Carolyn, We are having similar issues. Except they are cutting all exploratory to add more English and Math. So we are fighting over the scraps. We added 8th grade computer art 3 years ago. We were currently only offering traditional 8th grade art.
From: BigCrab99@aol.com [mailto:BigCrab99@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 6:47 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Middle School course offerings??
Need your expertise! The enrollment of our middle school art classes continues to be impact by additional course offerings in other electives. In addition to all of the teen living classes, they have added Financial Skills and Career Skills classes. Computer Exploratory is now offering keyboarding for high school credit. Foreign language has just added Japanese.
In order to keep our enrollment up, I think we need to offer additional art electives. At this time we offer a 9 week art electives in grades 6 and 7. We offer a semester art elective in grade 8 and one selected advanced art 8 group.
Is anyone else experiencing similar problems? What, if any additional opportunities do your middle schoolers have in art? I was thinking about a 3D elective, maybe 'Into the Third Dimension". Any new classes would have to be presented and approved by the School Board. Maybe "Art and the Digital Image" would have more interest for the School Board.
Just wondering if you could give me some ideas.
Carolyn in Virginia