Portfolios are a great tool for teachers to use to help measure growth in student's learning. In the past, art portfolios have typically been stored in the form of a physical folder that contained only a students final visual art works. This classic approach is perfect to help students learn responsibility and take their works home upon completion.
However, with the recent push for more effective assessment strategies, art teachers (as well as other specialists) have a couple significant obstacles including: a lack of space for physical storage and a large body of student work to assess.
One solution to reduce clutter and save on time is to digitize the portfolio. Here are two of my favorite ways for art educators to manage hundreds of student portfolios!
Artsonia is the largest kids online art museum. It celebrates creativity in the classroom and get families involved in art education! Family and friends can view the artwork, join fan clubs and leave personal comments for the artists. Schools earn 20% when parents purchase custom keepsakes with their child's artwork – a great fundraiser for your arts program! There are also Art Project Lesson Plans submitted by teachers and are available as a resource for your classroom. Check out the Artsonia blog for more ideas.
I already use Evernote everyday as a personal and professional tool for organization, but it is also perfectly designed to create digitized student portfolio's. Follow this helpful blog post by Rob Van Nood on How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series). One benefit to Evernote in comparison to Art Sonia is that it is a great place to collect additional data (such as sketches, rubrics, artist statements, quizzes, etc) that can be accessed at home for grading purposes and also easily shared with students and guardians to see progress.
Types of Student Art Portfolios
This portfolio would show the process of making a big project and piece of art work. This portfolio can show the research, the sketching, the methods and techniques they used and learned to get to the end conclusion (their final art project). The end of it would be their final piece as well as a self critique and artist statement.
This one I would most likely use as a private portfolio for myself to monitor how the student is doing overall in the class and subject area over the years. An online achievement portfolio would be one idea, I could keep track of what the students did well on as well as what they could improve on to stay up to date at where I would like them to be.
This portfolio can be used for just one project or growth in the students art work over the entire semester. Depending on if I am just teaching a High school painting class or a elementary class they will vary greatly but each of them would contain one medium and assignments for the amount of time the student is in my class. They could also write a statement at the end of how they feel they have grown and how their work shows it.