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ART 300 - Visual Art for Educators

5 Credits

Through this hands on visual art class, Pre-k through 8th grade educators will learn the developmental art stages of that age group. The educator will create an art assignment that reflect the skill level of each grade level through studio art practices.  As we move through the class, the art lessons will become more complex and relevant to the grade level. The educators will be able to experience and reflect on each developmental phase. The culminating final project will be to develop an art lesson plan for a specific grade.

The structure of the course will be divided into grade levels, with each lesson focusing on the evolution of color, shape, symbolism and how emotions turn into stories.

Instructor Permission Required Yes
Program Admission Required Yes Admitted Program BAS - EDUC

Designed to Serve Students enrolled in the BAS Early Learning
Active Date 20170906T14:12:16

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 24
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
Restricted Elective Yes

  • Humanities

Course Outline

Shapes – identify geometric shapes

Colors - identify colors names

Symbolic meaning – warm cool happy sad family pets

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – merges with above


Shapes – identifying shapes within flat images (house = triangle square)

Colors – secondary color mixing

Symbolic meaning – choosing colors to communicate emotion in flat images

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – emergence of storytelling through shapes and colors


Shapes – more complex images using shapes, scale and pattern emerges, intro basic compositional elements such as symmetry

Colors – tertiary colors

Symbolic meaning – cultural relevance and specificity, storytelling becomes more developed through the use of pattern color scale composition

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – as relates to story, starting to learn others have differing associations


Shapes – respond to optical illusion (see through box)

Colors – introduce color rather than just local color – realistic color

Symbolic meaning – more detail, stories get more complex

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – begins to turn into storytelling, the process of art is the power


Shapes – emergence of perspective and horizon line

Colors – understanding value in both color and achromatic

Symbolic meaning – cultural uses of perspective (the emperor is always huge)

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – shift from the process of art making to the end result


Shapes – understanding the principles and elements and how applies to composition

Colors – history of color use in visual art movements

Symbolic meaning – as relates to above

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – revisiting individual emotions when viewing historical artwork and communicating with each other (unique snowflakes)


Shapes – basic proportions of the human head (and figure) drawing portraits

Colors – Paint from observation

Symbolic meaning – historical portraits meaning behind what is included, politics

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – taking more time and investment in their artwork, realism and the final product becomes important


Shapes – re-enforce meaning

Colors – color meaning how it has changed (pink use to be for boys)

Symbolic meaning – pop culture (analyze and play with making meaning)

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – how pop culture influences visual art, exploring individual voice


Creativity collaboration and critical thinking through art

Shapes – sophisticated perspective

Colors – complex color systems (under-painting, tone, and color in shadows)

Symbolic meaning – develop individual symbolism

Emotional associations with shapes and colors – complex story telling

Student Learning Outcomes
Formulate appropriate art projects that reflect each developmental stage.

Demonstrate artistic techniques for each developmental stage.

Effectively execute lesson plan activities for each developmental stage that cater to a variety of learning styles.

Successfully deliver a given lesson plan.

Demonstrate cultural responsive teaching within the lesson plans.

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