First, Bunki, let me say that in my program that production is on equal
footing with observing art, thinking about art, writing about art, and
talking about art. Because of my philosophy of teaching art, I have no
problems with using the TAAS format to stimulate contemplation of masterworks
and master artists prior to jumping into a substantial studio component.
I should further emphasize that my TAAS formatted art explorations do not
stand as a test; rather, the discussions and responses do act as an embedded
assessment to let me know what my students really understand before they
tackle producing their own work.
My first goal in using this format is to stimulate careful, meaningful
contemplation of works of art while providing a bit of exposure to the TAAS
format that ultimately (I hope) helps to relieve student tensions about the
test itself. Think about tests you've taken. The first test a professor
gives is the most difficult. Once you know the professor's approach, the