Art Education 241

ARTE 241: Elementary Art Education Theory and Practice

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory

History, philosophy, principles, practices and materials of teaching art in public elementary schools.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

Art 241 is a multi-faceted course which prepares prospective art teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to the assumption of the responsibilities associated with the public school classroom. Course content will include:

1). Class experiences in the construction of curriculum according to specified form and S.O.L. content.
2). Readings and research regarding the intellectual, manipulative and emotional characteristics of elementary school age children.
3). Development of curriculum units and sequences which address specific needs of exceptional students.
4). Laboratory teaching experiences in the Art 241 classroom and Art Laboratory Schools, or in some cases, as volunteers in area community art programs.
5). Guided experiences in the instructional use of traditional and innovative materials, techniques and equipment.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Through lecture, demonstration, observation, assigned readings and research, the student will be led toward an intellectual appreciation of the historical, philosophical, procedural and curricular processes involved in elementary classroom art. Course requirements also include the development and subsequent teaching of art units consonant with the Standards of Learning for Art. (This has been accomplished through cooperation with the Council for Community Enrichment and other local groups, but will soon be accomplished in a Laboratory Art School conducted in the Department of Art). The class will meet for four or more hours each week in classroom or teaching laboratory.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Student will be prepared to become professional art educators with knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to the planning and implementing of elementary school art activities, contemporary philosophical bases for art education decisions, special student requirements, and a knowledge of various types of art materials and their use in the classroom.

Assessment Measures

Performance assessment will be based upon scores on tests and examinations, grades on assigned research or projects, evaluation of curriculum development skills, observation during instructional periods to assess both professional skills and the ability to work harmoniously and cooperatively with peers and others involved with the art education process.

Assessment processes will include the assessment of:

1). The ability to apply a knowledge of the intellectual, manipulative and emotional development of elementary school age children to the planning of model curriculum units in art.
2). The ability to use materials, concepts, and practices appropriate to the elementary classroom to teach previously developed units.
3). The ability to use art experiences and a positive classroom atmosphere to enhance positive self-image development.
4). The ability to employ art experiences to stimulate the development of expressive and descriptive language skills.
5). The ability to employ effective content/concept delivery methods (audio/visual/demonstration) in art instruction.
6). The ability to utilize classroom management and organizational skills to enhance the quality of classroom time.
7). The knowledge and ability to evaluate and accommodate elementary-age exceptional children.

Other Course Information

This is a required course in the Bachelor of Science in Art Education program in the Department of Art, and is also required of others seeking certification.

Review and Approval

October 2, 2012

August 17, 2005 Reviewed by Steve Arbury, Chair