Grading art should not be a thing.
I guess in school one could try to grade effort? But that’s teaching the wrong thing too, isn’t it?
effort investing in a piece of art – and the
quality of that piece of art – have nothing to do with each other.
“Quality” is entirely in the eye of the public, the individual.
Heck. I feel this same way about many of my blog posts.
I can’t believe how few like these posts that I love.
And many posts that get tons of traffic make me wonder: “That old thing?!”
Certainly let’s not discourage our children with all this – the life of an artist can often be discouraging enough.
I think of awards as a form of grading and I have never thought grading has much to do with art. Susan Sontag once claimed that grading actually held her back; she made such good grades that she went into adulthood believing that she was better than, in her estimation, she actually was.