Evaluation – an easy guide

You should evaluate your work at regular intervals throughout the course to ensure that it is developing according to plan.

Also, evaluate each unit as a whole onceit is complete. The purpose of  this final evaluation is to sum up what you have learned.

Start by looking at the information you gathered. Where did it come from and how has it helped you?

Look back at the artists and artwork that first inspired you. What have you learnt from them? How does your work compare to theirs? Have your perceptions and opinions of them changed as a result of your own work?

Review all the materials and techniques you used. How did you use them? Did you encounter any problems? What do you think of the results?

Then look at your final piece. What do you like and dislike about the piece? Does it achieve what you set out to do? What would you like to change about it if you had more time? Try to be as honest as possible and make sure that your comments are constructive. Always back them up with valid reasons. Finish by looking at the unit of work as a whole. Did you achieve all your original aims? If you had to repeat the project, what would you do differently? You could also write down any ideas that this work generated, which you would like to develop further given the chance.

Nick Eggleton, The Essentials ofGCSE art and design (Lancashire, 2005) pi00