What does it look like?

When they said one of their goals for their students was developing confidence as an artist, I asked the art teachers in Doha what that might look like? She put her head down on the desk, raised it slightly up, then higher with a hint of a smile, and ultimately all the way up with a beaming grin. Confidence? Satisfaction? Delight? What does that look like in a work of art? In a journal? In a sketchbook? There is an obvious difference between a confident sketch and a tentative drawing, right? But, tentativeness may often be a necessary technique for a specific meaning or portrayal. There again…..is the need for artist reflection, student-artist assessment…. I believe the work of art is what their learning looks like, but some sort of translation through reflection could serve multiple purposes: 1) critical reflective practice for the student that contributes to their learning process; 2) a reflective gauge via student voice for the teacher regarding effectiveness of the plan, self-efficacy  etc.; 3) illustrative device for teacher effectiveness; 4) art program learning and knowing; 5) district art programs and so on……

I am imagining an effective and indeed, beautiful and maybe interactive display of student learning and knowing in the visual arts online, in the school, and in the classroom.