Talking about art, some dimensions and keywords.

duimenWhat aspects of art could we use in giving feedback? In education teachers do use these words when assessing art work of students.  Talita Groenendijk et all. did a study and collected these (and other) aspects.

Talking about Originality  and creativity we could use some of these words:
Creativity; divergent thinking; flexible thinking; flexibility; identification of distant associations; to what extent are ideas original, inventive, ingenious, non-standard in concept and form; inventiveness; originality; taking risks; playfulness; implementation; fluency; fluency of ideas; preference for novelty.

We could write a comment like
In your photo I see the elements A, B and C. I see a playful and associative use of these elements in your photo.

 Roy Williams postete vor kurzem auf Twitter, dass es für die erfolgreiche Etablierung einer Online-Gruppe “comfort, fun, trust, engagement” braucht. In online feedback comfort, fun, trust, engagement  are very important for online learning. Make your comments fun and comfortable.

Talking about the Picture:
Composition; contour fusion; detail; aesthetic organization; use of composition; how effective is the use of distance, nearby shapes and overlap?; The unity of the  composition, the manner in which the main part is placed ?;  color, shape and composition; lines; use of space ; organization (overall composition); flat or spatial representation; realistic placement of elements; representation; atmosphere;  use of details ; relations that correspond with reality; differentiation in shapes.

We could write: I see a  composition of the elements X, Y, and B and C that has a unity in color and a variety in shapes.

Concept / idea 
combining concepts and rearrange parts; complexity of visual or conceptual ideas; clear intention; How suitable are the elements for the expressed ideas? do the elements express the intended meaning?; communication of personal ideas, intentions, experiences, information and opinions in visual and other forms; application of abstract relationships to generate a new concept; imagination; vision; visibility of intent.

I see a rich variety of colors. But I did not link your title and the content of the photo.

Remaining concepts
awareness of  missing parts; elegant solution; impact of the product; inspiration; knowledge and understanding; multiple intelligence skills; productivity; clean and tidy; sensitivity; strategies and skills; synthesis; ability to transform things; ability to abstract and to go to parts of the whole; preference for cognitive complexity

source: http://www.lkca.nl/kennisdossiers/beoordelen/reviewstudie-assessment-in-kunsteducatie (Talita Groenendijk & Folkert Haanstra)  (my translation)

 

Feedback for improvement. About feedback or critique on art.

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About feedback or critique on art.
The artists of the DS106 dailycreate do add comments (on Flickr) to art of fellow dailycreate’ers. Some of the comments are:

  • “nicely done”
  • “very nice comp and detail.”
  • “I love it”

This kind of comment is nice, but something more constructive is missing.
The DS106 Shrink wrote about feedback on art work. She starts a project for better feedback on DS106 dailycreate and other art.
Rules for constructive way of feedback or comments: feedback [pdf]:

  • 1. If you can’t think of a constructive purpose for giving feedback, don’t give it at all.
  • 2. Focus on description rather than judgement.
  • 3. Focus on observation rather than inference.

You are not a teacher, nor the angry art critique from a magazine, so be kind. Negative comments are for trolls. “I love it”, or “interesting” is kind, but not constructive.
The constructive power of just writing down what you see is great. Description may seem foolish, but it is a powerful tool to improve your skills.  And the artist involved will be grateful, because you gave time and attention to the work and you did respect the work as it is.

True or not? Knowledge and ignorance

If this isn’t 100% true, it’s true enough to be interesting—and maybe helpful. ( Kurt Vonnegut, 1951)

‘Me thinks there is equal need of a Society for the Diffusion of Useful Ignorance, what we will call Beautiful Knowledge,’  (van: Henry David Thoreau. ‘Walking.’)
The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, specific, and articulate will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance. For this, indeed, is the main source of our ignorance — the fact that our knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.

Karl Popper (1963) Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge.

 

 

Responsability of the educator?

Maybe as an educator I am responsible too for keeping the students safe in their journey? (thanks Mariana Funes) Or if I am a student I am responsible too for keeping my fellow students safe in their journey?

“…Universities have the responsibility to foster in faculty, staff and students a sense of social responsibility and a commitment to the social good, which, we believe, is central to the success of a democratic and just society. (Talloires Declaration) … “

In what degree as an (online) educator am I responsible for the journey of students? What does ‘as best as one can’  mean for online teaching? In (most online) teaching the teacher is not omnipresent, so do not expect the teacher to be responsible for learning outcomes. In schools students are (most of time) not expected to be responsible for the learning outcomes of fellow students. Should we change that?

In Teaching Today (Geoff Petty, 3th ed.  Nelson Thornes Ltd UK) p. 481  ” .. Never mind the teaching, never mind the system, never mind the college, it’s the learner[S] and the learning that counts! …”  [S] added by me.

 

Critique, feedback and comments that work

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We cannot know what feedback and which comments make the student work in the right direction.
But experience learns (but she is not infallible) positive feedback often is better than no critique or negative remarks.
Here is a cultural difference in giving positive comments. Some people do use strong words in their positive remarks. (love it, and great, amazing) We like that very much. Some people are less exaltic. We need to know who says what to know this.
Some feedback does show much attention and interest for the work “The leaves and berries make for a nice composition, with great colours.”

It is difficult to give positive comments and make someone’s work of art better.
“this would be still better if you did that..” That takes courage. (Mvdfunes and johnjohnston on ds106radio 12oct2014, I do not know an archive of that, do you know that archive?)

I like the idea of remixing as a way of critique. One could just remix her art, and give  critique totally non-verbally. Anna Cow did some remixing  to try this idea. She did remix Sandy Browns tds1002 letterhead  into a letterhead of her own. Critique and feedback are closely connected to trust. 

Some remarks on trust

locked-doorWisdom comes to you in your sleep. Some early morning words on trust.
Humans need trust. Children need trusted parents to develop and grow.
But do not overdo it. It is not healthy to trust everybody. It is not wise to trust human beings 100%. Always keep an open eye.

Add a lot of Trust and some caution.

Do trust your fellow humans but do take care in case your trust is violated. Use virus scan, lock your door. Trust without wisdom is foolish.
To be Trusted you need to prove to be trustworthy.

But when you do lock your door, you cannot go outside.

To much trust will develop into hostility .