Students will analyze, select, and critique personal artwork for a portfolio presentation. They will select up to twelve images from their personal artistic production over the three years of visual arts they have taken in high school.
The images will be analyzed/critiqued by the student for the demonstration of achievement in the use of four categories—themes, media, design elements, and creativity.
This assessment assumes that students have been creating and documenting their art through digital photography over the course of more than two years of art classes, and that these classes have served to develop their understandings of art based on themes or “big ideas,” and the use of media, design elements (i.e., elements and principles), and creativity. Students must also have sufficient computer skills to create Word documents that contain images and save them as PDFs.
Students will demonstrate the ability to assemble a portfolio appropriate for an intended audience of reviewers for college entrance or competitive scholarships. They will present work in organized categories that will clearly demonstrate specific abilities, going beyond a simple collection of images, to show focused skills and the ability to apply organizational principles when presenting artwork.
This assessment is appropriate for programs using teaching based on themes/big ideas, the use of traditional modernist design elements and principles, and/or programs using “Postmodern Principles and Practices” as developed by Olivia Gude. The complete article in which these postmodern principles and practices are discussed is available at https://elearning.psu.edu/drupal6/content/aed813/pdfs/Gude_2004.pdf.
This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.
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