I only have my middle school students for 6 weeks out of the year. (They
have music for the same amount of time, but PE for 1/2 year) - I make it a
point to find out what's going on in the other subject areas. At first, I
would make reference to the connections to the things we were doing in art,
sometimes some casual talk - this has evolved to the point that there are
teachers that use/ bring/ create art in the classroom (of course some more
Anyway - I don't see my kids enough. Teachers don't always know what they
could be doing - but at least they ask. This is the best I can do to
get more exposure time for the kids.
It wasn't the principal that was urging them on either (I don't think that
would have been very successful.)
For the younger grades - yes I still have some teachers who ask if we can
make name tags, or ceiling decorations (no). But we also have classrooms
that have easels and art centers. There are teachers that use art as a
means of expression/communication/assessment. Six years ago we didn't. I
have had teachers take what we have done in the art room and expand/extend in
the classroom. It's not that I plan my activities around their's, and they
don't plan around mine - we just work together.
PS - It's not always the subject being taught, it's the way it's being taught.
PS#2 - The elementary principal was just taking a new parent around on a tour
- she called the art room 'the most important room in the building.' Made me