SchoolArts Magazine

May-June 2015

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schoolartsonline.com 41 Advertiser Page Advertiser Page AMACO 48–CIII Bailey Ceramic Supply 11 Blick Art Supply CIV Conrad Machine Co. 41 Davis Art Images 13 Davis Publications CII 7 16 Fastenation 37 General Pencil Co. 45 Hispanic Scholarship Fund 4 L&L Kilns 45 Nasco Arts & Crafts 2 PCF Studios 41 Professional Hardware Supply 41 Royalwood Ltd. 41 SchoolArtsRoom.com 41 Skutt 1 The Shop Curator's Corner 46 Nasco 46 SchoolArts 46 Youth Art Month 46 Advertiser Index is beneficial for those teachers to share with their school administration what they learned through that experience. It is equally important to take the time to thank them for their support in allowing them to attend. Go Out and Inspire! On an ongoing basis, we as artists/ teachers need to inspire others and ourselves to recognize the importance of what we do and how it impacts our students and the larger community. As we focus on teaching, we need to acquire new skills and knowledge and find new ways to inspire creativity in our students so they can see the lim- itlessness of their human potential for personal expression. It is these quali- ties that will give our art programs wings to fly. Ken Vieth is the author of From Ordinary to Extraordinary, Engaging the Adolescent Mind, and a co-author of The Visual Expe- rience, all published by Davis Publica- tions. kvieth@ crusoe.net Continued from page 14. P O I N T O F V I E W Reflections of a Veteran Art Teacher 14 SchoolArts Continued on page 41. S ince I retired from the class- room, I have been a national art education consultant and presenter working for the Bureau of Education and Research out of Bellevue, Washington. Through this experience I have presented full- day workshops in thirty states and Canada, and have the privilege of meeting and presenting to hundreds of middle- and high-school art teachers. A few things surprised me that have given me a number of insights into our journey as artists/teachers. Some schools really honor their art education programs, while others struggle for even basic recognition. Some art programs are well supported, while others are very poorly funded. But one thing I have noticed is the sheer number of dedicated teachers working each and every day to bring out the best in every student. They need to be commended for their dedi- cation and hard work, especially in the light of challenges they face. Practical Challenges Unfortunately, as a result of our cur- rent financial crisis, teachers need to become even more resourceful than ever. More teachers need to open themselves up to the possibility of asking for and acquiring free materi- als. One can start by asking fellow teachers, parents, students, and the larger community. With some cre- ative approaches, many discarded and unwanted materials can and will sup- port new ideas for student expression. Another source of funding is grant money that is available on local, state, and national levels. Most grant appli- cations are not that difficult to write and, once you write one, you can use that same information for others. Curriculum Challenges I sometimes see art teachers who are stuck in a rut of using the same les- sons year after year. This repetition can diminish the teacher's enthusi- asm. One way to address this issue is to take the same ingredients of a lesson and mix them up. For example, one might change a two-dimensional color project and make it three- dimensional while still addressing color mixing, color theory, and/or repetition of color. Twice I have worked for a large district in Tampa, Florida, where the art supervisor was in charge of 123 K–12 art teachers. She stressed to them the importance of replacing 20% of what they were presently doing with new projects each year. This approach can breathe new life into both the art teacher and the program and have a positive effect on student work. Professional Challenges Another realization I had was that most art teachers are the only art teacher in their school. Fairly or not, how other teachers and administrators perceive art education is based squarely on the art teacher's shoulders. Therefore, every time student artwork is exhib- ited, it is a reflection of how much the Ken Vieth We need to find new ways to inspire creativity in our students so they can see the limitlessness of their human potential for personal expression. Search out meaningful opportunities for professional development such as those that immerse you in another culture but with like-minded people. Photo by Nancy Walkup. SchoolArts room.com The Blog for K–12 Art Educators

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