V.E333

Reflect on and Refine Your Work

Reflect on and Refine Your Work

Students will reflect on their work prior to its completion. After reflection, students will develop a plan to refine and complete their work.

This model will work best with a longer-term, more thoughtful project. The work selected should be about three-fourths done—far enough along to analyze and reflect on, but not so far along that students are less inclined to think about making changes.

Be prepared to copy the students’ Reflections and Work Plans to return to them as they complete their work. This could also be useful to them for writing an artist statement and/or selecting work for exhibition.

This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

Teacher Scoring Rubric

  • Dimension
  • Observe and Analyze

  • Reflect and Communicate

  • Refine and Complete

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student needs help to analyze work.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student can independently understand strengths and weaknesses of work.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student can independently analyze artwork and can apply observations in developing a plan for completing work.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student can independently analyze artwork and consistently demonstrate reflective thinking practices when identifying, designing, and solving creative problems.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student needs help to explain his or her thinking; student uses limited art vocabulary.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts to explain work but struggles with art vocabulary and meta-cognitive thinking.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student is able to explain his or her intent and how it is communicated through the use of media, process, and style selected.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student is able to clearly explain his or her intent and whether it is effectively communicated through the use of media, process, and style selected.

    N/A at this time.
  • Very little connection is made between reflection and possible refinement of work.

    N/A at this time.
  • As a result of reflection, student has decided to make small changes to his or her work.

    N/A at this time.
  • As a result of reflection, choices are made for completing work.

    N/A at this time.
  • As a result of insightful reflection, choices are made for refining and completing work.

    N/A at this time.
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