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Re: Gifted Education: Inclusion in the regular classroom

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Sun, 25 Feb 1996 19:34:08 -0500

I am currently teaching in a gifted program at a magnet school for the arts.
I have also taught in a regular art classroom. In our smaller classes I am
more able to work with students on an individual basis. I get to know them
and can help them explore their work in depth. Students take their English,
Math and Social Studies classes in the morning until 1:30, they then have 2
classes(1 1/2 hrs each) in the art program. We have classes in Rendering,
Perspective , Illustration, Animation, Computer Graphics,Painting,Life
Drawing, Photography, Ceramics, 3-D Design, Typography, Art History, Art as a
Business and Jewelry. (Have I forgotten anything?) Many of the teachers are
college instructors or professionals in business. We provide a place for
students who have a strong desire for a life in art and a head start for
their college career. Many of our students are accepted by very competitive
college programs because we spend so much effort to help them put together a
great portfolio of strong work. I wish I had access to such a program when I
was in high school!!
On the other hand, the art programs of many schools in our area are pretty
pared down. Many offerings have been cut and the facilities are lacking.
Sometimes I ask myself what it would be like if all the schools had programs
like ours for all students. On the subject of elitism, I don't think it is
hard for students to jury into programs like ours. There is a chance for
students if they want it. Some students here have no intention of being
artists, but just love art and are going on to legal, business or medical
I also volunteer to teach in an inner city art program for students in the
schools in my neighborhood. This program was started by a generous woman (who
received a medical malpractice settlement) just for the purpose of filling
the arts gap in the area schools.The program is growing and we have been
applying for grants.
I have to add that so much attention has been focused on inclusion of
students with disabilities, that I think we have forgotten others with
special needs. Those other students who have a special talent and drive to
live a life in the arts are just as important as those who were in the past
excluded from participation in the regular classroom.
Let me hear from you, Teri Brudnak