Student generated projects and activities have the potential to allow for more student authenticity. Hybrid works validate student input, output, history, experience, shared and individual meanings, contexts, interests, abilities, likes and feelings.

In a physical sense, a bulletin board could be the perfect format for project proposals to accumulate. A visible physical space dedicated to the sharing of ideas – a venue for cross-experiential pollination. The blog is also an obvious but more high-tech space for this sharing.


• take a photo of your point of view
• use ‘these’ negatives to make a print
• alter ‘this’ print
• write a story about ‘this’ print
• do a photo based comic strip
• make a traditional family portrait with your friends
• juxtapose an image you like with an image you don’t like
• photograph how you feel about school or bugs or hugs or work or love or change or food or shoes or history or where you’re from or…
• photograph a reflection


• throw two forms and attach them
• sculpt your favourite place
• combine a mug and a bug
• plate your favourite meal
• make a box with how you feel on the inside, and what you think on the outside (or vice versa)
• make a non-functional vase
• recreate an object you use everyday, out of clay

Drawing & Painting:

• take “this” drawing and add to it
• open your VJ to your 10th page and use it to structure a painting
• use 2 colours you’ve never used before as a starting palette for a drawing/painting
• do a drawing of your favourite YouTube clip
• draw your toes over and over again
• create an image to represent where you see yourself in 5 years from now
• do a collaborative drawing on which you both work for at least 2 different sessions
• use your “other” hand to draw yourself

Questions of evaluation: How do we mark this?

Possible solutions: with suggestions welcome!!!

• Project proposals receive a completion mark
• Project proposals are assessed on a 3 pt scale: evaluating elements like critical/conceptual depth, room for personal interpretation…
• Variety/creativity in student interpretation of a proposal’s meaning (perhaps a student uses a proposal multiple times and accesses it from different entry points)
• A common rubric/evaluation form is developed that will be used to evaluate/value all works – perhaps it has different criteria depending on the course subject area
• Students evaluate their own achievements and areas they would like to improve, and they ask for specific, focused teacher evaluation
• Group participation and accountability is emphasized – group projects are encouraged

Documentation of student works in relation to the project proposals is both important and interesting for student and community reflection.

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  1. * russframpton says:

    Hey, for ceramics I thought of ‘Convey the idea of _________ through ceramic media.’ Fill in the blank with strength, warmth, wealth…

    Posted 10 years ago
  2. * msmye says:

    how about synaesthetic activities as exercises in hybridity:

    make a vessel to hold the sound of ——–.

    paint the taste of ——-.

    perform scents.

    etcetera, etc.

    Posted 10 years ago
  3. * kvest says:

    I like the idea Russ had about having the students be involved in creating the criteria for evaluation. I think this especially makes sense if they are generating ideas for class projects.

    Of course there is always the worry that there may not be enough time for all this brainstorming!

    Posted 10 years ago

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