The Role of a Folio.
The below image is a self portrait from a unit 3 Studio Art SAT I taught on a placement. The ideas was to set up a photoshoot for a self portrait then make the portraits into a collage. Through the process the students created a plan for the portrait and the collage, each focusing on how to communicate a theme through the use of medium, elements, principles, process and planning. The below folio is extremely well annotated but even without all the writing there is a strong sense of progress and individual style. It is important for students to be visible with their thoughts in a folio not only for assessment but to make visible and re-enforce the thinking patterns we want to become intuitive in our students. Whilst annotation can be a laborious task and isn’t widely practiced in industry it is an impotent learning tool for students developing a creative process. I see talking to students maturely about the process of annotation as learning activity opposed to an industry standard a step toward being a more authentic presence in the classroom.
In any subject; to achieve high standards of work, the process needs to be rigorous, in depth and challenging. Creative subjects are exactly the same with the best outcomes coming from hard work not just innate talent, unfortunately this is not always the view of a student, school or society. Creative arts teachers need to push students to work hard and this comes through detail in planning and scaffolding with time management.
Below is some instructional material and a folio from the portrait/collage unit.