Course Information

for Art Education Department

 

Artistic Practice in the Contemporary World (AH5123)

Credits:3

This course considers how a global, technological, multicultural and politically and economically unstable world impacts serious art in the contemporary world. It looks at artistic strategies, materials, forms, activist stances and new media in the face of the world as it is. The course will center around lectures, class discussion, research and field trips.

Individual Investigations in Art History (AH5150)

Credits:3

This course allows students to select a focus for in-depth research in art history/contemporary art topics and individuals that directly support their studio investigations. Students receive guidence in the direction that their research takes. Two research papers and one presentation that summarizes the research are the course requirements

Graduate Studio Investigation I: Painting & Drawing, Sculpture (MA5310)

Credits:3

Students work closely with a team of instructors to develop their vision and voice through independent studio activity, group discussions and media workshops. A statement of goals is submitted by the student in the first week as a flexible plan for the semester. A regular schedule of critiques provides peer and instructor feedback on in-progress and finished work. Research in the contemporary practice of sculpture, Painting and Drawing is an integral part of the studio experience.

Graduate Studio Investigation II: Photo/Video, Screen Printing (MA5320)

Credits:3

Students work closely with a team of instructors to develop their vision and voice through independent studio activity, group discussions and media workshops. A statement of goals is submitted by the student in the first week as a flexible plan for the semester. A regular schedule of critiques provides peer and instructor feedback on in-progress and finished work. Research in the contemporary practice of screen printing, photography, and video is an integral part of the studio experience.

Art Education Seminar: Contemp. Issues in K-12 (MA5500)

Credits:2

Students investigate theories that influence artist/educator’s perceptions of art and culture. Theories that drive contemporary art and education through images, processes, society, and personal vision are components of this course. Students are encouraged to look for new associations linked to artists, theories, society, and art education and transfer them to their journals and studio practice as they review, revise, and clarify their practice.

Art Education Seminar: Visual, Cultural, & Communication Issues (in 21st C Society) (MA5510)

Credits:2

In this seminar you will investigate contemporary art and culture to determine their meaning, value and context. Development of the skills that an art historian employs is central to teaching children these inquiry skills. Central components of this discipline are knowledge and interpretation process. Various styles of art historical inquiry and contemporary issues employed by professionals will be compared and exemplified. As part of your master's training in current pedagogy, you will learn and employ skills of a contemporary art historian. These skills will aid you in your decisions and choices of learning resources that you will develop during the course, and your strategies in employing these resources, in an art historical manner. Decoding and Understanding current scholarship and research in art education issues will also be a focus to develop skills for lifelong learning in the arts. A final component, the journal assignments, will serve to connect your developed art historical skills to pragmatic classroom situations.

Art Education Seminar: Social Issues in Art Education (MA5520)

Credits:2

In this seminar you will learn to teach implement current theory and methodologies for teaching inquiry into the disciplines of art criticism and aesthetics. This will be accomplished through the investigation of artworks already created: their meaning, value, context, and theory surrounding works of art and subsequent issues. Development of the skills of an art critic and aesthetician in contemporary visual culture are related to teaching children inquiry skills. Central components of this discipline are philosophies of art and the interpretation process. You will learn and employ the skills of an art critic and aesthetician. These skills will aid you in your choices of debating material and critiquing activities, and your strategies for employing these activities. A journal assignment will be given in connection with your readings and activities in aesthetics and art criticism. These journal entries will serve to detail thoughts and ideas synthesizing the ideologies to pragmatic classroom application. Current research pointing to the importance of the arts in education and the development of life skills will be discussed and highlighted through your research.

Art Education Seminar: Reflective Praxis and Arts-Based Inquiry (MA5521)

Credits:2

For Dewey, reflection was a process of making meaning between inquiry and practice. This course examines theoretical ideas that support reflection, while incorporating reflection as a tool for linking action and practice: praxis. Artist teachers participate in individualized inquiry practices reinforcing their role as education researchers. As researchers, participants in this course should gain a sense of enhanced teacher effectiveness and professional identity: using acquired knowledge to support informed praxis. Course readings assist student appreciation for the reflective process while engaging students in arts-based research/inquiry methods that reveal the praxis of reflection.

Art Education Seminar: Community-Based and Interactive Public Art (MA5522)

Credits:2

This course is aimed at immersing students in the process of community-based art. According to Knight (2005) community-based art lives at the intersection of three activities we tend to think separately—art, learning, and social change. In this course we will engage with various participants, a community agencies, and a visiting artist to experience the many dimensions of community-based art as an interdisciplinary process. We will be combining art, urban planning, education, activism and philanthropy in our experience.

Art Education Seminar: Curriculum Development (MA5530)

Credits:2

Through the use of texts, journals, and peer/instructor interaction, students create a year-long curricculum overview of two classes with a portrayal ofeach course’s audience, assessments, content, targets and processes. Students create units and lesson plans that illustrate thematic divisions, conceptual webs andsequences for learning about art.

Art Education Seminar: Reflection and Capstone Preparation (MA5532)

Credits:2

Art Education Seminar: Reflection and Capstone Preparation challenges MAAE students to reflect on – and to summarize – their experience thus far in the program and to identify strategies for advancing toward the Portfolio Presentation. In the first four weeks of the term, students build their presentation for the Advancement to Candidacy Review by reflecting on recent developments in creative practice and in classroom settings. The last four weeks of the seminar focus on planning essential experiences and setting goals to be achieved prior to the Portfolio Presentation Capstone in the final year. Candidates will consider factors such as environment, student population, and administrative challenges in order to invigorate classroom essentials such as aesthetics, art criticism, art history, contemporary art, visual culture, assessment, and curriculum development.

Art Education Seminar: Portfolio Presentation (MA5540)

Credits:1

Portfolio Presentation: In this course, students review and assess their growth and development as artists and arts educators throughout their time in the MAAE program. The result is a Portfolio Presentation, which includes a written, oral, and exhibition component. Students meet as a group and individually with the course instructor to discuss, plan, implement, and document the successful completion of the Portfolio Presentation process.

Art Education Seminar: Assessment in Art Education (MA5550)

Credits:2

In this seminar the student will learn to differentiate and implement various strategies in assesment practices. Formative and Summative assessment practices and procedures will be highlighted and integrated with the National Standards in Art Education. Students will be able to create and implement classroom specific assessments for their own usage and validate each practices' reliability.