In college studio art courses, students often struggle with longer term projects as the expectations and outcomes generally differ from standard assignments. Rather than working toward completing a particular task with clearly defined parameters, self-directed projects allow students to define their own content and determine their own goals, and offer time for the work to develop over the course of weeks, months or even years.
In 2012, Tom Griggs of fototazo solicited artists and arts professionals to help his students with this process through a mentoring program that he began publishing semi-regularly on the blog. I think students will find the feedback useful as they think about how their own work might be interpreted by those not immediately familiar with their practice and process.
Click the link below to view a set of images by Colombian student photographer Natalia Lopera, along with her mentors responses:
|© Natalia Lopera, untitled #8 (Image sourced from fototazo)|