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Ann Schuster
T EDUC 526
Tacoma Campus

Arts in The Schools

Explores the domain of the arts, particularly music, drawing, painting, and three dimensional expressions such as pottery, sculpture and architecture, to find means of better integrating arts and arts instruction into the school curriculum.

Class description

The course emphasizes research and experience based methodology to foster creative expression and visual literacy in K-8 students. Students will learn how to promote the enjoyment of creative exploration through a variety of art media and techniques. Students will be required to read and analyze research articles on theories in art education and human cognition. Based on a comprehensive understanding of the elements and principles of design, students will learn how to guide children to describe, analyze and interpret works of art.

Student learning goals

Promote the sheer enjoyment of experiencing, creating, and teaching art.

Analyze and discuss research and theory in art education.

Correlate basic art concepts and vocabulary with performance modes.

Foster sensitivity to the artistic development of children and the ability to modify art activities for students with varied levels of cognitive development and skill.

Facilitate connections across beliefs, cultures and across curricular areas.

General method of instruction

This is a survey course that focuses on building a framework for understanding and implementing the Art Standards into the basic education of all students Kindergarten through grade eight. Exercises and assignments will be explained through lecture, demonstration, model lessons, art historical examples and childrens' literature. Emphasis will be place on the exploration of the Elements and Principles of Art through in class art projects in the following mediums: Drawing, Painting, Design, Sculpture and Crafts.

Recommended preparation

The best way to approach art education is with enthusiasm and an open mind. If you are committed, persistent in your practice, and approach projects with dedication you will successfully increase your visual awareness and creative knowledge.

Class assignments and grading

Art Portfolio (inclusive of all in-class artwork) Art Lesson Plan Art Resource Notebook (continuing all materials from the course) Art Critique Poster and Art Elements Poster Group presentation of a Biographical Essay on a selected artist

Attendance and participation are of supreme importance! Timely and regular attendance is integral to your success in this course. Grading is based on the participation and completion of the above objectives. Great emphasis is placed on effort and dedication. Specific percentages and points will be outlined in the course syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ann Schuster
Date: 09/05/2013