Seventh grade students took time and care to really get to know the subject of their charcoal drawings. This is the third part of a long observational drawing unit that included pencil, copper tooling, and now charcoal. The students toned the paper and then worked to draw out the light and emphasize shadows. Though messy, charcoal allows for a great deal of subtlety and students kept at it, focusing on texture and detail. The results are beautiful and dramatic.
Students in the eighth grade looked back into the world of art history to find famous art that inspired and excited them. Then they had to decide how to work a “pet” into the image and remake it in the artist’s unique style.