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Re: portfolio

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Christa Wise (
Wed, 17 Nov 1999 07:40:18 -0500

I'm Christa Wise from Michigan. I teach in a very small school, 7-12 =330
students, where I am the head and foot of the department..

I teach the AP portfolio alternating the drawing port. one year and general
port. the other year. All juniors and seniors with a B or better may take
the class. All will work on a portfolio and all will complete the
requirements, but not all will send the $75 to have the port. evaluated by AP.

AP requirements for the general portfolio include 20 slides showing
"breadth." 8 drawings, 4 sculpture, 8 color and design. I usually get them
to do these the first semester by assigning class projects.

The "concentration" section of the AP port. includes up to 16 related works
in any media. One student explored Paul McCartney, and her own jealousy
toward his wife Linda,in sculpture and 2 dimensionally. Another built 3-D
cardboard houses and painted them (or wrapped them) in the manner of famous
artists. This work will be different for each student and will be a huge
2nd semester task. Sixteen works is a demanding task. Often my advanced
students will have an extra independent hour in my classroom.

We photograph along the way, but are always running for 1 hour service on
the day the portfolios are due which is usually the second week in May. In
my school, this is often the seniors' last day. With the few remaining
juniors left, I usually do an unusual class project--the kind that is
expensive or complicated that one might try with a small and interested group.

Some of the weaker students take two years to submit a portfolio.

Regarding the scholarships, my students went to visit schools they were
interested in and took their portfolios for evaluation, two were evaluated
at our school by visiting college reps, and one recieved hers by sending
her slide to the college. The schools were sufficiently impressed to lure
these students with scholarship offers.

This is long, but very concise. Email again with specific questions if you
have any.

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