I to am in a rural school we have roughly about 900 students in our school district. I teach high school and middles school art and the other art teacher teaches the elementary art. For my high school classes I created a Studio Art class ( traditional drawing, painting, ceramics, mix medium, traditional crafts), Art Tech (graphic design, computer design, computer animation, video animation/movie making), Art History (covering a variety of art eras, styles and cultures), Independent Art (only if they have had Art History and either Studio or Tech Art. I only teach three high school classes at the high school and two at the middle school level. In Minnesota it is required that a student earn 1credit in an arts area in order to graduate. All of my classes are a semester long earning a student only a half credit per class. A student is required to take Art History and then either Studio Art or Tech Art. Students have four years to meet this
>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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