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Mid-Term presentation as Professional Development
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Professional Development Mid-Term Presentation: “Tell me about your work.”

Objective: As a professional in your creative career you will be called upon time and time again to talk about your work.  Your midterm project is to show 3 examples of your best drawing and talk about your work to a fellow student who is role-playing an employer.

You will work in pairs to show your work to a fellow student as if that student is a potential employer looking at your portfolio. 

Your partner will ask, “Tell me about your work.”  You will answer in a well-crafted 1-paragraph reply explaining your personal interests and the strengths of your work.  You will turn in a printed version of your 1-paragraph response.

These starter ideas are from a book that I recommend. Art-Write by V.K. Amorose.

1. Begin by introducing yourself with your full name and and your program of study.

2. To create your reply, brainstorm your ideas by using these starters. Fill in the blanks to think more deeply about your unique approach to what you are presenting to a potential employer.

I find inspiration ___________

_________________ is at the center of my art.

My work is a combination of ______________ and ______________.

I make connections between ____________ and _____________.

I was thinking about ___________ and I created _____________.

I value __________

My process ________

I am intrigued by __________

My observation of ______

My vision _________

Reflect the way of ___________

Brings focus to _____________

The question I ask myself _______________

Do not use all these starters, just the ones that fit with your personal approach to drawing.

3. Here are some terms that may help you compose a professionally-sounding dynamic short discussion of your work.

Adapt
Advance
Aesthetic
Aggressive
Allow
Amplify
Animate
Appear
Arrange
Balance
Blend
Capture
Challenge
Chiaroscuro
Complementary
Conceive
Coincide
Consider
Contradict
Converge
Cultivate
Declare
Define
Degree
Delicate
Demand
Depth
Dimension
Direction
Discovery
Distinct
Dynamic
Edges
Emerge
Exaggerate
Energy
Evoke
Examine
Execute
Experiment
Force
Form
Formal
Formula
Freedom
Fragmented
Gestural
Harmonious
Hue
Identity
Illusion
Image
Improvise
In-depth
Insight
Instinct
Intentional
Invent
Investigate
Layer
Level
Line
Linear
Loose
Magnify
Materials
Message
Merge
Modified
Multi-directional
Mythology
Narrative
Non-objective
Nuance
Outright
Overlap
Palette
Pattern
Perspective
Persuade
Pose
Power
Principles
Presence
Problem
Questions
Redefine
Render
Reinforce
Relationship
Research
Resonate
Reveal
Reverse
Sensation
Shades
Shadows
Shapes
Shock
Significance
Similar
Singular
Spin
Stabilize
Subsequent
Substance
Surprising
Tension
Torque
Traditional
Transform
Underlying
Velocity
Visual story-telling



4. Write a rough draft and practice reading it to your partner. 
5. Use your partner’s feedback to craft a smooth-sounding, professional paragraph to use in your mid-term presentation.

Teacher Reflections:

This is the format of the presentation:


  • Student/artist puts work on display, in our case with magnets on the whiteboard.


  • Student interviewer pretends to by a representative of a company that the artist student wants to work for.  The interviewer greets the artist/student and introduces herself.  They shake hands.  The interviewer asks the student, “Please tell me about your work.”


  • The artist student tells the prospective employer about the drawings.

I have never seen such a change in student communication skills and seriousness of approach.  this improv idea from SXSW edu engages the students in pretending, acting, and role playing.  The quality of the presentations went up across the board.  Students were more comfortable in front of the audience.  The content of the presentation was more natural and more focused using this technique.

This assignment promotes the 21st century skills of communication and collaboration.

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