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Departmental organization

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Jimmye Livingston (
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 07:30:36 -0600 (CST)

I teach high school art in a school of 450 students 9-12. Our current
curriculum for the visual arts consists of Art I, Art II, Advanced Art
(which can be taken for two consecutive years because I rotate the
assignments), and Photography. Because of our new 8 block schedule and a
couple of scheduling difficulties, we are reorganizing our curriculum and
considering changes in basic structure of the department. As I think about
all of the possibilities, I keep coming back to a couple of questions:

1. What are your thoughts about offering a wide variety of areas in the
curriculum vs. spending more time developing fewer skills with a greater
level of proficiency?

2. Related to this area is the concept of offering specific classes such
as drawing, painting, ceramics classes instead of Art I, etc. What are the
pros and cons of this idea? especially in a smaller school?

3. One area we are considering to add to our curriculum is computer art.
I have enjoyed the discussion held lately as this has been a good source of
ideas of programs that are favored but I would like to also ask what advice
you all can offer about general management of this type of class and/or
favorite projects.

I hope some of you will take time to answer some or all of this questions.
Thanks in advance for your time!!!


Jimmye Livingston
Cameron High School
1022 South Chestnut
Cameron, MO 64429

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