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Evaluation of Studies ARTS470/670 – first half of semester

April 18, 2016

Evaluation of Studies ARTS470/670


90% of your grade is based on artistic growth. This includes demonstrated improvement in fabrication skills, ambition, depth of research, growth through rigorous production, problem-solving, risk-taking, and preparedness for deadlines and discussions.

Breaking this down further:

30% = midterm grade: the culmination of all material studies, drawing journal,

20% = presentation

40% = final piece

10% of your grade is based on your involvement with your work, intellectual investment in critiques and engagement with the work of your classmates, assignments, and your contributions as a peer to your peers. In the mix: your sketchbook including research notes, artists researched and a monstrous amount of drawings, website, Oblique Strategy.


Here are the qualities that we want to foster in your life as a student of the arts….


Mark each one of these according to this rubric:

5 = Superior. Knocked it out of the ballpark. Expansive investigation of ideas, excellent craftsmanship and composition. Assignments completed on time. Outstanding growth. Projects show excellent comprehension and application of the specific concepts introduced. Self=motivated to experiment and took materials to the nth degree.


4 = Above average. Substantial investigation of concepts and compositions. Good craftsmanship. All assignments completed on time. Substantial growth. Projects address the specific concepts introduced.. Comprehension and application of the specific design concepts are good. Experimented with materials and invented some new approaches.


3 = Average. All assignments done competently and completed on time. Participation in one’s own work when prompted but not self-motivated to really lean into it. Some growth seen sporadically throughout the semester. Projects show low comprehension and application of the specific concepts introduced in each problem.


2 = Marginal work. Projects were turned in incomplete, limited investigation of ideas, poor craftsmanship or incoherent compositions, or excessive absences. Limited contribution to critiques. Minimal growth throughout the semester. Projects do not express comprehension and application of the specific design concepts introduced in each problem.


1 = Unsatisfactory work. Failure due to minimal idea development, poor craft, disjointed compositions, lack of participation, late assignments, or excessive absences. See me for a long discussion, topic TBA!



Courage [nerve!]

-Student demonstrates a sense of adventure, curiosity and bravery in exploring solutions and materials.

-Student goes outside of their comfort zone in an effort to learn new ways of understanding.

-Student listens to peer and instructor feedback about their work; makes use of suggestions and observations made in critiques and class discussions.

Tenacity and Quality [practice/discipline]

-Through trial and error, several attempts are made at working the problem’s methods, materials and ideas into a well-crafted form.

-The principles and techniques assigned are practiced, analyzed, and understood.

-Student doesn’t settle for half-baked results.

-Requirements of the assignment are met and, ideally, surpassed.

-Drawing journal reflects an active and open mind.

Personalization [concept] –

-As a result of the above practices, student develops a personal sensibility and raises their level of confidence in their methods of thinking.

-There is intellectual and intuitive rhyme and reason behind their decisions.

-It is clear that the student pursues nourishment by looking at other artists in tandem with learning to develop a voice of their own. Student is exploring contemporary currents in order to understand their own context. Note: personal sensibility is different than “talent” or even “style”. It is more important that you explore many paths than protect a safe haven.



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