Education | Topical Explorations in Education: Art in Context for Elementary Teachers
F401 | 28098 | Vallance


Fall 2007
F401 Topical Explorations in Education: Art in Context for
Elementary Teachers
TR 1:00-2:15
Dr. Elizabeth Vallance

(Elementary-education majors may substitute this course for N110 or
M135; it complements M333. Art-education majors may substitute this
course for one Art History requirement in the Visual Art
Certification Program...)

This course, taught by a former museum educator, emphasizes both art-
museum and popular-culture image in exploring ways to introduce
students to the media, subjects, functions, and stylistic traditions
of artful imagery across cultures and time periods.  Class sessions
involve slide lecture; discussion and critique; in-class
explorations of techniques for using art images as prompts for
writing, social studies, and science (and some math) classroom
activities; brainstorming about other subject links to using images,
museum visits; and minimal (ungraded!) hands-on activities for re-
interpreting imagery for personal expression.  Assignments include
short writing assignments about images encountered in everyday life,
lesson-plan development and presentation, self-reflection through
journal entries, analysis and some research of objects in area
museums, and the development of a theme-based unit.  Prior knowledge
of art history is not required; students with some art history
background will be able to use that experience appropriately.