Does anyone require students to keep a Portfolio as part of their Floral Design class? I started doing this last year, but I could use some help. Would anyone share what you use? Thanks!
I am also curious about this also. I think it would be important, to show the progress of the the student success. I hope we both get some response!
Yes! I have students take a photo of each of their arrangements (a side view and top view), and glue them onto a piece of card-stock. Then I have students fill out the attached sheet- they must critique their arrangement. Students keep their portfolio in the classroom in a folder. Anytime they learn a new arrangement, or make an arrangement for a function (such as banquet, a wedding we're doing, etc.), they add to it. I hope this helps some- I don't really have anything else to show as an example, as everything is a hard copy. I tried doing a blog last year with their critiques, and it worked well, however, our school started blocking most blogs so it was difficult to keep up!
WE encourage all of our students in all courses to take photographs of their designs, their classmates' designs and the instructors' designs.
We think of it not so much as a portfolio, but rather as a wonderful way to supplement their notes.
It is one thing to write down steps to the construction of a design.
It is far more effective to also have a visual to look at-- and compare to ones written comments.
And over time it does make note keeping so much more efficient.
Photographic technology has become so easy to use today. A student can use a point and shoot throw away cardboard and plastic drugstore camera,
a smart phone with photographic function, or a more advanced digital camera. The point is that you don't have to be a professional photographer to take a decent image.
And today's students are very comfortable taking images.
WE also find that the interactivity of taking images helps to keep students even more engaged.
WE also give our students options as to how to present their photos. They may use hard copy printed or use digital means (eg. flash drive).to turn in their photos and notes.
I also suggest that students make us of digital photo data bases (eg. iphoto) for long term storage and retention of images.
Hope this is helpful.
Rittners Floral School
345 Marlborough St
Boston, MA. 02115
Thanks for those that have commented on the Floral Portfolios. I guess I should have explained what I was looking for. I was hoping someone would share some handouts or ideas on how you layout your portfolios.
We put together a PowerPoint final portfolio of what students have learned in the class. These are a couple I still had on my computer, please realize they are student work and not necessarily A work. The Equilateral Triangle handout is the sample I use of a slide for students.
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