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Lesson Plans

Re: Departmental organization

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Thu, 3 Apr 1997 18:00:37 -0500 (EST)


As I was reading your message, it had a familiar ring to it. Our high school
is also small (approximately 350 in grades 9-12). When the high school first
opened we offered only one year of general art which covered a wide range of
disciplines, more like an art appreciation course. A couple of years ago we
added photography, and this year with two upper school full time art
instructors, we expanded to the following:

Art I--

Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (18 weeks)
Photography, Art History and Multicultural Art (18 weeks)

(There are two teachers and we switch schedules and
students mid-way through the year.)

Art II--

Advanced Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (18 weeks)
Advanced Photography, Art History and Multicultural Art
(18 weeks)

Again there are two teachers and we switch students
at mid-term 2nd quarter. Students in Art II have the
option of taking AP General Portfolio.

This is not the best option, but due to lack of staff and teaching space,
this seemed to be the best option for the time being. However, we are
proposing in the near future a schedule which would offer the following:

Art I: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Art History (required first year)

Art II: Electives in areas such as Advanced Painting, Drawing, Printmaking,
Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, Computer Graphics and others as they seem

Art III: Advanced Placement Art in General Portfolio or Art

It is the opinion of our department that concentrating on one particular area
for longer periods of time increases the students' ability to master that
area and also offers more choices for the students to concentrate their

I'm in the process of looking into some Computer Graphics
programs also and would like some input from some seasoned computer experts
about which programs to look into. Also, any suggestions of other curriculum
areas that we should think about covering would be appreciated.

Thank You.

Judie Jacobs
Atlanta, Georgia