I teach elementary and middle school, but in the highschool, our
students are required to take Art Fundamentals before they can take any
other art classes such as ceramics, photography, painting, etc.
We hired a second US art teacher a few years ago to enable us to allow
more students to take fundamentals. In the past, we were not able to
feed as many kids into our specialized art classes, as one teacher
simply could not teach enough students in fundamentals to continue
feeding the ceramics, photography, etc. Now things are balanced out
and all of our classes are full. By the way, they are only requied one
fine arts credit at my school in US.