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 | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Interview Guidelines | Teacher Page


Where can a study of visual arts take you in life? Is art just a pleasant break from academics and SAT prep? Or is there more to it? Let's find out...

Here's the scenario: You are a mighty Senior about to graduate from high school and have been accepted to all of the hot art schools. This is exciting, but you are still unsure about what the options are and what area to study.

To help you make a decision, check out the impressive list here: http://www.theartcareerproject.com/art-as-a-career/

Visual Arts Career Guide - big list but some links broken. Use the career name for a yahoo search


You are to explore the various careers in Art that would interest you for future employment. Select 3 art careers from the list provided and research them to determine what art career might interest you. Prepare to interview someone working in some aspect of art and design to find out first hand what their field is really like. The findings of your selections and your audio interview will be posted on the blog site for this class.


You were recently invited to become a user on my class blog. Please respond to the email. You will post your work on the blog.

April 20- Career Reports finished and uploaded to wordpress blog https://teachersh.scis-his.net/studioart
April 30- Audio Interview finished and uploaded to wordpress blog https://teachersh.scis-his.net/studioart
May 4- Comments due on 3 classmate's posts. You may comment on other classes, not just your own.


The following procedures are necessary to complete the task.

1. Articulate your top 3 choices- that means, explain why you chose them.

Bullet list the job title, projected salary, education needed for all three.

2. Select the career of your choice to investigate in more depth. Depth means you have spent more time reading about this career. You have gathered three images to share, labeled with appropriate information, and you have developed interview questions based on your research. You use the school research engine Questia. You must use this for at least one source. You must have 3 sources cited.

3. Use the following guidelines to gather information about your career.

  • a. Job title
  • b. Job description before/after research (What you thought the job was and what you learned about the job. Reflect on the difference between what you thought the job entailed and what you learned.
  • c. Education needed for the job
  • d. Search for a projected salary
  • e. Insert 3 interesting images related to the job field.
  • f. Make your blog report readable, informative and engaging.
  • g. Site your references in your final report on the blog

4. Contact an artist in the career field you wish to explore further and conduct a short interview with them about their career path and the work they currently do. (Think about arts professionals who might be parents at SCIS.) Use a laptop, cellphone or other digital recorder, record the interview and include an edited version on your blog.
Everyone has GarageBand, so you can use that. Smartphones can also be used.

Recording guidelines can be found here: http://artreverb.com/webquests/interview.htm

5. Comment on 3 of your classmates' Edmodo reports.

Listen to an interview with cartoonist Charles Schulz on BBC

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz talks about inspiration.

Making Fiends Cartoons

Read an interview with Amy Winfrey of Making Fiends

Find out how Amy got started doing flash cartoons!

Site Resources for the assignment

Blog for Art
Art Reverb

Audacity for digital audio on Windows OS (Use GarageBand on Macbook)

Careers in Art & Design
Visual Arts Career Guide
197 art careers
http://www.thefutureschannel.com/ Careers in Art & Design Videos

If these are not working, go to Ms Peretta's room and use the vpn computers Or use Bing/Yahoo search.


Your work will be evaluated on these criteria:

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


You have successfully concluded the research needed to make your career choice in Art. Not only that, you have also learned a tremendous amount about what education is needed to become successful in your career choice.

For those of you who don't plan to pursue any career in the arts arena, what have you learned about the study of art as it relates to careers? How can you benefit by knowing basic information about careers in Art & Design?

Will you be more likely from now on to interview alumni and professionals about their experiences?


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.

We all benefit by being generous with our work. Permission is hereby granted for other educators to copy this WebQuest, update or otherwise modify it, and post it elsewhere provided that the original author's name is retained along with a link back to the original URL of this WebQuest. On the line after the original author's name, you may add Modified by (your name) on (date). If you do modify it, please let me know and provide the new URL.

Based on a template from The WebQuest Page