We don't have electives - yet - it's something I wish they would do for
our 8th graders, so I'll be interested in hearing how it turns out.
Off the top - I would put up a Get Into Art display. If you have some of
the cool projects from previous years put them up. Let them see what
they can expect to do and create in your class. You might even hang a
few prints of artists you've had fun teaching? If your school would let
you, try a sign up or try out after school? Have a few activities,
books, drawing competition type things around? Maybe a poster or comic
contest? The winner gets her/his own little mini show.
I know I've already identified a few students for an advanced class - if
they let me have one - and I plan to give them special awards.
Vicky, also in MI