Several weeks ago I was thinking back to high school days and remember assignments that required the class to separate into various groups to complete a specific project, or "group projects" as most of us remember them. I always despised these assignments because I was the student who would end up doing all of the work, yet somehow would get a lesser grade because my cohorts would decide that it wasn't that important, and thus my grade would suffer. The point was always to learn how to work with others, use strengths and weaknesses to the best advantage, and to learn to compromise. While I've never had a problem with any of the three areas, the projects were simply painful because there will inevitably be a couple of students who decide that they don't care if they pass or fail.
A couple of weeks after I was having thoughts of those not-so-fabulous days back in school, I was informed that my Watermedia class would be doing a group project. Oh dear God. It was happening all over again. Hadn't we passed up the time of being forced into groups to work together on something? Immediately, I crinkled my nose and had flashbacks of times I would honestly rather forget. We were able at least to work in groups of two, so I thought there was a solid chance this could work in my favor. After all, when there are only two individuals in a group, it becomes obvious when one person isn't pulling his or her weight, right? Mostly by default, I ended up pairing off with someone I know from other classes, and whom I know somewhat well. Finally, the group project was going to work out, I thought.
The project required us to come to a consensus on an idea, then work together either on a single piece of water color paper, or divide the piece up and create smaller pieces. The work should look cohesive and as though there was a single thought in mind. My partner had an idea to produce smaller individual pieces that illustrated various places in Denver. It sounded good to me because we could make simple to more complex pieces and then mix them together. She was going to take places such as restaurants and hotels, while I would stick more to other known locations, road signs and the like.