It appears as if I am not the only one to have students revisit an artwork made earlier in the year to re-work as a final exam for high school art. (Melissa Purtee wrote about it here, and I did take the idea from Ian Sands. Janine Campbell did it years ago.)
Anyway, for my art 1 and my art 2: p/d classes, the exam was to take a piece of artwork they had made sometime in their class that they created or started to create and re-do it in one of 3 ways–make it better, make it different, or rearrange it. We looked at a slide show, I answered questions, and then kids had at it. When they were finished, I had the students fill out a written reflection about the new artwork, why they chose that piece to redo, how they re-did it, and which was stronger/why. There were a couple of other questions about the work they did this year as well. The students had to turn in the original (or a photo of the original) with the new work so I could compare.
I thought it was a great way to finish the year. Students were able to go back over everything they had created. Some pieces they hadn’t seen since I put them back in their portfolios earlier in the year, some forgetting even having made the piece. The reasons students gave for choosing specific pieces varied–from it was my favorite piece to I wanted to take it out of my sketchbook to I knew I could do better. I am so proud of the work they put into the new pieces. It really was a good way to show what they had learned over the year–art making skills, decision making skills, and reflection skills. It’s a final exam I will continue to use in my classes.
I wish I had taken more photos, but I was so caught up in what they were doing and the end of the year, that I forgot.