But how do you Grade art?
Many students and parents wonder, “HOW art can be graded? Isn’t it all good just because it’s creative expression?” Yet, that’s not the case, particularly not in AP STUDIO ART! I grade using a rubric, which has 8 categories ranging from Craftsmanship (art term for neatness) to Design Quality (how well you used the elements & principles of design). Each category has an A, B, C, and D description. After each category has been given a grade, they’re averaged together to determine the grade for the piece. But before I can grade your work, YOU will grade it as objectively as you can, using the rubric below. After you complete the rubric, you’ll tack it on the wall underneath your artwork. Below is the rubric we will use for all Breadth Assignments: AP RubricBREADTH Below is the rubric we will use for all Concentration Assignments: AP RubricCONCENTRATION
If you think MY rubric is complicated, take a look at the rubric used by the “readers,” the folks at the College Board who’ll grade your portfolio. You’re portfolio is graded on a scale of 1-6, but you’re sent a score from 1-5. (I’ve no clue why) Below I’ve placed a link to the rubric they’ll use to determine your score. It’s a very long PDF file so I’ve also included an excerept from the drawing portfolio rubric below the link. 2013 Scoring Guidelines
Remember: CRAFTSMANSHIP COUNTS!
AP® STUDIO ART 2013 SCORING GUIDELINES
Drawing Portfolio General information and a few provisos: • The scoring guidelines for the AP portfolios contains score points from 6 (excellent) through 5 (strong), 4 (good), 3 (moderate), 2 (weak), and 1 (poor). • Each score point is characterized by a variety of descriptors of work that would receive that score. • Because there are only six different points on the scale, each score point represents a band or range of accomplishment. • Some of the descriptors may seem to contradict each other because the range of possibilities for work at a given score point is so great. • The descriptors are examples; it isn’t expected that all the descriptors for a scale point will apply to any one particular portfolio. • The descriptors intentionally discuss general aspects of artwork at each score point; there is no preferred (or unacceptable) content or style. • The descriptors (taken as a whole) capture characteristics of work that merits each score. This is a living document — one that evolves over time. Though these are the scoring guidelines used in 2013, they are always open to subsequent revision. Drawing concepts and skills include, but are not limited to: • Light and shade • Rendering of form • Composition • Surface manipulation • The illusion of depth • Mark making Key Scoring Descriptors A. Understanding of Composition, Concept, and Execution B. Intention or Purpose C. Originality, Imagination, and Invention in Using the Elements and Principles of Design in Drawing Composition D. Decision Making, Experimentation, and Risk Taking E. Confident, Evocative Work that Engages the Viewer F. Technical Competence and Skill with Drawing Materials and Media G. Understanding the Use of Digital or Photographic Sources H. Appropriation and the Student “Voice” I. Overall Accomplishment and Quality In applying these descriptors, consider the content, style, mark making, and use of media in the work.
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Read more on how to get a good grade in Art HERE!
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