I am just wrapping up an 8-week after school arts enrichment program at St. Andrew Nativity. I am working with 6th. 7th and 8th grade. We have about an hour each week to make some art. The focus has been independent study in black and white. We started out with white Prisma pencil on black paper to get the idea of thinking drawing from light to dark, the opposite of how we are thinking when drawing with a dark pencil on white paper. This exercise prepared students a little before trying scratch board for the first time. Some students drew free hand while others traced and transferred to work on technique and simplification of complex imagery from photographs. Students have also tried pencil and charcol drawing, some inking and one 6th grader created a monochromatic under-painting of her father painting directly on the canvas while looking at a photograph.
Artistic challenges remain the same regardless of skill level: What do I draw? And learning how to see in terms of simple shape and design. I will post a few more images as I get ready for the student art show in April.