Teaching Methods: Elementary Art – med551 (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare participants to integrate the visual arts across elementary curriculum. The elements of art and principles of design, art methods, lesson planning, and classroom management techniques, with particular emphasis on diverse students, are examined. Participants draw, paint, make prints, and create sculptures appropriate for the elementary setting.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Classroom Practice

  • Describe ways to integrate the arts in the classroom.
  • Create questions to help students look thoughtfully at art.
  • Create an integrated art lesson plan based on state and national art standards.

Studio Experience, Part II

  • Integrate printmaking across the curriculum.
  • Integrate sculpture across the curriculum.

Building an Art-Friendly Classroom

  • Define safety guidelines for elementary art.
  • Support diverse students in art experiences.
  • Create a plan for an art-friendly classroom.
  • Identify exhibition opportunities for student art.
  • List art resources, supplies, and equipment for the classroom.

Studio Experience, Part I

  • Integrate painting across the curriculum.
  • Integrate art using technology across the curriculum.
  • Integrate drawing techniques across the curriculum.


  • All objectives apply.

Foundations of Elementary Art Education

  • Compare art programs in elementary schools.
  • Defend art education in the classroom.
  • Analyze the elements of art and principles of design.

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