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Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

This practical course is designed to help you explore advanced instructional strategies to build a personalized repertoire of instructional approaches for both in-person and online classrooms. You will develop instruction that is equitable, inclusive, and accessible to all learners and aligned with 21st-century learning goals, such as creative thinking, problem-solving, ideation, and collaboration. Moving beyond theory to classroom application, you will create engaging materials that will hold the attention of even the most distracted students.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate 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 $1197.00
Mon 9 Sun
Nov 1 Weeks Jan 2
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Nov 1 Jan 2
Dec 6 Feb 6
Jan 3 Feb 27
Feb 7 Apr 3
Mar 7 May 1
Only 1 day remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE016

Course Objectives

  • Deconstruct traditional strategies and methods of art instruction to develop a personalized instructional approach.
  • Develop instruction that is inclusive and accessible to diverse learners.
  • Facilitate problem-solving and collaborative thinking skills in K-12 students.
  • Design engaging in-person and online learning environments for K-12 students using a blend of pedagogical approaches and educational research.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Delivering Effective Whole Group Instruction Through Contemporary Art Practices
  1. Explore strategies and philosophies that work together to enhance whole group instruction.
Week 2
Guiding Student Engagement and Creative Thinking With Intentionality
  1. Reflect on current instructional strategies.
  2. Investigate innovative art instruction methods.
  3. Determine ways to foster a more engaging classroom environment.
  4. Create a video modeling artistic thinking for immediate application in the art classroom.
Week 3
Fostering Independent Learning and Facilitating Small Group Learning and One-on-One Conferencing
  1. Explore instructional methods for small groups, including personal goal-setting activities, one-on-one conferences, and self-reflective prompts.
  2. Practice creating individualized learning experiences for large groups of students.
  3. Learn how to evoke meaningful self-reflection with a reflection station or create an annotated bibliography on small group learning.
Week 4
Collaborative Learning and Essential Questions
  1. Discover strategies for fostering independent student learning in the art room.
  2. Create a guide to facilitate independent or collaborative learning.
Week 5
Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in the Art Room
  1. Design learning experiences that allow for varied perspectives and worldviews.
  2. Learn how to adapt lessons to meet the needs of all learners.
  3. Revise a lesson plan or develop learning supports.
Week 6
Creating Environments That Encourage Play, Creativity, and Artistic Thinking
  1. Explore ways to enhance motivation and engagement in the art classroom through environmental choices.
  2. Create an instructional game or experiential learning plan for your art room.
Week 7
Aligning Online Instruction With Learning Pedagogies
  1. Evaluate the best practices for online instruction, then apply them to traditional art room practices.
  2. Design an online learning plan and instructional tool.
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.

Revitalize a Lesson

A sample assignment from Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers.

1. Research

Choose a lesson plan that you feel is too teacher-directed or dry. Revamp it to integrate creative play and/or experiential learning!

2. Discussion

This lesson could focus on individual, small group, or whole group activities. Consider culturally responsive aspects and access for all learners and how they fit the classroom environment you hope to achieve. Please include learning objectives, instructional steps, student activities, and references. Note or highlight the changes you have made.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Submit your assignment as a PDF and save a copy for your portfolio. Remember to reference and cite course and external resources.
"I learned a lot of different strategies and for the strategies that I had known about already, I was able to expand on them more in-depth. "
Megan H., CO

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 1/29/21)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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