Porterville Elementary District uses an optional DBAE program with no
commercial curriculum. We developed our own libraries of reproductons and
teachers are free to use what they want.
We developed a core artist list (similar to core-lit) with each grade level
having 1 old master, 2 impressionist/post-imp, and 1 20th century artist
suggested. Also each grade level had a non-canvas visual art type suggested
(ie masks, sculpture, photography etc.) Non-western art was developed
separately without grade-level assignment.
Purchasing is done with our core list in mind. But I have found (after 8
uears experience) that the teachers are pretty good about ordering a
variety and using what they order. A program that collects dust is useless
no matter how beautifully put together!!!
One thing I have discovered that the teachers really like is the background
info taped to the back of the artworks. It's ready and available.
I made the mistake of overloading one school their first year. There were
too many choices for the teachers and they were overwhelmed. A good starter
set would probably be about 25 - 30 for a K - 6 school. It is very
difficult to limit your choices that first year to those 25 but a brand new
library of 100 reproductions can be a little forbidding. I keep a Shorewood
Catalogue, a core artist list and a wish list in the lounge of the schools
and add where the interest is.
It sounds like you have more support and teacher involvement than I did,
however, and that will make your job a lot easier! And you can probably
order more than I can without having the teachers go bonkers.
Scope and sequence of skills was put together from compiling what other
school districts had done (Clovis school district is wonderful) and
incoporating that into the Grade Level Expectancies. We are still working
on this. Again, they have to be useable!
Good luck and enjoy!!!!!
>I work at a humanities based magnet school in Los Angeles. Most of the
>teachers and our principal completed DBAE training this past summer. We have
>formed an arts ed. study group that meets weekly to help us stay on track
>with DBAE. This is my question: How have your schools articulated what art
>concepts are taught, which prints will be used, etc. so that there isn't
>repetition as a child goes from grade to grade? We aren't using a particular
>art program, though the Kindergarten does have the DiscoverArt kit. Do you
>have recommendations? Any help would really be appreciated!!!
>Community Magnet School
>5954 Airdrome St.
>Los Angeles, CA 90035