Yes it is important for students to be able to advocate for their art programs.
This will be one of the strands of the course. I use Blackboard with all my art
education courses and provide handouts for them. There are about ten great
articles they have to read about the value of an education in art. We also
watch two videos on the subject and there is a PowerPoint that a Texas
organization put together for them to view. The entire goal of the program is
to prepare leaders in Art Education. There really is so much that is needed
and it is challenging to get everything into one course. Luckily we have six
art education courses that include field experiences and then student teaching.
Then they have their teacher education courses, which seem more theoretical at
this time. In the art education program they have 75 hours of pre-student
teaching experience in an art classroom. I hope that we can also begin a
Children's art workshop that is community based where art education majors can
try new things and new approaches. However that will probably not happen until
I can get a Graduate Student to help me. Yes, even at the college level we
struggle about money, resources, faculty and programs. Art Education is
usually low in priority even within an art department. However, my Department
seems to be very supportive of all areas. I'm one of the lucky ones.
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
Quoting Heather Hayes <email@example.com>:
> I think someone mentioned it before, but having the pre-service teachers
> brainstorm ways to increase positive PR for their art department is probably
> a very valuable project. Given the severe cutbacks to the arts that most
> districts are facing these days, we need teachers who know how to stand up
> for their department. We'll need lots of publicity so that we'll have
> public outcries when they want to cut back more. If we let our departments
> become invisible (which often happens because we get so focused on creation,
> and not showing) then no one will care if it gets cut.
> I think every pre-service art teacher should know about hanging shows,
> handling PR for shows, and ways to increase parent/community involvement in
> If you're dealing with teachers planning to teach secondary, some tips on
> helping their students enter shows and create portfolios for art schools and
> scholarships would be helpful. I know when I started teaching, I didn't
> have a clue on how to help my students do that sort of thing.
> I also think that the comments people have been making about learning to
> order supplies are excellent. You may want to have them do that 1st, and
> then connect all the lesson plans they make to the supplies they've ordered.
> Another way to help the face real-life challenges is to hand them a list
> of supplies they have and make them come up with lessons that use the
> limited supplies - like it's the end of the year, and they're starting to
> run out of things, and they have no $ to buy more. What can they accomplish
> with what they have on hand?
> I think it's WONDERFUL that you're approaching this from such a practical
> standpoint. I'm a little envious that they're getting so much good
> information upfront, when I had to suffer through it on my own. Oh, well. :)
> Heather H
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