Thanks, Joe! This is sort of a unique situation, in that this kid started on a rather monumental project last year--and some the year before. He's making architectural models (absolutely and perfectly to scale!!) of the buildings on our campus. Through trial and error (some of which I've documented with digital pictures) he's using unusual materials and is making molds of many of the parts and then assembling the structures.
I won't tell HIM this (ha) but I think the kid is at near genius level. He can do it all--drawing, sculpture, painting. (The only thing that slows him down with painting is the fact that he's colorblind. It's his least favorite form of artistic expression for that reason.) Last year he took AP Calculus and so his math teacher was pushed to find another AP math class for him this year. Incredibly bright and incredibly serious--and yet a lot of fun, too!
Basically the challenge is going to be making sure that he jumps through enough of the appropriate hoops to have this all count towards the AP class. He'd originally planned to do the AP drawing course but since he's so into this project he wants to continue and I gave him the go-ahead the other day after he emailed, asking about it. Now I've just got to figure out how to make sure that he gets credit for all the hard work he's done and all the work that he'll be doing this year. (He's one I have to chase out of the artroom--and one that I arranged permission for to work in there after hours. I teach at a boarding/day school and he's a boarding student. Last year he'd typically spend most of the weekend in the art room--he's that driven!)
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