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Re: art tests

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Michelle H. Harrell (mmhar)
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 20:48:27 PST

In response to Yolanda Brown's question about an art test, Joseph
Augusta wrote:

"You mean like the old US Art School Home Study Course (or something
like that) ads such as: "If you can draw this face, you too can be an
artist?" And then present a simple cartoonish profile for them to copy
and grade them on how well they can do it?
Forgive me, but an art test in this day and age seems a bit retro.
Help the individual's spirit and the mind to evolve--the training of the
hand, though unnecesary in producing meaningful art, will emerge in time
and can then be developed."

Actually, I'm working on a research paper on how art teachers use
assessment in the classroom. I have found that many states are
considering a standardized form of assessment- whether a formalized test
or a pencil and paper task like Joseph humorously descibed above.
It may be something many of us will have to deal with in the future.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress
( has created performance tasks for students to
demonstrate knowledge in many different media- printaking, clay,
drawing, etc. and reflect on their own work.

For now, I think each teacher needs to come up with whatever form of
testing or assessment works for them. I like the pre-instruction
drawings at the beginning of the semester like from Betty Edward's
Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain. We time them for 5-10
minutes. 1st their hand, a portrait, and then a landscape. Later we
compare them to drawings they've done after they have been in the class
for a couple of months. The kids always seem surprised.

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