Below is a list of the ideas and opinions I received about giving art
awards...I still am not sure what I'm going to do! I did not give credit
because I put some of the ideas together, and I'm not sure, anymore, who
said what. All of these ideas came from people from the list.
-Based on art grades from grade 2-5, straight A's
-Have an art exhibit, no awards
-Base awards on learning skills and craftsmanship. Quality learning,
participation and effort, not artistic excellence, because they are just
-Reasons other than talent, like effort, helpfulness, citizenship, behavior.
-Don't tie to behavior, but to learning and effort.
-Give awards, kids are motivated by them, and it helps their self-esteem.
-Base on top grades and effort, students that come to mind as great art
students. Not discussed during the year, to avoid a competitive atmosphere.
-Make sure they are meaningful, not just given away, top students who
produce quality and push themselves.
-Awards to all students.
-Good students, not (just) good artists
-Based on learning and risk taking, not talent
-Involve students in many shows and competitions to give them a chance to
succeed, national and regional competitions for recognition.
-Grades, attitude, going beyond general level of performance
-Group projects, group recognition
-Don't do awards, talk with students and parents about the students'
-Awards for A+ grades, based on a Rubric.
As you can see, this is a debatable topic. I did find that of those who
agreed with the award concept, many felt the award should be based on the
qualities that show a student tries to learn, has learned and continues to
improve because of the learning. Talent was not focused upon. "Talent,"
now that's a whole new philosophical question for us to discuss! Thanks to
all of you.