I’ve been painting the downstairs of my house this past week and have had a lot of time to think. When I run out of steam (or my arm muscles give out) I check Deep Space Sparkle’s emails. I’ve received a few questions recently that left me thinking that many of you are seriously overworked!
My schedule is very light this year but for the last six years, I’ve worked a two schools. Two days per school with one day off was a pretty sweet deal. But last spring I gave one of them up so I could focus on my blog, my writing and most importantly, my 3 very busy kids. Now I teach 2 days a week and see between 9-10 classes. My contract is 30 weeks long, so each class sees me 15 times during the year. Short, huh? Although my school district is supportive of the arts now, they never use to be. Up until 3-4 years ago, art was always funded through the PTA. The PTA still funds a portion of my hours as our district only pays for approximately half the weeks. I’m not complaining. I have to admit that I love the scaled down hours as it gives me time to focus on other areas of my life, but if I were an art teacher trying to make a living, it’d be pretty tough.
So here’s my question (and it’s simply out of curiosity over how other states/Countries support art programs):
1. Do you teach art exclusively? Are you credentialed?
2. How many days do you teach per school/how many classes per day?
3. Where do you live?
…and just one more…
4. How many weeks a year do you teach? I’m wondering if you teach during testing weeks, parent/teacher conferences, etc.
Weigh in if you care to….don’t you think it’d be interesting to see how school districts fund art?