Early in every art cycle--I see middle school students for 1/5 of a year on
alternating days--I give my "Is this good?" speech--along with its corollary
the old "do you like this?" speech. I explain to students that "good" and
"like" are relative terms....I might like pizza with anchovies and you may
not....that doesn't make pizza with anchovies either good or bad. Instead I
encourage my students to think of the art question they are really trying to
ask....did I use the right color scheme...is my composition balanced.....have
I erased all my pencil marks....etc. My typical response to "Is this good?"
will be "Good in what way?" Getting students to think and self evaluate are
two of my biggest goals. By giving students a simple yes or no answer I have
no way of knowing what understanding has taken place.