Grades three and four have art once a week for one hour. Grade five has art twice a week for forty five minutes per class.
How are students graded in art?
Students are told what is expected in their final projects for each unit and specifically how they will be graded. We look for evidence that students grasped the major concepts, practiced the studio skills and put forth a strong effort. Each student's initial level of ability is also considered. Therefore, grades will also reflect the progress the individual student has made. It is important to us that students understand that in all artistic growth much risk-taking and patience are necessary, and that there is a wide range of perspectives about what makes a piece of artwork successful.
Are there displays of student artwork?
There are rotating displays of student work outside the art rooms and in the LRC throughout the year. These displays include samples of units we have worked on, and students select what they would like to contribute. We make sure students understand that many different kinds of art are valued. Both finished and experimental works are encouraged and shared.
There will also be an annual spring art and music festival. This year's event will be on Wednesday, May 16. Artworks on display in this exhibit reflect both our curriculum units as well as works students undertook independently. We ask students to make their art show choices based on which pieces they feel demonstrate their best efforts and of which they are most proud.