It is always a challenge to keep AP students inspired. One thing that I
have done is to take photocopies or scanned versions of one of their
pieces of artwork. I challenge them to do something different with
it--cut it up, draw over it, monoprint the image, make multiple copies
of different sizes, etc. It is always "safer" when it is just a copy.
It provides them a chance to go back in and rework the image too.
If that fails, take them out to a college gallery or museum for
inspiration. College catalogues are good inspiration resources too.
From: Peggy Woolsey [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 12:57 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: AP Studio Art Portfolios
Dear art teachers who do the AP portfolios:
I have 6-7 students who want to submit portfolios. Today we went
through their work which they have collected over the years. I am
dismayed at the lack of good work from even the very good students. I'm
not sure how it all got away from me, but I guess I wasn't checking
enough. Many of them work independently during my other art classes.
Have you got any advice for me as to how I could proceed from here? I
have a sore throat from repeating, observation drawing, still life,
figure studies, varied mediums, themes etc. etc. They don't seem to
have the initiative to work things up to another level. They expect so
much direction from me and this year, I have failed to provide it. Any
input at this point would be greatly appreciated.