How to grow independent art students through self-assessment

Do you know how to help students assess their art product?

Educators need not just to help students to gain some skills but become ready to recognize good work and reason their opinion. They have to understand how to evaluate their creativity and setbacks that they have.

Self-assessment will increase their motivation by giving them artistic freedom and autonomy, authority to make decisions and solve problems. It takes time and requires some regulations but efforts are well worth the outcomes.

When learners start to reflect, they will develop critical thinking and get insight about the necessary changes. Art demands experimentation, adjustment and review helps to refine the work.

Grow independent learners

Help students to get independent learners and critically estimate their own project. Through self-evaluation, they understand better themselves, how to lead the process and perfect different aspects. In this process, other learners will help to figure out strengths and generate solutions.

Examples of perfect work will support evaluation with visualization key points that students need to achieve. It helps to set a clear expectation of quality and vision the direction of the work.

Teach students to observe their own work from new perspectives and make judgments. Ask them to report the process, the idea and the goal to help them reflect and interpret the forms. Self-evaluation is a useful technique in the artistic process by outlining progress toward purposes.

Begin with fundamental vocabulary

Boost students’ voice and educate your students to verbally articulate their conclusion and motivate to comment different works. The knowledge about the key patterns required for the successful project will help to create their own great design. They will learn to create balanced self-evaluation step by step.

Learners need a technical background to assess art, so you may show on board specific phrases for beginners. Help them to provide feedback with the appropriate academic language and show examples.

To estimate other students’ projects, it is important to start with positive comments and respect. They may ask questions to a deeper understanding of the work. Feedback has to be specific with examples to eliminate misconception.

Teach them not to take feedback as something personal and appreciate constructive judgment. You can try written feedback to make them feel more comfortable to share their opinions and gather criticism from peers.

Emphasize criteria

When students have specific criteria, they will develop criteria-referenced critique with constructive arguments. It promotes their engagement with the opportunity to feel like experts and to help each other to improve their work. It strengthens teamwork and collaboration.

Criteria are used to create the feedback based on the one standard with the shared conception of expected quality for learners at various levels of development. Educators need to apply different multiple evaluation strategies and teach students to take into account the art product and the process, time and so on.

Use different methods

Self-assessment can involve reflective questions from educator to determine purposes and how they want to reach them. The another method is a checklist with items that need to be fulfilled. It may be chart or graph to mark the level to which they perform the different aspects of their work.

Use sketchbooks and journals to track the progress and navigate the process accordingly. These tools provide the possibility to record their thoughts through drawings and notices in response to new ideas that can be covered during training.

Apply peer assessment as well through class critiques or interview with questions that teacher has helped to prepare. Use presentation with a structured way to estimate the art product. It may be a portfolio composed of completed project or in progress, drafts and few works united by a particular topic.

An important element of portfolios is the learner’s written self-reflection that shows the thinking and inner emotions about the experiences from this project. Use it for measurement the impact on student learning and the entire work.

When learners start to reflect, they will develop critical thinking and get insight about the necessary changes. Art demands experimentation, adjustment and revision helps to improve the work.

Teach students to observe their own work from new perspectives and make judgments. Ask them to describe the process, the idea and the goal to help them reflect and interpret the forms. Self-evaluation is a useful technique in the artistic process by outlining progress toward purposes.

Give specific criteria to help them develop criteria-referenced critique with constructive arguments. It promotes their engagement with the opportunity to feel like experts and to help each other to improve their work. Criteria are used to create the feedback based on the one standard with the shared conception of expected quality for learners at various levels of development. Educators need to apply different multiple evaluation strategies and teach students to take into account the art product and the process.

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