Archive for November, 2013

The students of E.A.T. are creating a recycled Igloo out of Milk Jugs. Initially we thought we were only going to need about 450 milk jugs but we were off but at least 100. Considering such, we need your Milk Jugs. Please check out the photos below which show where we are at so far and what we have left to go. Considering such, please donate your milk jugs to the Art or Drama room! As always, thanks for all of our support towards the Arts at Westfield Middle School.

8th grade art students teamed up with Mrs. Bringer’s Drama students to learn about fashion and what it takes to be a designer. Considering such, students partnered up and put on a Newspaper Fashion show for their fellow classmates.

Taught Rotation 2: November 15th 2013, Taught Rotation 2: November 11th 2011

Think that art school dooms graduates to a life of unemployment? The numbers paint a very different picture.

“Artists can have good careers, earning a middle-class income,” says Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. “And, just as important and maybe more, artists tend to be happy with their choices and lives.”

A 2011 report from the center found that the unemployment rate in the first two years for those graduating with bachelor of fine arts degree is 7.8%, dropping to 4.5% for those out of school longer. The median income is $42,000.

“Artists’ income is comparable to other liberal-arts majors,” he says. “They do a little better than psychology majors, since counseling and social work is a very low-wage occupation.”

For artists who go on to graduate degrees, the most common of which is the master’s of fine arts, the unemployment rate for recent graduates drops to just under 5%, and their median yearly income increases to roughly $50,000.

Other studies have also found relatively high levels of employment and satisfaction. The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University conducted a survey of 13,000 graduates of visual and performing college-arts programs between 1990 and 2009; 2,817 were in the fine arts.

Among the findings: Almost 83% worked the majority of their time in some arts occupation, such as art teaching or in a nonprofit arts organization.

“Arts graduates are resilient and resourceful,” says Curb Center Associate Director Steven J. Tepper. Sixty percent of the fine-arts graduates in the survey work more than one job, he says, “but they are happy with what they put together.”

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To help celebrate Veteran’s Day, the students of E.A.T. got creative with their hands and feet, literally, and created a unique and beautiful Red, White and Blue American Flag to hang during our all school assembly on Monday November 11th 2013. Students and staff also dressed in Red, White and Blue that day to help thank all of the Veterans that came to our school to tell their stories.