Each student 1-5 makes a portolio the first week of school(Kdg does theirs
later). It's their first art project. I have used construction paper in the
bast 4 years glued together. Next year the PTA is getting me posterboard.
Each grade level has a different color. The colors match the colors of their
Art Express books. I have a large wooden set of cubbies just enough for every
class to have a storage place for 2-d projects.
I ususally put the students art away after a project has been finished,
graded (3-5) and I've picked ones I want to display. idid have second grade
help sort this year. I picked a few kids and let them hand out. All the work
goes home Open House night except for those on display. This year I was able
to display a piece of art for every student in the school. First was Monet
paintings, Second grade chose a piece from their portfolio, third was their
masks, fourth were small fans with Haikus and fifth was a clay project. I
like sending them home open house night because it encourages parents to
visit me and the art room. They want to discuss and know about the art their
child has done. Some art teachers I know put a check list on the outside of
the portfolios telling what was learned or studied about each artwork. I've
never been able to do that as I had two schools. Now I only have one so would
love put a check list with the portfolios. We have one that goes with our
district guidelines that I check off for myself and am planning to change to
put on portfolios.
Hope this helps. JH