Design Project – Independent Project
The class begins with a screening of the BBC documentary about art called “Why Beauty Matters,” and a discussion surrounding the concept of art. The project begins with Step 1 – The Project Proposal. Students are guided through research and brainstorming for ideas about their projects. Students then had to write a project proposal that contained the following information:
- What medium?
- What is the concept?
- How does this tie in with skills or concepts we have learned this year?
- A short description of what proposed project.
Students then submitted their proposal and met with me for final approval.
Students then move to Step 2 – Documenting Progress. Students / Student Groups join the class blog where they post weekly updates of their work and respond to others work. They spend these subsequent class periods creating their projects. Finally they move on to Step 3 – Artist Statement & Project Presentation. Each student is given designated class time to craft theirArtist Statement and a presentation template to use as the base for their presentation.
Students are expected to present their project to the class for critique and review. The students work is also displayed for the school with a gallery showing.
- ISTE: Creativity and Innovation
- ISTE: Communication and Collaboration
- ISTE: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, & Decision Making
Students proposed a self-directed project that utilized mediums, skills, and concepts learned over the span of this course in order to come up with a fully fleshed out proposal for a body of work. Students researched ideas and concepts, proposed a project based around a concept or subject matter, had to get approval for their project and a dedicated period of time in order to finish their work. Each student also had to create an Artist Statement where they formally analyzed their work. The course culminated with group critique where each student presenting their project including their Artist Statement, process and intent, and final curated work.
Excerpts from Student Presentations
- Independent Project Presentation – Step 1
- Independent Project Presentation – Step 2
- Independent Project Presentation – Step 3
- Independent Project Proposal Student Document
- Artist Statement Document
- Independent Project Student Presentation Template
- Project Scoring Rubric