The drawing center holds the most basic art materials. Many of these materials need no introduction: pencils, markers, and crayons are easily self-taught and used before many students arrive in kindergarden. Perhaps it is this reason that the drawing center is loved so much, students feel confident with the materials. Choices are made between thin and thick markers, rubbing or glitter crayons, a light aqua green or a deep forest green; when students ponder these issues and make conscious decisions about their artwork they are developing skills that will grow with them.
What is most exciting is when eyes wonder beyond the basics, perhaps over to the chalk pastels, Cray-Pas, or even up to the Sharpies. A curiosity is sparked and as it is explored the word quickly travels through the class and the energy is shared. Although the drawing center may look simple at first glance there are many surprises that await the eager young artist who is willing to venture out of his/her comfort zone.