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  • Cheryl Hancock
    Linda- It was the same book I started out with as well here in Australia- invaluable I started out with an Associateship in Art Teaching as one could not get a
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 28, 2010
      Linda- It was the same book I started out with as well here in Australia- invaluable I started out with an Associateship in Art Teaching as one could not get a degree at first. I then completed a BA in Design which then qualified me to teach art.  My first appointment was teaching adults jewellery making but then I went onto jewellery designing. About 5 years later on decided to start my primary art specialist teaching and 21 years on still loving it-
      Cheryl H
      Perth  Australia

      On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM, artsypffartsy <lindwood@...> wrote:

      My degree is a BFA in Fine Arts , specialization in ceramics and photography.  I teach Art  in a great private school in Houston.  I've been there 30 years.  About half of our teachers hold degrees in the subjects they teach.  The other half hold education degrees.  We are all equal there.  There is a third grade teacher in our school who might want to be an art teacher if I was not there loving my job.  She is a good painter, very creative, is not afraid of messes (lol), loves art history, and teaches a successful summer art camp at our schoo year after yearl.  I can see her easily transitioning into an art position someday if she wanted to.  If you are passionate about the subject you teach, love children, have patience, and a sense of humor, you could most likely do this.  THE book that helped me TREMENDOUSLY the first years that I taught art is still a great book, Frank Wachowiak's Emphasis Art.  It has everything you need for understanding developmental levels, helping with classroom management, finding ways to draw children out, good examples of various media, definition of a quality art program, etc.  If you have not taught art before, it does help a lot to read that book.   It's a great starting place for anyone found teaching art without a degree in art education.  I read that book before I wrote my resume, and when I was called for an interview, I could walk the walk and talk the talk.  Also, I just totally clicked with the LS Principal and LS Art Teacher at that time.  Passion for your subject is key to any great teacher's abilities.  You can find this book on Amazon.com used, I believe, probalby in its most recent edition or the one before.  There have been many new editions for Emphasis Art.  It's pricey, but if you are just starting to teach art, it would be good for you to read a book like this one. 

      --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Cheryl Hancock <hancock.ca@...> wrote:
      > Congratulations, There are lots of wonderful teachers of art on this group-
      > formally and not formally trained. I am sure you will find lots of excellent
      > resources out there. I have lots as well and would love to help if required.
      > Cheryl H
      > Art Specialist P-7
      > Perth Australia
      > On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 7:39 PM, Anna alromain@... wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > I am one of those teachers, no specialist, no formal training in art at all
      > > but have been teaching it for the past 18 years. I have just gotten the Art
      > > teacher job for next year for grades 5-8 in our school and am thrilled. I
      > > know I have a lot to learn but am willing and eager to do so. Thanks for the
      > > vote of confidence. Sometimes I wonder what I have gotten myself into. But
      > > you need to know that I love it. I think I missed my calling in my youth.
      > >
      > > --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com <art_education%40yahoogroups.com>,

      > > Linnie Aikens fotopoetess@ wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I think we do regular ed teachers a disservice to imply that only Art
      > > Specialists can do a good job teaching art. There are a lot of regular ed
      > > teachers out there who are exceptional art teachers themselves and do a fine
      > > job at helping students learn about fine artists of many genres and
      > > disciplines, as well helping them find their own voice in art. Just like
      > > some regular ed teachers excel in science or math or reading, so too there
      > > are many who excel at art. The first difficulty is finding the space to fit
      > > it in with all of the NCLB mandatory time frames for explicit reading/math
      > > time....and every teacher I know believes that the arts are crucial to
      > > upping the scores in those "core areas" as well. Alas, the powers that be
      > > haven't totally heard us in that yet. (At one school I worked at, we
      > > elementary teachers at a grade level used an "expert teaching" model and
      > > rotated the kids through us according to our strengths and passions. In this
      > > way, I
      > > > ended up getting to teach art 5 hours per week! The students got the
      > > best, most passionate, informed teaching in art, science, music, and
      > > real-life math. It was a win-win situation.) The second hindrance is that
      > > full-time K-6 art teaching jobs are few and far between! It's only after 23
      > > years of teaching that one finally opened up here, and I am thrilled to
      > > finally be able to do my dream job. So I want to congratulate all those
      > > regular ed teachers out there who have made a commitment to finding time to
      > > keep the arts in their day. You are doing your students an invaluable
      > > service. You have a hard job!
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > --
      > Cheryl Hancock
      > Cooper, Dior and Charisma
      > Perth Australia

      Cheryl Hancock
      Cooper, Dior and Charisma
      Perth Australia
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