SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2008

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High School Studio Lesson Chavilah Bennett, visual journal. Portfolio Preparation Tips for Teachers Brooke Hunter-Lombardi A s college deadlines loom, teachers may wonder if there is a magic portfolio formula for their students to follow. After twenty years of thought on portfolio development and the opportunity to review over 10,000 individual portfolios, I am convinced that there is no single formula for success.However,Ihaverealizedthat structure and planning are essential for optimal results. With hard work, careful planning, and attention to detail, motivated art students can produce a portfolio of work that will help them reach their goals of personal development, college entrance and scholarships, advanced placement studio art, or art awards. A portfolio development model for teaching that has really helped me make the most out of time with students includes devoting class time to developing content, critique, and presentation. Getting Started When I work with young artists in portfolio development workshops and courses, I start by providing them 52 schoolartsonline.com with an opportunity to be inspired by inspiration. Some topics I have used top quality artwork done by their peer include "a note to my five-year-old group. This sets the tone for them to artist self," "map of childhood," and realize all that they can accomplish. "when I grow up, I hope…," "when I I immediately follow this presentabegin something new . . . ." We revisit tion with joursketchbooks nal writing and throughout the I encourage students to goal-setting maintain a working journal as term and regufor the group. larly spend time a place to record class notes, These goals in them just to inspiring words, goals and can be used to play. My grade plans, and a safe place to structure class structure for time and should sketchbooks is explore and play. be revisited to based 100% on build confidence and help each stuparticipation—the more techniques, dent stay focused. This first crucial different approaches and concepts step also helps reinforce that students that students explore, the better grade are responsible for their own growth. they receive. Students have fun creating a key Sketchbook/Journal and table of contents as a playful way I encourage students to maintain a to organize their progress and guide working journal or sketchbook as a potential viewers. Not only are these place to record class notes, inspirbooks powerful tools for their creing ideas, goals and plans, and a safe ators, they often become potent portplace to explore and play. I like to folio pieces that show dedication and have a balance between open and student voice in a way that finished guided projects for the journal. I pieces sometimes cannot. have found that asking students to write on "big life topics" each day Skill and Concept Development for seven minutes is a great way to I divide class time between teacherkeep their minds open to ideas and driven projects to develop skill (such

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