Elementary School

8th Grade Art
8th Grade Visual Art Syllabus

The 8thGrade art class meets daily for a 9 week quarter.Students will be involved in creative endeavors which support the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts.

Students will:

*Develop an understanding of aesthetics and art criticism

*Review and use the elements of art and the principles of design to produce works of art, and demonstrate an understanding of composition

*Experience techniques in a variety of art media:drawing, painting,
printmaking, and sculpture

*Solve visual problems

*Communicate artistic intent

*View art of different times and cultures

*Create a portfolio to record their critiques of art works, and to develop, revise, and evaluate their works.The completed portfolio will contain valuable reference material along with representations of the student’s individual artistic expressions and growth.

The visual arts provide a multitude of areas for the growth and development of individuals.Participation in the daily studio work is an important experience which will provide students with opportunities to communicate ideas, problem solve, develop critical thinking skills, practice daily responsibility, and gain confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Grading Scale:

A+Exemplary - Exceeds Standards

AProficient - Meeting Standards

BNovice - Meets Standards

CEmerging - Progress toward Meeting Standards

DDoes Not Meet Standards

FLittle or No Attempt Made


Grading will be based on...

The creative process is equally and sometimes more important than the finished work of art.Because of this, students will earn their art grade through a combination of portfolio assignments, final projects, group work, observations, class expectations, and growth in the subject area.


Class Expectations:

Our class expectations require that all students be respectful, responsible, and trustworthy.Class members are expected to:

Respect others, materials, and the studio

Be on time & come prepared with pencil and planner

Listen and follow instructions

Use class time to complete assignments

Sign all work with first & last names

Help with clean up

No food or beverages are permitted in the art studio!


*Please read this document carefully before signing.Your signature indicates your agreement and understanding of the expectations.



Please printFirst and Last Name


Artist Signature:___________________________________
Please develop a way to sign your art work and include it here when you have.

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