>>Has anybody out there used any part of the Spectra Visual Arts
>>curriculum that is distributed through Dale Seymour Publications?
>>I would like to know what art teachers (and others) think of it.
>>What are the pros and cons? Please indicate the grade level that this
>>program has been used with, how long you have been using this
>>program, how frequently you use it, any adaptations that you have made
>>to the program and why.
>>thanx for your help!
I teach kindergarten and serve also as elementary mentor art
teacher. I have used Spectra for several years at K level. It is very good
but like Jill Pease stated, having to have a slide projector available can
be a hassle.
They have 30 lessons using 12 works of art. The rest of the slides
are primarily children creating art which I thought would just bore my kids
to death, but which they really enjoy seeing and we talk about and I think
that my kids feel more comfortable when they go to tables to create.
The lessons are very teacher friendly!! Easy, clear, consise. Some
of them tend to be just a tad hard for my kids but many are adaptable.
Also, as Jill suggested, I have added to it over the years (I
added to it the first year! But a new "no art background" teacher would not
I added more skills practice (drawing, paint, cut, paste, tear etc) and I
added other artworks from my school's collection. I use a DBAE approach and
what Spectra does in terms of aesthetic perception and cultural background
is very good but limited. Furthermore they don't do any valuing at the
Kindergarten level. So I add that.
Grades K - 3 are geared to skill and vocabulary building by child
development. Grade 4 is oriented toward elements of art in context. Grade 5
builds historically and grade 6 looks at non-western art.
I've only worked with Kindergarten and Spectra is not used district
wide so I really haven't had the opportunity to see the other levels. At
this point I still (after 7 years) use probably 8 - 10 of the lessons. But,
again, I have a lot of resourses.
Yes, I would definitly recommend it for classroom or district use.