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Grading the Artistic Process Rubric Freebie

Free Rubric for Grading the Artistic Process

Have you considered GRADING the Artistic Process instead of the Product?

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post with 5 tips to help make grading artwork faster. Tip number 5 was “Don’t grade every piece of artwork.” You don’t have to grade every finished artwork. I highly recommend sometimes you simply grade the process instead.

Grading the artistic process in a high school art classroom is a more comprehensive approach to evaluating students’ work, as it takes into account not only the final product but also the effort, growth, and critical thinking skills demonstrated during the creation process.

Grading the Artistic Process rather than the final artwork will hopefullyencourage students to embrace the creative process, experiment, take risks, and celebrate their progress along the way. Here are a few ways to implement grading the artistic process in your classroom:

  1. Process Portfolios: Encourage students to keep a visual diary or portfolio of their work that documents the stages of their creative process, including sketches, experiments, and reflections. This can serve as evidence of their progress and thought process, and can also help you assess their understanding of the elements and principles of design.

  2. Self-Reflection: Encourage students to reflect on their own artistic process by writing about their intentions, challenges, and successes. This can help them become more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and help you assess their critical thinking skills and growth as an artist. I have found they are often harder on themselves than I am!

  3. Class Critiques: Lead class critiques of students’ work, where they can discuss and receive feedback on their work. This can help students understand their own work better, as well as learn from each other. It also allows you to observe how they respond to constructive criticism and how they incorporate feedback into their work.

  4. Rubrics: Use a grading rubric that takes into account both the finished product and the process, including factors such as effort, creativity, originality, problem-solving skills, and growth over time. Be sure to provide it to students before they begin. This can help you provide specific and meaningful feedback to students and ensure a fair and consistent evaluation process.

Speaking of RUBRICS, I have a totally FREE one available for you to download today. Click HERE or click the photo below to download a color and a printer-friendly black and white copy. My rubric has 6 criteria along the side. I didn’t include numbers so you can attribute your own scoring as needed.

My recommendation would be to make each criteria row worth 10 points. For the mastery column, students would receive all 10 points. Then two less points for each column thereafter (so 10, 8, 6 and 4) The total points possible would be 60 out of 60 if you just want to grade the process. Or, you could add in 40 points for the finished product and make it a 100 point rubric.

I hope you find it useful! If you do, please let me know in the comments!


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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
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