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Re: HS Advanced level art classes

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Maggie White (mwhite)
Wed, 10 Nov 1999 19:16:33 -0700

Numo Jaeger & Michael Miller wrote:
> 1. Are there any prerequisites for entrance to advanced art classes?
> Portfolio review? Grade from previous class?

Back when I taught Advanced Art (more on that below), the
students had to have passed previous art classes with a C or
better. For the Independent Study and Portfolio Preparation,
entrance is by invitation only. These students, admittedly very
few, as these courses aren't separate classes, had to have at
least a B in their previous studio class(es), demonstrated some
actual talent and a willingness to learn new things, and be
seriously considering studying art beyond HS. They must have
also demonstrated that they can work independently with little
supervision, had good attendance in previous classes, and fill
out a contract stating what they expect to do.

> 2. What are the titles of the advanced level classes?

See above

> 3. What is the average number of students in the advanced art class?

Well, here's where I ran into problems. Ours is a relatively
small school, and I'm the only art teacher. Advanced Art would
get maybe 12-15 students registered, since there was a rather
small number of possible students to feed into it. When the
school population started growing, and we started having minimum
numbers of class size, the counselors would see _all that space_
left in Advanced Art and start sticking kids in there who had not
met the pre-reqs ("Well, he said he liked art.") or were finally
getting around to registering around the second or third week of
the semester. You can imagine how motivated _they_ were; their
crummy attitudes would bring down the whole class, and it got to
where I'd be spending too much time dealing with their behavior
or absenteeism. I finally said to hell with it and stopped
offering it. None of my courses, except the independent study
courses mentioned above, have pre-reqs for it.

Sorry to be a downer about it, but it sounds as though you are in
a much larger school with enough good students to fill them class


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