We have an "art a la carte" program at my school, taught in the history
classrooms by parent docents, under our (art teacher's) guidance. The
program has been in place 15 years now and about 50=80 parents a year
participate. It rolls along like a duck over water now, and I can't
imagine MY school without this program. For one thing, it keeps parents
involved with the arts. There is so much more that they can do than
xerox or run errands for the office. We have some very well travelled
and well educated parents and it has been a blessing to have them in the
classroom. The best part about this program for US as art teachers and
for our students as creative kids, is that this program teaches the most
important art for each period in history chronilogically. Most of the
list is already covered in our classrooms. That lets the art teachers
cover more contemporary artists, local artists, and artists that we
ourselves are passionate about find their way into our curriculum
without being driven by the list of a top ten. In my mind, our kids get
the best of both worlds...a chronologically introduced art appreciation
program featuring the most important artists from each period, AND a
creative studio based program featuring contemporary and local artists.
We have so much freedom with our kids this way.
Just thought I would tell you how we handle this at my school. Have a
great day, all.
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