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Re: Competitions: Scholastics

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Betti P. Longinotti (wsfcs-art)
Tue, 25 Aug 1998 18:05:42 -0400 (EDT)

We participate in Scholastics and have for many years as a required part
of our systemwide art program. However, we do not produce merely or
soley for the sake of Scholastics. 25 of the best works from each art
teacher within every MS and HS are expected for entry. Good curriculum
is always foremost as a priority.
There will always be problems with the originality of the artwork, and
the best solution for that is for the art teachers to take
responsibility of not doing 'copy work' as any art lesson. If the work
goes beyond the regional / local competition the National Scholastics is
very stringent about the originality issue. This could potentially be
very embarrassing for the art teacher and their student. Perhaps you
should report those violations when you see them, so that your local
program is more vital, enjoyable and authentic as a juried exhibition is
for professional artists.
I do not think Scholastics is the end all or be all for our students or
art program, but it is, I think the most noteworthy program for our
artistically gifted youth to receive some substantial recognition for
their art learning endeavors and experiences. We feel it is one
indicator or form of authentic assessment.

Artfully yours,
Betti P. Longinotti
K-12 Lead Art Teacher
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
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