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Assessing Visual Arts Portfolios

Prof. Donna Kay Beattie


What components you want to

require in a portfolio?


What components you want to require in a portfolio?

• Schedule of work Research skills

• Mindmaps

• Resources and materials

• Connections with artists/

art movements

• Time-line of artists’ works Art making skills

• Personal artist statement

• Studies (e.g. composition/

techniques/ media)

• Picture of the final work

Reflective skills

• Reflections on artists/ art movements & their own work

• Evaluation of final work Affective skills

• Personal opinions/


• Any kind of personalized notes related to art (e.g.

Record of exhibition)


Strategies of assessment

Which skills of the portfolio will you use

these assessment strategies ?


Strategies of assessment

• Checklist

• Teacher interview

• Check off

• Formative strategy

• 1 – 3 rating scale

• Analytic rubric

• Holistic rubric

Which skills of the portfolio will you use these assessment strategies ?

• Discussion

• Observation

• System of assigned points

• Self-assessment

• Critique


Matching the component of students’

portfolios with the appropriate assessment strategies

We are addressing

the validity of assessment!


Domain to be assessed

Assessment criteria Indicators

Description of level achievement

Creating a scoring rubric


Portfolio Holistic Scoring Rubric


Portfolio Analytic Scoring Rubric


Activity 1


Criteria 1 Very

Low 2 Low 3 Basic 4 High 5 Very High

Develop themes of

personal feelings or ideas, social-related issues, or ideas for problem solving through the use of

observation, experience, imagination, technology, and other skills


Theme or problem (Indicator)

• choice of theme/ problem

• development of theme / problem through

observation, experience, imagination, technology, and other skills

Descriptors Descriptors Descriptors Descriptors Descriptors



Criteria Low Basic High




•Respect, appreciate, and

demonstrate an open mind toward the artistic

expression of




Criteria Low Basic High



• Respect, appreciate, and

demonstrate an open mind toward the artistic

expression of others

Expresses little

interest in or desire to understand the art expressions of peers or of professional artists. Does not seek out, unless

required to do so, art expressions to

research that are

uniquely different or challenge his/her way of thinking. Does not always show respect for other students’ artworks.

May write about such works from a very narrow mind-set.

Sometimes will select art

expressions, very different from

own or from other cultures and

regions of the

world, to research and relate to own work. Is usually supportive of others’ artistic expressions, offering

thoughtful comments.

Appears very enthusiastic and

willing to study artistic expressions from other cultures or regions of the world of that are very different from own. Accepts many different forms, styles, and media of visual creations, seeks to

explore their meanings, and makes meaningful connections to own art expressions and life.

Is always very respectful and

interested in visual

creations of peers.


We are addressing the reliability of assessment!

Building a good assessment rubric

with descriptors


Activity 2

Step 1: Discover the domains to be assessed altogether

Step 2: Develop the assessment criteria and indicators in group

Step 3: Try to write down the description of

level achievement for ONE indicator that

your group have developed.


Creating: media


Creating: Techniques



Elements of principles -




Use of visual elements -




use of visual elements –

values & tones



for theme development –

Applying resources


Creating: Observation



applying art appreciation

into art making


Creating: Context


Creating: Craftsmanship



Layers of meaning


Creating: Final piece


Art appreciation & criticism


Appraising :

Choosing resources to write

about art


Good examples of art

appreciation and criticism


My “CAN” Product

This year, my school participated in the “Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival 2004”.

The theme of this year is Pop Art, its aim is to infuse the characteristics of Hong Kong into it. In response to the theme, we made a series of CAN products, imitating the renowned Pop Art artist Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup.

My theme is ”Can bomb”. Since there were many different incidents happened recently in Hong Kong, those include the incident arisen from the Harbour Fest, the Article 23, 1 July walk-out, education reform, and financial deficit. The people are discontented the mechanism of society.

The concept of these two pieces of work was to record the general public’s discontent with the Hong Kong government, and make use of bombs to express the emotions.

Owing to limited resources, I could only make two cans. These cans have specific explosive areas. I particularly chose the most representational landmarks of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre; and the International Finance Centre, which is the highest building on Hong Kong Island as the targets of



Appreciation of Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait

Comprehensive feeling

 -This self-portrait of Frida Kahlo gives me an impression of arrogant and tyranny of a queen.

And the displeasure on her face shows a sense of loneliness. Very often, I also feel depressed and unhappy. So when I looked at this painting, especially Kahlo’s paintings tell us her unfortunate and her inner feelings, it triggered resonance of mine. I remembered one of my friends told me that I gave others the feeling of sadness, I think it is similar to the feelings that are giving out from Kahlo’s self-portrait. It is because I also have unhappy experience and emotion. This work is very impressive, which is especially powerful to those people who feel the same feelings.


Artwork: Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait Artist: Frida Kahlo, Surrealism Subject matter:

The artwork is the self-portrait of Frida Kahlo. In the painting, it shows the images of Kahlo, a monkey, a necklace of snake-shape, and the background (of the artwork) is a jungle. Her style is highlighted by her facial images of the connected eyebrow and thin moustache on her upper lip.


The painting was painted in bright and tropical, jungle colours; the brushstrokes are fine; the style is very unique; the composition is extraordinary, and with a special background.

Formal Analysis Form:

This is one of Kahlo’s self-portraits, and most of her work is self-portrait. She expressed the pain in her heart, the pain of the torture of her body, the affair of her husband and the grieve of her divorce in her self-portrait.

Kahlo was deeply influenced by the Mexican culture, hence she applied bright tropical colours, adventurous composition and bold lines in her painting. Her connected eyebrow was distinctive that represents her strong character.


Media/ Process:

The use of a variety of colours helps to present the sorrow of Kahlo, it is because different colours can express different emotions. Kahlo tried her best to show her good health to other people, but in her paintings she

presented the pain of her body and love, and expressed her inner feelings. She was the only woman who vindicated her heart and elucidated the feelings at heart in her work to illustrate the creativity, feelings and art of women. Every painting of hers is close to the authentic record of her life, and is able to produce resonance of the viewers. When Kahlo painted her work, she must be expressed the real of hers painfully. She wanted to find herself in the world, and she released herself in her paintings.


The self-portrait reflects the misfortune and painful experience of Kahlo. “Kahlo’s paintings and her life experience is an inseparable entity. The traffic accident in her 18 years old, made her seriously injured, led to the sufferings of her body and soul, made her started her painting on the sickbed. In the paintings, it showed the pain of her body and feelings, and described the truthful feelings in the surgeries. Besides, she was

frustrated in love by the affair between her husband and her heart was deeply hurt. Therefore, there were paintings accused the affair between her husband and her sister.


I think Kahlo was able to express the real of her in her heart in her paintings. Most people are unwilling to remember the painful experiences, or to record them. They will try to forget them, and to escape from them.

For Kahlo, even though she was badly injured, she chose to face the painful experiences, and used her unique style to express the pain in her heart to the others. This is another way to repose her feelings, and it lets others share her inner feelings and understand her pain. I think this is a good work. I like the artist to express her feelings in her painting, because feelings is the most touching thing to others.

Linkage with my creation

This painting inspired me to explore personal styles for my self-portrait, or the characteristics that represent myself in my work, so that people will feel the work is unique and will remember whose the painting is, because the way it was painted is so unique.



First Impression


Appraising: Interpretation


Appraising: Judgement


Appreciation and Judgment of Pop Art

The history of Pop Art is long and profound which is influential to the posterior. As its name suggested, Pop Art, is ordinary art, which can be created by the elderly and children. Owing to its ordinary, it enables everyone to become an artist and to express their emotions through daily life.

I personally think that Pop Art is an art form for direct expression. The origin of Pop Art was artists made records to represent human beings’

materialistic pursuit and desires after the Second World War. The aim was to present the nature of human beings, from the most beautiful and good side to even the ugly side. That is the essence of Pop Art, “Reflecting the reality, caring for the humanity”. I think this message can be further developed as society changes rapidly. We can use Pop Art to document our responses. We can also use this to record history. For example, making a series of printmaking contemporary movie stars, make use of the trendy patterns for furniture. They might become tomorrow’s history.

Pop Art records the true side of human nature. We can promote Pop Art from now on and help our next generation have better understanding of our culture. As well, make this experience and method continues to extend.

(It is to) make us become part of the history and culture.



Final Evaluation of their

own work





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