Art 8 grade is the first official art class for students at Pierz. It's also their only required visual arts class. With that in mind, my goal as their teacher is to get them making art right away and to expose them to as many materials and artists as I can in a semester. First thing, 8th grade artists start by exploring drawing materials with an activity called Draw Around the Room (which I adapted from Cynthia Gaub at Artechtivity.com - she's awesome). I had to make some changes due to Covid, but students learned vocabulary and practiced techniques using colored pencil, crayon, marker, drawing pencil, chalk pastel, charcoal, and oil pastel.
After testing out materials available, students created an artwork based on their interests showing their current drawing ability. As a teacher, it's so fun to get to know students this way! Here are a few of their creations - can you tell what they're passionate about?