> From: nop62861[SMTP:teresatorreseca]
> Sent: Sunday, February 14, 1999 10:09 AM
> To: Double Bubble
> Cc: Bicyclken; artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: Seconday School Visual Arts
> 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
> Profdartes: art teachers site in Portugal