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Re: ap & pre-ap art studio


Date: Fri Nov 09 2001 - 13:23:46 PST

In a message dated 11/7/01 7:47:29 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> does anyone have any experience with combining AP and pre-AP studio art
> one class?

I teach AP and Advanced Art3-4 in one period and it has been hard and
frustrating because I cannot give all the kids all the time they need. I have
rubrics assignments for the Art 3-4. AP has to work independently and I tell
them I am there to critique, advise, etc. We emphasized breadth first
quarter. I required one work per week and their "A" depended solely on them
accomplishing this criteria, since they were EXPECTED to be A students anyway
if they are in AP. This put more pressure on them to complete work. Several
really turned on the steam the last two weeks before end of quarter because
they needed the A for their GPA.

> the result this year is a combined art 2-4 class that is made up of kids
who still can't think for themselves and wait to be told every move. if i
give them choices they opt for the easy out and if they do come up with an
idea that is their own, it has blood, skulls, anarchy symbols, marylin
manson, fire - you get the idea)

I too, am finding kids cannot think up ideas for themselves. I gave them
lists of formats they could use, the first week. Actually, new innovative
ways to express an ides by combining several ideas. If you want more
information, email me privately.