Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom: Non-Western Art for the K-12 Classroom

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3 Units
Independent Study

Course Description

Promote Inclusion with Art from Different Cultures -- Past and Present

This course is designed for today's K-12 educator to introduce Non-Western Art into their curriculum to share with students the appreciation of cultural art that they may have not been exposed to previously.  The course will explore cultural and aesthetic values of Oceania, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the indigenous Americas.  Though geographically speaking, places such as the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Australia are considered being in the West, the art of the native people from such locales are considered non-Western.  Participants will research and analyze various art forms, their use, and their aesthetics.  They will also create their own Non-Western art based on the grade level taught.  Through the celebration of different arts from various cultures, past and present, in this world the promotion of an inclusive society can be taught in the classroom. With the introduction to a few of the numerous world cultures, we hope that participants and their students are motivated to discover other cultural art on their own.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grades K-12) who want to implement art in the classroom that focuses on Non-Western art.  Anyone interested in the subject will also learn more on the topic of indigenous art.

Course Materials:

  • Text, Non-Western Art: A Brief Guide (2nd Edition) by Lynn Mackenzie, available on for rent, used and/or new.
  • Art supplies for assigned art projects can be found in the classroom or at home, or at your nearby art supply store (paint, paper, pen, scissors, pastels/charcoal, markers, crayons, etc.)
  • Access to a digital camera or camera phone to complete certain assignments and to include images of completed course assignments
  • Access to PowerPoint for some assignments
  • Access to the Internet (Online coursework submission is required)

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X797L – 009 Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $391

IS/Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom: Non-Western Art for the K-12 Classroom

Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
Independent Study
CJ Moloney

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What You Will Learn

  • Appreciate a diverse array of art from different non-Western cultures around the world
  • Celebrate different cultures and their heritage
  • Analyze the form, function, and aesthetic value of art objects
  • Introduce art history, theory and criticism
  • Be inspired to teach students various art forms with Common Core Standards alignment
  • Converse about non-Western art with confidence


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