Hello Susan -- Gee..thanks for the nice site review! I made it with features
that I find useful for my students and hope that others can find useful
parts, too. As for the time it takes, I tried to also have an active online
gallery but just couldn't keep up with it. I started the page several years
ago, and each summer I check the links, update and replace as necessary, and
try to add a couple of new features.
<< Do I understand correctly- are the 6-8th grade projects you show the
supplements to the art they create in your classes?
Definitely -- I want to engage the kids outside the classroom as much as
possible, and also want to bring more of their individual interests to art
class. We have very limited art time (less than twice a week all year) and I
find this set of assignments lets the kids dabble with different ideas and
explore their skills. This is the third year I've used this portfolio
homework system, and I feel like I know each student much better from seeing
this "extra" work. It also helps build skills of independent learning and
organization, which (at least) my middle schoolers need.
Thanks for the feedback on the site, and I hope parts of it might be useful