>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.