November 17, 2015
Second Quarter Sketches
October 27, 2015
Grading is my least favorite part of my job. Art is so subjective, however I try to be as objective as I possibly can be when it comes to assigning grades to the projects that my students turn in.
Today marks the last day of the First Quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. The last 4 days of the quarter have been used as "Ketchup Days". Students have the opportunity to use class time to finish any projects that they may not have completed. It is up to students to get their work done and to use their time wisely. I conference with each student, showing them their grade for the quarter and give them the opportunity to complete or redo projects.
In my classroom, I have visual reminders of the expectations for the level of craftsmanship for middle school students so that there is no question about what is expected from them at this point in their school career.
This rubric is on my door and is an example of the expectations for craftsmanship and coloring. Often, I will redirect students to the rubric when they turn in a project so that they can self-assess.
This second image is on my front board (in a different direction!) and shows the expectations for different media. I want to make sure that students have absolutely no question as to what is expected of them.
I also use a modified rubric fashioned from the Studio Habits of Mind. This outlines expectations in the Art Room (studio) and demonstrates to students that they need to participate in taking care of the classroom and materials, not giving up when learning a new skill and learning to think like an artist.
I hope that this information gives a little bit of insight as to how I grade student artwork and why your child has earned the grade that they have earned in Art. Of course, each project also has different criteria that are explained at the beginning of a project. For example, we recently finished an abstract drawing that was to show the use of value. In that project, students knew that they need to show me that they understand how to show value, use the space on the paper and follow the steps to create the forms that were expected along with the requirements in the above examples.
I do tell my students that effort does go a long way in my class.
September 17, 2015
Wanted (in the art room!)
Please send in:
cardboard tubes (toilet paper, paper towel, mailing tubes)
old (clean) t shirts
September Sketchbook Challenge
I went to Hobby Lobby today and it seems that the pumpkins and pilgrims had been out for some time and the little worker elves were busy setting up Christmas decorations. I suppose then that it is not preemptive of me to go ahead and post my back to school supply list.
You can find all the AMS class supply lists here at Teacher Lists. Just type in our zip code and choose Albemarle Middle School.
But, because I am visual here's what you need as an AMS Bulldog Visual Art Student for the 15-16 school year.
Visual Arts Supply List
The end of third quarter is almost upon us. Just a reminder that art students have until March 27th to turn in, make up or redo any art projects from this quarter that they would like to be regraded.
New blog post up at MizzSmiff's Art Room! Check out our latest oil pastel project.
Art progress reports went home today. Please note that if students have not turned in a project or have received a failing grade, they have the opportunity to make up the work for full credit if the project is turned in prior to March 27th. Students will also receive 5 extra credit points added to their lowest grade if their progress report is returned, signed by a parent.
If you have not checked out my blog, MizzSmiff's Art Room, click on the tab above for updated information and lots of pictures about what is happening in art at AMS.
I am so excited to say that my grant request from Donor's Choose has been approved. I am hoping to be able to purchase a class set of digital cameras to help promote digital literacy. If you should feel so inclined, please follow this link to donate to the AMS Art Classsroom. Use the code SPARK until October 27th. and all donations, up to $100.00 will be doubled. Thank you in advance for your support!
New Blog Post up at MizzSmiff's Art Room!
Our first ART CLUB meeting will be Monday, September 29th. from dismissal until 4:00 pm. in the art room. Students must have returned their permission slip to me to be able to attend.
We have changed the structure of exploratory classes at AMS. All Exploratory classes will be on a semester schedule for the year. For the first time, students in the arts in middle school will be participating in ASW testing this year. More information on that will be coming.
I have a blog where I post lots of pictures of what we are doing in class. Check out Mizzsmiff's Art Room
Art at Albemarle Middle School can also be found on Facebook
Just ask to join the group
I'll be posting lots of pictures of the wonderful work our students are doing, as well as information about Art Club and Artalympics.
Exploratory Schedule for 2014-2015
A - 8:00-8:44
B - 8:46-9:30
A - 10:20-11:04
B - 11:06-11:50
A - 12:30-1:14B - 1:16-2:00
Supplies that would be helpful (but are not obligatory) for all art students:
Handheld pencil sharpeners
Pencil pouch or box to hold supplies
In addition, students may want to have an apron or smock to store in the classroom to wear on 'messy days'
Every child has the right to expect an education rich in the knowledge of the arts and culture.
A comprehensive Art Education program exposes students to a tangible record of culture and society. Art Education enables students to become active participants in the creation of that record.
A comprehensive Arts Education program encourages active learning by providing opportunities for intellectual growth and diverse experiences in heterogeneous classrooms. The artistic process of seeing, internalizing, interpreting and creating is student driven with teachers as guides.
A comprehensive Arts Education program teaches tolerance for differences, allows for self expression, encourages acceptance of others and celebrates individuality. The Arts foster an appreciation of the past and promote participation in today's world.