Creating Criteria Along With Your Students

When I was in college I had an honors class professor explain that we were not honor students because we were smarter than everyone else, but because we were the kind of students who had figured out what teachers wanted of us and understood how to give them just that. Today I recognize that what made the statement true is that the majority of assessment


May 13th, 2015 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Book-making / Design Arts / Drawing / Painting / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

Assessment in the Studio Classroom

For the last year and a half I have been participating in Marwen’s efforts in understanding what assessment looks like at our organization. It has been a very enlightening experience - One that has taken me from cringing at the thought of ‘grading’ our students and their work, to finding that I have learned so much more about the value of assessment than I ever


September 10th, 2014 0 comments Assessment / Critique / Drawing / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Portfolio Program – The Figure: Extra Sessions & Reflection

I can't believe class is over! This has been such an amazing and... interesting... experience. Obviously it was a wonderful teaching experience - I had a ton of fun and I think my students did some FANTASTIC work. But it was also full of model-less sessions, snow-storms, and derailed plans that were rough to work around. Regardless, though, it was a great success and I've


April 18th, 2013 0 comments Assessment / Drawing / Meeting our students where they are / Spotlight: Marwen Course / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the technical

The Portfolio Program: The Figure – Day 4

Today was both incredibly successful, but a bit frustrating at the same time. Up to this point I've had about 12 students at each session (though not the same 12 consistently) - but today I only had 8!

I created this curriculum to function on this gradual build up of information that carefully guided students towards the development of their personal works. Each class introducing


February 27th, 2013 0 comments Assessment / Critique / Drawing / Painting / Spotlight: Marwen Course

Portfolio Program: The Figure – Day 1

I want to start by saying that having done a pre-reflection has had such a positive impact on my classroom experience - Even from day 1. Initially I'd only done it because I felt I needed to provide Verve with something that focused more on my methodology, rather than just share one of my weekly class summaries. But the truth is that writing it really


February 11th, 2013 0 comments Assessment / Drawing / Meeting our students where they are / Spotlight: Marwen Course / Student Driven Classroom

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