In my elememtary classes, I have the students do a written evaluation of
their work which I do NOT grade... they do. We do this 2 times a year.
They are asked to answer 4 questions in detail.
1)What do I see? (describe artwork)
2)Medium (What did I use to make it)
3) What did I learn? (Describe new techniques, tools, ideas, etc that
were used in creating the artwork)
4)How do I feel about my work? Why? What grade would I give my work?
I model each step using an artwork of my own. The students show a wide
range of responses, and it is a way for me to see their writing skills.
We keep these in the student portfolio, and when parents come, the
student can explain what they are doing in art class themselves. I try
to make it a low stress activity... but I do emphasize that they must
try to communicate to the best of their ability. Our school has pushed
cooperative learning, so I have used this lesson to have the kids
explain thier art to a buddy across the table.... we also use Literacy
Plus, so I ask the teachers to send the students wordbooks to art class
with them that day so they have a source of expanded vocabulary....
As I sit here writing this, I am kicking myself because I should have
done this activity last month, but we had 5 snow days:) Next week I
Can this be adapted to the High School level?