We will use this grading scale for all critiques. I will expect you to know this scale and use the language on this scale during our discussions about your artwork and the artwork of your peers. I will also be posting this scale in the room.
If you do not receive the mark you wanted, you can always make improvements and get a higher mark.
|6 EXCELLENT QUALITY
- consistently of high quality
- imaginative, inventive, and confident articulation of the elements and principles of design;
- shows a well-informed sense of composition;
- shows obvious evidence of thinking;
- demonstrates evidence of confidence and of their own spirit;
- uses materials effectively; technique is generally excellent;
- may show successful engagement with experimentation and/or risk taking;
- Any apparent use of published or photographic sources or the work of other artists clearly provides a visual reference in the service of a larger, personal vision.
|5 STRONG QUALITY
- generally strong, although there may be inconsistencies in overall quality;
- strong grasp of the elements and principles of design, using them to express a visual idea;
- shows generally strong composition;
- shows evidence of thinking; i.e., it conveys a sense that it is about something beyond the assignment;
- may have qualities that may the viewer think;
- shows a good understanding of techniques and materials
- Any apparent use of published or photographic sources or the work of other artists shows a strong sense of the student’s individual transformation of the images.
|4 GOOD QUALITY
- demonstrates a good understanding of the elements and principles of design;
- generally purposeful composition;
- some manipulation of ideas, goes beyond the basics of the assignment;
- shows a basic understanding of technique and materials
- If there is apparent use of published or photographic sources or the work of other artists, the student’s individual “voice” can be discerned.
|3 MODERATE QUALITY
- emerging understanding of the elements and principles of design;
- demonstrates a limited sense of composition;
- shows a sense of real effort, but problems are not successfully resolved;
- stays within the limits of the assignment given
- might not show the technical skills needed to resolve the ideas it addresses;
- If published photographic sources or the work of other artists are used, the work appears to be a nearly direct reproduction; the student’s “voice” is minimal.
|2 WEAK QUALITY
- generally awkward;
- some ability at using the elements of design with little awareness of the principles;
- weak in terms of composition;
- simplistic solutions to design problems;
- may not meet all the requirements of the assignment given
- limited artistic decision making.
- The works are copies of published or photographic sources or the work of other artists; there is little noticeable student “voice.”
|1 POOR QUALITY
- generally incompetent;
- shows no apparent understanding of the elements and principles of design;
- poorly composed;
- little evidence of thinking/artistic decision making;
- lacks a clear sense of intention;
- reveals a lack of understanding of technique;
- shows a lack of how to use the tools/media;
- does not meet may of the requirements of the assignment given
- The works are obviously direct copies of photographic sources or the work of other artists; there is no discernible student “voice.”