Call me crazy, or a little bit different, as my parents do, but I am fascinated with, maybe even obsessed with, arts assessment. How do we, as teachers, evaluate creativity? So I often seek out new sources, read scholarly articles, and bore (?) people with my enthusiastic musing on what works and what doesn't.
Did you know we had a national arts assessment in 2008? About 4000 students' art was evaluated by the NAEP. Here is the Nation's Report Card for Music and Visual Arts. Now the exciting part is that this assessment was recently repeated and we are waiting on the results, due in Spring 2017. HELLO??!!! Any day now, I hope! (UPDATE 4/26/17 The results for 2016 Visual Arts Assessment are in!!! Check it out!!)
So what can I do while I wait on the new results? I have been exploring the International Baccalaureate program. They have info on an arts assessment, some free stuff, some stuff you have to pay for, (for free rubrics, see below post for Rubistar, my fave), and even a Pinterest page of process portfolios. COOL.
I also spent some time with the arts classroom from Washington State's OSPI. Last year, I went to my local arts festival, and saw many students had submitted animal mugs to the student gallery. Some teacher must have come up with this idea and all the students were required to do it, I thought. Well, actually, it was a project from the OPSI's Developed Performance Assessment. This is a great resource for teachers. wow.
I am going to start adding an image of my artwork to each blog post. Just for fun. Here is today's contribution. A little golden rabbit. I may be slightly obsessed with rabbits/hares. Why? I'm not sure, but I love to draw and paint them.
Golden Hare, watercolor, ink, gold leaf on Yupo, 8" x 8", J de Mello e Souza, all rights reserved.
I am an artist and teacher, living in the Pacific Northwest. My teaching is heavily based in Art History and Science. I have a certificate in Scientific Illustration. I love nature, hiking, sailing (as long as I am not in charge), my family, and my border collie.