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RE: [teacherartexchange] Cutting Back On Art Classes


From: Arthur, Michelle (marthur_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 08 2009 - 08:16:44 PDT

I have to respond to this as well. While Colorado is currently mandating
identification for the Arts for gifted, my district as well, cut my
gifted arts position as a specialist. I was the first and only in the
state given the opportunity to do this. It burdens my heart. On a better
note- I did receive a job teaching two classes of High school art and
the rest of the time- I will be coaching teachers on how to integrate
art into their classrooms. Even though this is just at an alternative
school, I am hoping that I can inspire other art teachers during our PLC
times to help academic teachers integrate art as well. Even if it is by
using art history as primary source documents while they teach. I know
that it is not the most effective way to do art, but hopefully through
advocacy - we can increase the effect art has on other disciplines. This
year- I got a science teachers to use chromatography, pointillism, and
dyes in her seventh grade light curriculum- at least it is a start! I
recommend giving the scholastics to a person who is willing to try
integrated lessons.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative
expression and knowledge ~Albert Einstein

Michele L. Arthur

K-12 Gifted Specialist:
Talent, Art, Leadership and Creativity (TALC)
Harrison School District 2

-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Duncan []
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 8:51 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Cutting Back On Art Classes

Cutting Back On Art Classes:
           When we were back in KC, I visited with the district's art
supervisor. I found out that the district was in a budget crunch.
Schools were told to cut 10% from their budgets. Art will be cut from
Rosedale, my old middle school, and a few other buildings. Each
building handled it differently. Cutting long running art programs
are not at all like trimming rose bushes, they don't always grow
back. I did check to be sure the equipment (kiln, slab roller,
printing press, etc) would be saved or used by another school. I was
also concerned about 25 years of Scholastic Art magazines and the
hundreds of art exemplars I left in the classroom. This is a really
sad change - that hopefully can be corrected. Now that I'm back home,
I plan to write a carefully worded letter to the superintendent and
the school board members. Why take all the magic out of learning ?
When the art and music is gone from young lives, there leaves little
reason to learn to read or compute anymore.

Woody, Retired in Albuquerque

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