Getting Started Technical Tips

Issues in Creating Portfolios

Creating and Evaluating Teaching Videos

Purpose and Principles for Inservice Portfolios

Ways to Organize Your Preservice Portfolio

Using Standards as a Guide

Writing an Artist Statement

Writing a Philosophy Statement

Creating an Art Teaching Portfolio for Professional and Master Level Licensure

Suggestions for Writing a PDP Plan

Authored by Sheri Klein, UW-Stout

Guidelines and formats for your portfolio organization may be pre-determined by your university art education and/or teacher education program requirements.

There are, however, many ways to organize your preservice portfolio. Portfolios can be organized in a "linear" format that resembles a resume, or may be organized in a "holistic" format that allows a viewer to access the portfolio in multiple ways.

Linear Organization

A linear organization of your portfolio can be achieved by organizing around the contents of your resume. There are general categories of a resume and these are listed in the chart below. As in a resume, key experiences would be highlighted, and pages would be linked to each of the categories with evidence of supporting artifacts and reflections.

Another linear way to organize your portfolio is using the standards as the basis for a table of contents. Key experiences would be highlighted and pages would be linked to each of the standards with evidence of supporting artifacts and reflections.

A Table of Contents is a necessary component E-Portfolio to guide the portfolio reader.

Holistic Organization

A holistic organization of your portfolio can be achieved by organizing around images, themes, using a matrix, an educational philosophy statement, or teaching goals. Portfolios by art teachers or future art teachers should be highly visual to reflect the profession of art education. Key images could be selected that represent ideas or metaphors about art teaching, or that represent the various roles of art teachers, such as, curriculum developer, negotiator, facilitator, manager, problem solver, etc. Artifacts and reflections could be linked to images that demonstrate evidence as to how you have experienced different roles in teaching. Themes of teaching that relate to the standards may include: "Beyond the Classroom," "Connecting Art with Life," "Recognizing Talent," "Acknowledging Individuals," and "Creating Classroom Community," "My Teaching Over Time," :Tending the Garden," or other metaphors.

As an art education portfolio, we recommend that images are placed throughout the portfolio.

Ways to Organize A Preservice E-Portfolio


By Contents of a Resume
While there are many resume fomats to use, a standard resume includes information about your education credentials, work experience, teaching record, and art exhibition record.In the exhibition record category, you should provide evidence of your development as an artist. Include both in-process and completed art works with your statements. Include art works that shows depth and breadth as well as your area(s) of concentration. Your reflections in this section should reveal your capacities to critique your work Your work should be assessed by criteria that are consistent with artistic practice (i.e. imagination, purposeful pursuit of ideas, synthesis of content, form and function, technical and compositional knowledge).

By the Standards
Selectively include artifacts and reflections that demonstrate your your best efforts at meeting the standards.
By Images
Selectively include images that have meaning for you and that represent your metaphors for art teaching. These images may include your studio art work, images from visual culture, other artists' works, or other relevant images. Link artifacts and reflections that address each metaphor.

By Themes
Selectively include themes that represent aspects of art teaching that you consider important, or that you strive for in your teaching practice. Link artifacts and reflections that address each theme.

By A Matrix
Create a chart or matrix that includes your organizing structure and that cross-references where themes intersect with standards, artifacts and reflections. Make links where the themes intersect so that the portfolio can be accessed in multiple ways.

By Art Education Statements
Your philosophy of art education can serve as a portfolio organizer. You can create links from your statement that demonstrate how you put theory into practice, how you demonstrate teaching competencies, and meet the teaching standards.
By Teaching Goals
Selectively include your teaching goals based on your student teaching experiences and other related teaching experiences, paid or unpaid. You can create links to curriculum, student work, teaching evaluations and other artifacts that demonstrate you have met your teaching goals, and the standards.

Strategies for Deciding on An Organizational Structure
Create a web of desired E-Portfolio components or create a storyboard where you layout your E-Portfolio pages. This process can enable you to visualize links and connections between pages, eliminate unnecessary pages, and to strengthen the design components within and across pages.

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