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Re: principal's response to art.....


From: Joy McGugan (mizjmac_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 20 2001 - 14:36:23 PDT

I was having an observation once in a middle school class. Although it was a small class (maybe 15) it was all boys and some of them were rather wild, to put it mildly. Anyway, we were drawing a still life which was the culmination of a lot of skills thay had been accumulating (Betty Edwards Right Brain). So I went through my little lecture and demo and then they started. The only thing was, some were VERY fast workers with VERY short attention spans. I was starting to get a little panicky feeling when I looked over towards the principle. The boys had HIM drawing the still life, giving him feedback and pointing out his problems (which were quite a few). He realized that they had been building on skills and it was probably one of the most successful evaluations I ever had.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bunki Kramer
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 4:25 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: principal's response to art.....
from: Bunki Kramer (
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, CA 94526
art webpage -
> Every time my principal walks into the room he makes a bunch of damn jokes
> about how he can't even draw a straight line, and when I ask him to join us,
> he declines. I want to slug him every time he says that kind of stuff
> because it suggests to my students that some people can learn to draw and
> some can't--no matter what they do.
> mcallan

Ahhhhhhhhh! This might be a great personal goal for you next year. If
you're brave enough, maybe even a professional goal to talk about with your to involve the admins. in the fine arts....specifically art

I started one day years ago when the principal tooled into the room and
commented on the plaster carvings we were doing. The next day he found a
ball of plaster already made and a carving knife plus a student example
sitting on his desk. He took it home and made one...remarking how relaxing
it was for him to shut out all the school problems and concentrate on this
little abstract ball. I had him hooked. He gets his own "ball" each time I
do this project.

This lead to plaster gauze masks where he always comes in and becomes a
direct model for a group of 2 kids when we do plaster masks on the faces.
He in turn get to do one of the group kids'faces the following day. Two
other teachers also come in from time to time to do the same.

When we were doing pine needle baskets, I had five teachers come in during
their prep and do their own with the kids. The classes were actually quieter
and I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed, friendly interaction between the
teachers and kids.

I usually invite the secretaries to come in when we near completion of a
special project they haven't seen yet. They are great mouthpieces for
reaching the administrators and they are SUPER at tooting your horn!

I ask for faculty meetings in my room at special times during the year
(Christmas and last month of school) so other teachers get to see the room
displays and art as well as admins. Many never set foot in my room
otherwise. We serve lots ofyummies so it's a positive experience.

I'm sure you can start thinking of other creative ways to get him involved.
It really "IS" important! Toodles...Bunki

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