FOCUS (GIFTED) ART - GRADES 6-8
WHAT IS FOCUS ART?
Focus Art services is the SCPS program for students in grades 6-8 that are identified as gifted in the Visual Arts. Students participate in small group activities which correspond to their higher skills, creativity, and interest levels.
- Focus Art services are provided through multiple avenues for students at the secondary level including differentiation through the art curriculum, after school seminars, community events and field experiences.
- The curriculum expands the grade level art objectives to include broader concept development, aesthetic awareness, a wider range of techniques and materials, and higher-level thinking skills.
It should be noted that Focus Art is not meant to take the place of regular instruction in art; rather it provides supplemental enrichment.
THE FOCUS ART REFERRAL
A child may be referred for Focus Art Identification by any one of several people:
- The classroom or art teacher
- The Focus Art Resource Teacher
- The student himself or herself
- Another student
Any of these people may contact the Focus Art Resource Teacher to initiate the referral. A referral may be submitted any time in the school year before February 1st.
MY CHILD HAS BEEN REFERRED FOR FOCUS ART, NOW WHAT?
The parent will receive a letter from the Supervisor of Accelerated Programs. The letter will briefly explain the procedures for focus art identification. It will also contain:
- A permission slip—This allows the Focus Resource Teacher to begin the identification process.
- A parent survey—This serves as one of the components for the identification process.
Send the permission slip and the survey to the Focus Art Resource Teacher or the art teacher at your child’s school as soon as possible.
COMPONENTS FOR FOCUS ART ELIGIBILITYThe following components are part of the identification process.
1. Portfolio of artwork completed and selected by student according to specific guidelines (may include additional artwork contributed by art teacher or parent).2. Art Teacher Observation Narrative/Checklist (if student’s work is known to art teacher) or Classroom Teacher/Team Checklist (if student’s work is unknown to art teacher).
3. Timed Art Assessment (30 minute drawing assignment with the Focus Art teacher).4. Parent Survey*The components will be administered and/or collected throughout the identification process (usually 90 working days).
CRITERIA FOR FOCUS ART ELIGIBILITY
The student should score significantly above grade level expectations in at least 3 out of the 4 components. A committee comprised of an administrator designee, counselor, art teacher, and the Focus Art Resource Teacher will evaluate the data and make a determination of eligibility.
One of three decisions will be made:
- The student’s needs are being met in the regular classroom
- The student’s needs are better met with the addition of focus art services
- The committee cannot make a decision at this time—student will be monitored
If at any time you have questions about the Focus Art Identification Process, please contact the Focus Art Resource Teacher or the Supervisor of Gifted and Secondary Programs, Dr. Stephenie Fellinger.