Transforming the ordinary: middle school.
Preparing students for exams seems to be the primary focus of many middle school teachers. I wanted to design an art exam that students would look forward to taking, would play upon their strengths, and would be more of an authentic assessment than just a paper and pencil test. The resulting problem was for students to transform an ordinary object into an art piece that would be part of their everyday life.
1. Making art meaningful in student's lives.
2. Using real-life skills.
3. Creative use of materials.
4. Working with a theme.
5. Demonstrating skilled artistry.
Light switch plates, acrylic paints, patterned papers, assorted found materials, glue, polyurethane finish.
1. To enable students to develop a theme, I gave a quick lesson on webbing for brainstorming.
2. After selecting a theme, each student had to submit a sketch of the proposed design for a decorative light switch cover, along with a proposed list of materials needed to complete the task.
3. The time for completion was limited to two class periods.
The light switch covers were graded by a rubric, which covered the following criteria: theme, creative use of materials, and artistry.
ClipCard submitted by Elizabeth Menson Sio, an art teacher at Jordan Elbridge Middle School in Jordan, New York.