ART FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS (Art 4223)
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Art for Elementary Teachers, 3 hours credit. Lectures and outside "hands on"
experience in two and three dimensional media designed for the understanding
and application of art as an element of the elementary curriculum. Lecture 3
COURSE OBJECTIVES (General):
The following objectives are general and introductory in nature. This course
is just a beginning in the study of arts in education. Students are encouraged
to explore the arts through introductory and in-depth workshops while in school
and while working in their teaching profession. Hopefully this course will enlighten
students to the many possibilities that art can provide for increasing teaching
- To explore the basic concepts of arts education in a school art program.
- To introduce art as a separate learning area, containing content, instruction,
- To introduce art as a curriculum support related to the other literary and
performing arts as well as to interdisciplinary studies.
- To introduce future teachers to concepts and methodology which will encourage
them to include the following general objectives in their teaching programs:
- Encourage individual art direction, personal imagery, the exploration
and expression of each student.
- Show how art is an important, integral part of life, the nature and
value of art.
- Encourage art openness, the taking in, involvement, new ideas, creative
and imaginative approaches, inventing, unusual and unexpected responses,
spontaneous responses, enthusiasm, independence, flexibility, originality,
decision and choice making, differences and similarities, interaction
of ideas, self-evaluaton, discovery, experimentation, trial and error,
active feedback through discussions, and imaginaton-sparking.
- Study the function of art in today's society and in other cultures.
- Encourage students to appreciate the art needs and feelings of others,
to work independently as well as cooperatively in groups, and to be aware
of each student's unique art contributions to the group's efforts.
- Develop a fluent art vocabulary that includes discussion of artists
and art objects, purposes of art, the forms of art, which provides opportunities
to analyze and make meaningful art judgments.
- Develop artistic literacy into the nature and character of art. Be able
to recognize, describe, and produce specific processes and techniques
- Provide opportunities for exhibiting art works in classrooms, school,
museums for sharing and communicating ideas verbally and nonverbally.
- Encourage art expression art expression and appreciation of cultural
SPECIFIC LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND AREAS OF STUDY:
- To develop a foundation in the fundamentals of art and design.
- To explore and have a basic understanding in a selection of the following
areas. Drawing, Art Appreciation, Ceramics, Chalk, Crafts (Assorted),
Crayon, Lettering, Matting and Framing, Murals, Paint and Ink, Paper and
Cardboard, Papier-Mâché, Printing Processes, Sculpture, Formulas,
and writing lesson plans based on these concepts as they apply to the
- To explore the basic concepts of arts education in a school art program
- Analyze the student's artistic capabilities, interest, and performance
during the developmental stages (i.e., scribbling, preschematic, schematic,
- Identify the goals, objectives, scope, and/or sequence of an art curriculum
for students at the elementary level. (K-6)
- Analyze teaching methods and strategies appropriate for art instruction
at the elementary level.
- Identify criteria and for methods used to evaluate student performance
- To collect and develop functional lesson plans for classroom use.
- To research and understand "The Art World of the Child."
- To understand about creativity and creating art.
- To recognize and know how to develop and encourage perceptual awareness
A Handbook of Arts and Crafts, by Wankelman & Wigg, W.C. Brown Publishing
Available at Cameron Bookstore, Sadlers, Hobby Lobby, Lawton Public Schools,
- Spiral bound sketchbook 14" x 17", loose-leaf binder (for notes, handouts
- Strathmore Drawing Pad 18" x 24" (partners) - OPTIONAL
- Posterboard (2) white, several bright colors (1 each)
- Chalk pastel
- Prang watercolor set, brushes (1/2", 1/4", 1/8") - inexpensive
- Tempera paint, Acrylic paint, and Terra Cotta clay - to be ordered as a
class - large containers (fee to be announced and collected Week 1 of semester
- upon student approval)
- Containers for paint - plastic cups, jars with lids, egg cartons for palettes,
- Oil Pastels (small set)
- Crayons, new set and a collection of old (if possible)
- Liquid starch (Stay-Flo) large bottle - available at Homeland on Sheridan,
- Black felt tip makers
- Colored felt tip makers (water-base) -OPTIONAL
- Colored tissue paper
- T-shirt (white, black or bright color)
- Elmer's glue
- Construction paper (a variety of colors, white black)
- India ink (partners)
- Pencils, erasers (kneaded eraser or art gum eraser)
- newspapers, yarn, fabric scraps, cardboard rolls, small boxes wire screen,
chicken wire, plastic cups, metal cupcake tin, or egg carton (palette)
seeds, beans, old or used cans of spray paint, tin foil.
- Special projects:
- Glitter (variety of colors), mural paper, acrylic paint (variety of
hues-optional of partners).
Operate the various paper cutters, matt cutter, and heat press with caution
(all located in Room 117).
You are required to:
- Keep a journal/notebook/sketchbook to document daily activities, assignments,
thoughts on the teaching of children's art, and planning strategies to effectively
introduce art into your teaching program (evaluated at the end of semester).
- Assemble a portfolio of all class projects, "team teaching" projects, and
other outside class activities. This will serve as a showcase of examples
for your future teaching experiences (evaluated at the end of the semester).
Grade based on quality and completed assignments, as well as effort, motivation,
and personal progress toward class work.
- Complete a multicultural art unit of study - Topic choices and format to
- Complete a vocabulary test, and final exam (dates to be provided on calendar).
- "Team teach" an art activity to elementary students and provide a lesson
plan of your activity for the class (to be submitted one class meeting prior
to your teaching date). FIELD EXPERIENCE in an elementary classroom Lawton
- Provide necessary supplies and materials to carry out each assignment.
- Build a vertical file of visual aids: art lessons, images of nature, animals,
people, places, things, etc.
- Attend class regularly.
You will be graded using a numerical scale on the following:
- Class assignments and projects (daily grades)
- Portfolio of art lessons and activities (examples of each)
- Specific lesson plans assigned
- Art History activity project and paper , Multicultural unit (Folk Art Emphasis).
- Class participation, enthusiasm and attendance.
- "Team teaching" activity and effectiveness.
- All written tests, exams.
Attendance is of utmost importance. Due to the extensive nature of the material
which will be presented and discussed in class, excessive absences will adversely
effect the quality of and completion of your notebook/journal, portfolio of
examples and participation, thus resulting in a lower grade.
If you miss a class due to illness, it is your responsibility to contact a
classmate and obtain the missed information and note any assignments for the
next class meeting. Attendance grade and participation grade will be averaged
Attendance grade as follows:
B+ (1 week of class)
C+ (2 weeks of classes)