SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2008

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as still-life and figure drawing from observation) and student-driven longterm works in which the student makes a concept proposal. In addition to group and individual critiques, I team students up to work through ideas and help when I'm needed. The beginning weeks of the term are usually spent with the group in unison, working to develop skills. During the later half of the term students work individually on whatever concepts and whichever media they have selected based on personal goal setting and conference time with me. This variety provides a creatively charged working environment where motivated students thrive and even less serious students enjoy focusing on their personal creative output. Students who are unable to engage are given more prompts and teacherdriven assignments, but are still encouraged to creative problem-solve and apply previous knowledge. Stay Inspired While I rely on past success to plot future assignments, I constantly change the details to keep myself enthusiastic and to encourage my own growth. In addition to maintaining a large collection of art books and a borrowed collection from the library, I require students to research and share their own art and cultural inspiration with the group. I openly include fashion magazines, manga, comics and fantasy, as well as graphic design and video, embracing our place in contemporary culture. Allowing students to use unlimited reference for inspiration gives me huge insight to them as individuals and keeps me current. Check back in a later issue for more tips on critique, selection, and presentation for the portfolio development classroom. Brooke Hunter-Lombardi is an adjunct faculty member at Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, educator outreach coordinator for CCAD, and is a college board advanced placement consultant. bhunter-lombardi@ Go to for more sketchbook and journaling advice. >YZVa[dgVaa V\Zh!VW^a^i^ZhVcY Vgi^hi^XhinaZh + >cig^\j^c\ EViiZgch HXgViX]"6gi EViiZgcEVeZg ® ® HXgViX]i]ZWaVX`GZkZVaDE"6GIeViiZgch 8gZViZi]Z^aajh^dcd[bdkZbZciVcYY^bZch^dc Scratch-Art Co., Inc. P.O. Box 303 Avon, MA 02322 Ph: 508-583-8085 800-377-9003 Fx: 508-583-8091 Circle No. 235 on Reader's Service Card Help us make SchoolArts even better . . . EXPRESS YOURSELF. email SchoolArts August/September 2008 53

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