These charcoal drawings were inspired by "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. Students were assigned a line or two of the poem and they used various types of charcoal and charcoal techniques to create the finished drawings.
Students in High School Art set up a miniature still life using small objects that they felt were meaningful, interesting or beautiful. They attached each object to a background board and drew the still life from observation. They worked hard to make each object realistic and life-sized to create a strong Trompe L'oeil (French for "trick the eye) effect. Students also focused on creating realistic, blended and high contrast shadows.
Students studied each element of art and principle of design in depth and went on to create their own cube showing every concept. Each side of their cube shows one element and one principle working together to create an interesting composition and clear showcase of the concept.
One of the "tricks" of being able to draw well is learning how to teach your eyes and hands to work together effortlessly. Middle School Art students practiced this skill by creating blind and modified contour drawings of autumn leaves. Student used ink and watercolors to complete their works.