A cross-curricular, whole school enterprise project focusing on the creation of a silkprint (silkscreen) 'wallcarpet' for display in the school.
Purpose and process
The purpose of the project is to involve every student in the whole school in a cross-curricular, entrepreneurial activity which will result in a lasting piece of art. Each student chooses a flower they want to work with and makes a presentation of the flower to their class. After the presentations, they continue working with the flower in art lessons. They make a drawing of the flower, simplify it and transfer it to a silkscreen printing. All students end up with their own print (40x40cm square). Finally, all prints are put together to create one big piece of art which can be used to decorate a wall in the school building. Through the process, the older students work with the younger ones and help them out when they need some advice.
In an extended version of this project, each student frames their picture and then a group of students organises an exhibition where they invite parents and others from the local community. In this case, students will have to think about many additional points such as:
- how they plan to announce the exhibition
- how to organise and display the pictures
- the selling price for pictures
- whether to provide refreshments for the visitors; if so, what to offer and how it will be funded.
- Learn about the biology of flowers and plants through careful examination;
- Develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes, including: presentation; communication; teamwork; time management; problem-solving;
- Have an experience of teaching younger pupils how to complete a complex task;
- Practise their artistic skills.
Curricular or thematic relevance
The project fits with the Norwegian national curriculum; it involves a range of subject areas, particularly natural science, native language, arts and ethics.
How to organise:
This project is intended to fit within timetabled lessons.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Integrated within the different stages of the project, e.g. student presentation, self- and peer-review, teacher monitoring, successful completion of the final artwork.
Files for download:.jpg / 1768kB
helper do TM detail body (June 6th, 1st half)
I like the idea of teamworking in mixed age groups, great for better integration and rising the sense of responsibility. The tool helps also to go through every part of the project planning.