This is my first year teaching AP 3-D design. I am in the same dilemma with
my class. If you give them the specific assignment, they are not
experimenting enough. But, I have found with teaching AP Drawing and AP
Design that not giving them an assignment leads them to wander aimlessly.
Sometimes it simply depends on the maturity and drive of the individual
students. So, I decided to give them the attached sheet which explains what
I expect to see in their portfolio (hopefully, this will provide a goal
without a specific product in mind). I will also come up with a project for
each goal in case they have trouble getting started. I have yet to come up
with specific projects. If you have any I can borrow that would be great. I
hope this helps.
Have a wonderful first week,
From: Joe Cox [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2003 11:08 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: AP 3-D Design Question
I am about to begin my second year of teaching Advanced Placement 3-D
design. Last year I assigned specific assignment for the breadth section of
the AP Exam. I was wonder if it would be better to post a list of possible
assignments and have the students choose. I the past when I relinquish this
much control I was never very satisfied with the results.
If anyone has a syllabus for his or her Advanced Placement 3-D Design course
and wouldn't mind sharing it or just tell me how you structure your class, I
would love the help. You can email me personally or post to the list.