Keeping Records of Student Work

Most jobs for studio art or design teaching positions require that you submit not only a visual portfolio of your own work, but also a portfolio of work by students you have taught. This gives search committees an idea of the effectiveness of your teaching.

Because of this, you should make it a habit to record all the work your students submit to each project review. Two options would be to bring a camera to all reviews and shoot the work then, or to collect the work and then shoot it under more controlled lighting conditions.

Remember that the better the quality of the reproduction, the greater the impact the image will have on the viewer. To that end, make sure that you are using a lower ISO, that the white balance setting is matched to your light source, that the artwork fills the frame, and that the artwork is square in the frame.

A bad image of a great artwork will not do it or you justice!

Once taken, organize the image files in your computer by assignment. This will make them easier to find when you need to. Also make sure to embed the student’s name and the medium into the image for future reference.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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