We're Visual Arts. Our curriculum advisor's take on it agrees with the national standards. Students don't realize that the other areas are a form of the arts, especially their music classes. In the middle school subjects taught by specialists start to become more isolated as they head toward high school and that could be one reason why your students see things that way- that and they've never been told any different.
Within the first few days of school I have a short activity where my students explore what art is and come up with their own personal definition of art.
I'm trying to build a connection with our music people also so that we are all a team and "The Fine Arts" is all inclusive.
Cathy K <email@example.com> wrote:
Here's my question for the list: What is the art program at your school
called or listed as?
This is my first year teaching fine arts and when I explained to my students
that they would be learning drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking,
sculpture, and collage they told me that it wasn't fine arts. When I asked
them to define Fine Arts to me they said it was just drawing and painting.
The other stuff was Art. I did my best to explain briefly what art was and
then spent the whole day wondering if my program should be renamed to Visual
Arts or Art and not Fine Arts. I looked up the national standards for Fine
Arts and was surprised to find out that it consists of Dance, Music,
Theartre and Visual Arts. So what is it that we teach?