Claire has used the exploration proposal to define her explorations and outline the development of a design process.
Her proposal includes individual development of subject matter/ ideas, inspiration/ motivation, which include artists, and personal and family memories and objects. She also discusses why she has included this inspiration. Inspiration of any kind can appear at the beginning and throughout the design process, but should not be pages and pages of cut-outs from magazines or download images from the internet without reference to communication of concepts and ideas.
Claire makes reference to aesthetic qualities, how she will use aesthetics to affect viewers, and to communicate concepts and ideas. Just writing a list of elements and principles does not show a perceptive discussion of ideas.
Claire shows how she intends to explore materials and techniques, detailing the exploration and how using these specific materials and techniques to communicate their concepts and ideas, are also appropriate for the task.
Planning exploration and development, both visual and written can be in the form of a timeline or written as part of the overall Exploration Proposal document. There must be some evidence of planning the development process – Claire has done this as a table.
Some schools use a pro forma which does not always allow for individual ideas and planning. The ideas are usually simplistic, showing little understanding of aesthetics or how materials and techniques will assist in the communication of ideas.
Students can include brainstorming and inspirational material as part of the exploration proposal. The shorter exploration proposals are often descriptive and students write lists of aesthetics and materials and techniques without explanation.
All work included must be relevant to the students concepts and ideas.