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  THE ART BOOK - ART ASSESSMENT
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

The Art Book is a special series of lessons from Maryanne Messier, a teacher from Janesville Wisconsin. "This Art Book theme was created to help art educators by giving them another form of assessment. So many times we as art educators find it difficult to assess a child's progress when projects are sent home. By using portfolio assessment it is easier to judge a child's progress because you can see it from beginning to end. The idea of the art book came from a colleague of mine, Mary Jo Paup. She developed the "book" idea while working towards her masters. When she told me about the idea I decided to use it with my kindergartners. I used the Janesville School District's Art Curriculum as a basis for each project page. It was a challenge but well worth it. The beauty of portfolio assessment is that it starts in kindergarten and can follow them through their elementary career. As the child grows so do the books and the lessons. If you decide to use this form of assessment in your class, I hope your class enjoys these lessons as much as mine did. -Maryanne Messier

ART BOOK COVER K-2
Begin at the beginning. read more

Page One - PRIMARY HANDS K-2
Primary colors and handprints. read more

Page Two - BLOTTER BUGS K-2
A naturally wonderful way to learn about color mixing. read more

Page Three - CATERPILLARS K-2
A lesson in pattern and color. read more

Page Four - WARM/COOL COLORS K-2
How do colors make us feel? read more

Page Five - NEUTRAL COLORS K-2
An introduction to black, brown, gray & white. read more

Page Six - TEXTURE BUGS K-2
Texture describes how something looks or feels. read more

Page Seven - IMAGINATION PAINTINGS K-2
Imagination is the best tool for creating any kind of artwork. read more

Page Eight - ABOUT THE ARTIST K-2
Self portraits: how your students see themselves and why. read more

CONCLUSION K-2
Tying it all together. read more

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

Drawing with Children; A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
by Mona Brookes
Founded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages.


Colored Pencil Craze
by Walter Foster Publishers
An insanely fun drawing kit which includes 7 pencils, a drawing pad, a sharpener and eraser.