Parents and teachers get creative about keeping arts in school
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While budget cuts in Brisbane schools mean larger class sizes or pink slips for some teachers, in many schools they also translate into eliminating activities like band, music, sports, drama, choir, and art. Scores of schools in Alameda county for instance don't have art class as part of the structured curriculum anymore, and that has led to parents and teachers getting creative about art education. One example is Delaine Eastin Elementary school in Union City in the East Bay. That’s where KALW's Hana Baba's child goes to school. There, the children may not have a structured art class, but they are immersed in the world of artistic expression through a parent-sponsored program called Art Vistas. KALW’s Hana Baba visited the school to find out how it works.
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June 9, 2011
HANA BABA: This is Mr. Charles Austin's 3rd grade class. But today, parent volunteer Kate Sprotte is sitting in the teacher's chair, with the class on the carpet facing her. They're discussing a late 19th century painting she's showing them.
UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN [in unison]: Woah!
KATE SPROTTE: This one is entitled "The Russian Bride's Attire" by Makovsky.
Sprotte asks the children what artistic concepts they notice in the painting.
SPROTTE: Where is the light entering the room into this picture? Yes, in the back.
UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #1: Over there on the left.
SPROTTE: On the left side of the picture shining in from the...
UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #2: Window.
SPROTTE: From the window. Yes, tell me...
And they talk about what cultural differences they notice between today and the 1800s, in a serious way. A kid in the front raises his hand.
UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT: It's long ago......
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