Not every week of class is productive in the sense that the kids take home some completed art. This week was one such "unproductive" week. We studied the French artist, Edgar Degas, through sketching from a live model (my daughter) and through making "action" sculpture using aluminum foil. As a backdrop to our sculpture, we also made our own scratch paper with crayons and black paint. The sculptures were fun but the kids got far more into the process than the end result. And the sketching afforded many opportunities to explain from drawing basics but the focus turned more to learning those basics than finishing a sketch. Such is the way sometimes in art class.