Lesson #10: Using Self and Peer Assessment


Why is self and peer assessment an important part of the artistic process?
Students will be able to:
Explain what they learned from self and peer assessment
Participate in a class critique of student work
Students will understand that:
Artists continually reflect on their work and discuss it with others.

Student collages, self and peer assessment sheets, reflection sheets


Distribute a sheet titled SELF ASSESSMENT. On the left side should be questions such as: What is the first thing you notice when you look at your work? Describe the way you used materials and textures to create an interesting collage. How did you create unity through color?  How did you create a sense of balance in the composition?  What do you like?  What would you change? Give students a few minutes to write the answers in blank spaces to the right of each question.  Attached to this sheet should be a second sheet titled PEER ASSESSMENT.  The same questions should be listed at the left with the word "you" changed to "the artist." The Peer Assessment sheet should have one additional question:  What advice would you like to give the artist?  Students should switch papers and collages with a partner who should now answer the same questions about their partner's work.  Each student should get back his/her collage with the assessment sheets to review.

  • Explain what you learned from doing this.
  • Describe what changes you would make to your artwork based on this.

Ask a few students to show their work and explain what changes they would make based on their own self assessment and the peer assessment sheet.

Hang the finished collages in front of the room.  Generate a discussion about the work using some of the questions from the assessment sheets.  Ask students to identify collages that successfully use

  • color
  • repetition to unify the composition.
  • a variety of texture to create an interesting effect
  • found objects that reflect our century
  • details
  • accents


Distribute a sheet with the following questions and ask students to write the answers to these questions.  This could also be used as a Homework/Extension assignment instead. 

What did you learn in creating this artwork?

What problems (if any) did you have with this work?
How did you overcome the problems?  (OR: What could have helped you overcome the problem?)
What will you remember about creating this work of art?
What would you have done differently?

What did you enjoy the most about this project?



Literacy:  looking at and discussing art, developing arts vocabulary, reading and writing about art, reflecting on the process of making art