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High school art curriculum


From: Michelle (mmolnar_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 06 2001 - 04:00:00 PDT

Hello! My name is Michelle, I am a High School Art Teacher in Tucson. This
will be my third year teaching. There is one other art teacher at my school
and both of us are fairly new to teaching. We are looking to make some
changes to the Art curriculum and are having some trouble deciding what
would be best for our program. My mentor, a recently retired art teacher,
suggested I ask you. So, I hope that you are available to help with such
matters, or that you can direct me to another resource. Our program
currently offers the following classes:
                                    * Art 1-2- Intro. to Art - Students
                                                explore a variety of media including:
                                                paint, clay, pen & ink, plaster, wire sculpture, pastels, drawing, etc. They work in styles ranging from realistic to non-objective.
                                    * Art 3-4 - Similar to Art 1-2, only
                                                more conceptual. We continue to
                                                work in a variety of media and styles, adding those not learned in Art 1-2
                                    * Art 5-6 - Graphic Design - While we do not do any computer work, this class focuses on design and advertising. Students create advertisements, logos, CD covers, letterheads, etc.
                                    * Art 7-8 - Portfolio Development - This is basically an independent study
                                            class designed for students pursuing art after high school. Students
                                            develop their portfolios by choosing their assignments from several
                                            options. I definitely could use some advice on what you do for your most advanced class.
                                    * Ceramics - This class is self explanatory, the prerequisite is Art 1-2.
With the exception of ceramics, the classes are to be taken in order. Some
students have complained that Art 3-4 is too similar to Art 1-2. We were
unsure of how to change the curriculum because we aren't sure we want
students to specialize too much in their second year. We had considered
adding a drawing/printmaking class, a sculpture class, or other such
specialized classes. Students would take Intro. to Art and then could
choose from drawing/printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design for
their second and third year. Then, they would take Art 7-8 their last year.
What is your advice? What are other high school art teachers doing with
their curriculum that is working well for them? Since one of our art
teachers is part time (until our program grows), we can only offer 5 or 6
different classes. Any advice you could offer or anyone you could direct me
to would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thank you for your time!!!!!!!
Michelle Molnar
(520)881-4406 - home
(520)690-2331 - school
***It is easiest to reach me either by e-mail or at home.
P.S. - Is anyone from Tucson going to the AAEA conference in Sept.? If so, would you be interested in carpooling?