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Re: Re: Deadlines

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Thu, 19 Feb 1998 06:42:57 EST

Mark, I applaud the amount of energy you put into using sketchbooks, which I
feel is a very important tool for artists and art students. I work as a
professional artist with many other professional artists, and they all keep
some form of sketchbooks as a tool for working out visual problems, recording
ideas, etc. I'm into my third year of trying to make sketchbooks an important
part of my curriculum, and this year I seem to have hit on something that
works--at least with this group of students. I usually give an assignment
"homework" if you will, on Wed. or Th. and go over it in class to make sure
everyone understands it and asks questions. The assignment usually reflects
projects we are working on in class, and is not a particularly difficult one.
I am primarialy trying to get them to put their visual symbols on paper. The
assignment is due on the following Monday and they are to put their books on
my desk as they enter the room--to prevent them from madly scratching
something in during class. If the assignment is turned in on time and is
anywhere near what I was asking for, they get 100, complete but meidiocre or
haphazardly done, they get a 90, partially done--80, not done at all--0.
Turned in late, drops 10 points for each day turned in late. The sketchbook
counts 20% of their overall grade. I make no calls to remind them, it comes
out in their grade printouts they receive every couple of weeks.

My assignments have arranged from everything from full pages of "doodle
drawings"--patterns, to lessons on elements and principles, to simple still
lifes, to self-portraits and drawing facial features.

I hope this helps some. Keep up the good work, but don't make a big deal of
running after to remind them. I much rather put my energy into planning
exciting classroom projects, ordering supplies, grading projects, and all the
other countless jobs we have rather than standing on my head to get them to do
a "homework" assignment. They should have some responsibility in this! If
they don't do it, they should face the consequences. One thought, if it means
so many "F's", perhaps you could look at changing the percentage of what the
sketchbooks count in your overall grading procedure.

Didn't mean to ramble. Good luck!