<<I would really like to know why you don't go to great lengths. Is it too
dificult for them?>>
No, it's not really a matter of being too difficult for them, but the nature
of my program. Even with the middlers I usually have a mix of 6th, 7th and
8th graders in the same period. Because of that--and given that I can
conceivably have some of these kids for 3 years, straight, at the middle
school level and then again for 4 years in Art I, II, III and IV--AND
because I have each group for approximately 10-12 weeks (3 rotations during
the year), I prefer to offer them a wide variety of art experiences in the
time that I have them, rather than focusing on any one thing for more than a
week or two.
Last year's theme was "A Timeline of Art"
(http://www.art-rageous.net/MS-ArtTimeline.html) and in each rotation we
covered drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and crafts. This year's
theme (and again, give the program, I have to reinvent the wheel each
year....) will be "A World Tour of Art." They'll also be drawing, painting
and all the rest, but the projects and experiences will be different.
When kids come into Art I, that's when I really start doing more in-depth
stuff with perspective, drawing techniques, shading, etc. and we basically
spend most of the first semester really developing basic drawing skills.
It's not an ideal situation, but it's worked for me. :-)