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ART-208-20, Creative Arts in Elem School (SP15)

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Grimaldis

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Saturdays/8:30 A.M.-11:15 A.M., 04/11/2015-05/16/2015

CONTENT:

-This course will outline a basic understanding of the ways children use visual arts as a means of recording and communicating ideas.  Skills in analyzing and interpreting children’s art expressions will be presented in order to help classroom teachers in the pre-school, kindergarten and elementary school provide art learning experiences that are appropriate for ability levels.  A review of art skills and processes will be presented and practiced in order to effectively use art experiences as a learning vehicle in the classroom.  Basic skills in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and crafts will be explored.

-The text, Renaissance in the Classroom, will provide a means for looking at how children learn through exploration that incorporates the arts.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  

A. Learn through lecture, discussion, practice, theory, and sharing

B. Develop the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to ideas, experiences, and the environment through the visual arts.

C. Develop an understanding of the visual arts as a basic aspect of history and human experience.

D. Develop the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expressions in the production of art.

E. Develop the ability to identify, analyze, and apply criteria for making visual aesthetic judgments.

F. Design integrated art/ academic subject area learning visuals.

G. Design unit and lesson plans in art appropriate for age and developmental levels.

METHODS:  

Lecture, demonstration, class discussion and creative project activities will be a part of each lesson.

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

-There will be no final exam or paper. A weekly abstract (summary) of chapter readings from the text is required. Students are expected to be able to discuss the chapter readings in class and participate in a group oral presentation of the topic/theme. Students are expected to work on art assignments in the classroom and complete unfinished assignments on their own.  All necessary tools and art supplies will be provided for the assignment in the classroom.

-Only one excused absence is acceptable.

-Students who have an excused absence must submit the assignment on the date of the next scheduled class.  

-Art work will be graded on successful completion of the project only. Advanced art skills and knowledge of art concepts are not a requirement for this course.

-The abstract will be graded on the presentation of a clear, concise understanding of the topic. The abstract should be one typed page.

GRADING:

A- All chapter abstracts submitted on time

     All artwork assignments submitted on time

     Attendance of all classes

     Class participation in oral presentations and group work

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Renaissance in the Classroom

Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning

Gail Burnaford, Arnold Aprill, Cynthia Weiss

Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, CAPE

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

The instructor will provide additional handouts of recommended readings and materials

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

None