It was during my 8th Grade figure drawing unit, that something amazing had
happenned. Twenty-five energetic, creative, hormonal teenagers engaged
themselves in figure drawing with fierce, silent intensity. For nearly the
entire span of the forty-minute class period, these eighth graders were
focused in the creative moment. As i told them the next day, i had never
experienced anything like it before, as a teacher or as a student.
We continued our figure drawing for a few days after that, and generally the
sessions were fairly quiet--not silent, but quiet.