Fabulous Careers in Art & Design

A WebQuest for Grade 9-12 (Art/Design)

Ms. Dayton


Maya Lin at work on a glass project
Van Alen Institute announced that architect Maya Lin has been awarded the 2008 New York Prize Senior Fellowship

Introduction | Process | Evaluation | Resources | Credits | Interview Guidelines | Home Page


Many children and adults have a narrow view of the arts and its place in our lives. This lesson is designed to open students' eyes to the vast career possibilities in the visual arts.

This lesson is a career quest that uses internet and audio recording technology.


This lesson is aimed at students in grades 9-12 studio arts. It is a good opener to the school year.

Students will need to know the basics about using blogs, the basics of responsible internet research and copyright law, and how to make and upload an audio file using Audacity.

Curriculum Standards

National Art Content Standard #6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

  • Proficient: Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Analytical thinking and communications skills were encouraged by this lesson.


This lesson will take 2 weeks. All written work is done in class and due in week one on student blogs. The audio interview will be conducted for homework and students will have an additional week to complete the task.

Anticipate technology stumbling blocks. Audio files need a quiet space for recording.

Teachers need basic blog and podcasting technology skills.

Resources Needed

  • Internet access or computer lab
  • Blog accounts for all students
  • Audacity, free audio editor
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Internet references


Blog & Interview Careers











Discussion of 3 Arts related careers


Missing more than one criteria. Descriptions do not inform or engage the reader. All but one criteria completed. Sketchy description of careers. All criteria completed to the minimum required. At least one informative discussion on chosen topic. Informative and engaging discussion on 3 chosen careers. Includes all critieria specified as well as information needed to make an informed decision about choosing this field for college study.





No attention to design of blog report. Little attention to white space and paragraph breaks. Text runs on in big blocks. Difficult to read. Readable layout. Uses white space effectively.

Exemplary design treatment using the tools available. Well thought out placement of text and pictures and media file.



6 Traits of Writing


No identifiable voice. Minimal investment in writing. Poor mechanics.Emerging voice, writing mechanics- sentence flow and grammar errorsCompetent voice -writing contains only small errors.Exemplary voice and writing mechanics


Interview using Audacity


Interview is hard to hear. Poorly thought out questions. Interview is audible but quite short, with little usable information. Interview is audible but questions are not well thought out. Several don't add to our understanding. Excellent series of questions. Interview is audible and informative


Comment on 3 classmate blogs


2 or less comments, no reflection on content of reports 2 comments with little engagement in reflection. Met the minimum requirement. Thoughtful comments for 3 or more reports

Credits & References

Careers in Art Webquest was my inspiration.

I used the BBC website for the Charles Schulz interview, Cold Hard Flash site for the Making Fiends image and PBS Art 21 blog for the image of architect Maya Lin.

I used The WebQuest Page and the Design Patterns page and Dreamweaver to help with this project. I uploaded the site with Transmit to my server space.

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