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Transforming the ordinary: middle school.

Significant Problem:

Preparing students for exams seems to be the primary focus of many middle school teachers. I wanted to design an art exam that students would look forward to taking, would play upon their strengths, and would be more of an authentic assessment Authentic assessment is an umbrella concept that refers to the measurement of "intellectual accomplishments that are worthwhile, significant, and meaningful,"[1] as compared to multiple choice standardized tests.  than just a paper and pencil test Pencil test has multiple meanings.
  • In traditional animation, a preliminary version of the final animated scene. The pencil drawings are quickly photographed or scanned and synced with the necessary soundtracks.
. The resulting problem was for students to transform an ordinary object into an art piece that would be part of their everyday life.

Essential Concepts:

1. Making art meaningful in student's lives.

2. Using real-life skills.

3. Creative use of materials.

4. Working with a theme.

5. Demonstrating skilled artistry art·ist·ry  
1. Artistic ability: a sculptor of great artistry.

2. Artistic quality or craft: the artistry of a poem.


Light switch plates, acrylic paints, patterned papers, assorted found materials, glue, polyurethane polyurethane

Any of a class of very versatile polymers that are made into flexible and rigid foams, fibres, elastomers (elastic polymers), surface coatings, and adhesives.

Guiding Practice:

1. To enable students to develop a theme, I gave a quick lesson on webbing for brainstorming.

2. After selecting a theme, each student had to submit a sketch of the proposed design for a decorative light switch cover, along with a proposed list of materials needed to complete the task.

3. The time for completion was limited to two class periods.

Assessing Learning:

The light switch covers were graded by a rubric RUBRIC, civil law. The title or inscription of any law or statute, because the copyists formerly drew and painted the title of laws and statutes rubro colore, in red letters. Ayl. Pand. B. 1, t. 8; Diet. do Juris. h.t. , which covered the following criteria: theme, creative use of materials, and artistry.

ClipCard submitted by Elizabeth Menson Sio, an art teacher at Jordan Elbridge Middle School in Jordan, New York Jordan is a village in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,314 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Jordan is located in the northwest part of the Town of Elbridge, west of Syracuse.
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Title Annotation:an art exam
Author:Sio, Elizabeth Menson
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 1, 2003
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