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  • Sarah Coullard
    The end of the year is coming up, and so is the 5th- 8th grade Honor s Assembly. I dread this every year. How do you guys handle this? I don t like the idea
    Message 1 of 6 , May 5 11:36 AM
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      The end of the year is coming up, and so is the 5th- 8th grade Honor’s Assembly.  I dread this every year.  How do you guys handle this?  I don’t like the idea of only giving awards to “the best” kids…..I feel like most kids work hard all year long and don’t like to single out a few select kids for awards.  The whole idea just makes me uncomfortable.  Thoughts?  Ideas?

       

      Sarah C.

      Michigan

    • Julie Casebourn
      Sarah,    The last few years I have done in-class award having the kids award certain artistic attributes to their classmates and then I also give an artist
      Message 2 of 6 , May 5 1:11 PM
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        Sarah,
           The last few years I have done in-class award having the kids award certain artistic attributes to their classmates and then I also give an artist of the year award to each deserving person at the end of year assemblies.  I don't see giving an overall "best at something" award as something to withhold from the talented conscientious student because it makes the others "feel bad".  Imho I don't believe we are created equal or blessed with the same gifts and some deserve little something special for their efforts and gifts. 
        My "in class" awards are voted by the students and are given to a different person usually every year.  I prompt them to remember outstanding pieces of artwork created over the school year. The following are a handful of examples.... maybe some more people could chime in and add to the categories giving me some fresh new ones to use:
         
        Most Creative                   Best Trash to Treasurer
        Most Stylish                      Who would you trust to paint your house award
        Most Resourceful              Who would you trust to paint a mural on your       bedroom wall
         
        Best Planner                           Best cleaner-upper
        Best attitude towards change
        Who can make anything work   Best builder/sculptor
         
         

         


        From: Sarah Coullard <scoullard@...>
        To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:36:54 PM
        Subject: [art_education] Art awards

        The end of the year is coming up, and so is the 5th- 8th grade Honor’s Assembly.  I dread this every year.  How do you guys handle this?  I don’t like the idea of only giving awards to “the best” kids…..I feel like most kids work hard all year long and don’t like to single out a few select kids for awards.  The whole idea just makes me uncomfortable.  Thoughts?  Ideas?

         

        Sarah C.

        Michigan


      • jjbellava
        Hi, I m new on this list and will be teaching art to three classes next year. I usually teach music and feel the same way about choosing best. While reading
        Message 3 of 6 , May 6 8:21 AM
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          Hi,
          I'm new on this list and will be teaching art to three classes next year. I usually teach music and feel the same way about choosing "best."

          While reading the responses I thought of this idea:
          You could have students vote each week for their favorite work done that day. Then at the end of the year, the natural occurrence would be someone would have had more votes through the year and that person would win the award. It seems a little more natural at least. Each
          week they would probably all strive for sure to do their best hoping to be the favorite that week.

          Just an idea. Haven't tried it so don't know what it would be like. They do that weekly at Toastmasters meetings, voting for best speaker, etc. that day. It doesn't mean they are the best in the club, just that day.

          Juanita in GA

          --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, "Sarah Coullard" <scoullard@...> wrote:
          >
          > The end of the year is coming up, and so is the 5th- 8th grade Honor's
          > Assembly. I dread this every year. How do you guys handle this? I
          > don't like the idea of only giving awards to "the best" kids.....I feel
          > like most kids work hard all year long and don't like to single out a
          > few select kids for awards. The whole idea just makes me uncomfortable.
          > Thoughts? Ideas?
          >
          >
          >
          > Sarah C.
          >
          > Michigan
          >
        • Becky Hopkins
          Decent idea, though I see an issue with this in that more often than not students will vote more in the vein of who do I like more? rather than what work do
          Message 4 of 6 , May 6 9:21 AM
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            Decent idea, though I see an issue with this in that more often than not students will vote more in the vein of "who do I like more?" rather than "what work do I like more?" so it then becomes a popularity contest.  You could have different classes vote on the pieces (making certain that names are not visible); for example, 2nd period votes for 1st period, 3rd for 2nd, 4th for 3rd, and so on... Then the results would be (hopefully) more about the art and less about the person making the art.
            Just a thought.

            Becky Hopkins
            Art Teacher
            Marion Junior High School

          • Joyce Rainwalker
            ... Sarah - I hear you. Here are the questions that are always on my mind when best of awards are being granted: Am I completely objective in assessing my
            Message 5 of 6 , May 6 10:52 PM
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              > 2a. Art awards
              > Posted by: "Sarah Coullard" scoullard@... sacoullard
              > Date: Tue May 5, 2009 11:34 am ((PDT))
              >
              > The end of the year is coming up, and so is the 5th- 8th grade Honor's
              > Assembly. I dread this every year. How do you guys handle this? I
              > don't like the idea of only giving awards to "the best" kids.....I feel
              > like most kids work hard all year long and don't like to single out a
              > few select kids for awards. The whole idea just makes me uncomfortable.
              > Thoughts? Ideas?
              >
              >
              >
              > Sarah C.
              >
              > Michigan
              >
              >
              Sarah -

              I hear you. Here are the questions that are always on my mind when
              "best of" awards are being granted: Am I completely objective in
              assessing my students? Within that assessment, am I awarding effort
              (which is increasingly touted in research as being a stronger
              determinate in student success than talent) or innate talent? How much
              of my response is due to other factors (personality, past relationships,
              affinity to student, class, philosophy, etc.,) and how much is really
              tied to effort? Are awards within fine arts equitable when compared to
              other content areas or extra-curricular events or (whispering
              reverently) sports?

              My reticence when it comes to awards ceremonies is connected less to any
              desire to protect non-award winners from feeling bad than my
              unwillingness to participate in a system that has so many holes in it.
              It's the same concept that encourages me to share NAEA's position paper
              on art contests when people pressure me to use more of my instructional
              time for such things. It also stems from some clear memories about who
              won awards during my school years. They weren't always the hardest
              workers, but they did attract lots of attention. With few exceptions,
              they were confident extroverts. I noticed, even then, that quieter
              introverts more rarely received public acclaim.

              If a big award ceremony is an expectation at your school, consider
              giving awards for what *you* value. Characteristics like effort,
              perseverance, thoughtfulness, or any number of similar traits can be
              recognized. You'll need to provide anecdotal evidence for your choices,
              but for those students who are outstanding in these areas, stories are
              usually easy to recall.

              If you don't have the autonomy to shift the focus of your awards, you
              can simply follow the patterns in place. There will always be trophies
              for the fastest natural runners, the most astute politicians, and the
              most attractive people in schools. In that setting, awards for the most
              obviously gifted artist probably make sense.

              Joyce
              ...........
              K-5 Art Specialist
              http://EvergreenArt.Birdsong.ORG
            • Kelli Wilke
              We have an annual art show and then after we take the pieces down, my Art Club lays pieces out (by project) and we narrow the pieces down from around 300 to 15
              Message 6 of 6 , May 8 7:43 PM
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                We have an annual art show and then after we take the pieces down, my Art Club lays pieces out (by project) and we narrow the pieces down from around 300 to 15 or so.  We just did this last Wednesday and the elimination process my 6th and 7th graders went through to make their choices was very interesting to watch and hear.  I heard them discussing why they chose certain pieces and why they wouldn't choose certain pieces.  They were critical but in a productive way and they really gained an understanding of what elements and principles were evident in these pieces.  We then take the final 15 and I have the staff at our school vote on their favorite and I also overhear conversations about pieces and discussions among teachers about the work.  It's really prompts a lot of thought and understanding about what work actually goes into a piece of art.  After the winner (Best in Show http://manila.esu6.org/kelliw/stories/storyReader$1421) is decided, the winner has the choice to pass or donate the piece to the school to  be framed and hung in our "hallway of fame" where we have artwork from previous years permanently hung.  It's a big hit at our school.
                 
                Just my 2 cents,
                Kelli in NE

                --- On Thu, 5/7/09, Joyce Rainwalker <joycerainwalker@...> wrote:
                From: Joyce Rainwalker <joycerainwalker@...>
                Subject: [art_education] Re: Art awards
                To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 12:52 AM


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                > 2a. Art awards
                > Posted by: "Sarah Coullard" scoullard@saintandr ewsschool. org sacoullard
                > Date: Tue May 5, 2009 11:34 am ((PDT))
                >
                > The end of the year is coming up, and so is the 5th- 8th grade Honor's
                > Assembly. I dread this every year. How do you guys handle this? I
                > don't like the idea of only giving awards to "the best" kids.....I feel
                > like most kids work hard all year long and don't like to single out a
                > few select kids for awards. The whole idea just makes me uncomfortable.
                > Thoughts? Ideas?
                >
                >
                >
                > Sarah C.
                >
                > Michigan
                >
                >
                Sarah -

                I hear you. Here are the questions that are always on my mind when
                "best of" awards are being granted: Am I completely objective in
                assessing my students? Within that assessment, am I awarding effort
                (which is increasingly touted in research as being a stronger
                determinate in student success than talent) or innate talent? How much
                of my response is due to other factors (personality, past relationships,
                affinity to student, class, philosophy, etc.,) and how much is really
                tied to effort? Are awards within fine arts equitable when compared to
                other content areas or extra-curricular events or (whispering
                reverently) sports?

                My reticence when it comes to awards ceremonies is connected less to any
                desire to protect non-award winners from feeling bad than my
                unwillingness to participate in a system that has so many holes in it.
                It's the same concept that encourages me to share NAEA's position paper
                on art contests when people pressure me to use more of my instructional
                time for such things. It also stems from some clear memories about who
                won awards during my school years. They weren't always the hardest
                workers, but they did attract lots of attention. With few exceptions,
                they were confident extroverts. I noticed, even then, that quieter
                introverts more rarely received public acclaim.

                If a big award ceremony is an expectation at your school, consider
                giving awards for what *you* value. Characteristics like effort,
                perseverance, thoughtfulness, or any number of similar traits can be
                recognized. You'll need to provide anecdotal evidence for your choices,
                but for those students who are outstanding in these areas, stories are
                usually easy to recall.

                If you don't have the autonomy to shift the focus of your awards, you
                can simply follow the patterns in place. There will always be trophies
                for the fastest natural runners, the most astute politicians, and the
                most attractive people in schools. In that setting, awards for the most
                obviously gifted artist probably make sense.

                Joyce
                ...........
                K-5 Art Specialist
                http://EvergreenArt .Birdsong. ORG

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