I heard it in every 5th grade class yesterday, and in every 6th grade class ALL week:
"Why do we have to take notes in art?"
"Why do we have to practice this?"
"Why can't we just start the project?"
I also want students to appreciate the background on some of the art techniques we use. I want them to develop the technical skill needed to bring those projects to the next level. When I use the vocabulary of art and the media we use, I want them to understand what I'm talking about.
This means sometimes we have to build some background with a video or slide show and jot down a few things. It means trying out techniques that seem difficult at first and practicing to become comfortable using them.
It means being patient with the process so we can produce better artwork and have more tools in which to express our creativity.
It's worth the wait!