I've been issuing a number of "challenges" to my students this year. Rather than calling them lessons or projects, I find when I introduce something as a CHALLENGE it seems to perk them all right up and the students are on the edges of their seats waiting to hear what is coming up next!
This is the Picasso People challenge: Draw a person (in the Cubism style like Picasso which we talked about before we began) but you can only draw a shape if you trace it. There is NO free-hand drawing allowed.
They drove right in and we got some very interesting people!