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District Wide Common Art Assessments

There are 10 common visual arts assessments at the elementary grade level.  These assessments are taught at each elementary school throughout the district.  These assessments were designed to include a strong emphasis on drawing and developmentally appropriate art concepts.

1st Grade Art

Learning to Draw Pattern with Different Lines Create a two line pattern drawing. Students will learn about different kinds of lines, such as, straight, zig zag, curvy, wavy, spiral, broken, and/or angled lines.

Color Mixing: Painting with Primary and Secondary Colors Create a painting that explores primary and secondary colors. Students will learn about primary and secondary colors and how to mix colors.

2nd Grade Art

Imaginary Creature Drawing Create an imaginary creature that has a head and a body. Your creature should have at least three patterns/textures and at least three details. Details can be horns, scales, teeth, hair, or things such as wings or tails. We will brainstorm together to make a list of different types of patterns/textures and various details before you begin your imaginary creature drawings.

Texture Collage: Real vs. Implied (Suggested) Create a collage using real and implied textures. Using appropriate art vocabulary, a student will be able to describe the difference between real and implied (suggested) textures. Real textures feel rough like sandpaper or soft like a kitten, while implied textures use shading and pattern to show (illustrate how something feels) texture.

3rd Grade Art

Landscape Perspective Drawing Create a landscape perspective drawing that has foreground, middle ground and background and a horizon line.  Students will learn how to use objects and overlapping to create a sense of depth/space in their drawings.

Clay Animals Create a free-standing clay sculpture of an animal using pinch and pull technique.  Students will learn how to balance the weight of clay to create a three-dimensional artwork that stands on legs/tail.

4th Grade Art

Still-Life Drawing Create a still life contour drawing of objects.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of drawing from direct observation. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of proportion and overlapping to create a sense of space and composition.

Value Painting Create a painting with five gradations of value (lightness and darkness).  Students will add white (a tint) and black (a shade) to a color of their choice to demonstrate an understanding of value painting.

5th Grade Art

Abstract Drawing Create an abstract drawing that shows unity and balance.  Students will learn to identify artwork as either representational, non-representational or abstraction while using appropriate art language.

Linoleum Printing Create a linoleum plate with gauging tools and print a series of color contrasting prints from it.  Students will learn how printmaking differs from other art media.