I thought this unit went very well. In some classes it became more successful than others. Some students really dove into pencil and celebrated it as a media, others found it boring and it translated to their work. I think overall it was a nice natural progression of building technical skill while eventually bringing in the students’ own interests. In the future I would probably like to introduce more contour and line drawing before jumping into shading but I believe the unit helped many students out with their pencil drawing skills.
A major strength of this unit was self-critique and exhibition. The students knew it would be hung in the hallway and I gave them a rubric that I made them fill out but then we discussed why they graded themselves in such a way. We discussed each category and they even suggested ways to improve their own work for a better grade and a more technically proficient piece of artwork. I would be willing to repeat this lesson in my own classroom with a different classroom culture. I had one parent, who works at the school, come in and become blown away at the progress their son had made in this unit. They were stunned at how much attention to detail he gave his sketch of a deer. It was very exciting to hear this feedback from a parent in real time.