Guest Post: Analyzing Art Wall

Today’s Guest post comes from Paige, who blogs over at Art Says That and teaches art in Washington DC.  Paige took the AOE Assessment and Blogging classes this summer and as you can see from her post below, is using some ideas from her classmates to enhance her teaching!  I’m so glad you are keeping up with your blogging and trying new assessment ideas- thanks for sharing, Paige! 

Assessment and Critique Strategy: The Analyzing Art Wall

This summer, I was fortunate to meet colleagues across the country in the online class on Assessment in Art. In one of our discussions about students in their Self-Assessment using rubrics and check-lists, this idea of an Analyze Art Wall was shared by classmate Allison. I was so inspired to make it happen with the old blackboard in my room. In the past I would simply hold up work, dripping and all and students took 10 steps back. Now, students will have a space to view their artwork from a distance and within a frame! The questions Analyze Art Wall to promote reflection frame the cork board that is anchored to black board (thank you Mr. Bellamy!).

I hope this inspires you to engage your students in the process of evaluating their work using Self-Assessment!

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Molly Vaporis

    Simply brilliant!

  • jessica worley

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could paint the middle with that magnet paint…found at home depot..or lowes..and..then get some/make some Magnet frames of diffrent sizes..soo the frames would actualy fit the art work. Think about the fridge magnets that you put the school photos in.
    Or even diffrent sized matt boards..with magnets glued to them. Then you just slap the magnets and atwork up.

  • like this..trying to think about how i can use it via a smart board …maybe take pics of the kids work at put the questions around the work?? Like it!!

    • I would be interested to see how this could work in a technology setting! Let us know what you come up with.

  • Wow Paige!!! I saw the title of the post and said “hey that sounds familiar!” Thanks for the shout out and so happy to see it in use! It’s great to have such an awesome community of ART teachers to share ideas with :)

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