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Scenic Design: High School Proficient Model Cornerstone Assessment

Scenic Design Model Cornerstone Assessment

Title: Scene Design
Grade Level: High School Proficient
Author: Vanessa Bernal
Artistic Processes: Creating, Responding, Connecting

Task Description: Students will create a scenic design portfolio for an adapted fairy tale. They will identify and research a design concept based on a specific time period/genre in which they will adapt the fairy tale. They will construct a mood board and apply the elements of design – color, line, shape, texture, space/mass and position – to create a scale ground plan and to sketch a rendering of their design. They will create a portfolio that includes the design concept, mood board, research, ground plan and renderings.

Evidence of Student Learning Collected: design concept & research PowerPoint; ground plan; rendering; student reflection.

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This model cornerstone assessment was created and piloted during the 2020-2021 school year, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Assessment Tools

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Additional Tools & Resources

View and download the MCA and any additional materials. 

  • HS-I Scenic Design Model Cornerstone Assessment Unit
    Access the full Scenic Design MCA unit for High School Proficient students.
  • Scenic Design Research Handout
    Includes the Research & Mood Board Checklist for students.
  • Scenic Design Script Analysis Worksheet
    Teacher Vanessa Bernal created this script analysis worksheet for her students to use.
  • Scenic Design Self-Evaluation Portfolio Checklist
    To be completed by student after completion of design projects.
  • Scenic Design Self Reflection Questions
    This handout includes the self reflection questions for student designers to complete.

Illustrating the Process: Samples of Student Work

Set Design Concept & Research

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Ground Plan

Ground Plan - Student 01

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Rendering

Rendering - Student 01

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Self Reflection

Self Reflection - Student 01

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