Monday, 25 March 2019

How to Assess Art Work in Painting Class

How does the teacher grade artwork properly? The summative assessment must be fair or it will not be valid.

Assessing artwork objectively may seem impossible, but a fair system of conducting the final assessment of any art course can be done. This involves using the same criteria from which to judge all art students’ creations.

The Criteria to Pass an Art Course

Making Art Marking Fair
At the beginning of the art module, the teacher may provide a brief for each student. Not only should this outline the theme or topic of the art course, but also the requirements to pass, get a merit or a distinction. Each criterion should be clearly outlined and the final work measured only against these criteria. Below is an example of the requirements to pass a single painting module.

A creative diary evidencing self-evaluation. This might be in the form of a reflective log of the student’s aims, problems encountered and how solutions were found during the creative process. The log should be 500 words or longer.
2 pieces of experimental and/or developmental work.
1000 word assignment as outlined on the project brief.
The final artwork.
Evidence must be shown in creative use of materials, competent use of mediums and research work.

Guide for Art Teachers in Writing Course Objectives

Determining the criteria to pass a course is very similar to writing objectives for a painting class, as both must be clearly set out. The mnemonic SMART serves as a useful guide. SMART objectives stand for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. This means that each criterion should reflect the level of the course, be realistic under the time and resources available and can easily be measured. Such matters such as more than 20% absences from art classes or late submission of work (which should be set out on the brief) will impact upon the final marking.

How Not to Assess Art Work

The art teacher must not assess students’ work against anything not stated, for example, marks should not be deducted from a written assignment if the views expressed by the student are controversial. As stated on the brief, evidence of research, a thorough bibliography, fewer than 5% typos and grammatical errors, neat presentation, evidence of logical thought and at least the required word count should be used as a yardstick instead.

Differentiation in Art Class

How to Grade Artwork
Special needs students, such as those with an individual learning plan may be given grace to submit work late or be given extra time to catch up with good reason. With such a concrete agreement set out, the student concerned should not be penalized so long as the work has been submitted as set out in the ILP.

Issues that persist, such as incomplete coursework without good reason, will award a fail. However, the teacher must handle such situations with sensitivity and decorum and give the student concerned prior warning and a chance to put the issue right.

How to Make an Art Assessment Fair

Conducting an assessment of artwork should never be subjective, in that any two art teachers should agree what the final marking will be. The measuring tool should be unequivocal assessment criteria. Creative use of mediums, a written assignment of a particular word count as well as a complete portfolio as set out in the project brief should award a student a pass. Additional issues such as lateness, absences or missing work should be made cautionary to students in that they may detrimentally affect the final marking. Of course, the brief should set out such criteria fully and clearly. Students work should be judged only against the stated criteria as set out, but students with special needs may be granted extra time or resources if agreed.

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