Post 16 lesson plan:
An extended, independent, research and design project for Year 12 students
From Jon Nicholls, Thomas Tallis School
Preparations for Unit 3: The Personal Investigation can take many forms. I have found that there is always a lull in the period following the Unit 2 controlled assessment as students prepare for their other Year 12 exams, inevitably missing the odd lesson. Added to this is the issue of other art and design exams, marking and moderation which can be disruptive to normal lessons.
This project is something of an experiment. Rather than delve straight into Unit 3, this year we are challenging them to think about photography in the form of a game. There are two reasons for this:
- We intend to prepare them for Unit 3 by using the context of Surrealism (and subsequent artists/photographers who have been influenced by some of the ideas associated with the Surrealists). The first idea on which we intend to focus is the role that chance or indeterminacy plays in photography.
- We hope that setting the students a relatively short, intense, mini design project that encourages them to think imaginatively about what they already know (and can find out) about the big ideas or Threshold Concepts in photography might be an engaging way to begin their preparations for Unit 3.