Friday, September 7, 2012

What to put in your art journal

 My junior high students are expected to keep an art journal while in art class. They are asked to create at least one drawing/ painting/ collage/ creation per week. The independent project could be of anything as long as it:

     - has color or shadow
     - includes a background
     - takes at least 10 minutes of time to create
     - is created during free time, or at home

              I told the students that I like to start a fresh book out with a picture of my hand, as you always have one with you to observe and draw. Here are some examples of my 7th and 8th graders creating a picture of their hand in a unique way.       

Some other ideas include:
  • draw your room
  • color a drawing with non-realistic colors
  • copy or enlarge a comic strip
  • redesign your favorite album cover/ brand logo
  • create a monster
  • sketch out your favorite outfit
  • draw your favorite vehicle
  • cut out pictures of what you ate for dinner
  • create a coat of arms for your family
  • use alternate supplies to paint/draw with (tea, coca-cola, berries, make-up)
  • self-portrait
  • draw or paint your pet
  • cut out a picture of a face, and draw the body and background to complete it
  • cut out half a picture of an object and draw the other half
  • draw yourself in a video game
  • make a flip book
  • finger print value drawing
  • create a perspective drawing from an interesting view point
  • sketch where you are
  • turn your name into a design
  • draw with tape
  • glue fabric scraps to paper to create part of an image
  • illustrate poems or quotes
  • create a zentangle
  • find textures from around you and apply them to new things through drawing or rubbings


  1. Nice the way they all have taken a different approach to the hand drawing.... That first one in a new, unused book is always the hardest!

  2. I agree!!! For a first attempt at journal drawing, I am very impressed with their individual solutions and can't wait to see what they will come up with next!