Bunki Kramer wrote:
> >Bunki - I taught in California, Sacramento actually, for a year. I
> >taught 2/3 grade and was outraged at the lack of art in the district.
> >It was nonexistant. I'm curious how you students art abilities are at
> >the middle level if they have had no art experiences or little at the
> >elementary level. Do you notice a difference?
> Hi, Gigi....Difference? I really don't see much difference on my end
> because I'm so used to having kids come with a hodge-podge of art
> knowledge. When a student comes in from out of state and has had lots of
> art, I still can't tell much difference in their abilities...except maybe
> in art history and the colorwheel. That's why I use my 6th grade as a
> beginning point of learning. We specifically work on line, color theory,
> composition, pattern, painting methods and weaving....and rules of the
> artroom (I have them on a 7-week rotation).
> ... I really didn't realize how much sophistication I was getting from
> them (I use to teach high school) until I entered some of my students'
> works in the state conference exhibit.....
> ...if you ask me what the kids have missed out on or
> have lacked in the elementary grades, I think they can learned quickly with
> a high expectation level teacher and do exceptionally outstanding work.