Tuesday and Thursday: 2:00 PM to 4:50 PM
Course Objectives – Students will:
• understand that art should be a valuable lifelong experience for all students
• gain insight into how to motivate student’s creativity
• understand that culture is art, and art is culture being “practiced” by an individual
• understand elementary art students might be in the most vulnerable stage of their creative development and that a 7th grade art class might be the last art class a student takes
• realize, your students might not become artists, but they should develop an appreciation for the arts
• understand, as an educator, one must continue learning . . . students and teachers are co-teachers/co-learners
• ask yourself, and try to answer by the end of the semester, “Can one be educated without a basic knowledge of some aspect of art?”
• for those of you who will be teaching art exclusively, ask yourself the question, “Should one be making art . . . To teach art?
• learn strategies to display student art work, while helping to promote “the art program” . . . in your school and community
• gain an insight into art history and the history of art education while learning about Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) in conjunction with developing an electronic image base
• use galleries/museums/popular culture for art education
• develop a “working knowledge” of different 2D and 3D art media
• understand that when making art, children and adults alike use “both sides of their brain”
• use studio projects as the beginning of a collection of demonstration examples
Criticism and Aesthetics:
• develop ability to talk about art while leading children in critical thinking about art
• gain insight into talking to students about their art
• develop ability to assess art “effectively”
• develop an understanding of children’s aesthetic and artistic development
• develop the ability to respond to, and teach how to, respond to works of art
Curriculum and Technology:
• develop the ability to prepare/design/write/teach/self-evaluate art curriculum that is integrated across the curriculum and is taught with different teaching styles to/for different learning styles.
• learn to balance the teaching of content-based art production, history, aesthetics, and criticism while making learning relevant to the culture(s) of one’s students.
• recognize/understand and not be afraid to teach to children with disabilities/talents
• incorporate technologies for management and instructional purposes
• develop proactive classroom management techniques specific to art classrooms/art lessons (art on a cart), which are motivational by the use of a positive learning environment, relevance to the student, and the use of the educational triad of the teacher/student/parent.
•hone public speaking skills
• be introduced to TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) ExCET (Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas) and PRAXIS
Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per day, with the total penalty not to exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment. The only accepted excuses for late work or missing a test/quiz/critique/class are requests from an academic dean, or a documented medical situation. There will be no exceptions, so please do not ask.
• save your work often
• back it up often (in two places)
• save it with a different name periodically (with the date in the name)
• email it to yourself after making large changes
You are expected to attend and participate in every class. If you miss two or more classes you may be dropped from the course, or by the discretion of the instructor, your final grade will be lowered one letter grade for each subsequent absence after the second absence. Two tardies or leaving early two times will count as an absence. Please speak to me about any extenuating circumstance.
As art is subjective, and I am not training you to be artists, I will be not be grading your art assignments but will discuss most projects with you with the following criteria in mind:
However, if you fail to finish an assignment, or I see a lack of effort, I will “grade” your artwork by subtracting points from your semester total. You will be graded on approximately 450 total points. To determine your grade, your point total will be divided by the possible points.
Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per class day late, but the total penalty will not exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment.
Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below (it could change some):
Assignments/reflections/lesson plans 40 percent
Participation (clean-up, helping out) 10 percent
Quizzes/test 20 percent
Effort 10 percent
Final Exam 20 percent
90 to 100 percent = A
89 to 90 percent = B
79 to 80 percent = C
69 to 70 percent = D
You will keep a notebook and sketchbook (on materials list) for this class. All assignments, lesson plans, articles, projects, reflections, handouts, art projects, should be included these “books”. If you did it in this class, it should be included.
If you have a question/problem with the material or a technique, please see me as soon as possible. If you wait until the last week of the semester, I might not be able to assist you. There are no dumb questions!
It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the studio clean. Do not leave without making sure all materials, tools, and artwork are properly stored.
• the last 10.39384 (approximately) minutes of class is devoted to cleaning up, with everyone assisting.
• there will be one studio clean up during the semester and one the last day of class
• during the semester, everyone will be asked to help maintain the studio
I will not give pop-quizzes. I will let you know at least one class period ahead of time. There could be individual in class tests, or take home and collaborative tests.
Decorum and Academic Dishonesty:
Students will abide by all MSU rules, regulations including the Student Honor Creed, and will thereby earn all the student’s rights as noted in the MSU Student Handbook. Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given) is academic dishonesty.
• I reserve the right to drop any student with an F grade, or recommend other sanctions, if a student engages in any form of academic dishonesty.
Student Honor Creed:“As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”
Smoking and other uses of tobacco products will not be allowed in accordance with the Student Handbook
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Student Handbook and the Dean of Students’ Office.
TAKING THIS COURSE IN THE ART DEPARTMENT AT MSU MEANS THAT YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITYto use all equipment, tools, and materials related to the course in a safe manner. If you have any health-related problems that would be adversely affected by taking the course, you should consult with the instructor at the end of the first day of the class.
Please tell me about any accidents, no matter how small.
If work is left in the studio longer than (1) one week after the end of the semester the department has the right to dispose of or use the unclaimed work for any purpose. The department also reserves the right to retain student work as desired for reference or exhibition purposes.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. This includes a student’ parents.
Final May 4/5 (the last class of the semester)
Last day of classes May 6
Final examinations begin May 9
** This syllabus may be changed to best meet your needs, or for other reasons as I see fit. This includes the changing or deleting of assignments. If for some reason this syllabus is changed, the method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.
*** By staying enrolled in this course, you are indicating you understand and accept the terms of ART 4403 and this syllabus