Art classes tougher to take online

Emmily McKinzie 
A&E Editor 

The pandemic has hit everyone hard, but it has especially made the art classes difficult. Art is one of those classes that is hard to complete at home. Students are finding it hard to complete art at home due to the lack of materials and not being able to have the teacher there to help critique their artwork. 

 “Usually, if we were in-school we could receive a second opinion from our art teachers to further better the piece, but since we’ve been out of school it has kind of felt like we’re on our own,” sophomore Kylynn Cansler said. 

Many students are finding it hard to gather the materials instead of being provided with them. They were given a list and had to try to get the materials themselves. Having to get these materials also brought up money problems because most of the material they were supposed to get was not cheap. 

“Struggles with online art have definitely been a lack of materials. In the classroom, we only paid a $20  fee and we were given paper that Shanklin knew would work great with whatever medium we were doing. With us being online now, Shanklin sent us a whole list of materials that cost about $50 . Finding the proper resources for artists right now has definitely been challenging,” junior Jordan Noel said.

On top of money becoming an issue, students are finding it hard to keep motivated with having to do art at home. Having to constantly be in the same environment can create a creativity block and make it hard to stay motivated. 

“I often find myself distracted or in massive art blocks. It’s very frustrating trying to finish a piece when you’re constantly sidetracked with things at home,” sophomore Dustyn Warner said.

However, with the 90 minute class periods, students are given the opportunity to have some independent work time in order to complete the projects that they are being assigned this year. The art students are still given big projects, but there are fewer this year than there would be if it was a normal school year. 

“With the shortened time it allows us to make our projects super detailed and look better than they ever have. It allows for us to take our time and put out really high quality work,” junior Shelby Loeb said.

While being a student in the art classes has its road blocks this year, art teacher Daniel Shanklin is also finding difficulties in teaching. Not being able to monitor students and their progress is the biggest struggle while teaching online. 

“When students are in class, I am able to critique their art on a daily basis and help students develop their skills and ideas.  Unfortunately, it is much more challenging to do that online.  I am still able to give feedback online, but it is not instant or as accurate,” Shanklin said. 

Keeping the students motivated and helping critique their work is some of the roadblocks that Shanklin will have to persevere through in order to make this online schooling as normal and as easy as possible.

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