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Re: [teacherartexchange] high school visual arts curriculum question


From: Ken Schwab (bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 24 2011 - 08:53:57 PDT

We had Art 1,2,3,4 and A.P. art in high school as well as 3-D 1,2,3, and Photo
1,2. We had 5 full time teachers in a school of 1800 students. I would say Art
1, 3-D1 and Photo 1 were prerequisites for going on to Art 2, 3-D-2 or Photo 2.
In order to build a program you should have a progression of classes for the
students. I know this can be a challenge at first, but in a short time you will
get students who want to continue and you are providing that avenue.

Ken Schwab

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From: Margaret Angstadt <>
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Sent: Wed, August 24, 2011 7:17:20 AM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] high school visual arts curriculum question

I have question regarding our art department's future direction...

We are a 7-12 rural school. We have 1.66 art teachers (I'm the .66).

The high school has about 500 students. Our art courses are offered as
drawing, painting, international crafts, pottery, sculpture, digital
photography, etc. We offer no 'Art I' or "Art II' courses, which I'm
really wanting to offer as intro to visual arts.

My question is this: How do you have your high school curriculum
organized (courses, prerequisites, etc) Is a course like "Art I" a

I've looked online at other high school offerings. But this doesn't
tell me how it all plays out in real life...I'm interested in the
scope and sequence 'pros and cons' of general art courses and of
specific application courses (i.e. pottery). How many 'general'
courses (and what is their content) and how many (what type) of
content specific courses you offer.

We also have scheduling problems -- (who doesn't??!). Science
conflicts with electives because it takes 2 periods a week. I have
students wanting to be in my courses on the days they do not have a
science lab... Creative scheduling -- do you have anything that works
in your schools?

Answers on-list or off-list are welcome and even just a web link that
might offer ideas would be helpful. Thanks is advance for your


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