Capstone Overview & Info
Students will work with the appropriate Fine Arts Teacher to plan their course of study, extracurricular activities, community service related to their Fine Arts area, and their reflective Capstone Project.
- Freshman year: Students plan course of study and possible extracurricular activities
- Sophomore year: Students explore more involved roles in fine arts related extracurricular activities and begin community service in fine arts – Reflective Journal
- Junior year: Students continue with fine arts courses, activities, and service, while also planning the Capstone Presentation with their Fine Arts Teacher
- Senior year: Between January – April of their senior year, students plan and present their Capstone Project, paying careful attention to the rubric requirements.
Capstone Projects will be evaluated using the Capstone Project Rubric
All Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts Fine Arts Diploma Seal students will present a 3 to 5-minute capstone project for a panel of teachers and professionals in the fine arts field.
- The presentation may use Power Point or another presentation method to highlight the most meaningful experiences in the fine arts program at their school.
- Students must include a creative element that pertains to their fine art area in their presentation (art, performance, journal reading, video, presentation, other choice)
- Students should share how the fine art program has impacted their lives and articulate how their experiences will impact their future selves.
- Student’s teacher, one other teacher in the same field (can be from the same school, another school or feeder), and one Cabinet member or professional will be present at the exhibition of the Capstone, which can be incorporated into an existing exhibition or given a separate exhibition as agreed upon by the student and music teacher.
- Student should document evidence with video, photos, and journal entries to create a portfolio to present to fine arts teacher, another teacher selected by student, and an administrator or professional, chosen by the student.
For example, if a student choreographed a musical, then he/she would present a reflective synopsis of what they had accomplished and learned.
The fine arts teacher is required to mentor the student in the preparation of his/her capstone by meeting with the student three times to assess the student’s preparedness and initiative.
- Students will create a coherent body of artwork to be virtually exhibited with a reflective rationale. They will build a semi-professional website or eportfolio. The student will have one full school year, in his/her junior or senior year, to complete and present their Visual Art Capstone. The capstone committee will consist of a teacher, administrator, and field professional. These members will record feedback on the exhibit and eportfolio.