Assessment in the Arts

It’s a topic that all students and teachers of the arts confront regularly: how does one assess a creative project in visual art, music, or theater? What tools can we use that are different from the rubrics used for grading written papers? Last weekend I attended a conference on Assessment in the Arts, hosted by the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO. I attended thought-provoking sessions on using different forms of critique (individual, peer-to-peer, small group, large group, and guest critique), how to develop departmental assessment tools for the arts, and ways to incorporate arts-based research in assessment (which is something I already do in my classes, but now I know that there is a specific model for it and that others use it, too!). I came away with many ideas for teaching, including specific ways to restructure some of my current projects for the coming year.


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