I would definitely want to see a portfolio of her own work with other
children. I would also want to know how she deals out discipline. I have
seen art teachers make the misbehaving children just sit and watch the others
as they work, and also have seen them make the whole class put their heads on
their desk because they refused to deal with a few bad apples....who loses
then? and what is gained?
I would also want to know about her philsophical ideas about art? Is it
everyone making the same thing the same way? Is she organized?
Can she handle lessons that cover several days? How connected is she to
outside sources? Museums, contests, etc. Will she/he be willing to work with
teachers (and where they are at) to use some times of their art lessons to
reinforce what they are being taught elsewhere? Does the principal see the
"art teacher' as the one to whom everyone goes to get "art" for their room?
Would the principal
let the art teacher do some workshop stuff for other subject teachers, so
they wouldn't feel so intimidated by doing art? Will she/her work as a part
of a teaching team and not be left to tread water on their own? How
supportive is the principal about art? What about suppies? Does the art
teacher have control over the art budget or is she at someone else's mercy?