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[teacherartexchange] college visitations


Date: Sat Feb 02 2008 - 05:14:10 PST

Hi All
  I just wanted to share my excitement. Over the years, as a high school art
teacher, I have made sure to visit all the art programs at colleges in my
tri state area. Usually I bring a student during spring break and sometimes
I accompany parents as well. I have always thought "how could I help my
students prepare a portfolio for a specific college, and/or recommend a
specific college if I didn't know what kind of program they ran". We all
receive catalogues from various schools with art departments, and
specifically art colleges. Many of the colleges have programs for art
educators (i.e. workshops) so that would allow you to actually see the
school and experience their teaching staff. This spring I am going with my
head puppeteer to visit The University of Connecticut, which is one of only
3 schools in the US with a puppetry program. (at this point I am going to
add that in my puppetry program students build puppets, act and put on
productions). When I called up the puppetry department and spoke to the
chair, he was so excited that we were coming that he is letting us sit in on
classes, taking us to their puppet museum, taking us out to lunch, and then
taking us to two dress rehearsals for two different puppet productions (one
main stage, and one black box). Harrison and I are pinching ourselves.
Harrison is a junior and has his sights set for UCONN. There is a stringent
audition/portfolio process to get in, and we hope that this visit will steer
us in the right direction. Also, the chair of the department was excited to
hear about a puppetry program in a high school, (Honestly, I think my
program is one of very few in the US), and wants to see what we have been
doing. I feel like I have won the lottery!

San D

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