Akers Elementary

Mr. Fraley - Art

Mr. Fraley

Mr. Fraley


This is my 17th year at Akers and I am looking forward to another successful school year with the students. The students in grades 1-5 come to art once every two weeks.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will attend according to a four day rotation with their
home rooms.    

* Social Distance Learning for Art is summarized below the Daily Participation Grade section.  Scroll downward and you will find my policy for communication and curriculum for art during these times when we have to be physically apart.  


  1. Students will learn about the techniques and ideas of master artists (Art History).
  2. Students will be able to identify the elements of art and principles of design in masterpiece artworks (Art Appreciation).
  3. 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)

  1. 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.”



  1. Raise your hand to ask a question.
  2. Stay in your seat (except for clean-up).
  3. Use all tools responsibly.
  4. Clean up after yourself.

All characteristics of good citizenship are expected of all students.  This includes respect of others, kindness, trustworthiness, fairness, and responsibility.  


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 app drawings will be done at home because we do not have time for them in class.

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.

LATE WORK                

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.

GRADING POLICY                   

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.  They are graded according to the following standards. 
4th-5th grades are graded as an A upon full completion of the project.  These students are being exposed to different styles and media and their experience is to be fun and developmental.
6th-8th grades are graded by the rubric shown below.  They are still supposed to find art enjoyable and experimental, but they are required to demonstrate deeper understanding of the concepts taught. 

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.


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.  A student's parents may view the portfolio anytime after work has been uploaded to the app.  


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-


 Grading Digital Drawing using the iPad

All students have Sketchbook loaded onto their iPads.  Each week students must produce at least one drawing on their iPad and save it into their Sketchbook gallery.  I will ask them to show me their gallery once a month.  As long as they are fulfilling their assigned drawings they will receive 20 points of credit for each week.  This is exploratory only and will not be graded with the same rubric above.  

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.

Social Distance Learning in Art

Materials:   All students will need a pencil and a school provided technology device (1st grade-3rd grade will not be required to do any art on a device).   Additional materials are certainly helpful, but are not required.  If a student chooses, and has other mediums such as: crayons; colored pencils; watercolors; colored markers, oil pastels; drawing pastels or chalks, they will certainly add fun, creativity, and variety to the assignments.  Parents are NOT required to purchase art supplies for their children.  All assignment will be able to be successfully completed with pencil, ball point pen, household supplies, and district issued technology.  No student will be graded lower due to a lack of certain supplies.  I will work with administration regarding the possible distribution of drawing paper.  

Meeting times:   Each class and grade level will have a regularly scheduled art class time when we meet using the Zoom App.  Your students will receive that meeting time from their homeroom teachers.  Class will begin promptly at the designated time.  It is important that the student join in to the class meeting a couple minutes before the start of the class.

Instruction:  During the class meeting time, students will receive either a live lesson with background information, step-by-step demonstration, and then time to begin the assignment.  Other times, there might be a prerecorded demonstration which will be broadcast onto the screen for all to see.  During the main lesson instruction time, all students will be muted on the screen.  At the conclusion of the main instruction, students will be able to use the "raise hand" feature in Zoom to be unmuted for questions. 

Communication:  There will most likely not be enough time to answer each student's questions during the meeting time.  All additional questions will be answered through teacher/student emails.  If you need to speak to me personally, I will be available during office hours by phone, to be determined in conjunction with other staff hours.  My personal Google phone number will be added soon.

Assignments:  The written assignments and instructions will be available in each students art class folder listed by homeroom teacher in the Showbie App.  I will provide all classes with a join code.  The due date will be stated on the Showbie assignment folder.

Completed Assignments:  Upload completed artwork to the art class listed by homeroom teacher.    All assignments will be turned into the folder labeled by the assignment name.  

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