Talk about ending the year in style year 8!
Students selected a profession based on their interests and skills: Printmaker, artist or sculptor.
They then split into teams and selected a creative director and sub team leader. This job role encouraged the development of the qualities such as self-discipline, self-confidence and independence whilst creating a working team in which all members care for each other as professionals.
These leaders got together and had discussions with their team members about high Tea. Then collaborated to come up with a class theme. This theme was then sold by the creative director to their team members, who then had to plan their time and produce a product for the whole class high Tea.
They worked on an individual outcome but team work was key to the success of the overall class outcome. Creative directors managed their teams. Differentiated when necessary and quality assured products. They led the demonstrations, and dedicated time out of class to become an expert in their skilled area.
They were supported by the sub team leader who helped with management of the group, health and safety, time management and reporting to myself as their project leader and client.
Such maturity was shown throughout this project and the energy in the classroom was incredible.
A lot of preparation paid off as students collaborated, thought critically and showcased their creativity. Groups were curious learners and really showed me that they can work well, respecting their class members as young professionals. Amazing!
Pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.