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Designing Your Art Curriculum

Designing Your Art Curriculum

Art teachers are unique in so many ways. From the manner in which we design and use classroom spaces, to how we facilitate interactions with students and colleagues, we bring a unique and creative lens to the table. When it comes to something like writing curricula, we are often empowered to design our own, and for most of us, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet, that freedom comes with its own set of challenges. Like staring at a blank canvas, knowing where to start, can often be a struggle.

Designing art curricula involves a series of decisions. This includes establishing program goals, time for significant research and planning, and giving yourself permission to experiment with new ideas. In this course, you will look deeply at curricular approaches in the field of art education and explore real art curricula samples from across the globe. In the end, the result will be a personalized curriculum you will be excited to implement because it is specifically aligned to support your students and your teaching style.

Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 30
Jun 1 Jul 31
Jul 1 Aug 31
Aug 1 Sep 30
Sep 1 Oct 31
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE007

Course Outcomes

  • Discuss traditional and contemporary philosophies that drive curricula in the art classroom setting.
  • Research and evaluate trends that have impacted art education pedagogy on the local, national, and global levels.
  • Analyze diverse examples of visual arts K-12 curricula.
  • Plan and present comprehensive curricula for use in the art classroom setting.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Reflecting Upon Your Curricular Journey
  1. Explore why you teach art and what you hope students will take away from your classes.
  2. Discover various art education methods and consider which one(s) align with the way you teach.
Week 2
Analyzing Curriculum Samples and Gathering Inspiration
  1. Consider what a comprehensive curriculum needs in order to thrive.
  2. Browse curricular samples as you begin reflecting upon your own curricula.
  3. Build curricular documents to reflect your philosophy of teaching as well as your district, state, and/or national standards.
Week 3
Learning Outcomes, I Can Statements, Essential Questions - Oh My!
  1. Begin to map out the basic standards and experiences you want students to have in the art room.
  2. Review various resources to inform your curricular planning.
Week 4
Planning the Basics
  1. Download and complete planning matrices for organizing your curriculum.
  2. Browse resources which continue to inspire and challenge your current planning practice.
Week 5
Completing the Matrix
  1. Investigate other critical elements which will round out the learning experience for students.
  2. Consider assessment strategies which will help you measure student learning with your emergent curricular plans in mind.
Week 6
Teasing out the Details
  1. Dive deeper into your curriculum and develop a detailed unit plan for use in the classroom.
  2. Gain inspiration from a variety of unit plan exemplars.
Week 7
Identifying Curriculum Partners & Planning for Implementation
  1. Identify potential curricular partners in your school community.
  2. Make a plan to thoughtfully collaborate with other professionals in your working community.
Week 8
Presenting Your Curriculum
  1. Prepare to present your curriculum to students and/or stakeholders with a cover page and visual aid.
  2. Prepare a comprehensive tool kit that houses all of your matrices, lesson plans, organizational tools and reflections from this class.

Let's Talk Curriculum

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class "Designing Your Art Curriculum."

1. Research

Review a web quest of current art education methods such as choice-based models, project-based learning, arts integration, and Discipline Based Art Education.

2. Discussion

Share your preferred methods of teaching art with educators around the country and world. Discuss ideas you gleaned from the web quest and identify the commonalities and differences in approaches among the group.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Reflect upon your position as an art educator, as well as today’s students to complete a planning form which will inform your curricular planning.
Stormy S.
"This course helped my get organized with my art program. Through discussion board postings and collaboration from other students, I was able to learn new perspectives in art education and new strategies. This was a great experience and I learned more in this class about art education and curriculums then in my undergrad and grad school together."
Sheila J.
"This was honestly the most useful graduate course I think I've ever taken. What we did was so relevant, useful, and not available anywhere else. I wish my whole department would be able take this course. Thanks so much for offering it!"
Chris S.
"I took this class just to help me re-think my teaching. I have been teaching quite a while and although I feel that I am a seasoned teacher, I learned so much. Everyone should take time to re-evaluate their program and this class does such a good job in guiding you through the process."

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Designing Your Art Curriculum”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 2/27/2020







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