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Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Discover advanced instructional strategies in this innovative class designed specifically for art teachers. This highly interactive course examines a variety of delivery methods to grab and hold the attention of even the most distracted students while helping you to further your professional repertoire of instructional approaches. Moving beyond theory to actual application in the classroom, you will create innovative, dynamic, cross-curricular, and engaging materials to reach students across all age levels and abilities.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Academic Catalog.

Required Materials

No text required for this course.

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
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
Mon 8 Sun
Jan 4 Weeks Feb 28
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jan 4 Feb 28
Feb 1 Mar 28
Mar 1 Apr 25
Apr 5 May 30
May 3 Jun 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE016

Course Objectives

  • Use a variety of delivery methods to grab and hold the attention of even the most distracted student.
  • 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 Effective Whole Group Instruction
  1. Explore elements to enhance your whole group instruction at large.
  2. Examine your use of demonstrations and whole group instruction techniques.
Week 2
Guiding Student Success in the Art Room
  1. Reflect on your current instructional strategies.
  2. Examine the “think-aloud” process and how it applies to your art room.
Week 3
Small-Group and One-on-One Instruction
  1. Explore instructional methods for small groups, including personal goal setting activities, one-on-one conferences, and self-reflective prompts.
  2. Learn how to draw out meaningful self-reflection with a reflection station.
Week 4
Collaborative and Independent Learning
  1. Discover strategies for fostering independent student learning in the art room.
  2. Create a guide to facilitate open-ended learning.
Week 5
Technology as a Teaching Tool
  1. Explore a range of tech-inspired classroom ideas specifically designed with the art teacher in mind.
  2. Create an instructional guide using tech tools.
Week 6
Physical Environment and Play
  1. Explore how the physical environment influences learning and plan for meaningful adjustments in your space.
  2. Create an instructional game for your art room.
Week 7
Cross-Curricular Strategies
  1. Evaluate strategies to enhance vocabulary attainment.
  2. Design cross-curricular connections for an existing lesson or project.
Week 8
  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.

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. Create a flipped video or design a stop-motion animation instructional 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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