Art Made Easy #003: How to Assess Student Art & Qualities of a Great Art Teacher

How to Assess Student Artwork & Qualities of a Great Art Teacher: AME 003



Art Made Easy #003: How to Assess Student Art & Qualities of a Great Art Teacher

Welcome to my third episode of Art Made Easy! Thank you so much for the overwhelming support for the creation of this podcast. I can only say that I have a great line-up of guests and topics to share with you in the upcoming weeks and months.

Today I am interviewing Jessica Balsley from the Art of Education. Jessica and I started our blogging journeys around the same time and our visions for supporting the art ed community have complimented one another. I love how Jessica bridges the gap between providing professional development opportunities and valuable teaching resources with creative vision to her readers. If you are a credentialed art teacher, she is your gal.

In today’s show, Jessica and I talk openly about art assessment. I confess I know nothing of formal assessment tools. She breaks down assessment strategies using art project examples so I can understand.

But here’s the best part of the interview: Jessica reveals how a mindset shift can make a great teacher even greater. This stuff is gold!



– How Jessica began her career as an art teacher

– How engagement among art teachers increases teacher happiness and positivity

– How a bubble test lead to Jessica’s decision to shape art assessment tools

– How to assess your students without selling your creative soul

– Why checklists are better than rubrics

– Why art teachers should design their own curriculum

–  The benefits of thematic art programs

– What questions to ask yourself when designing your art program

– Tips for recording assessment (this one is so cool!)

– What a positive attitude looks like in an art room

– Why being good at one thing is good enough

– Jessica’s top tips for becoming a great teacher

– What class Jessica thinks is best for a brand new art teacher

– Jessica’s favorite book right now



 Jessica’s 100 Free Art Projects

The Art of Education

2016 Winter Online Art Conference

Assessment in Art Education Online Class

Cassie Stephens

Painted Paper (African Unit)

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Art Made Easley #003: How to assess student artwork and qualities of a great art teacher by Jessica Balsley from the Art of Education

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  • Laura

    I have been listening to your podcasts and have the found them to be informative and validating as a veteran art educator. Many of the comments today really hit home especially those about being true to your inner artist and strengths. I am guilty of Pinterest envy and fretting over what I’m not doing. Jessica gives great insight into art programs, assessment and the art teacher mind.

    • Patty Palmer

      Thanks for sharing, Laura. I agree, Jessica really helps put things into perspective. Pinterest envy is not fun. Thanks for listening!

  • Adrienne Viljoen

    Dear Patty

    Oh wow!! This hit the nail on the head. Its just what I needed. Thank you so so much. I hope I can do the same for other new art teachers one day.

  • Faith Badgett

    With summer coming to an end, I’m glad i stumbled on this pod cast again to help get me thinking about curriculum design again. Coming up with everything I do in my classroom is both rewarding and extremely tiring.

    I tried the link to Jessica’s 100 art projects and it didn’t take me to the download, any chance someone can share that resource with me?

    • patty.palmer@deepspacesparkle.com

      Hi Faith,
      Thanks for listening to the podcast. I think Jessica’s website has undergone some changed so if you go to Artofed.com, she probably has the free resource somewhere on her site. Sorry about that!

  • Angela

    Hi, I’m a Mom and part-time educator. I would love to learn from these audio lessons but I’m partially deaf so listening without a visual is a huge challenge.
    Any chance this information could be provided in writing too?

    • Patty

      Hi Angela,
      I’m so sorry! We don’t offer transcriptions on our podcasts…at least yet. We often will provide downloads and an expanded post based on the podcast. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • tfossen

    I just discovered this episode and loved it! The link for the download is broken. Any chance you could ask Jessica to provide a new link? 100 lessons is too good to pass up!

    • Patty

      I’m so sorry about the link! This episode is a few years old so it’s hard to maintain links form someone else site. Perhaps you can ask the Art of Ed team? I’m sure they would be more than willing to send you an older PDF or something…thanks for listening!

  • Laura Diehm

    I’m so happy I found this website. So much wonderful,concise information.

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