thank you for the encouragement. My classes will be 5 days a week for 90 minutes each day.
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To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 4:59 AM
Subject: Re: high school art program
Hi Carolyn, I recently found myself in a similar situation: I also taught elementary and college art courses and have landed a high school position, just this past April.
I was worried about all kinds of things and have been pleasantly surprised on all counts. High school kids are so much fun! They are funny, they clean up after themselves without being asked, they don't waste materials, etc. I think if you keep the "lectures" to a minimum and inspire them with art they can relate to, it will remain fun. I'm struggling now with all the same questions you are as I try to order enough supplies, curriculum guides etc.
I found lots of inspiration for curriculum through the Crystal and Davis catalogues. I have to teach 4 units of Art 1, so there is curriculum with assessment guides, reproductions, etc. on every element and principle of art. I'm thinking of ordering that. I'm also debating between reproductions and slides. I think slides are always a little difficult. You can leave reproductions up during the studio part of the course.
My classes meet 5 days a week for 45 min. ea. How often do your classes meet?