Every year, Mr. Keairnes and I do a similar art history research project. The biggest challenges I have with this project is keeping the students from just copy and pasting the information. I want them to create something more meaningful to them. Working with other students may make them more accountable but also feel less intimidated.
This year it might be good to collaborate on the project, especially with our new Art Teacher coming on board. I think it would be a good project to explore this concept in a safe and comfortable environment. The actual lesson plan would be done collaboratively and subject to much change, but in general it could look something like this:
The students will research, with a team made up students from, separate classes, an influencial artist from a list provided.
We could use a Google form to create the research criteria along with Diigo to help direct the research.
The final product would be a team presentation using Skype to connect the classrooms.
I believe that this type of platform would allow the students more creativity, versatility and more importantly, ownership.