Art Curriculum and Methods
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course provides pre-service preparation for K-12 classroom teachers in the visual arts content area with emphasis on the development of classroom materials and instructional strategies.
DESCRIPTION: The urge to create is a characteristic common to all mankind. The progress of civilization is dependent on man's ability to create. A truly developed civilization expresses itself in highly developed divergent thinking and the development of visual perception. This course helps pre-service teachers understand the process of art education in the elementary school.
OBJECTIVES: The students will:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of how to develop creative thinking, orginality, inventiveness, imagination, and self-confidence in children.
2. Know how to create an aesthetic environment in which children can use art as a means of self-expression, self-discovery, and self discipline.
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of art, art forms, basic concepts, and materials appropriate to the development of the child.
4. Demonstrate the ability to develop appropriate art and enrichment materials to enhance teaching the required art core curriculum in the elementary school.
5. Be able to discuss ways to evaluate children's art.
REQUIREMENTS: Attendance and participation weigh heavy on your grade. In class activities can not be made up. Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments, turned in after the beginning of class, will receive a 50% grade cut. Time will be given in class to work on projects, but some outside work will be required also.
Tests: A midterm and a final will be given in class. They will probably be oral tests over information in your notes. They will not be open note tests. Advance notice will be given in class and a review will take place in class.
Daily Art Projects: Several art projects will be required in this class. When you turn them in, they need to be "finished" around the edges, framed or matted unless directed differently by the instructor. A project planning form will be attached to each project explaining what materials are needed and the directions for your future reference. Projects will be graded at the beginning of class. Each project will be graded according to the scoring rubric included. No exceptions. Each project is worth 10 points. A later project can only earn a maximum of 5 points.
Team Presentations: You and your team will be presenting different parts of the curriculum in different forms. Directions will be given as to the format and scoring as the assignments are given.
Artist Book: With a partner, you will research an artist. (Style, form, era, samples of work, lifestyle etc.) You will prepare and present a short presentation to the class on the outlined topics, plus some of your own personal samples of this artist's work. Then, after all of the presentations, you will assemble a book about each of the artist's presented, and your personal sample of their technique and style. A scoring rubric will be given out when the assignment is made.
Art Files: One class period will be given to work on art files (consisting of 10 files) which you will compile from a list given on the first day of class. Each of you will teach one of your file lessons to the class and in an assigned elementary school. (Most of the files will need to be completed at home).
OTHER: All materials needed for the projects will be supplied for you. You will pay a $10.00 supply fee at the time of registration.