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Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Are your teaching strategies stuck in a rut? Do you find yourself introducing most lessons in a similar fashion? It’s time to get out of your comfort zone, expand your instructional methods, and start providing your students a deeper, more well-rounded art experience. With Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers, you’ll incorporate best practices directly applicable to the content area of art.

This eight-week, highly interactive course covers a wide variety of instructional delivery methods, including direct and indirect instruction, how to facilitate dynamic discussions, cross-curricular connections, and much more. You’ll leave this course with skills to help more effectively deliver your message, refine your demonstrations, and perfect your teaching language.

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 25
Jun 1 Jul 26
Jul 1 Aug 25
Aug 1 Sep 25
Sep 1 Oct 26
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE016

Course Outcomes

  • Use a variety of delivery methods to grab and hold the attention of even the most distracted student.
  • Create and practice the art of facilitating dynamic discussions.
  • Confidently develop cross-curricular connections including literacy and math.
  • Use technology and play to support and energize instruction.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Delivering Instruction
  1. Explore different philosophies in art education and methods for delivering content.
  2. Practice the Gradual Release of Responsibility and Think Alouds for the art room.
Week 2
Demonstrations and Whole Group Instruction  
  1. Explore instructional methods specific to whole group instruction, including Visual Thinking Strategies, Essential Questions, and the Socratic Method.
  2. Re-ignite the critique experience in your classroom with fresh ideas and approaches.
Week 3
Small Group & One-to-One Instruction
  1. Delve into 1:1 conferencing and goal-setting activities.
  2. Learn how to draw out meaningful self-reflection with a reflection station.
Week 4
Collaborative and Independent Learning
  1. Tap into the power of collaborative learning.
  2. Foster independent study through choice and advanced preparation.
Week 5
Technology as a Teaching Tool
  1. Learn new ways to engage students with technology in the art room.
  2. Create an instructional guide using tech tools.
Week 6
Physical Environment and Play
  1. Consider how physical environment influences learning, and plan for meaningful adjustments in your space.
  2. Devise an instructional game for your art room.
Week 7
Cross Curricular Strategies
  1. Evaluate strategies to enhance vocabulary attainment.
  2. Consider graphic organizers as an instructional tool.
  3. Look at other ways to meaningfully incorporate cross-curricular topics.
Week 8
Reflection, Goal-Setting, and Final Toolkit
  1. Celebrate your learning from this course by compiling a comprehensive portfolio.
  2. Reflect on your evolution as an educator as a result of the content from this class. How have your instructional strategies evolved?
  3. Set reasonable goals for future growth, as you anticipate next steps in your learning.

Technology as a Teaching Tool

A sample assignment from Week 5 of the class “Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers.”

1. Research

Explore a range of tech-inspired ideas, specifically designed for the art room. Consider where technology might be a natural fit in your classroom and curriculum in an effort to engage and motivate students.

2. Discussion

Explain the role technology plays in your curriculum now. Would you consider your curriculum tech-free, balanced, or tech-heavy? Please describe your rationale.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

After learning about a variety of different technology applications, create a new and original digital instructional guide. There are three options for this assignment including creating a flipped video, using Snapguide, or designing a stop-motion animation video.
Nora G.
"The self-reflection, wealth of knowledge, and sharing of information between students and instructor is invaluable in enhancing my own instruction! Thank you AOE!"
Laura W.
"It was really nice to work from home while taking this course and to connect with art teachers from all over the country. The articles and assignments were very pertinent to what art teachers need to learn and apply in the classroom."
Karen K.
"It was so great to be in a group of art teachers! We created sustained conversations and learned in depth from each other. "

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/19)







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