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Re: HS art exams?

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sat, 06 Nov 1999 21:02:23 -0400

At the end of each semester, I have my students submit a portfolio. They
are required to keep their major assignments throughout the semester,
and then I give a specific assignment for the portfolio assessment. For
example, I might ask for 4 projects in 4 different media, and then I
require an essay in which they describe and explain each piece, and then
compare and contrast 2 of them. Or I might ask them to compare and
contrast 1 of their pieces to the work of an actual artist, using art
history books. Depending upon the class, I make the essay easier or more
complex. But I basically ask them in some way or another to describe and
reflect upon their work, use some of the vocabulary they've learned, and
organize their thoughts in an intelligent way. Their portfolios are due
on the last day of class before the exam days. However, they can also
work on them during the exam days. But if they turn them in before the
exams, they don't have to attend school at the time slot reserved for
their art class exam. In the near future I hope to be able to accomplish
all of this using technology - having students scanning their artwork
and combining image and essay using the computer.


Sandra Hildreth
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Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
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Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617

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