Back when our middle school was a junior high school, I gave my ninth
grade students an exam something like this:
* Using linear perspective, you will design an interior room in an art
museum or gallery.
* The walls of your gallery should display a minimum of three, two
dimensional works of art and at least one piece of sculpture.
I think I asked them to create a realistic, an abstract and a non
objective work of art to display in their gallery. They also included a person or
people interacting with the work in the exhibition. There are so many
creative things they could do within these guidelines.
I think you get the gist. You can adjust the requirements to meet your
time constraints. And it would be easy to come up with a writing component.
The kids loved the exam and I enjoyed grading them!