Students Share Virtual Art Struggles

Online school challenges art classes to adapt


Ava Gilbert, Contributing Writer

Many things have changed during online learning (RTLP) due to the pandemic. Nearly all classes have had to make a lot of changes to the activities they do in class, especially the arts. Classes such as ceramics, photography and drawing have had to undergo big changes in order to keep the classes functional. In ceramics, students are unable to be in school working on their artwork. Because of this they get to bring home clay to do their assignments. Students receive assignments on Canvas and would work on their artwork both on Zoom and for homework. During RTLP classes, students were able to show their work and get feedback from their peers. After receiving feedback, they could fix their work for later submission.

    When school operates as usual, students get to work with the poetry wheel. Due to the pandemic, however, hybrid learning (HTLP) students will not be able to use the poetry wheel when they return back into the building. In an interview about what a virtual art class looks like, Tyler Vandersall ’24 says, “We would Zoom into Mr. Sago because he was remote, then listen to his instructions or guidelines, then go take photos around the school and courtyard regarding the theme.” In RTLP, photography students are sent home with a lens that they can put together on their phones to take pictures. For Zoom classes, students listen to what type of pictures they have to take and then they take the pictures in class or during homework.    

     In an interview about how things have changed due to being remote with Donovan Schall ’24,  a student in drawing, says, “In school was more learning the new concepts and at home seemed to actually use them for bigger pieces.” Despite adversity,  arts classes are powering through the setbacks and have found alternative ways to keep class up and running.