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Re: Seconday School Visual Arts

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nop62861 (teresatorreseca)
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 16:09:09 +0100


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Dear artsedneters:

Secondary school in Portugal is from 10 to 12 years( age 16-18). We have
national syllabuses and national examinations. The arts are an option to
those who wants to follow arts or design courses, we have also
technological options in arts. I envy the french education who recently
have Artistique education as a general subject in high school( is my
information correct? )
Studio work begins in the 10 year by the elements and principles of
plastique language, the 11 year is focused on representation and the 12
in projects developed by students . In both years art students can
develop projects with and for the community . Usually teachers emphasis
the making because they think students have enough theory in History of
Art subject ( i think no, art criticism is not really fostered ) . The
use of portfolios, and exhibits of final works is generalizated.
I think you have wonderul things in America like the possibility to
invite Glenn Close or Raushenberg to the schools, working with artists
is very rare here, the big names are too pretentious to spend their time
in schools, the teachers are very conservative and the collaboration
with museums is weak.
I think you have an enormous freedom to make curricula and it can be
dangerous, but if you know the standards ( do you use the NAEE standards
? ) it can be challenging.
Your reality is so different! you can claim because of the school
budgets, the teacher salary, the community pressures but ... i think you
have lots of good things in your freedom and as far as i can see
through this list and in the NAEA publications american art teachers are
people involved in doing their jobs the best they can with open minds
to the future.

Best regards from Portugal
Teresa
Profdartes: art teachers site in Portugal

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Dear artsedneters:

Secondary school in Portugal is from 10 to 12 years( age 16-18). We have national syllabuses and national examinations. The arts are an option to those who wants to follow arts or design courses, we have also technological options in arts. I envy the french education who recently have Artistique education as a general subject in high school( is my information correct? )
Studio work begins in the 10 year by the elements and principles of plastique language, the 11 year is focused on representation and the 12 in projects developed by students . In both years art students can develop projects with and for the community . Usually teachers emphasis the making because they think students have enough theory in History of Art subject ( i think no, art criticism is not really fostered ) . The use of portfolios, and exhibits of final works is generalizated.
I think you have wonderul things in America like the possibility to invite Glenn Close or Raushenberg to the schools, working with artists is very rare here, the big names are too pretentious to spend their time in schools, the teachers are very conservative and the collaboration with museums is weak.
I think you have an enormous freedom to make curricula and it can be dangerous, but if you know the standards ( do you use the NAEE standards ? ) it can be challenging.
Your reality is so different! you can claim because of the school budgets, the teacher salary, the community pressures but ... i think you have lots of good things in your freedom  and as far as i can see through this list and in the NAEA publications american art teachers are people involved in doing their jobs the best they can  with open minds to the future. 

Best regards from Portugal
Teresa
Profdartes: art teachers site in Portugal
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