Dear Art Educators,
A wonderful middle school art teacher is retiring at the end of the next school year. At that time, her entire web site will be wiped out - literally with one click. Hopefully, there will be a way to save it somewhere else on the web.... but just in case that doesn't happen grab the great ideas now. Visit often. Her site has projects from 1996 through 2011.
Bunki Kramer (long time Getty list member)
Bunki went from full time art teacher - to almost full time math teacher only teaching 2 art classes a day. Fortunately, Bunki had a back-up plan and could also teach math. Let this be a lesson to all of you - have duel certification. States all across the country are pairing down their fine art requirements for elementary and middle school. The state of Ohio never has required an elementary art specialist - and ten years ago, dropped the requirement for middle schools. In the absence of a specialist, classroom teachers are supposed to teach art, but you know how that can be..... Middle school only has to offer one fine art. Music wins in many schools.
One Getty list member posted that we need to "stick together"..... Be an advocate for the visual arts. The only way to prevent more budget cuts in education is to support higher taxes! Our governor was actually encouraging voters to defeat levy votes for new buildings, etc. The state of Ohio has a program where it will match finds generated by the school district. One local district has buildings in great need of repair or replacement, but the levy did indeed go down in defeat. The government here has presented public employees as the evil ones....making huge salaries and having too many benefits.... Ha! School employees are losing their collective bargaining rights. School districts in financial trouble will be able to dismiss staff solely because they make more money than a new hire. Seniority will be out the window. Teachers will be paid based on the performance of their students. On what standards will they evaluate art? Is this fair? I assure you,
with these changes, the best and the brightest will no be going into education.
Bunki also shared this in her post:
> Speaking of sharing....end of May I was watching TV ("Creative Living"
> to be exact) and saw a fabulous art lesson from Margaret Peot about
> inkblots. The next week I had my middle schoolers making inkblot bugs
> and butterflies which turned out fabulous! Turned out to be my
> favorite project of the year. You can check her out by entering her
> name in google. There are some UTube videos of her as well showing her
> techniques. We didn't use India ink as she did though I had some. I
> found thin black tempera paint the best thing to use with white
> drawing paper. Try it...it's addictive...like eating one potato chip.