V.E411

Character Drawings

Character Drawings

Students will work creatively, looking at how line, shape, and color can be used to portray an idea.

This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

Teacher Scoring Rubric

  • Dimension
  • Compositions

    The successful arrangement of elements and principles of design to create a series of sketches that shows the essence of an idea.

  • Craftsmanship

    The successful handling of materials to demonstrate purposeful technique and manipulation of media.

  • Creativity

    The successful use of problem solving to invent interesting adaptations and representations of their selected word.

  • Communication of Content

    The successful use of all other rubric items to communicate content visually.

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  • There is no evidence of the use of the elements and principles of design to complete a series of compositions and no explanation of what is successful or not in the compositions.

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  • There is little evidence of the elements and principles of design to complete a series of compositions and little explanation of which is successful and which is not.

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  • There is some evidence of thoughtful use of elements and principles of design to complete a series of compositions with an explanation of which is successful and which is not.

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  • The word is evident through the use of the elements and principles of design to create a series of three compositions. Each piece of the work adds to the completeness of the whole. Student is able to differentiate between which sketch is successful and which is not, using the elements and principles of art as evidence.

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  • Novice performance of skills and technique are evident in the manipulation of line, shape, and color. Use of colored pencil is not thought out and does not add to the impact of the overall work.

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  • Emergent or competency of skills and technique are evident in the manipulation of line, shape, and color. Use of colored pencil shows some thought.

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  • Proficiency of skills and technique are evident in the manipulation of line, shape, and color. Use of colored pencil is thought out and adds to the impact of the overall work.

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  • Mastery of skills and technique are evident in the manipulation of line, shape, and color. Use of colored pencil is well thought out and adds to the impact of the overall work.

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  • Artwork created proposes clichéd or formula solutions that show little to no evidence of the individual creating the work of art.

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  • Artwork created proposes solutions that are adapted or predetermined with little evidence of the individual creating the work of art.

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  • Artwork created proposes interesting solutions that are adapted with some evidence of the individual creating the work of art.

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  • Artwork created proposes new and interesting solutions that are imaginative and show evidence of the individual creating the work of art.

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  • Content created is unclear or lacking in the communication of ideas intended by the artist and in his or her written statements.

    N/A at this time.
  • Content created somewhat communicates ideas intended by the artist and is explained in his or her written statements.

    N/A at this time.
  • Content created generally communicates ideas intended by the artist and is explained in his or her written statements.

    N/A at this time.
  • Content created effectively communicates ideas intended by the artist and is explained in his or her written statements.

    N/A at this time.
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