I have done digital portfolios with all of my senior students interested
in going on. All of the schools they were interested requested them in
digital format. I took high-quality pictures of all of their projects
they wanted in their portfolio, and made both a Power Point presentation
and a web page, so they could be viewed online or from a disk. Both of
my seniors that did that last year were accepted into the schools of
their choice. Some colleges may prefer traditional ones, but I think
digital is the way to go. It is also an archive, where no matter what
happens to the projects, they always have pictures of it. The other
advantage of digital format is that they can always get slides made of
them too. I wish I had done that with my own artwork from high school
and college. Much of mine got destroyed when a water heater leaked, so I
no longer have them. What I did manage to save is damaged.
Brookings Middle School
From: Chantal Pinnow [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 3:58 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] senior portfolios
I teach several seniors who are interested in going to art college or
pursuing an art degree after high school. I would like to help them
prepare a portfolio this year of some of their best work. I have a few
1. Is it best to help them prepare a physical portfolio, a digital
portfolio (such as powerpoint), slides, or all three? I know different
schools require different things. I teach at an international school,
and many students will be going out of country to school. They won't
necessarily be going on "go-sees" to colleges.
2. When creating a physical portfolio, is it best to have everything
mounted and create a cover sheet (this is what i had to do in college),
or just placing a variety of works in a portfolio.
3. Would you make this as a grade, or just as a help to those who want
Thanks for any help.