Artist-Centered Evaluation turns out to be a remarkably effective tool
for evaluating and grading creative work objectively. It solves the inherent
difficulty in making a comparative judgment about a unique work of art by
refocusing the evaluator onto the creative PROCESS. Furthermore, by requiring
students to seriously think about their intentions in a work of art, and
by giving them specific and understandable goals to which to aspire, Artist-Centered
Evaluation helps students to improve their creative work better than more
traditional means of evaluation. This experiment was really remarkably successful,
and I fully intend to implement Artist-Centered Evaluation in all of my classes.
It is my hope that this narrative will inspire others to experiment with
this approach, and that my descriptions of how I used it will help them to
design protocols for their own classes. As an artist as well as a teacher
of art, I am very satisfied.