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This group is for anyone who wants to explore doing "wdydwyd?" as a project with a class (any age group). Post your school name and say a little about how you assigned it, or ask questions to get feedback on your plans.

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POST your SCHOOL NAME, LOCATION and say a little about how you might assign the project, or ask questions to get feedback on your plans. This group is about helping each other get ideas for how to do it.

Schools that have made an assignment through this site:
(1) Univ. of California Los Angeles (UCLA) > their assignment page (teacher: Robert Winter) (2) Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill > their assignment page (teacher: Julia Scatliff O'Grady) (3) California State University, Fullerton (teacher: Athena Hahn)
(4) Leadership & Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School (LÊP High), Portland, Oregon (teacher: Fara Tucker)
(5) Solihull College, United Kingdom (teacher: Zig)
(6) Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science High and Mid School (teacher: Mikhayla Harrell)
(7) Temple University (teacher: Sheryl Kantrowitz)
(8)... many others, but I don't know all the names, so post yours below and be helpful to other teachers

Discussion Forum

Alternative High School

Started by Karen Zelak Dec 17, 2010.

writing students at a midwestern community college (and postcards) 4 Replies

Started by trish harris. Last reply by Tony Deifell Jul 26, 2010.

How I Incorporated WDYDWYD in My Art Direction 2 class at Temple University (ADV Dept) FALL '09 3 Replies

Started by Professor Sheryl Kantrowitz. Last reply by Tony Deifell May 18, 2010.

North Topsail Elementary School 3 Replies

Started by marybethcroft. Last reply by Tony Deifell Feb 9, 2010.

Libraries - why do you read what you read? 4 Replies

Started by Tony Deifell. Last reply by Tori Jensen Mar 22, 2009.

A thoughtful beginning... 1 Reply

Started by Sarah Nestheide. Last reply by Tony Deifell Mar 13, 2009.

Getting your students to speak their mind through imagery 1 Reply

Started by Mikhayla Harrell. Last reply by Tony Deifell Mar 6, 2009.

Introduce Circle Painting

Started by Hiep Nguyen Jan 17, 2009.

Drawing & Painting Class Project - NY-USA 1 Reply

Started by Roi. Last reply by Tony Deifell Apr 14, 2008.

UNC-Chapel Hill - Organizational Communications class

Started by Julia Scatliff O'Grady Apr 5, 2008.

FIDM- San Francisco 2 Replies

Started by Jennifer Lynne. Last reply by Jane Mauchly Apr 5, 2008.

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Comment by Bettina Mow on September 16, 2010 at 4:34pm
How are you getting permission to do it with a high school? Ask parents? Are you going to post their pics here?
Comment by Trisha Hamilton-Cooper on December 14, 2008 at 5:51pm
I am going to do this project with all of my high school classes. I think it will be interesting to see how different mediums answer the question. I'm hoping this will help my students learn to think about life and art on a deeper level. I want them to learn how to voice who they are through their art.
Comment by Athena Hahn on November 18, 2008 at 10:19am
I teach Beginning Painting teacher at Cal State Fullerton. My personal pedagogy is that the basis of art is perceptual mapping. My goal as an instructor is to try to help my students recognize how the discern one thing from another, to be aware of what they are focused on and to become more concious of their perspective in the largest sense of the world.
I am always in search of generative questions so I was delighted when a friend sent me the link for WDYDWYD. For most of the students this was their first experience showing their artwork in public. One of my students answer to WDYDWYD was " because I am afraid to do what I really want to do." That student has since started applying to culinary schools, we talked about how observation and being present is important to both cooking and art. He seems more relaxed now, his artwork has dramatically improved and he has decided to at the very least, be less afraid- What more could you ask for from a project and that is just one story.
Thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity.

After in class discussion and viewing the WDYDWYD website I provided them with the following handout:

Beginning Painting 107B
Assignment 8
Group Assignment: In Class
Instructor: Athena Hahn
October 27, 2008

Why do you do what you do?
1. Concept: WDYDWYD?

2. What image will you use?

3. What will the text be?

4. How to: Describe how to set up what you will be looking at in order to do the painting and/or what reference material you will need.

5. Paint Application: What styles of paint application will you use?

6. Additional Materials: List what will be needed in order to complete this assignment.


1) Why did you choose this description of yourself?

2) How does the style of text reflect the emotion or thought behind your statement?

3) How does your application of paint reflect the emotion or thought behind your statement?

4) In what ways is it different to make a piece with publication in mind?

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