This assignment sheet gives students the options of choosing to create either a steampunk, futuristic or surreal themed black and white artwork. It gives ink or scratchboard options. This could be adapted for use with colour or other mediums as well. It asks the students to create a world where they are imagining different scenarios.
It includes several examples of artists' work in these themes
This would work well for most high school students, but may be a little beyond grade 9, depending on the class. This project makes use of contrast, imagination, creative imagery, and drawing.