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Date: Tue Jul 02 2002 - 09:51:45 PDT

I've been teaching 6 week sections for almost 10 years (6-8). So far( but I
fear not for long-electives in the near future!) ALL students( about 800 take
art- 2 teachers). I'd rather have all the kids take a short 6 week than no art
at all. I do realize that a number of our students will not take art in HS ,
one of the reasons is because our HS schedule is limiting ,not allowing alot
of room for electives.
In our district we have a K-12 art curriculum which also has a full set of
assessments that have to be handed in the the principal when the student
finishes art. We tried to write our new curriculum so that it is somewhat
open and not to constricting like, must make a painting based on Monet.
Another example is - 6th graders create a piece of pottery from coils. So far
they have done, sgraffito, unusual handles, sprigging, face pots and piercing
on pots at different times. We wanted to leave some room for creativity. We
are in the field testing stage of this new curriculum, so we will see how it