“Action Research” Action Research: (essentially interventionist, employing Participant observation). -The management of group art projects. -Shop Front ‘commissioned’ by school stakeholders. -The formulation of projects and project briefs. -Creative design work and the immediate relevance of REV of dealing with large scale work. -The place of judging panel and proposals, students pitching their work etc. -Visual Culture/ Popular Culture Content.
“Brief & Gathering Data”Brief-Shop Front: This brief came about when I was approached by the schoolsstakeholders to help refurbish the school gym/hall. The hall is also the canteen atbreak and lunchtime where students get to order their lunch and sit and eat it. It wasdecided as a group that something should be done to highlight this so students aregetting the chance to design a shop front along with holding a competition for thewhole school to come up with a name for it.Brainstorming: Students were instructed of the brief & project, they were thenbroken up into groups to brainstorm and come up with ideas.Presentations: When the students were finished brainstorming and had come upwith their ideas. Each group was given the chance to present their ideas to the rest ofthe class and principal. Votes were cast for best layout and shop name.Note Taking & Drawings: Students and myself to keep a clear and accuratedepiction of events, problems, tasks to be done etc.Photography: A number of cameras were made available to the students so that theycould each have a go at documenting the work being done.Video Camera: Students learned how to use a video camera with a number ofstudents documenting the work as it was being created.Voicethread: A voicethread was created so that students and myself could commenton the project as a whole.
“Key Points”• To research different types of artistic/professional briefs and to look at the workthat was completed from these briefs. Then to discuss were the key points met???What worked well??? Relevant??? etc.• To design a brief that communicates clearly the task in hand to students.Also presentations and research of media/ imagery suitable to the task at hand.Presentations of group proposals- students have the chance to pitch their plans andideas. Research on how to deliver a clear and accurate presentation using allresources available.• To manage and maintain the groups progress and creative designing of muralsand shop front. (Times, Deadlines, Student allocated jobs, etc). Studentparticipation was key here. Deadline: VEC Awards Night.• To demonstrate to students how to use and work different forms of computerrelated software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, CAD and Voicethread.Also on the practical side to work safely with tools and machinery from theWoodwork Room- Bench Saw, Jigsaw, Drills etc.
“Brainstorming And Presentations” · Brainstorming · Sketches & Ideas · Work On Boards · Research Of Shop Fronts
“Professional Approach” To achieve a more professional outlook for the design, students learned how to use different forms of computer software.The most successful ofthese was using Illustrator.Started with line, b&w detail,And then experimented withdifferent colour schemes.
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“Finished 3D Objects” 3D Objects of an Electric Guitar and a Salad Roll were used as symbols to interact with the shop name: “Rock N Roll”The 3D Objects weremounted on the shop frontframe.One was placed on the leftand the other on the right sideof the frame.
“Before & After” “From an idea, to a sketch, to a plan and then to a finished piece to be very proud of!!!!”
“Research Outcomes”Throughout this project the students have :-learned to understand what a brief is and how to work to one.-learned how to brainstorm and work in teams.-become more confident in themselves as individuals and art students byundertaking different tasks, talking about the artwork, presenting their ideas,setting goals and completing deadlines.-learned how to be more critical about their work, what works??? did notwork??? and have the ability/confidence to start again and go back to thedrawing board if needed.-learned how to research an idea and also learned new skills such as CAD,Photoshop, Illustrator etc, a more professional way to present ones work.-learned to evaluate, review and reflect on the work, their input into the workand how they worked as a team member.-learned how art can be taking outside of the classroom and have a realimpact on the surrounding area and the people who are in it.-achieved a great sense of pride in their work by creating the shop front piecewhich will be still in the school long after they have left/put their stamp onthe school!!!