A strong concept should come before a plan. Once you and your partner have a broad concept, the success of your project will depend largely on planning.
Plan is not a four letter word. Well, ok, it is… but it isn't a word you should leave out of your vocabulary. Without wanting to pigeon-hole anybody, it is generally an artist's preference to work in a flexible, exploratory way and to an outsider that can sometimes look haphazard or chaotic. It is generally a teacher's preference to work in a structured way to address specific learning outcomes and that can appear to outsiders as rather rigid and inflexible. Both approaches have their merits and both approaches have their limitations. The important thing is to identify which approach will be appropriate for which situations and to discuss and agree on that beforehand.
A plan is just a plan and it can change. If you haven't made and shared a plan with your partner though, he or she can be left out in the cold without much of an idea of how to contribute. Communication about ideas, even if they feel sketchy, is vital.
A plan usually includes a description of the conceptual journey (how you think your exploration of the concept might evolve over time), a curriculum integration plan, a timeline outlining the number and duration of artist visits and meetings to reflect, make changes and evaluate, as well as a budget.
Flexibility is essential, time tables might need to be altered and extra expectations are placed on staff and students.
- Michael, school principal.