Although it is difficult to make every area of learning in art and design a real-world experience, it is important to know that if it is relevant to a student, then it is real-world to them. A still life study of drapery may not be relevant, but their basketball uniform may be…
Intro to Art 1 semester 9th-12th grade
- Real-world: drawing/painting on location, jury their own art show, hang art exhibition, run art expo for children, walking art gallery downtown, enter adult competitions, visit art studios, guest artist talks and critiques, peer led critiques, daily devotional drawing, journal keeping, still-life that is of their own “treasured possessions”, portraits of inner-city children from area schools, ARTPRIZE, working with nature, ARTWORKS for teens assisting professionals
Drawing and Painting I 1 semester 9th-12th grade
- Real-world: volunteer 5 hours of painting or art-related graphic design work for a non-profit organization, murals, Big-Idea series based on life memories and experiences, enter adult competitions, visit art studios, guest artist talks and critiques, peer led critique, drawing/painting on location, jury their own art show, hang art exhibition, run art expo for children, experiential drawing and painting, ARTWORKS for teens assisting professionals
Design I and II (graphic design, industrial design, fashion, architecture and interior design) 2 semesters 10th-12th grade
- Real-world: working for real clients, working for peer clients, working for simulated clients, guest designers, visiting firms, interior design of abandon or empty loft space, interior design and decorating of a private room for a homeless shelter, guest critiques, fashion show, building micro housing for natural disaster victims, redesigning outdoor school shelter space, adult competitions, exhibition in gallery shows, ARTWORKS for teens assisting professionals
Graphic Design I and II 2 semesters 10th-12th grade
- Real-world: working for real clients, working for peer clients, working for simulated clients, guest designers, guest critiques, create font portrait of influential person, online logo design competitions, online poster competitions, create t-shirts for student body activities, posters for in-house activities, ARTWORKS for teens assisting professionals
Printmaking 1 semester 10th-12th grade
- Real-world: using favorite scripture passages, life experiences, famous quotes, etc for inspiration, design and create silk screen t-shirts and sell to student body, adult competitions, peer led critiques, guest artist visits, ARTWORKS for teens assisting professionals
Sculpture and Ceramics 1 semester 10th-12th grade
- Real-world: family stabiles, family ceramic stabiles, scripture-based large-scale sculptures including mobiles and wall reliefs, personal teapots/cups or dinnerware set, interactive sculpture with downtown sculptures, altered book based on theme of life journey or personal Big-idea, peer led critiques, ARTWORKS for teens assisting professionals
Jr High Art 1 semester 7/8th grade
- Real-world: watercolor based on aerial view of home using metaphors and symbols about neighbor relationships, sculpture work based on examining life priorities, my world etchings, family fabric trees, stabile of favorite activities, clay stabile based on endangered animal research, murals based on scripture verses, art competitions
- Real-world: Ad sales, online graphic design, layout, interviews, data collection, copy writing, editing, deadlines, bonus $ awards for top sales, recruiting
A list of classroom ideas:
Making it R.E.A.L. for High School Art
- Inviting guest artists into the classroom to show work and introduce a new project.
- Inviting guest artists into the classroom to demonstrate an art making technique.
- Inviting former students to present their college artwork to your classes.
- Hiring guest artists through grants received to assist students in creating large-scale sculptures.
- Dressing up as a “client” to simulate the real world.
- Receiving real “briefs” from local advertising firms to work on and present ideas to the creative director.
- Inviting interior designers, creative directors, marketing directors, industrial designers and graphic designers to guest critique student work.
- Presenting final work at an actual design or architecture firm.
- Entering students’ work into real-world design competitions.
- Requiring students to dress-up for guest critiques.
- Simulating a design firm by critiquing in school’s meeting room.
- Replacing stock photos for graphic design projects with photos from student organized photo shoots.
- Adjudicating art shows that are in your local community and comparing the jurors selections over class choice.
- Hosting senior exhibitions in a local gallery, business or home.
- Creating large-scale permanent sculptures for the school.
- Entering students’ work into real-world “call for art” art exhibitions.
- Finding small design jobs from local business owners who want a fresh, new look.
- Requiring Advanced Art students to select a community service project that is art/design based that they complete outside of school.
- Assisting school marketing director in various needs.
- Visiting studio and design firms during one-week J-term class.
- Measuring a real downtown loft space and designing for a fictitious client.
- Requiring Intro to Art students to experience “ART NOW” through documenting 4 local galleries, artist studios or art fairs of their choice.
- Using current computer software including Google SKETCHUP! and Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
- Allowing students to adjudicate and display their own group show.
- Having an annual fashion show.
- Sharing personal success as a professional artist through exhibiting your work at school, and rejoicing with them when work sells.
- Inviting students to join along at local art receptions after school hours.
- Taking students to guest artist lectures at our local art museum and sculpture gardens after school hours.
- Hosting senior group and solo exhibitions in local art galleries.
- Encouraging students to participate in ARTWORKS, a semester long opportunity for students to work with a professional artist or designer.
- Providing scholarship opportunities for regional summer art camps.
- Inviting are colleges to have annual portfolio reviews in your classroom.
- Purchasing student artwork for school.
- Annual funding for summer art camp scholarships.
- Presenting a “Walking Gallery” where students walk their art downtown.
- Touring local college art departments during our spring break.
- Painting on location.
- Allowing for total student led critiques after every project.
- Having students teach art to elementary students.
- Have a student aid in the classroom.
- Participate in teacher-exchange with local high school teacher.
- Set up opportunities for high school student to assist the elementary art teacher.
- Create picture books in a foreign language to take on school mission trips.
- Ask drama department if they need poster designs for advertising play.
- Create t-shirts for powder-puff events or other student-led events.
- Consider an art club with after-school and overnight trips to design shows, studio firms, art colleges and painting on location excursions.
- Vary the self-portrait project by having students create portraits for underprivileged community members, ex. Foster children, veterans, or be involved in third-world projects like: http://www.memoryproject.org