"The stories and accompanying artwork settle so deeply in the students that the pulse in the classroom is palpable. The students can't help but glance toward the front of the room. The true testament comes from the words and reactions of students when they enter the classroom. Their teacher has given them the gift of art. It is something they look forward to upon entering the classroom. A gift like this, that is given in love, will be received in love - regardless of the talent or skill level." chalkboarddrawing.org
This drawing is Joan of Arc. The class studied the changes that happened in Europe between the time of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Joan of Arc was able to join the French army to fight against England, which was not typical for a woman. She is an example of the many who had the courage to stand strongly in new ideas even though they were often considered heretics, and some lost their lives for their beliefs. Yet their ideas and courage helped create an atmosphere of change, new ideas, new innovations and new ways of seeing the world.