Grading in Art

How is a student's grade determined?

My goal in art is to expose students to a variety of artists, art mediums and art processes. Each project has required elements that I set and explain to students. If students participated in making art and learning about art while displaying a positive attitude and meeting required elements of an assignment, I consider their involvement with art a success. Art grades are given every nine weeks and are based on the above criteria as well as the following behavioral and project guidelines:

Excellent = E
Artwork Grade:
o Project is WOW! - you "out-did" the teacher
o Artwork is original and student did all I asked for and then some
o Student shows exceptional craftsmanship and design qualities in artwork
o Participates in all activities
Conduct:
o On- task without requiring any redirection
o Is not disruptive to the classroom
o Has no inappropriate actions
o Uses appropriate social skills

Satisfactory = S
Artwork Grade:
o Project is "good" - all that I asked for, but nothing "over the top"
o Followed directions
o Good craftsmanship and design qualities in artwork
o Participates most of the time
Conduct:
o Requires some redirection for off-task behavior
o Is able to correct any inappropriate behavior with a warning
o Is able to correct any inappropriate social skills with a warning

Needs Improvements = N
Artwork Grade:
o Artwork not "up to snuff"
o Student met minimum requirements; did just enough to get by on project
o Poor craftsmanship and design qualities
Conduct:
o Requires redirection for off-task behavior often
o Often disrupts class or displays inappropriate behavior
o Does not correct inappropriate behavior or social skills
o Is given multiple warnings or has had a parent conference

Unsatisfactory = U
Artwork Grade:
o Artwork is unfinished or missing
No project = No grade
o Student did not follow directions on assignment
o Student did not try or put forth an effort
o Very poor craftsmanship or design qualities
Conduct:
o Rarely on task
o Often disrupts class and disrupts the learning of other students
o Does not correct inappropriate behavior or social skills
o Disregard for safety of self and others
o Has received an office referral