<<Well, it was SO much easier to just have one MS Art class and to put
them in for a semester, repeatable for credit 4 times. So what I did was
to basically create 4 different semesters, so nothing ever happens twice
for those repeat students, and after 2 years I can start over.>>
We've had lots of different configurations of this over the years. For
a while even MS students were locked into either art or music for the
year (with other middle schoolers). Then we went with the rotation and
had a 3-way split between, art, music and woodworking. Because the
numbers of students weren't consistent class by class (typically fewer
6th graders than 8th graders) they started mixing them up.
Last year we added photography, so now there's a 4 way split, this year
our school starts at 7th grade, so the MS classes will be just 7th and
8th graders--with the exception of the occasional 8th grader who gets
put in Art I. (NOT a good thing, but sometimes unavoidable.)
So I never really know what to expect. I'm at the point that I could
start repeating some things with MS, BUT since our school used to be
5th-12th, it's quite possible I'll have a 7th or 8th grader I had a
couple of years ago.
At this point I'm planning new projects for MS. Still working on this
(I'm so behind with everything this summer) but I'll probably do "art in
the style of..." choosing projects related to various artists.
Art I curriculum is basically set, but I'm also still working on the
"advanced art" stuff because there's a wide, wide, WIDE range of
abilities in this group and that's going to make it very challenging.