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.

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. 

The art of online teaching and communication

artteachinglive1I like to tie together teaching and art. I like to speak of The art of teaching because an art has no absolute rules. Art is always changing.
To think about the language in online teaching we must remember teaching is an art.
No rules for the right use of language in teaching, because:
Students are from different cultures and teachers are from different cultural origins. Language style and language register are different between students and between teachers.
So no universal rules for language and communication in online courses.

Humor, jokes and the unexpected could help to make a course attractive. Layout and pictures, sounds could help too.

You need to know your audience.
Ask for feedback.
Do reflect on your teaching.

And remember, the contact is the connection from student to the course and from teacher to the course (and to each other). For contact and connection in a course two parties are required.

image: Marcia Beckett

Yellow circles and art

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33. A thing contains infinitely more information than its image.
yellow dot
Deze gele stip is aanduiding van een wandelroute in Denemarken.
Misschien noem je dit kunst?
Welke argumenten zou je aanvoeren om te onderbouwen dat je dit kunst noemt?

This yellow point is a mark for hiking in Danemark
Een gele stip is geen kunst? Of wel?
A yellow circle is not Art, or is it?

http://www.wikiart.org/en/laszlo-moholy-nagy/yellow-circle

laszlo-moholy-nagy, yellow circle

http://diditt.deviantart.com/art/Yellow-Circle-210652394

These blogposts are about art. Alan Levine shouts “make art damnit” http://cogdogblog.com/2012/02/17/make-art-damnit/ but what does he want? I want to make art that is why I want to know what is art.

Deze blog posts gaan over kunst. Alan Levine blaft “make art damnit” Maar wat bedoelt hij daarmee? Ik wil kunst maken, daarom wil ik weten wat kunst is.

stones, keien

Je kunt een ding aanwijzen en zeggen:
A. “dit is steen”
B. “dit is kunst”
Over uitspreek A. kunnen we het vrij snel eens worden. Het object is steen of het is geen steen.
Over uitspraak B. kunnen we heel lang praten en het is niet uit te sluiten dat we het nooit eens worden.

I could point at an object and say:
A. ‘this is stone’
B. ‘this is art’
On A. we could agree very soon. It is stone or it is not.
On B. we could discuss all our lives and maybe never agree on it.

stone art Street art in Padborg (Danemark) No name, no title.

Gelden in de discussie over het label “kunst” de meeste stemmen?
Maar kunnen we het misschien eens worden over wat dan echt geen label “kunst” kan krijgen?

“Art” is a label. Is it open to voting if an object is art or not?

These blogposts are about art. Alan Levine shouts “make art damnit” http://cogdogblog.com/2012/02/17/make-art-damnit/ but what does he want? I want to make art that is why I want to know what is art.

stoelenDeze foto heb ik gemaakt van een object in de beeldentuin van Kasteel Nijenhuis, Museum de Fundatie in Heino (Overijssel)
De beeldentuin is mooi aangelegd in verschillende tuin stijlen. Dit object staat in een formele strakke tuin.
(Johan van Velsen, 1949, Twee witte stoelen, metaal hout)

I took this picture in Museum de Fundatie in Heino (Overijssel). The sculpture garden has different garden styles. This object is in the part with a formal style in squares.
(Johan van Velsen, 1949, Two white chairs, metal wood)

Bij dit object dringt de vraag zich op wat de status is van het werk. Is het kunst?
Kennelijk maakt het verschil of de twee witte stoelen in een museumtuin staan (daar zijn ze kunst) of ergens op een dorpsterrasje (daar zouden ze meubel zijn).

Is this Art?
The place where the objects are viewed seems to make a difference. Here in the museum garden the object could be Art. And the object would just be furniture in the village sidewalk café


These blogposts are about art. Alan Levine shouts “make art damnit” http://cogdogblog.com/2012/02/17/make-art-damnit/ but what does he want? I want to make art that is why I want to know what is art.

Deze blog posts gaan over kunst. Alan Levine blaft “make art damnit” Maar wat bedoelt hij daarmee? Ik wil kunst maken, daarom wil ik weten wat kunst is.

Moet je weten wat kunst is om kunst te maken? In zekere zin moet je dat weten, maar de filosofie van de kunst zal je daarbij niet helpen.

Theory of art is not a guide to making art. But should one know what is art to make art? In some sense you want to know what Art is.

(Johan van Velsen is een pseudoniem / a pseudonym)