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Lesson Plans


To the high school student requesting info

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Wdtren (Wdtren)
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 01:43:22 EST


I haven't much time, so I'll be brief. Through a DBAE initiative (see the
ArtsEdNet page for discussions of DBAE) funded by the Getty and administered
by the College Board (those fine people in NJ who tortured you with your
SAT's), several of us at Lopez High School in Brownsville, Texas, are teaching
art criticism, art history, aesthetics, and art production through sophomore
and junior English and history classes. The curricula in the English and
history classes are coordinated around three themes. In the junior classes,
our themes are Manifest Destiny, American Dream, and American Identity.
To your question of how we "keep a child's excitement for art alive through
art education," I would say we do it through showing arts connection to all
aspects of their lives. We show them that art has always been one of the most
profound expressions of individuals and cultures even when artists are not
aware of that expression. Most students respond very well to our DBAE
program, doing better academically and reporting greater satisfaction with
their education.
We are not the only high school working on this initiative; Suitland High
School in Suitland, Maryland, and Vancouver High School for the Arts in
Vancouver, Washington, are both working with us, but DBAE in their schools has
been implemented differently from our school, since their populations are
different from ours.
If you have any questions about what we're doing here, please feel free to
contact me in this discussion group or privately.

Doug Trenfield
English Teacher
Lopez High School
4750 S. Dakota Ave.
Brownsville, Texas 78521