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Re: Question from a lurker about art teaching


Date: Thu Mar 21 2002 - 16:15:57 PST

<< Some kids will whip through a project and finish it very quickly and DO
NOT want to work on it anymore and other kids will work SO slow. The kids
that finish early just want to talk to their friends and not do anything
else. Does anyone have any ideas for me? I >>

Yes -- I have a portfolio system that works really well to keep every minute
of class a productive one. My 6th and 7th graders have four standard
homework assignments each term, based on four areas of art -- observational
drawing, imaginative drawing, aesthetics/art interpretation and then one "pot
luck" type category. Students choose from many options within each category,
and work at their own pace on the assignments. They get some time each term
to work on these assignments, and also work on them when their classwork is
done and they are ahead of the game.
At the end of each term there is a wealth of info in each students portfolio
about thier skills, interests, and personal artistic directions (very
important to me.)
 My website has all the info and assignments on it. As always, it is a work
in progress and gets tweaked every year. Maybe it will help you out?

Good luck,
Amy Ropple
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