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Re: HS Art Exams

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Fri, 05 Nov 1999 07:26:08 -0600

Sharon, and all,
Hi. What we have finally evolved to is the students hang their own
exhibit in the department (everyone in all courses must show a minimum
of 3 pieces) the week prior to exam week. It goes up on Monday and comes
down on Friday. Students may show more than 3 works, but everyone
selects a spot and that becomes their display area. They've written
artist's statements, we have a faculty rec after school on Tues., an
opening Wed. evening (after having judges come in that afternoon to
award H.M. ribbons-so it's their first opportunity to see who got that
honor), -both rec are run by our NAHS-and during the 3 class days it's
actually up, they do a variety of activities-primarily writing-from
playing token response to critiques or notes of support to each other
regarding works they esp like. On Friday, I have my students take their
body of work from the entire semester home with a packet which their
parents review with them, and then they return a parent evaluation of
their work, (Thanks Toulouse! an idea given out on this list a few years
back!). The return of this eval is required. Our classes are
semester-long. Our exhibit always occurred three weeks earlier, in
conjunction with our music department's concerts; but this year we made
the case to our principal that this truly is authentic assessment and it
was oked for us to have this be our exam. So our students won't have to
attend on the day we would be scheduled for exams this semester.
Obviously, we need to have them very rigorously engaged to justify
this-and I guess we may have to still conduct a traditional exam for
anyone who is absent, but when the set up is explained to students, I
get the impression that no one wants to chance that! It feels like this
is the way to go, the time following our traditional setup, left us with
a sort of anticlimactic feeling-even tho it was great to partner with
another fine arts area! Also, the exhibit is so wonderful! An
opportunity to see a "snapshot" of the entire semester at once!
Hope this helps!
Judy Grochowski
Greenfield High
Greenfield Wisc

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