5th and 6th grade students brainstorm multiple approaches to creative projects. They explore and experiment with multiple art-making techniques and improve those techniques through practice. They respond to the work of their peers and to significant works of art and make connections between their own work and the work of other artists. Studio centers include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, and printmaking.
I grade projects using the following rubric.
Generate ideas, solve problems, make decisions, communicate ideas, develop art-making skills,
3 = I applied new techniques as well as made connections to my previously made artwork/experiences. I understand the elements/principles studied and used them appropriately and effectively.
2 = I attempted new techniques and tried to make connections to other artwork/experiences. I do not really understand the elements/principles studied and didn't use them effectively.
1 = I did not try new techniques and there are no connections to other artwork/experiences. My project does not include the elements/principles studied at all or is incomplete.
Craftsmanship and Effort
Appropriate, neat, and creative use of materials; artwork shows pride, patience, care, and effort.
3 = My artwork was beautifully, carefully, and patiently created. I challenged myself to not let my art making problems hinder my work too much. I developed a focus within my work and worked hard.
2 = I could have completed my project with more care and patience. I let my art making problems take over my artwork. My artwork lost focus and I didn't work very hard.
1 = My project is incomplete or inappropriate. I lost focus on my work.
Social Emotional Learning
Safe and responsible use of materials; respect for classmates, teacher, materials, and self
3 = I followed the rules of the art room. I was careful and safe with the materials. I was respectful of my classmates, my teacher, the materials, and myself.
2 = I received 1 break for not following the rules of the art room. I wasn’t careful or safe with materials. I was not respectful of my classmates, teacher, the materials, and/or myself.
1 = I received 2 or more breaks for not following the rules of the art room. I broke materials or made unsafe choices. My behavior made it hard for me to do my work.
8-9 = A
6-7 = B
4-5 = C
3 = D