Instruction and Assessment


Art’s educational benefits expand into each and every content area and into the everyday lives of students. The value of art to students is ever present. Art is a visual language that allows us to make sense of our world. Many of us need this form of language to express our feelings, ideas and understandings. Through art students can express ideas about the world by making art about that they see, learn and are curious about. By making new artwork, students synthesize their learning in all subjects, make sense of cultural and social norms, and express their own personal narrative. When a student experiments with materials, learning their properties and characteristics, they can challenge their art making by examining the interplay between their ideas and the materials used to create work. Students can engage in learning experiences about problem solving, personal reflection, planning, accepting and utilizing criticisms, research about historical and contemporary artworks, and how to express their visual ideas in written artist statements. By examining their own creative process, students produce ideas and employ skills to invent art with purpose – whether that be functional, expressive, conceptual, or social/cultural.


Standards Based Assessment

The purpose of assessment in our classroom is to assess students success in achieving educational art standards and to evaluate their performance while using and interpreting concepts throughout the artistic process. In the art classroom, assessments take many forms. Although you may not see students taking quizzes and test as often and as in other subjects, many formative and summative assessments are done. Formative assessments can come in the form of a conversation with the student, the class’ response during a discussion, the collection of survey answers, or any daily collection of student data. Summative assessments in the art classroom often come in the form of critiques, portfolio reviews, and artist statements. All assessments should have a purpose and inform future instruction created by the teacher. Assessments tell educators where our students are in comparison to where we want them to be.

Types of Assessment

  • Concept map
  • Survey
  • Quiz
  • Pair-Share
  • Short Answer
  • Class Discussion
  • Portfolio
  • Exit Ticket
  • Interview
  • Answers to inquiry questions
  • Artist Statements
  • Worksheets
  • Sketchbooks
  • Planning/Drafting
  • Reflections
  • Journaling
  • Blog Posts
  • Digital Portfolios