The Visual Arts Portfolio entails an informed and personal analysis of beliefs and practices that support children’s learning in the visual arts. It involves a critical analysis of practices that support child engagement and learning in the visual arts in the 3-5 year old setting and primary school. The practical artworks teacher candidates develop during workshops will not be assessed. You are strongly recommended to keep a journal that documents workshop discussion and practice. This journal will be a valuable reference for the assessment task, professional placement and future teaching. Photos may be included. Word Count: 1350 words Due Date: Friday 23rd July The Visual Arts Portfolio entails an informed and personal analysis of beliefs and practices that support children’s learning in the visual arts. It involves a critical analysis of practices that support child engagement and learning in the visual arts. When submitting please ensure you include, -your name in the document file name -your name, student number and word count on the first page, and page numbers ASSESSMENT TASK Comment on — a) why the visual arts experiences are significant for children, and b)what do you see as your role in enabling engaging visual arts experiences for children? Your views must be supported by key visual arts readings (4-6) and explained through clear reference to short personal illustrative anecdotes (up to 3). These anecdotes should be drawn from encounters you have had as a child/young person and/or with children and must include at least one reflection on your experience as a learner, exploring art media and processes in this course. Photographs of the arts practice and artwork samples are encouraged. If you have permission, photos of your students can also be included. Images of related resources (e.g., picture books, student artworks) can also be attached to this assignment. This task can be written in first person. To guide your response to this task students may refer to the following prompting statement: ‘An engaging visual arts experience for children involves a holistic personal encounter with the visual world. This experience is enhanced through teachers who stimulate noticing, visual thinking, communication and creativity, and encourage and guide child media exploration and meaning-making through the creation of permanent and ephemeral visual forms.’ WRITING GUIDELINES -Include in your INTRODUCTION an explanation of what your writing will cover and note values (e.g., creativity)and teacher roles (e.g,. facilitator) that you will examine in some depth. -Give an anecdote early in your writing so as to illustrate your discussion -In the BODY OF YOUR WRITING comment broadly on • why the visual arts are significant to children and examine some values in some depth, supported by illustrative/ prompting anecdotes and readings, and • the teacher’s role in enabling engaging visual arts experiences for children and examine some roles in some depth, supported by illustrative/prompting anecdotes and readings -In your CONCLUSION re-cap on the main values and teacher roles discussed and note what you have learnt from this task and the challenges you will have to grapple with in the future to afford children an engaging visual arts program. TASK ASSESSMENT CRITERIA C1: Articulate an informed position on why the visual arts are significant to children (25%) C2: Critically examine the teacher’s role in enabling engaging visual arts experiences for children (25%) C3: Use insightful illustrative anecdotes that are clearly linked to discussion (25%) C4: Demonstrate clear written expression and structure (20%) C5: Acknowledge and cite all references appropriately using APA 7th referencing (5%) Details: C1: Comment on why visual arts experiences are significant to children. Your views must be supported by key readings (addressing both C1 and C2) – seek out appropriate readings from the ones I’ve uploaded or from the list provided. C2: Comment on what you see as your role as the teacher in enabling engaging visual arts experiences for children. Your views must be supported by key readings (addressing both C1 and C2). C3: Your views must be supported by key readings (4-6) and explained through clear reference to short personal illustrative anecdotes (up to 3) each of which is written from one or both perspectives – learner and/or teacher. See Uploaded VISUAL ARTS ? ANECDOTE EXAMPLES for de-identified examples. Note how they are closely linked to the discussion and where possible the literature. To help explain your anecdotes photographs of artworks (child or adult), visual resources and visually rich environments may be included and discussed. Your anecdotes should be drawn from encounters you have had as a child/young person and/or with children and must include at least one reflection on your experience as a learner in the visual arts workshops undertaken. Give an anecdote early in your writing so as to illustrate your discussion. Ensure your illustrative anecdotes describe with insight your arts experience/s, bringing them to life with your description and thoughtful commentary. Your illustrative anecdotes should be written using first person and prose. You can write the body of your essay in first or third person, as long as you are consistent. C4: It is expected that the essay will be clearly expressed with clear links made between points. ‘Topic’ or ‘analytic’ sentences are useful at the beginning of each section of the essay––these sentences outline what is to follow in each section. A small number of sub-headings/topic headings can be used to guide the reading. We recommend a careful proofread before submitting your task on Turnitin. C5: Use American Psychology Association (APA) 7th for referencing. Most referencing will be indirect. Direct references (quotes) should be meaningfully integrated into your discussion, which should flow coherently throughout the essay.