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Visual Arts Test Yourself

Test Yourself Question
 Scoring Guide
Student Responses

Score and description


Observation is clear and specific, identifying detail is skillfully incorporated and developed, compositional elements are used purposefully, and the use of materials is sensitive.


Some specific observations are present. Compositional elements employed are sometimes pertinent, and sometimes not. There is some attention to detail to convey expression, and/or effective use of materials to communicate. However, works are typically somewhat inconsistent or incomplete in parts.


Efforts at specific observations are apparent, but relatively minimal. Compositional successes may seem more accidental than deliberate, and use of materials is unskilled.


Observation is unspecific, there is little awareness of composition, and use of materials is highly unskilled.