My Art 1 (or beginning fundementals of art) classes are not required to
keep an outside sketchbook. They are required to put together each days class
work and designated assignments into a "reference" type of sketchbook. This is
done in class and counts for 30% of their grade. I assess these sketchbooks
in terms of their organization sequence and completion only. If a student is
missing an assignment- they are graded down. My goal for these students is to
develop good habits so I do my best to get them to organize themselves and
take notes (written or image making) when I talk. In Art 1, I do NOT grade on
quality- pretty much centers around "following directions." Enough of my
students struggle with this and believe it or not- my average class grades always
hovers around 75%.
Those who obtain a B- or better are encouraged to take Art 2 as the start
to more advanced art concepts. Students who think they may like a career in
art usually try Art 2 during the start of their Sophomore year. Art 2, 3, 4,
5 and 6 are placed in one class (because of the low numbers) and is
considered "Advanced Art." Advanced Art at our High School are college prep classes.
Art 2 thru 6 is required keep and submit a sketchbook once a week for grading.
Art 2,3 and 4 has weekly assignments while the more advanced students in Art
5 & 6 may submit a drawing of their own subject. I grade these
"subjectively" on the amount of "time" they spent on the assignment. My base criteria is
that the drawing must display a MINIMUM of one hours worth of effort on the
assignment to obtain the full 10 points each week. There is a possible 160
points total for their sketchbooks which counts for 30% of their final grade.