I don't think you need to drop your standards to have students select your
class as an elective. You may have to let everybody know what goes on in
your program. Have an art show, make a showcase display. So many students
think that they have to be good at drawing to take art. My ceramics class is
full each semester. I'm constantly promoting my program. See if you can
have a display at the 8th grade orientation. We had enough kids sign up for
art after orientation to fill 12 classes! Good Luck! Don't give up!