On Monday, I talked about how to use a portfolio as an assessment tool by using my handy Portfolio Cover Sheets. Now, I am going to explain how I make the portfolios and other details surrounding this process. I was lucky to run into some amazing free paper from our print shop in our district. It was too thick to run through their printers, so I had them cut it down for me. I am using these for my portfolios! Did I mention it was totally free?!
I learned a new way to fold the Portfolios on Teach Kids Art. Her portfolios leave a little space at the top to write names. This is very handy and I decided to do this as well.
After you fold the portfolios in half, you write the names at the top. Then, I just keep stuffing them throughout the year. I do have kids help me. I have what I call “Portfolio Day” where kids help pass back art a few times a year.
I have adopted the philosophy that art should be sent home in a way that honors the art as a special event, rather than one piece at time that may get stuffed in a backpack and not held with a high regard. I Encourage parents to have a “Portfolio Night” at their house and sit down with their child and go through the work and look at their growth and processes. There are times I will send the occasional “stray” piece home, and also the 3D or ceramic work will be sent home separate.
When do I sent Portfolios Home?
I usually send them home around the time of the second report card (February or March). The remaining pieces from the year I will send home on their own. I don’t like the idea of keeping the work all year long, because then parents have no real idea what their student is doing in art. I want to strike that balance of “keeping the art” and “sending the art home.”
Another reason I keep the artwork? To save for art shows and other honors. If I send it all home I will not have the best to pick from for all of my art displays!
When do you send home art and how do you handle that process? I am always looking for ways to improve this daunting task of passing out and collecting hundreds of pieces of art. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!