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Lesson Plans


SIERRA HIGH

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Bob Beeching (robprod)
Sat, 17 Jul 1999 15:36:34 -0700


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a digression.

Sierra Joint Union High School is located in the foothills of the =
central Sierra, and once boasted a school budget matched only by Beverly =
Hills High School located in the southern part of the state near =
Hollywood. During our interview, the school superintendent, who was also =
a Stanford graduate, took me on a tour of the facilities.

There, he proudly pointed to a girl's and boy's gym, a music building =
with practice rooms sandwiched between a chorus room complete with an =
Ampex sound system that was linked to a band room at the other end of =
the building. There was also a complete GM style auto shop, a =
commercial-style woodshop and an agriculture facility with a complete =
working farm. Then came two swimming pools; six tennis court; a football =
field with night lights and grandstand; a baseball diamond; track field, =
and then there was the "art" building; a twenty-foot by twenty five-foot =
army-issue portable.

I took the job just for the opportunity to demonstrate how a full-blown =
art program could contribute to the welfare of the entire school =
population. For the next ten years, I worked my head off designing a =
complete visual arts curriculum, and then I was off to film production =
designing and producing art-based core curriculums that would encompass =
the world - well at least the U.S and six offshore countries - spanning =
the globe. Back to the art program.=20

We had recently moved into a new facility - for us, but in reality it =
was the original clapboard schoolhouse that was scheduled for =
demolition. I convinced the Board that it would be cheaper to renovate =
than to build a new facility to accommodate the two hundred students =
that had signed up, and for that many again, who remained on a waiting =
list. With a highly-skilled maintenance staff of craftsmen, we set to =
work designing a facility to accommodate a large presentation area with =
4' x 8' white Formica-covered table tops anchored to one inch =
black-painted angle iron legs rising 36" above floor level with =
accompanying 28" high drafting stools. We installed a ceramics lab =
complete with wheels and Kilns, a print shop, a darkroom, and material =
control (storage area). Burlap-wrapped Celotex covered walls and doors =
for easy mounting. Individual lockers were large enough to accommodate =
18" x 24" art folders.

Ceiling speakers were installed throughout the entire building that =
amplified a complete sound/recording system. Floor-to-ceiling cupboards =
with hinged doors contained three-dimensional objects. The supply room =
was designed as a material control center from which a student aide =
dispensed and retrieved required materials and supplies. The entire area =
was lit by (architect specification) 100-candle power generating from =
color-corrected fluorescent lamps. Now, back to paper construction.

TO BE CONTINUED...

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a digression…

Sierra Joint Union High School is located in the foothills of the = central=20 Sierra, and once boasted a school budget matched only by Beverly Hills = High=20 School located in the southern part of the state near Hollywood. During = our=20 interview, the school superintendent, who was also a Stanford graduate, = took me=20 on a tour of the facilities.

 There, he proudly pointed to a girl's and boy's gym, a music = building=20 with practice rooms sandwiched between a chorus room complete with an=20 Ampex sound system that was linked to a band room at the other = end of the=20 building. There was also a complete GM style auto shop, a = commercial-style=20 woodshop and an agriculture facility with a complete working farm. Then = came two=20 swimming pools; six tennis court; a football field with night lights and = grandstand; a baseball diamond; track field, and then there was the = "art"=20 building; a twenty-foot by twenty five-foot army-issue portable.

I took the job just for the opportunity to demonstrate how a = full-blown art=20 program could contribute to the welfare of the entire school population. = For the=20 next ten years, I worked my head off designing a complete visual arts=20 curriculum, and then I was off to film production designing and = producing=20 art-based core curriculums that would encompass the world - well at = least the=20 U.S and six offshore countries - spanning the globe. Back to the art = program…=20

We had recently moved into a new facility - for us, but in reality it = was the=20 original clapboard schoolhouse that was scheduled for demolition. I = convinced=20 the Board that it would be cheaper to renovate than to build a new = facility to=20 accommodate the two hundred students that had signed up, and for that = many=20 again, who remained on a waiting list. With a highly-skilled maintenance = staff=20 of craftsmen, we set to work designing a facility to accommodate a large = presentation area with 4' x 8' white Formica-covered table tops = anchored=20 to one inch black-painted angle iron legs rising 36" above floor level = with=20 accompanying 28" high drafting stools. We installed a ceramics lab = complete with=20 wheels and Kilns, a print shop, a darkroom, and material control = (storage area).=20 Burlap-wrapped Celotex covered walls and doors for easy mounting. = Individual lockers were large enough to accommodate 18" x 24" art = folders.

Ceiling speakers were installed throughout the entire building that = amplified=20 a complete sound/recording system. Floor-to-ceiling cupboards with = hinged doors=20 contained three-dimensional objects. The supply room was designed as a=20 material control center from which a student aide dispensed and = retrieved=20 required materials and supplies. The entire area was lit by (architect=20 specification) 100-candle power generating from color-corrected = fluorescent=20 lamps. Now, back to paper construction.

TO BE CONTINUED...

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