Art IV Sketchbooks

Mastery Objective(s): the student will…

chart visual artistic progress by recording creative experiments & exercises, ideas + practice, notes + reflections in a sketchbook.

This course and your personal growth as an artist require that you begin working in your sketchbook during the first weeks of school. For this purpose, you will need to obtain either a spiral bound or hardbound sketchbook (8.5″ x 11″ or 9″ x 12″). Mixed media paper or bristol board, vellum, is best. That will allow you to use you own choice of media.

Sketchbooks for Art IV will be more like Visual Journals containing research for themes and/or topics you are interested in pursuing for your mini-sustained investigation towards the latter portion of this course. There is a list of possible topics below to get you started, but they are only suggestions!


  • Culture in the classroom/School
  • Community 
  • Home
  • Location
  • Family
  • War
  • Personal history
  • Memories
  • Who are we?
  • The ideal in any culture
  • Family ideals/realizations
  • The multicultural family
  • Generational attitudes
  • Multi-generational 
  • Cultural differences
  • Personal values 
  • Personal balance
  • Environmental issues
  • Societal issues
  • Political issues
  • Female/male exploitation
  • Racial stereotyping 
  • Natural/distorted versions
  • Disasters
  • Social ideals and mores
  • Enemies
  • Empowerment
  • Psychological color
  • Gender identity
  • Growth or decay
  • Personal relationships

What does a sketchbook, visual journal or visual research look like?

This is an article posted by the Student Art Guide and it will guide you and give you some good pointers and examples of what you need to be producing in your sketchbook:

Art Sketchbook Ideas: Creative Examples to Inspire High School Students an article by Amiria Gale

Visual Research Example for Facial Proportions and Anatomy from Art III

Joseph M. Sketchbook No. 1