GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ART CLASS

The visual arts curriculum for grades 4-6 is centered around the art elements and principles.  Our curriculum is aligned with state and national art standards.  Students parrticipate in a variety of age-appropriate art experiences structured to foster the knowledge and understanding of these elements and principles.


 

ART GRADES  

 

Art grades are posted quarterly on the student's report card.  Students receive two(2) art grades each quarter.One grade is for participation (hands-on art experiences).The second grade is for the student's behavior during art class.The grading system, is a numerical one.  This system was established by the district and is used by all art classes in Mesa Public Schools.The system is as follows:

 

                              4)   Outstanding   
                              3)   Consistent 
                              2)    Not consistent
                              1)    Area of concern

This numerical system is used for both participation and behavior grades.


 

The students participation grade is based on four possible points for each project.  These points are as follows:

1)  MEETS LESSON REQUIREMENTS
When doing the assisgnment ,did the student follow all directions?

2)  COMPLETES ART WORK ON TIME
Students are given information indicating when things must be finished.  This may be on-going during the class period.  For example, in about 5 minutes, you  should have  the second character in your design completed.  This is a way for the student to pace himself/herself.  Another example, today is the only day we will be working on this assignment.  It will be collected for grading at the end of the class period.

3)  DEMONSTRATES CAREFUL CRAFTSMANSHIP
Students see demonstrations during art showing various craftsmanship skills such as cutting or gluing.  Expectations are reviewed often during class.

4)  USES TIME PRODUCTIVELY
Students need to be on-task during classtime.  Art is not a spectator sport.  Watching a friend working, non-stop talking, or just sitting quietly  and breathing is not the best use of the time we have to do art together.