I suggest two or three different assignments, demonstrate how to do them, show
examples and post the directions. I also allow students to come up with their
own independent project if they get it approved by me and if they start on it
the first couple of days of the scheduled assignment. As I posted before, I
have them first go through their portfolios and critique their work to date.
Is there a project, media or style they were particularly fond of, or thought
that if given an opportunity to redo they could produce an outstanding piece?
It requires getting out a lot of different supplies, but I check them out to
the student to keep in their art locker until I grade the assignment
(scratchboard tools, linocut tools, watercolors, etc.) That way I don't have
to pull them out and stash them away every period. I also require them to mat
all 2-D semester projects (in posterboard).