ARE 438/538 is designed to provide advanced art and visual culture education students with comprehensive and engaging practical experience in curriculum design and art and visual culture education teaching approaches. On Saturday mornings students will work collaboratively with one another to lead a small class of k-12 students and to encourage sustained reflection on what Joseph Schwab has called the four “commonplaces” of curriculum: teachers, students, context, and content.
This course investigates ways in which children develop in art with an underlying emphasis on understanding children’s art as a social practice. Beginning with an analysis of the history and discovery of child art, we use original children’s artworks to examine contemporary theories of children’s development in art and the implications of these theories for educational contexts and for research. We consider children’s making in various mediums, and explore their implications for various pedagogical settings and strategies (i.e.: classrooms, museums, and community programs).
In this course, students are introduced to some foundational ideas in the discipline of Art and Visual Culture Education (AVCE). We explore AVCE histories, influential theories, purposes, and implications. Through readings and class discussions/activities, students gain an introductory understanding of the practices and structures of art and visual culture education in schools, museums, and community settings in the United States.