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RE: Ritual


Date: Tue Oct 14 2003 - 19:41:24 PDT

I start photographing when about 1/2 or 3/4ths of the kids are finished.
I go on and matt those pieces (kids do) as they are finished. THat way
it's really easy to see who is finished or not. I also precut (trim)
the edges off of the paper they will draw or paint on prior to their
starting so that the matt paper, which is my largest paper, is
automatically larger than their work. Usually it means that I am
working on photographing a grade level over a period of two weeks,
gradually. I'm pretty fast in photo shop and have the click and
dragging of photos into the mini-portfolio class tables down to a
pretty rapid fire science. It takes me about 15 minutes to crop and
name photos for a class of kids. It takes me about 5 to 7 minutes to
photograph about 20 pieces of art. The trickiest part is to come up
with a good system where you can recognize the work that you have
already done at a glance. I find that the easiest way to do that is to
wait until after the work is finished and mounted to photograph it. I
create a folder in my documents for each class, and label it 5-1 still
life, or whatever for each of my sections. I have a Sony Mavica camera
with a floppy disk. I open the floppy, and cut and paste the un named
photos into the folder for that class. I work up the photos, name them,
save them, transfer them into the portfolio table, and they are also
ready for the web in the folder when I get ready to put them on. I can
look at the table to see who has not finished their work. I can make
comments on any that I feel the need to at the time. But I only write
comments for behavior as I can see at a glance in the table what they
have done for their work/effort/participation. It makes it so easy to
write a comment to be able to see everything a student has done in their
row of the table. ANd the best part is that their row in the table just
keeps expanding as you add more photos or write comments in there. You
can keep it all year! Hope this helps you to understand it. Ask me
anything else you want to.

Linda Woods,
Visit our Students' Art Gallery at St. John's School:,
click on Fine Arts, Click on Lower and 6th Grade Art Gallery.