Students in Drawing 1 today had a hands-on lesson about the history of drawing and the purpose it has always served people. The goal of the lesson is to demonstrate the important role that art and drawing have played in human history. This is a foundational lesson that Mr. Shaffer uses to set the tone and expectation for his new classes this semester. Kids get to have fun and learn something new while exercising their creativity.
Mr. Shaffer's approach to teaching students goes beyond lecture. He takes his students through virtual tours of caves with some of the most iconic drawings known and discusses their importance. Next, every student gets a piece of charcoal that they can use to create their own "cave drawings" around the room on brown paper. Kids laugh and share ideas as they tell stories or communicate what they love with their drawings.