This is my 13th year at Akers and I am looking forward to another successful school year with the students. The students in grades 1-3 come to art once every two weeks. The 4th and 5th grades attend once each week. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will attend according to a four day rotation with their home rooms.
- Students will learn about the techniques and ideas of master artists (Art History).
- Students will be able to identify the elements of art and principles of design in masterpiece artworks (Art Appreciation).
- Students will demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the elements of art and the principles of design through a variety of art activities. (Art Production)
- Students will be able to recognize the elements of art within their own finished artwork and be able to judge the quality of their work (Art Criticism).
With help and time, even a person who thinks that they can’t draw, paint, or make pottery, can make great improvement. Patience and much effort will bring good results. I don’t expect for every student to produce the same quality of artwork, but, I do expect for the students to enjoy what they are doing. Success brings the greatest enjoyment, and in my class it is my goal to do whatever I can to help each student succeed. As a matter of fact, it is nearly impossible for a student to fail in my class, although it does happen when students fail to turn in the assignments. All I require, is that the student does the work to the best of his or her ability and turns it in. As long as the project is turned in, the student will never receive lower than a “C.”
- Raise your hand to ask a question.
- Stay in your seat (except for clean-up).
- Use all tools responsibly.
- Clean up after yourself.
Many art projects are difficult or impossible to do at home unless the student has the right supplies. It is not required that anybody purchase these supplies. With that in mind, the art assignments will not be given as homework. However, a student may choose to work on it at home if he or she does have the right supplies at home. Some tasks that are given on the iPad such as worksheets or app drawings may be done at home if they do not have time in class.
MAKING UP INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS
If a student has the materials at home, the assignment can be completed there. Otherwise, the student will need to arrange a time with me during lunch hour or after school to complete the work. Because I am also an athletics coach and often am out on the field or courts until 3:30, make sure you schedule your time so I can allow you to work in the room.
All projects given have a deadline that is a projection of when it should be finished. If a student needs more time than what is given in class, the student will continue working on that assignment until it is finished. A student will not be penalized with a late grade, but all projects within the trimester must be turned in by the end of the trimester. So if a student turns in a project late, the next project will have to be completed quicker in order to catch up with the pace of the class.
Because of the limited time in the classroom and the limited space that is available, students’ respect for the teacher, other classmates, and the posted rules are vitally important. Minor incidents, which may include interruptions or talking out of turn during teacher instruction time, are handled within the classroom and usually a verbal reminder is enough to refocus the student. For the 6th-8th grades, the above behavior will deduct participation points from their art grades. Blatant defiance or disruptiveness is handled in a more serious manner. The next two steps are for such a case.
1. If a student is being disruptive, disrespectful, or using materials in an unsafe manner, the student will be given a verbal warning and expected to correct the behavior.
2. If a student continues the behavior after being warned, the student will be sent to the office to sit out the rest of the class. A behavioral ticket (documentation only) will be written for the student and the parents will be notified via email or by phone.
A student who misses a class due to disciplinary action may make up the assignment if it is a first offense.
3. If the student has already received a behavioral ticket and continues the wrongful behavior, a discipline ticket (referral) will be written and the parents will be notified.
1st through 3rd grades will receive a grade of either Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory which is reported to the homeroom teacher. Each student is evaluated by their participation and ability to complete the task while learning to follow directions through art activities that are appropriate for their age level development. 4th through 8th Grades receive letter grades on their report card. The grades may be viewed as they are updated on the District network in PowerSchool for 4th through 8th grade. Each project is worth 100 points. Response worksheets or tasks given on the iPad will be worth 10 to 25 points each. The project grade is based upon the combination of effort and quality as described in the rubric below.
TURNING IN ARTWORK FOR CREDIT
4th through 8th graders will finish an original piece of artwork in class. Upon completion of the project, each student must take a photograph of it using his or her iPad. The work is then uploaded to Showbie (the students are taught how to do this), and it is viewed by the teacher and receives a grade. The student also uploads the photo of the artwork to a portfolio app called SeeSaw where the student maintains a visual record of each artwork that he or she has completed. A student's parents may view the portfolio anytime after work has been uploaded to the app.
GRADING RUBRIC FOR ART PROJECTS
Level 6 – 98-100 Points
The student completes the assignment and then goes beyond the specific tasks given. The student redefines the problem, or makes insightful interpretations or extensions. The student shows in depth understanding of concepts and content. The student communicates effectively and emphatically to the audience. This being the highest level, is reserved for students exhibiting a high level of artistic skill.
Level 5 – 90-97 Points
The student completes all important aspects of the tasks given. Work fully demonstrates a clear understanding of concepts.The student communicates effectively to the audience. Even students who do not have a high level of artistic talent still have the ability to meet this range of scores.
Level 4 – 83-89 Points
The student completes the most important aspects of the tasks given. Work shows understanding of major concepts even though one of the specific requirements may be missing. The student work shows sufficient evidence of content knowledge.
Level 3 – 75-82 Points
The student completes most of the important tasks, but more than one of the important aspects may be left out. Gaps in the students understanding of the key concepts are evident. The student’s product does not completely demonstrate the proper methods or strategies. The student communicates some important ideas.
Level 2 – 70-74 Points
The student completes only some of the components of the task. Work shows fragmented understanding of concepts. The student attempts to do some of the relevant tasks, but a majority of the specific requirements are missing.
Level 1 – 0 Points
The student completes none of the tasks.
98-100=A+ 93-97=A 90-92=A-
88-89=B+ 83-87=B 80-82=B-
78-79=C+ 73-77=C 70-72=C-
68-69=D+ 63-67=D 60-62=D-
Daily Participation Grade
Each student will also receive a daily participation grade worth up to 10 points each class period. These points will combine with the project grades total to determine the trimester grade.
The daily participation grade is meant to assess the students work habits during the class period. It will take into account whether the student stays on task, follows instructions, and is a good citizen within the class environment. Each time a student violates a class rule, is talking excessively, or is completely off task the student will lose a point off of the daily grade. The student will be told about the deduction at the time that it is issued.
If a student is absent from school and misses an art class, no participation points will be deducted. An EX (exempt) will appear in PowerSchool for that student. The student is still required to complete the art project that was assigned during the absence.