I have had a really difficult time connecting to my evening drawing class this semester, evening is not my best time of day, and it is a very large and young class. This past week we had a mid-term of sorts, I asked them to take an autumn leaf and make the best drawing they could without any assistance from me, and then to compare that image to the very first drawing they made seven weeks ago and give themselves a fair grade. Because they were working independently it gave me a chance to work alongside them, and make a drawing of my own, which I enjoyed immensely, in my busy life I rarely have 5 hours just to draw in! working with them let me chat a bit with students I hadn’t had a chance to really get to know, and their self evaluations were for the most part pretty accurate. Here a few of their finished images