A Beginning Art Teacher's Blog


Art is subjective. With that said, students still need to be assessed based on certain criteria within the art classroom.

Each student will be assessed based on their own abilities not measured by how their art pieces compares to others within the class. Every student is an individual and will be treated as such. I also believe in self-assessment, therefore students will have the opportunity to assess their progress and own artwork within the classroom. Each student will be given the grading rubric to grade their own art project. I will then take their “grades” into account as well as assess them based off of the same rubric, this will allow students to compare the two grades to see how closely they match.

I will assess students based on the following criteria for each project:

  1. Willingness to participate in class
  2. Following directions
  3. Creativity
  4. Craftsmanship
  5. Using time wisely and working independently


  1. Hello, I was just looking at the vast array of artwork you have taught this year! I am impressed. I have been teaching a few years and have had the pleasure of teaching many different classes and many different levels as well. I’m interested in your grading philosophy. I agree with you idea of having the students assess prior to you grading. How do you deal with feedback? Do your grade sheets have discriptive catagories so students know the expectations or is it more on a sliding scale with a range from, oh say 1-5 . For example, I have 5 catagories…1-5 points. IN the 1, 3 and 5 points catagories I have verbalized the criteria of each learning target. The students read and determin if the fall in these areas or between (2 or 4 pts). I feel that it’s a bit too much reading the way I do it. How do you balance your time for preps? Thanks for all the great images!

    Comment by Jen — June 12, 2011 @ 5:18 am |Reply

    • This was a great question, I am sorry I just now saw it. I would love to hear if you are still using your same criteria or if you have since created an updated version. 🙂

      Comment by hcoggin — April 15, 2014 @ 2:42 pm |Reply

  2. Very impressive site. What a vast array of projects. You must be increadably busy. One thing I was wondering is how do you know when your students have learned what they needed to? What do you do when they don’t? I am working on a masters right now and we are discussing how we get data from our students’ assessments. How do you? Thanks

    Comment by Jen — July 11, 2011 @ 2:30 am |Reply

    • This is a great question! I would love to hear other peoples ideas! I am currently not teaching, but think if someone has ideas for you – they would be welcomed comments. 🙂

      Comment by hcoggin — April 15, 2014 @ 2:41 pm |Reply

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