01 Feb Artoons Assessments 2020
“How the plan was initiated,
How were they different from the average school module,
Our considerations to assess the kids,
Impact we have foreseen and the experiences for further improvements.”
Art is very important for the children providing a space for them to express their feelings and ideas by experimenting with the materials. To know where the child is currently in their learning and to progress with the next steps, it is important for us to assess the kids to process the learning and motivation. The question is to conclude with a fair and effective approach to assess a child who is exposed to acquire a special ability to think creatively and discover innovative ideas through artistic skills.
Ideating the various possibilities to design the fair tools, the considered parameters were creativity, composition, and vocabulary. When we assess a group of underprivileged children, the challenges poised are to ensure how different it could be from that of an average school module. One main concern was to ensure that kids don’t feel peer pressure with the activities. A strategic approach is to use the natural surroundings as a tool to assess children while they are playing in their natural environment. Without giving a pre-instruction on the assessments being conducted, we made them feel comfortable before probing with the set of instructions for the activities. The participants ranged in age from six to seventeen years being able to express themselves through their art visually, by making creative forms using different shapes and patterns that reflected their interests, and verbally, by writing the different artform applied or composing what they were feeling. The kids were actively involved in the drawing activity with an enthusiasm for making art, expressing a great deal of satisfaction in what they had accomplished. The results showed a way and helped the children to develop the joy of learning, creativity, and self-worth which are important tools for every child’s growth. Data collected through observations and the students’ work were used to adapt the contents for diverse ages and abilities. All the outputs were essential for the volunteers in self-assessing the effectiveness in contents’ delivery and self-awareness, giving an insight into the assessment process.
“The best part was they were allowed to do the test in a creative way that did not involve any pre-existing ideas.”
“Many children created very good stories and got a good experience in conducting assessments in arts“
“Assessment is a critical step in the learning process. It determines whether or not the course’s learning objectives have been met.”
Things to improve:
- The process of maintaining the data can be a bit less complex but effective.
- Obviously, the Vocabulary part of the assessment process will be more effective and clearer if it is conducted offline.
- The topic of the assessment can be more vast and colourful even paper folding can be included
It was a nice experience. First experience of conducting the assessments. I wish, I had these kinds of happy assessments during my childhood ❤️ Kids had an option to implement their own thoughts in art where I learned there is no limit in ART.
“I feel it is actually a good initiative by the team to conduct assessment, especially in Artoons. In the beginning what I actually felt was like how can we assess the kids with drawings, but then once we started my views were totally different”