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>> I am looking for lesson ideas for a senior art student who will be taking
>> my class as an independent study course in the fall. He is enrolled in
>> the advanced class as well as this independent study.
>> Any ideas? Studio and/or research in history etc. could be included.
>> Thanks for your help in advance!
The Concentration section of the Advanced Placement (AP) portfolio offers a
model for independent study. In his independent study class, your student
could select a topic or theme and develop a related body of work. The
process would include research into artists, styles, cultures, philospohies,
etc. which could inform his body of work - you'll need to give guidance on
what to reserach. Keeping a journal/sketchbook which records the development
of ideas/thought processes, inspirations and written (multimedia?)
discussions of research would be a valuable part of the process.
We do this every year with about 28 AP Art students and it is an invaluable
experience for them. We talk a great deal about how the process of
completing a complex, long term goal teaches life and workforce skills for
their future. Students and parents often think this is one of the most
valuable parts of student's entire high school experience.
To obtain AP materials contact The College Board/ETS in Princeton, NJ. There
is also an AP website. The address is
http://www.collegeboard.org/ap/html/indx002.html (I think!) Their new AP
Studio Art teaching guide, Acorn Book, and AP Poster would be helpful.
Hope this helps. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact me.