My assessment methods include time-on-task to determine if the students are focused and motivated during class time.  Final critiques are extremely important because they allow students to view other students’ work, and to discuss it using art terminology.  It’s also critical to use the “oreo method” when critiquing students by starting with a positive strength of their piece, give constructive criticism, and then end with another positive point.  Successful teachers should model this practice so students can learn how to effectively peer-evaluate each other.  After the final critique, my students will complete a self-reflection in their sketchbook journal or on a rubric handout where they will be able to think about what they learned through the assignment, perhaps what they might do differently based off other student’s comments during the critiques, etc.  Rubrics will also be a central form of assessment in my classroom, especially in upper level education, to ensure fair and effective grading each student.  It’s very important to me to use many different forms of assessment both at the end and throughout a unit because every student learns differently, therefore every student shows their knowledge and learning differently, and in turn should be assessed in the most effective way.

Below is a rubric I created for a secondary education level painting project, however it could easily be modified for other assignments or use in the elementary level classroom.


Composition: Did you choose an interesting but not overly complex image to paint?  Did you create a balanced composition?

Poor

1

Fair

2

Good

3

Excellent

4

Unbalanced and uninteresting composition, doesn’t include a shape Not very balanced or interesting composition, still incorporates a shape Fairly balanced and interesting composition, somewhat thoughtful shape placement Extremely balanced interesting composition, thoughtful placement of shape

Painting Technique: Did you use at least 2 of the painting techniques taught?  Does your painting accurately portray the image you chose?

Poor

1

Fair

2

Good

3

Excellent

4

Unbalanced and uninteresting composition, doesn’t include a shape Satisfactory use of painting techniques, uses at least 2 different techniques Good use of painting techniques, uses at least 2 different techniques Masterful use of painting techniques, uses at least 2 different techniques

Color Scheme: Did you choose one of five color schemes taught?  Did you adhere to your chosen color scheme and maintain it throughout the piece?

Poor

1

Fair

2

Good

3

Excellent

4

Poor use of colors in chosen color scheme and doesn’t adhere to color scheme Satisfactory use of colors in chosen scheme and mostly adheres to color scheme Good use of colors in chosen scheme, complete adherence to color scheme Excellent use of colors in chosen scheme, total adherence to color scheme

Value Variation: Do the values in your painting accurately correspond with the values in your chosen image?  (This should be true for both the color and the black and white portions of your painting)

Poor

1

Fair

2

Good

3

Excellent

4

Poor use of value, value in painting does not correspond to value in image Satisfactory use of value, value in painting somewhat corresponds to value in image Good use of value, value in painting mostly corresponds to value in image Masterful use of value, value in painting exactly corresponds to value in image

Criteria: Have you followed directions?  Did you paint your image black and white with a chosen section in a specific color scheme?  Did you turn your assignment in on time?

Poor

1

Fair

2

Good

3

Excellent

4

Did not follow directions, did not paint portion in grayscale and portion in color scheme, turned in late Followed some directions, painted portion in grayscale and portion in color scheme, turned in late Mostly followed all directions, painted portion in grayscale and portion in color scheme, turned in on time Exactly followed all directions, painted portion in grayscale and portion in color scheme, turned in on time

Number of Points __________ x5 =  ___________  Total Points

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