When I first attended our regional staff development meetings during the school year, I wasn't very happy with the regional assessments we were putting together. In a sense, they were too specific and they didn't align with what I taught my kids in each grade. A college friend of mine teachers downstate in NY had her regional meeting for art over the summer. She shared with me that they had decided to use the same pre- and post assessment for K-6: self-portraits. I'm not that into doing the same thing for every grade...I like changing things up from year to year, but she gave me the idea that I could save their self-portraits all the way up through 6th grade and then make a book for each child to have at the end of 6th grade when they transition into the high school.
After mulling this over, I decided that maybe I did like this idea after all, but it still didn't seem like enough of an assessment for me, especially since I don't plan on really covering self-portraits until 3rd and 4th grade with the kids. So, this is what I plan on doing...each grade will do self-portrait at the beginning and end of the year, as well as one other assessment that will more closely pertain to what students will be taught during the school year.
Kindergarten: Self-Portrait & Scissor Skills Worksheet
4th Grade: Self-Portraits & Still Life Drawing
This one will be pretty self explanatory. We will concentrate on using contour drawings to draw from real life quite a bit in 4th grade, including observing shadows and value. So, I will simply have my students do a 2-3 day still life drawing in the beginning and the end of the school year, probably using colored pencils.
5th Grade: Self-Portrait & Color Theory Quiz
In 5th grade, I start giving little quizzes. I started doing this last year because my 5th graders weren't the best behaved group at special and when I started giving them graded quizzes, they started listening better! I also really found out who was understanding the more advanced material. Aside from the self-portrait, the other assessment I will use for 5th grade will actually be a quiz.
6th Grade: Self-Portrait & Cultural Art Quiz:
In 6th grade, I align their art projects with the cultures they learn about in history class. I decided the best way to assess these students would be to give them a quiz that asks them to identify what culture certain artworks come from. I will cover the following cultures in class with students, at least half of which are also covered in their history class: Prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Aboriginal and Native American. The quiz will ask students to match the culture with their artwork and explain in 2-3 sentences how they know that artwork is from the specified culture. Again, once I have this quiz completed, I'll post it!