V.E402

Symmetry; Color Blending

Symmetry; Color Blending

Students will paint a symmetrical composition on paper. Students must achieve accurate blends of secondary and tertiary colors by mixing primary colors. Students will only be given primary colors of paint (red, yellow, and blue).

This assessment has two parts to it:
o Part 1–Assessment Questions
o Part 2–Symmetrical Color Blending

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
  • Composition

    The successful arrangement of elements of design to create a symmetrically balanced painting.

  • 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 a colorful symmetrical design.

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  • The composition isn’t fully painted, isn’t symmetrical, and/or does not depict a successful arrangement of elements.

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  • The composition isn’t fully painted or may not be completely symmetrical.

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  • A full and completely painted composition depicts the somewhat successful arrangement of line, shape, color, and space. The composition has a line of symmetry, which divides a composition that is mostly the same on both sides.

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  • A full and completely painted composition depicts the successful arrangement of line, shape, color, and space. The composition has a line of symmetry, which divides a composition that is the same on both sides.

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  • Novice or beginning performance of skills and technique is evident. Few of the required primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are evident in the final painting.

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  • Emergent or somewhat competent use of skills and technique is evident. Primary colors of tempera paint were used to mix some of the secondary and tertiary colors in the composition. Not all primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are evident in the final painting.

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  • Proficient use of skills and technique is evident. Primary colors of tempera paint were used to mix most of the secondary and tertiary colors in the composition.
    Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are evident in the final painting.

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  • Mastery of skills and technique is evident. Primary colors of tempera paint were used to mix secondary and tertiary colors in the composition. Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are evident in the final painting.

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  • Artwork created uses unoriginal or standard solutions that show no evidence of symmetry. The design imitates another’s work, replicates designs of the past, or does not address the creative problem at all.

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  • Artwork created uses typical solutions that show little evidence of symmetry. The design is not creative or original.

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  • Artwork created uses interesting solutions that show some evidence of symmetry. The design is somewhat creative.

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  • Artwork created uses new and interesting solutions that are imaginative and show evidence of symmetry. Design solutions are new and unexpected.

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