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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
9:21 am
I'm trying to organize a mural to be painted on the wall in our high school. What type of paint would be best? I am planning on using acrylic paint and then I'm going to ask the custodians if they can do some kind of clear coat over the top to protect it. Has anyone else done something like this? Any tips or ideas?

Monday, December 3rd, 2007
5:57 pm
I'm a new teacher and new member of the community!
I will be graduating this year with a Bachelors in Art Education. As of right now I am teaching an art program for inner city high school students with special needs.
I look forward to sharing ideas, fears, and experiences with fellow art teachers!
I also look forward to hearing all of your experiences in the field.

Anyone have anything to share with a new teacher?
Friday, November 30th, 2007
7:52 am
Hi, I just joined this community.
I have been teaching art in a private school for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities for 7 years now. I have students in grades K-12.
My own artistic interests are pottery, drawing, altered books, costuming. In that order.
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
12:47 pm
Previously I've posted about working on my thesis - about inspiring student confidence in art. Nut_meg had several fantastic suggestions (thank you!). Can anyone please share personal stories with me about student(s) who weren't confident in art and how you worked with them and how you determined if your efforts were successful? Thank you!
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
5:35 pm
I'm very new to the ideas of teaching art. I'm taking a round-about way to becoming an art teacher. I went to an extraordinary high school which had an "extended arts" program. It was and was not part of the high school proper. It was considered, in many ways, a separate school but it shared facilities and even credits with the "regular" high school although you had to audition for the various programs (in visual art, dance, drama, music etc). The experience was absolutely amazing. I don't know how the director managed to build it out of the regular art classes he taught there.

I ended up getting a degree in other disciplines. In grad school I discovered a passion for teaching, so I am returning to university to finish my studies in art and become a teacher. That's my story so far. I've never taught an art class. I've been teaching English and Classics (ie, Latin, Roman history/culture classes etc), and a little ESL.

I've been warned that art teachers are not in demand in my area. Art would be my second subject (after English). I watched how every year was a struggle for the extended arts program to stay in operation with people always questioning its "usefulness." I don't dare believe I could find myself teaching in such a school as I went to. I don't have any questions right now. I'll probably start with those shortly though, since it's time for teacher's college applications in Canada right now ;)


Current Mood: content
8:46 am
I'm writing my thesis right now for my professional license in art edu. I have my initial license now, but a masters is a requirement for teachers in Massachusetts. I'm planning to write my thesis on how to inspire student confidence in the visual arts. I'm teaching middle school art and on the first day all the kids were like, "I suck at art" and during Parents Night all the parents were praising my (unseen) art abilities and commenting how they were born with none. It's interesting that everyone expects science, math, and musical instruments to be something you have to work at to find success, but that the visual arts are so often considered a have or have not that you're pretty much born with. So I want to find a way to do away with the idea that these students feel like they "suck."

I'd love to hear what you think. Any ideas for inspiring confidence in the arts? Projects you think have been successful? So far I've thought of broadening the definition of art, large group projects (like one piece for the whole class or grade), highlighting working artists with disabilities (like a blind ceramic artist) and successful student artists like Marla Olmstead etc. Do you know of any good books? thanks!
Saturday, September 29th, 2007
8:32 pm
First Post...
This is my first post for this community I just created. I hope people will join and we can get this thing going.
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