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Course Description

Bring Art Into Your Classroom to Inspire Creativity and Learning

Infusing Art into the 21st Century Classroom: The Elements of Art for the K-5 Classroom will introduce the basics of art (color, line, shape, form, texture, value and space). Art making can inspire curiosity, openness, and dialogue. Early art appreciation will stimulate creative thinking and interdisciplinary learning.

Students of this course will tell a story with their artwork through the use of the elements of art. The importance of art history, communication, and reflection will be examined through a writing component. 

In addition, this course provides lesson plans that you can adjust to fit your needs.  They are specifically for K-5 curriculum and fulfill Common Core State Standards.  Through viewing art, discussing it, creating their own artwork teachers, and reflecting upon it, teachers will go through the same creative process their students will.

Learner Outcomes

  • Discover the elements of art
  • Create art projects that can be implemented in the K-5 classroom
  • Understand popular Western art terminology, artists and their artwork
  • Appreciate art by learning how to write a critique and describe artists and their artwork
  • Create artworks inspired by the element of art lesson
  • Articulate the meaning of a self-created art piece and communicate why it is significant through written reflection
  • Incorporate Common Core State Standards with art lessons learned
  • Practice with different mediums to create art

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-5) who want to implement art in the classroom beginning with the elements of art.

Requirements Needed:

  • 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 the Internet (Online coursework submission is required)
  • Text, The Annotated Mona Lisa:  A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern by Carol Strickland, available at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com

Technical Requirements

Prerequisites

None

Testimonials

"Projects encouraged me to play with different artistic mediums so that I am now comfortable teaching students how to use them." -- Heather Bartlett, Educator, Poway Unified School District, CA

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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