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Lesson Plans


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betti longinotti (p-lstudio)
Thu, 6 Feb 1997 18:32:32 -0500

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I really haven't been keeping up with this particular discussion, but
the words apprenticeship within the public school classroom caught my
attention. I just completed teaching within an apprenticeship
construct, and have done so once prior within a public school classroom.
The first situation was initially inspired by an artist in residency
experience that brought artist, Tim Rollins to my very own classroom.
SECCA a local museum through numerous grants secured funds for this
experience. It was by this experience that mentored my idea to secure
funding to create a stained glass studio out of my middle school
classroom, where I taught "At Risk" youth. There were many times when I
hestitated or doubted my success, but it did happen and was highly
rewarding. I would have to say that this apprenticeship experience was
non-traditional, in that the students participated in completing an
architectural installation through all facets, from design through
fabrication, painting, etc.
The second situation, which I just completed was within a program of
our local Arts Council's outreach program. Here I worked with high
school students, again creating an architectural installation of stained
glass. The studio was already present within our local art center,
which was gracious in allowing us to utilize it.
The key is in allowing the students to work collaboratively, and closely
monitoring progress. The art students should be involved in every
aspect of the creation of the artwork, unlike traditional modes of
apprenticeship. It can happen successfully, and it is a rich learning
and teaching experience, mutual to student artist and teacher artist.

Yours in Art & Life,
Betti L.

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