Children earn an art grade on their report cards. I hope they do not define themselves as a 'good or bad artist' based on a report card grade. It is a reflection of application of concepts taught at a specific time. I have found that individual children have a preference for different types of materials and assignments. This may translate into how much effort they put into a particular unit in art.
The art report card grades reflect art objectives and student effort in the art room each quarter or semester. The grades are based on skills related to the elements and principles of design and the art vocabulary used in class. When your child attends class for his or her week of art, he or she will be assigned unit grades. If there is only one week of art that quarter, these unit grades will become the report card grades. Some classes will have more than one week of art in the quarter depending on how the calendar works out. One child may have two units of art (five-ten days) in a quarter and the average of these two units becomes the report card grade. Other children may only have 5 days of art in a quarter.
The art grades are not necessarily a reflection of a child's intelligence or talent. A child may be brilliant and talented but hate the slimy feeling of clay. Thus, the grades may vary from one quarter to the next. A child does not have to be good at all types of art to be a talented artist. It is possible for pieces of art produced in a unit to be beautiful and lovable but the child may not earn an 'O'because all of the objectives for the unit were not met.
O: Outstanding effort: This is a student who is applying the concepts we are working on in class and doing the art to a polished finished piece with good craftsmanship- as far as the time allows. The work often reflects effort over and above what is anticipated, including original ideas and extra details. Their behavior throughout the class shows respect for the assignment, the teacher and their classmates.
S Satisfactory effort: In this grade it is clear the student made a good effort to apply the ideas we are working on in their art piece. The result may not demonstrate a complete grasp of the concepts but an honest effort is made. Their behavior throughout the class usually shows respect for the assignment, the teacher and their classmates.
N needs improvement: In this case a student may need redirecting or an increase in time on task and attention to instructions. It could be beneficial if the child increased showing respect for the assignment, the teacher and their classmates. This is a student who is not applying very many of the concepts we are working on in class and their choices may interfere with bringing their art to a finished piece.
Unsatisfactory: It is rare this grade would be given since I have found that children in general want to create art and want to produce a product that makes them proud.