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My students have portfolios in which they place everything that they do.
Mistakes and successes. They know that at the end of the semester we will go
through and decide what is to remain in the portfolio. This includes mistakes
as well as successes. They are encouraged to take home as much as possible.
But I am looking for a few really good pieces and a few of the mistakes to
stay. I will keep this portfolio until they graduate. They will either
continue to take art and continue to add to it or it will just be stored in
the art department until they graduate. From this on-going portfolio we will
develop presentation portfolios for other purposes.
They know that I keep two portfolios myself. One is my presentation portfolio
and the other is my working portfolio. I keep anything that I want to remember
in my working portfolio. Some of the things in that portfolio are pretty
strange. But they serve as reminders to me.
I think that the fact that I keep their work for all that time makes an
impression on them. I don't have the problem of crumpled up mini-mistakes so
But I do have a growing number of risk takers. And I like that.