Sample Syllabus

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Instructor: Edna Williams
Office: 124D Art Building
Office Phone: 581-2450
Office Hours: By appointment


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 hours.


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 effectiveness.

  1. To explore the basic concepts of arts education in a school art program.
  2. To introduce art as a separate learning area, containing content, instruction, and skills.
  3. To introduce art as a curriculum support related to the other literary and performing arts as well as to interdisciplinary studies.
  4. To introduce future teachers to concepts and methodology which will encourage them to include the following general objectives in their teaching programs:
    1. Encourage individual art direction, personal imagery, the exploration and expression of each student.
    2. Show how art is an important, integral part of life, the nature and value of art.
    3. 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.
    4. Study the function of art in today's society and in other cultures.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Develop artistic literacy into the nature and character of art. Be able to recognize, describe, and produce specific processes and techniques in art.
    8. Provide opportunities for exhibiting art works in classrooms, school, museums for sharing and communicating ideas verbally and nonverbally.
    9. Encourage art expression art expression and appreciation of cultural differences.


  1. To develop a foundation in the fundamentals of art and design.
    1. 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 elementary curriculum.
  2. To explore the basic concepts of arts education in a school art program
    1. Analyze the student's artistic capabilities, interest, and performance during the developmental stages (i.e., scribbling, preschematic, schematic, pseudonaturalistic, adolescent).
    2. Identify the goals, objectives, scope, and/or sequence of an art curriculum for students at the elementary level. (K-6)
    3. Analyze teaching methods and strategies appropriate for art instruction at the elementary level.
    4. Identify criteria and for methods used to evaluate student performance
  3. To collect and develop functional lesson plans for classroom use.
  4. To research and understand "The Art World of the Child."
    1. To understand about creativity and creating art.
    2. To recognize and know how to develop and encourage perceptual awareness skills


A Handbook of Arts and Crafts, by Wankelman & Wigg, W.C. Brown Publishing Co.


Available at Cameron Bookstore, Sadlers, Hobby Lobby, Lawton Public Schools, Media Center:


Operate the various paper cutters, matt cutter, and heat press with caution (all located in Room 117).


You are required to:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Complete a multicultural art unit of study - Topic choices and format to be announced.
  4. Complete a vocabulary test, and final exam (dates to be provided on calendar).
  5. "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 Public Schools.
  6. Provide necessary supplies and materials to carry out each assignment.
  7. Build a vertical file of visual aids: art lessons, images of nature, animals, people, places, things, etc.
  8. Attend class regularly.


You will be graded using a numerical scale on the following:

  1. Class assignments and projects (daily grades)
  2. Journal/Notebook
  3. Portfolio of art lessons and activities (examples of each)
  4. Specific lesson plans assigned
  5. Art History activity project and paper , Multicultural unit (Folk Art Emphasis).
  6. Class participation, enthusiasm and attendance.
  7. "Team teaching" activity and effectiveness.
  8. 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 together.

Attendance grade as follows:

Days Missed
B+ (1 week of class)
C+ (2 weeks of classes)

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