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In a message dated 07/07/2000 6:23:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Is your class two years long?
My class is 1 year and in their senior year. They have had Art 1,2,3. by
Do you have "entrance requirements"?
I have a teacher recommendation and a form that asks questions. These
questions refer to their concentration project and to their commitment to the
How many students in a period?
I have 17 students this coming year in a class of Art 2 totaling 32.
Do you do both drawing and general portfolios?
I have always done the General Portfolio because it has been the most useful
for my students abilities.
How do you keep track of students doing many different things and yet make
sure that they all get the required number of pieces in?
Each student fills out a worksheet that shows all the works that needs to be
done. They fill this out and keep it throughout the year. I give them 8
projects that are required (these are for the breadth section) . I check
their progress monthly and we discuss their progress at semester time. If
they do not have enough completed by semester they are put into independent
study and will not complete the portfolio. Everyone who continues past
semester, will turn in a portfolio.
How do you do grading?
Their progress from the worksheets and from their required project grade.
Each student is also required to have a sketch book with 5 works to be
completed each grading period. They will fall down at first because they
think that they have all year. Not so, and I remind them of the large amount
of work that must be completed.
How do you get the "non-drawing" (photography) students into drawing
I don't have the non-drawing students in A.P. They are usually my students
however I only teach the advanced classes at my school. We have 7 teachers
and 30 sections of art. Our Photography area has 2 levels and they sometimes
overlap students who can use their photography in their portfolio.
In conclusion, I have been doing the A.P. general portfolio since 1986 and we
have had only 3 students not get a 3 or better with the majority getting a 4
or 5. This is because we have stressed the importance of keeping track of
the progress, using a variety of media and design concepts and making sure
that the students is aware of the importance of this task. These kids like
to think of themselves as the elite in the school for art and they don't want
to show poorly. They work hard and long after school and at home.
San Jose CA
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