My preAP art students were give a series of drawing challenges including drawing with charcoal at the end of a dowel rod. The idea was thanks to several wonderful art teachers in my district. We started with adding elements of magazine and newspaper elements to a piece of paper. Once dry we painted the textured paper with a white base and with an accent color of choice. A still life was set up in the room and the students put their papers to the floor and were each given their LONG artist tool. The students were challenged to draw from observation while not being able to have the comfort and control of a "normal" art material. Once completed students went back into their image with charcoal to add contrast and value.
The image results were quite surprising and forced students to self evaluate their art work throughout the process and make adjustments. Perspective and building contrast were challenges for many students. Students were asked to step back and look critically at their own art work and tell me what they felt they needed to do to improve on the piece. After this assignment many students will surely look at an artistic elephant with new appreciation for their challenges in creating with such a great distance between them and the canvas!