, (emotions, colors, etc.)

Sketchbook #8


Idiom: a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society. These sayings are called "idioms" - or proverbs if they are longer. These combinations of words have a "figurative meaning" meaning, they basically work with "pictures". 
Using the website here at you will draw a literal translation of one of the idioms listed. Your piece must include the idiom somewhere in it.

Sketchbook #9

Magic Paint

Create a tube of paint that contains "magic" paint. Draw a tube of paint and in the paint splatter draw your paint "color." Label your paint tube. Your paint should be a scene or a texture. No solid colors, this is magic paint.

Sketchbook #10

MTV Logo

Create your own MTV Logo using the printout provided.

Music Television, more commonly known as MTV or Music Television, is a famous global American cable television channel headquartered in New York City. Its first broadcast was officially launched on August 1, 1981. MTV is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential and widely watched television networks.

MTV is one of the most popular and recognized brands globally. It is available in about 400 million homes in 166 countries.

The MTV logo is widely regarded as one of world’s the greatest and instantly recognized logos. It was created by Manhattan Design, a design collaborative comprising of Pat Gorman, Frank Olinsky and Patty Rogoff, which was overseen byFred Seibert, the network’s in-house creative director. The imaginative letter “M” was actually an illustration by Rogoff. Carrying the effort forward, Olinksky spray painted the “TV”.

During its early years, MTV mostly featured a logo which incorporated a big yellow “M” with “TV” in red letters. The network also employed various variations of this logo, with respect to color schemes, textures and patterns, as well as to celebrate special occasions and festivities. The general shape and proportions of the MTV mark, however, has remained unaltered in all respects.

Worksheet printout
Use this to start your drawing.

Sketchbook #11

Sketchbook #12

Vanity Barcode

 Your task is to take the elements of a barcode (vertical lines of varied width + a row of numbers along the bottom) and rethink its design. You should link the barcode with a specific product for extra inspiration and direction with your piece.

Sketchbook #13


calligram is a poem, phrase, or word in which the typefacecalligraphy or handwriting is arranged in a way that creates a visual image. The image created by the words expresses visually what the word, or words, say.

1. LIGHTLY draw a simple contour drawing of an object of your choice. FILL THE PAGE!
2. Fill the object with a word or words that relate to the object. You may also use a poem or song lyrics in your object.
3. Add color to some of the letters or the negative space in the background.
4. ERASE the outline of your drawing.

Sketchbook #14

Album Cover Redesign

1,960 Album Covers

Choose a music album from a band/ musician that you like. Redesign the cover, creating an original design. Your album cover should include the album title and the band/musician's name. Use the sheet provided. 

Sketchbook #15


caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way through sketching, pencil strokes, or through other artistic drawings.
Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary and can serve a political purpose or be drawn solely for entertainment. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in editorial cartoons, while caricatures of movie stars are often found in entertainment magazines.

Create a caricature of yourself.
Here is a Wikihow with step by step instructions to help you with your caricature.

Sketchbook #16


1. Create a full page composition using a combination of 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional arrows. Use overlapping to break up the spaces into interesting positive and negative shapes.
2. Outline with felt-tip pen.

3.  Think up an interesting color scheme and fill the shapes with colored pencil

Sketchbook #17

Op Art- Distorted Grid

This sketchbook assignment will take a look at the Op Art of Bridget Riley as inspiration for creating  your own piece of Op Art.  Follow the steps below to create your artwork.
STEP 1:  Draw a 1/2 inch border around your paper.

 STEP 2: Start by drawing a small circle somewhere on your page, the proceed to draw concentric circles around the first, until your fill the page.
STEP 3: With a  ruler, draw a straight line through the middle of  the smallest circle.
STEP 4: Continue drawing parallel lines, filling up the paper and varying the width in between lines.
 STEP 5:  Grab a marker or colored pencil and begin coloring your piece. Work from the center, moving up and down,  and then outward. Work slowly and carefully during this process to fill in the piece correctly.

Coloring the piece.


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