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Montclair High School
Principal: James N. Earle
100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
8:00 AM - 2:33 PM
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Senior Project

Level: Academic (Honors by contract)

Credits: 2.5 Visual/Performing Arts

Course Description: Senior Portfolio is designed for 12th grade students only. This studio course focuses on preparing the portfolio for entry to art studies in college, university, or art school. Additionally , this course serves as a lab experience for students to learn how to curate an art exhibit, properly mat and frame work for exhibition, and create descriptive and well formatted wall labels and text. Students will also continue to refine their work through further development of their unique creative voice.


  • Standard 1: The Creative Process – All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 2: History of the Arts and Culture – All students will understand the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures
  • Standard 3: Performing –All students will synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 4: Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies – All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Supplementary Materials

  • Artist and Art Movement Videos andDVDs
  • CurrentArtPublications/ArtistBiographies
  • Internet Resources
  • Initial Portfolio Review: a one-­‐on-­‐one meeting with the instructor to build student’s awareness of the strengths and weaknesses in their existing work; written and verbal exercises aid the student in developing verbal
  • Building the Portfolio: students create specific goals for creating new works that will strengthen their overall
  • Development of a Personal Voice: students engage in a series of assignments that aid in the cultivation of their own artistic vision and
  • Materials and Methods: students are introduced to new materials and new ways of using familiar
  • Critique: students engage in both oral and written critique exercises to further develop their powers of observation and
  • Presenting Work: students learn to create gallery-­‐appropriate presentations of artworks through curating, matting, and framing
  • Curating an art exhibit: students work collaboratively to generate a concept, create a call for entries, curate, and install a show of student

Proficiencies: By the end of this course, students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in creating successful artworks that seamlessly engage the elements and principles of
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and/or sculpture
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the influence of an artist, movement, or culture on students’ own
  • Apply visual arts concepts to solve visual problems through analysis, synthesis, and
  • Refine their perceptual, intellectual, physical, and technical skills through art
  • Identify potential career paths that may be taken in the fine and commercial
  • Think, write, and speak about art critically and

 Evaluation and Assessment:

  • Projects (40%) -­‐ projects are assigned as both instructional tools and instruments for Projects are assessed on an individual basis and evaluated based on the following criteria: following instructions, skill and development, creativity and originality, craftsmanship, and completion of the project.
  • Class Work (30%) -­‐ an integral aspect of the learning process, allowing students to demonstrate their ongoing understanding of content and concepts Class work includes demonstration of a cooperative attitude and contribution to the learning process of the class, proper utilization of class time, attendance and punctuality, proper use of materials and supplies, studio set-­‐up and clean-­‐up, and participation in class discussions and critiques.
  • Tests/Quizzes (10%) -­‐ an assessment of cumulative knowledge and understanding of a unit of study/evaluation of short-­‐term knowledge and understanding of homework assignments and class
  • Homework (10%) -­‐ enables students to exercise and reinforce their knowledge and understanding of skills taught in class, as well as preparation and/or research for projects to be executed in
  • Final Exam (10%) – a culminating assessment of skills and knowledge administered at the end of the semester’s


Updated: 9/26/2017