Instruction and Assessment Philosophy

Art provides students with another way of looking at the world- just as there are historical perspectives, scientific perspectives and mathematical perspectives, there is also an artistic perspective. One way should not be valued more but instead be held on the same tier as it creates a well-rounded individual. A successful art classroom promotes the development of craft, the understanding of art world, engaging and persisting, the chance to stretch and explore, reflecting, envisioning, expressing, and observing.

Teaching art becomes much more than just handing students materials and telling them to create. We are teaching them to think like artists- to express ideas and investigate problems to realize creativity comes from within. I strive to have a classroom where mistakes are a chance to learn resilience and students drive their own artistic decisions. Self-reflection and self-discovery provide for some of the most pivotal learning experiences. If a student doesn’t have time to reflect on their learning then they haven’t really learned it.

In the classroom we strive to teach students to understand big ideas such as relationships, structures, and story telling that will transfer to other areas of their lives. We also teach them to know things- such as how to use materials, specific artists and artwork, and engage in art. We also teach students to do things that teach them skills that assist in life such as talking about their intent, learning from mistakes, and planning.

Students in my classroom will follow the design-thinking model; they will

  • Investigate
  • Plan
  • Create
  • Reflect

By assessing each individual area as well as the whole it will become easier to see where students need to improve

When planning a lesson it is crucial to identify learning targets- to really determine what it is that the students need to know by the end of the class and also how will I know they met this learning target. When teaching it is important to constantly assess. Students do not all learn the same way and by assessing learning I can see where individual holes are or larger holes that I need to readdress. In assessing I can scaffold my lessons and determine what students still need to succeed.


Some ways of assessing:


  • Tickets out the Door
  • Self Reflection
  • Discovery Board
  • In Process Critiques
  • Do Nows
  • Sketchbooks
  • 3, 2, 1
  • Questioning



  • Portfolios
  • Videoed Reflections
  • Art Show

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