One - Do any of you send letters to parents at the beginning of the year
telling them about the art class - needs, expectations, plans for field
Two - If so, do you tell them whether or not / when generally to expect the
kids to bring home work?
If you do, do you feel it helps "head off" complaints from parents who want
art class to be a production facility? At least you could say - "in the
letter you received (and signed) at the beginning of the year I explained
that many projects need to stay at school for several weeks", etc.,
It sounds like the principal doesn't have a clear vision of what he/she
expects from an art program. This is something I have really learned from
this list - the lack of administrators who understand the role of visual art
in education. It seems to be a pervasive problem.
(The trouble is, it is those same principals who do the interviewing for