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Lesson Plans

Yearlong high school art classes vs semester art classes

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Mon, 24 Feb 1997 19:37:42 -0500 (EST)

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My high school is undergoing major renovations (adding two new art rooms,
too!) and I would appreciate some input on course offerings at other schools.
Currently, we have 750 10th through 12th grade students and, when the
renovations are complete, will be adding 250 9th grade students. I am "the"
art teacher with 140 students meeting everyday all year in 43 minute 7 (of 8)
period days of Art I, II, III, Crafts, and Painting I, II. We art teachers
are hoping to add a full time person to the high school when the renovations
are complete. So far, the administration is looking at a half time position.
My question is: does your high school offer semester topic courses such as
Foundation Art, Drawing, 3D Design or do you offer yearlong courses that
incorporate various themes? Have you switched from yearlong to semester
courses or vice versa? If you switched (or changed schools) which approach
worked best? I have had success with both approaches as you may note by the
current course offerings. My guidance counselors are in favor of semester
courses. I see merit in both - semester courses should allow more students
to take art classes while yearlong courses allow greater in depth and time
for DBAE. Do you feel you have lost continuity by switching from yearlong to
semester courses? How have the offerings affected art enrollment? I hope to
add an art history course and a technology-based course as these areas are
now covered in the yearlong classes but could be elaborated upon. I also
hope to add AP Art.
I have lots of questions. You can e-mail me directly with comments and
specifics especially concerning school size, periods in a day, class length
and size, specific course offerings - semester or yearlong, and your
observations. Or comment in general to the group. Thanks so much.

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