I teach Middle School and have two 6th grade classes
for 12 weeks, three multiple -level classes for one
semester, and one all-year hour of hand-picked 8th
graders who are functioning as a studio class and all
doing different stuff.
I also let the studio kids (and a few other interested
ones) stay for an hour after school on Tuesday.
I agree with Sidnie, it is challenging, the studio
hour is exhausting but a hoot, and if I had fewer kids
in my classes I'd end up spending an hour on cafeteria
--- Sidnie Miller <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have classes like this. I teach drawing and
> painting at the same time as advanced art---and
> it's kind of a circus. You have to plan your
> assignments so that you can start one thing with one
> group while the other group is working on their own.
> I have studio kids coming in throughout the day and
> working independently. On slow days I work with
> them, but they should have the skills to plan and
> execute their own assignments with a minimum of help
> from you.
> >>> firstname.lastname@example.org 09/14/05 6:08 PM >>>
> Teaching multiple classes within a period is what I
> have been asked to do
> this year. I have been told that this is normal for
> a HS art teacher. Is
> I teach 4 periods like this and two other periods
> with one discipline. My
> multi classes within a period are like the
> following: fundamentals with
> studio 1 & 2 & another period with AP Art, Studio 1
> & 2 .. Is this what any
> of you are doing?
> I have been teaching for over 25 years and this is
> new to me to be a one
> room school house. I use my blackboard with
> instructions for each group and
> try to spend time with each group. I am stressed
> and unable to give only a
> few minutes attention to each group. Any
> suggestions? Our school is
> private and the teachers do not have a union. Les
> ----- Original Message -----
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> Subject: teacherartexchange digest: September 13,
> > TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Tuesday, September
> 13, 2005.
> > 1. Need assistance
> > 2. forward from an art therapist
> > 3. Re: forward from an art therapist
> > 4. Pinwheel sucesses
> > 5. discount to subscribe to SchoolArts
> > 6. 1st grade clean up: I need some tips!
> > 7. Re: 1st grade clean up: I need some tips!
> > 8. Re: 1st grade clean up: I need some tips!
> > Subject: Need assistance
> > From: David Miller <email@example.com>
> > Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 04:27:18 -0400
> > X-Message-Number: 1
> > I am attempting to put together a presentation
> that explores the various
> > interpretations of appropriate and inappropriate
> imagery in the context of
> > the high school art class. I am a high school art
> teacher at Wissahickon
> > HS
> > in Ambler, PA.
> > I am interested in challenges faced in terms of
> visual culture
> > investigations, nudity, religion, politics,
> abortion, etc.
> > Anecdotal stories, articles, policies, examples,
> etc. would be very
> > appreciated. I'm hoping to do a presentation at
> the PAEA conference and
> > the
> > NAEA conference. It will be titled
> Appropriateness: Traversing the
> > Hegemonic
> > Minefield.
> > Thanks,
> > David Miller
> > Subject: forward from an art therapist
> > From: "Randy Menninghaus" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 05:42:59 -0400
> > X-Message-Number: 2
> > I asked a dear friend who is also an art therapist
> to give advice to any
> > art teacher who is dealing with survivors. I
> forwarded one ofour digests.
> > I
> > hope this will help any body who is dealing Randy
> in Maine
> > :
> > Rachelle?s description of her gift of art to some
> of the kids in the
> > Astrodome in New Orleans was wonderful. Any good
> art teacher has the
> > knowledge and sensitivity to bring kids art
> materials and to provide an
> > art
> > club/ art room environment so they can draw and
> tell their story. Sharing
> > their work with others and telling their story
> provides both an excellent
> > way for kids to explain to adults what they are
> thinking about and a
> > healthy outlet for their energy. Don?t confuse her
> gift with art therapy.
> > Art therapists, a legal designation, have both an
> art background and a
> > counseling background, brought together in a
> master?s level training and
> > licensing. Much of art therapy group work looks
> like an art class, but
> > there are some serious differences. The art
> therapist will be able to tune
> > into the kids who have real mental health issues
> and to use the group to
> > support those kids in a safe and potentially
> healing manner. I am a
> > state-certified art teacher, K-12, in Maine and I
> am also a qualified art
> > therapist with a state LCPC license. I taught 22
> years before switching
> > careers, five of those years after I had received
> my art therapy training.
> > I found a big difference between being an art
> teacher and an art
> > therapist.
> > I had to work to maintain appropriate boundaries
> as an art teacher and to
> > respect the power of art making as an art
> therapist. I love both processes
> > and I respect the differences.
> > A qualified and caring art teacher can give kids
> the appropriate and
> > wonderful respite from their problems that
> Rachelle did.
> > Art teachers whowant to work with Katrina
> survivors and evacuees, here is
> > my suggestion:
> > Rather than get yourself in a difficult situation
> that may cause unwitting
> > damage to already traumatized children, don?t
> pretend to be an art
> > therapist if you are not trained. Instead, use
> your ability to supervise
> > groups of kids using art materials and making art
> to tell stories and
> > generally to find pleasurable activity amidst
> chaos and confusion. Art
> > gives voice to finding a sense of unity and
> harmony with color, line and
> > shape, etc. We art teachers know that. Trust the
> pleasure and power of
> > art making and don?t try to provide therapy. Tune
> into the kids and if one
> > or a few of them seem to be having an abnormal
> reaction to an abnormal
> > situation, refer them to a mental health
> professional. You will be doing
> > them a valuable service. Teachers are the front
> line for children; even
> > art teachers do not need to be the school
> counselor, too. Let your love of
> > art making and knowledge of group art making
> provide a marvelous respite
> > for the children ? and the families as well -
> displaced by the hurricane.
> > Provide children who need real therapy with
> references to real art
> > therapists. Fran Clukey, PhD, RATh, LCPC (12 Sept
> > Subject: Re: forward from an art therapist
> > From: "Diane C. Gregory"
> > Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 06:46:16 -0600
> > X-Message-Number: 3
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