Here are two samples to refer to when thinking about submitting a proposal: (Found on The Art of Education site.) Example 1
I would like to create and submit five mug designs instead of only the required two.
This is relevant because it’s forcing me to take the concepts and techniques that we’re learning about and apply them in three new ways. My additional designs will continue to follow the project guidelines and constraints.
I should be able to earn five extra credit points per each completed additional mug. The project is worth 30 points for two mugs, so it seems fair to ask for half of those points for creating three additional pieces.
I will complete all pieces at the same time the overall assignment is due. I plan to spend time working on these pieces during study hall. This will also push me to use my time wisely, and make it easy for my additional pieces to fit into the firing schedule.
I propose you assess this project using the rubric already in place.
I will need access to additional clay and glaze to complete my extra credit assignment.
I would like to come to the art room during my free period to clean and organize supplies.
This is relevant because we all work best in an organized space. It also connects to the National Core Art Enduring standard, ” Artists and designers balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.”
I should earn six extra credit points. I’ll be spending an hour of my time organizing and reflecting on the best way to use, clean, and organize tools.
I propose you assess this project by my completion of all items on the following checklist:
All materials are put back into their proper location and supply sheets are updated.
Paintbrushes are washed and put away.
Tables, counters, and sinks are wiped and clean.
I plan to complete this on March 5th during my study hall with you. No additional materials are needed.
Remember that Proposals must be completed within a specified amount of time.
Also note that Extra Credit can create a deduction in points for a variety of reasons, essentially providing poor/substandard work (Examples below from The Art of Education link above and my own.):
A student chooses to write an artist research report. However, it is full of grammatical and factual errors or includes plagiarized material.
A student chooses to write a two-page paper about an art-related topic. But, they manipulate the spacing and the font to make their piece of writing seem longer than it actually is.
A student chooses to write extra comments during a class critique. However, they don’t follow the critique format or give shallow feedback like, “This is cool.”
A student chooses to create additional artwork, but the artwork is poorly constructed, lacks finishing touches, or is below the student's capability.
A student chose to hand in work that was not their own and/or plagiarized.