Upper Merion Area High School
Studio Art I, II, 2D Exploration, Painting, Art of Digital Photo
UMAHS Schoolwide Position on Grading
At UMAHS we believe that all grading should directly reflect student achievement of the objectives of each course. We believe that grading is an important communication tool that must be clearly outlined for students and parents. We believe in reassessment because we value the end goal of measuring learning over when that learning takes place. And finally, we believe that the final course grade should be the most accurate and fair measure of each individual student’s understanding of the course content.
Description of Grading Calculation
Art grades are points based on the following categories:
Preliminary Project Preparation: 5 – 25 points per assignment
Skill building assignments: 10 -- 50 points per assignment
Projects: 75 -- 125 points per project
Studio grade: 100 points quarterly
Critiques: 20 -- 25 points per project
Quiz: 10 -- 15 points per quiz
Test: 50 points per test
Rationale for Grading Calculation
Grades in the art classroom are calculated on methods, techniques & skills that are practiced, applied, & mastered sequentially over the course of the semester/year. The following areas are the focus of the student’s grade:
- Preliminary Project Preparation -- Preliminary work that allows the student to research and generate ideas, sketches, & designs in preparation for the creation of their project. This provides the student ample opportunity to discuss the work with the teacher before they begin the assignment.
- Skill Building assignments -- Assignments to promote a whole range of skills attained during classroom discussion & exploration that provides the student with background knowledge for the foundation of the project. Creative, open-ended, content appropriate and varied with ideas for practicing fine motor & problem solving skills through art, sensory and manipulative tasks. Students work from this information to move forward with the assignment. Students have the option of resubmitting work to demonstrate their improvements.
- Projects – Completed original artwork created by each student demonstrating the skills, techniques, methods practiced, developed and mastered. Students will complete 3 – 4 projects per marking period.
- Critiques – Critiques encourage each student to view artwork with a critical eye while having them speak & write within the content area. Written and/or verbal critiques are based on description, analysis, interpretation, & judgment of each completed project.
- Quizzes/tests – Assessing students’ knowledge of information presented, practiced & executed on vocabulary, artists, art history, & methods/techniques/tools that pertain to the projects created.
- Studio – Daily evaluations for maintaining a positive and productive studio atmosphere through the demonstration of the effective and safe use of materials & proper maintenance/storage of materials and tools in an appropriate and clean work environment allow for the students’ growth of both personal responsibility and cooperative studio relationships.