Developmentally, I'm not sure students this age could maintain such a
long-term assignment. If they haven't learned the concepts, how can they work
on the project in their spare time? They may come up with a great idea to
demonstrate balance, but get discouraged when they have to add rhythm in
addition, or a complementary color scheme that doesn't fit with their vision.
I think I would teach all my objectives, alluding to the fact that they will
demonstrate mastery in an independent project that's like a final exam, then
give them the complete assignment for the last couple of weeks of the quarter
to work on it. Having them work independently, but allowing them to consult
with one another (instead of always asking you if it's good), would be a great
learning experience. You'll just be the supply clerk. I like Judy's idea of
a poster. Graphic design takes into account so many concepts.
> I want to implement a requirement for my middle school students to complete
> an independent art project each quarter. The project should show that they
> understand the concepts that are focused on during that quarter. The project
> would be assigned to them at the beginning of the quarter and they would
> work on it in their free time. I have one for Art history, one for art
> media, but I'm stuck for one for the elements/principles. Any suggestions?
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