Arts Education, Assessment, CEP813

A Critical Review of Art Projects as an Assessment Genre

When I was a visual arts educator, a staple of art class was the art project: the kind that gets hung in the hallways and displayed at district-wide art shows. Typically, each unit included a culminating art project. They may have been 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional, digital or physical, and comprised of any of a variety of materials.

I used this assessment genre for all my classes, kindergarten through high school. Even when I was a student in visual arts education classes, I made artwork for the same reason: so that my teachers could assess my understanding of the concepts we had been learning in class through my creation of artwork.

Because of the importance of this assessment genre to art education, I decided to do a critical review of the art project genre for my latest assessment assignment.

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