Learning Objectives for Majors:

1.  Students will be introduced to the technical skills necessary to activities in the visual arts; this includes materials, techniques, the safe use of tools, and the safe disposal of waste.


2.  Students will be introduced to the concepts necessary to activities in the visual arts; this includes the formal elements of art, as well as learning to think independently, understanding the historical and contemporary development of art and their place in it, the relationship of art to self, culture, and society, and to question and examine everything with a critical eye.


3.  Students will be introduced to verbal / communication skills necessary to activities in the visual arts; this includes the ability to talk clearly and thoughtfully about their own art as well as the art of others.


4.  Students will be introduced to the major traditions of art and the place of visual arts in our culture.


Direct Measures:

Assessment Questions:  Four questions within the Portfolio Review form specifically address assessment of the discipline within the 4 learning objectives for the major listed above (see attached Review form).  Data were gathered twice last year – fall semester during Senior Portfolio Review and again in the spring during the Second Year Portfolio Review.  Faculty members were asked to assess the disciplineŐs success in the four areas as demonstrated by the studentŐs work being reviewed.  Studio Art and Art History faculty were asked to what extent the student, and / or artwork, demonstrates the fulfillment of each objective.  Data were reported and reviewed by the discipline for action during the spring assessment meeting (see attached Assessment Averages).


Second Year and Senior Portfolio Reviews:  Student artwork was evaluated by the Studio Art and Art History faculty first during the spring semester for second year students, and then again in the fall semester for graduating seniors.  Students presented their artwork and a written artist statement to the faculty committee -- discussing the process for creating the work, their formal and aesthetic considerations as well as conceptual interests.   


Following the review session, participating faculty each completed a form rating the studentŐs performance on a scale from 1 to 10 in the following areas:


A.  Formal Concerns:

á      Student demonstrates an understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design.

á      StudentŐs drawings represent a level of skill appropriate to the studentŐs experience.


B.  Technical Concerns:

á      Student can identify / describe the materials and technical processes involved in creating their work.

á      Student is completing the quantity of work expected for their level of experience.

á      Student is completing work at the quality expected for their level of technical experience.

á      Student demonstrates an understanding of the importance of presentation & craftsmanship.  This should include at least 3 pieces of their choice (representing more than one media), completed to a level of finish and refinement expected for the studentŐs level of experience.


C.  Conceptual & Communication Skills:

á      Student is able to discuss the conceptual basis of their work and communicate the ideas that they are exploring.

á      Student demonstrates an understanding of how their work relates to a broader context and is able to articulate the relationship, referring to cultural, art historical and / or personal influences.

á      Evaluate studentŐs written statement.  ArtistŐs statement describes the formal, technical and conceptual foundations of the studentŐs work.


These measures assessed the learning objectives 1 – 4 listed above.  This document is attached.


Examples of Changes Based on Assessment:

On May 14, 2009, the Studio Art discipline met to discuss the outcomes of the yearŐs measures.  All Studio Art faculty were in attendance.  The resulting changes are described below:


Senior Thesis Project I & II:  Plans for these courses were finalized under the direction of Prof. Eble in consultation with the discipline.  Offered for the first time during the 2009-10 academic year, this sequence will combine preparations for both the Senior Portfolio Review process and the Senior Exhibition as well as incorporate a variety of professional skills needed to pursue art related careers after graduation.  Topics such as the documentation and presentation of artwork, self-promotion skills, portfolio creation, documentation, framing, interviewing, grant writing, graduate school applications will be covered.   


Second Year Portfolio Review:  With the review process now occurring in most cases one full year earlier, the discipline has found that the second year students need greater assistance in their preparations.  For the most part they are not meeting with their major media advisors for guidance as instructed.  The following changes have been proposed: 


VSNM Printmaking:  The discipline reviewed sample prints from the Ő08 and Ő09 courses (one print from each student edition is retained for the print archive) discussing the general strengths and weaknesses of the work.  It was generally agreed that the course offers a good overview of printmaking processes and that it has the appropriate formal and technical depth to make it a meaningful art experience for non-major students.  There was a consensus that the objectives of the course are in line with the objectives for the major.


The following adjustments were proposed:


Scheduling:  In order to accommodate greater diversity within the disciplineŐs major media offerings, and to avoid conflicting schedules within these varied options, the discipline has agreed to proceed with Monday – Friday scheduling.  Prof. Larson has constructed a 5-year rotation schedule that will begin the 2010-1 academic year. 


2009-11 Catalog changes:

No catalog changes were made at this time.