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Managing the Art Room

Management of the art room involves a unique blend of strategies and techniques to hold students accountable, manage materials and resources, design procedures to keep the art room running efficiently and establish an enjoyable, creative, environment.

You will walk away from this course with an understanding of several comprehensive management strategies. You will also receive support from fellow art educators as you identify key classroom management struggles and learn to turn them around. 

Participants in this class will need a digital or hard copy of the book Classroom Management for Art, Music and PE Teachers by Michael Linsin (2014).

ISBN-10: 0615993265

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 AOE034

Course Outcomes

  • Assess and reflect upon professional practices to extend knowledge, improve instruction, and refine a personal management philosophy.
  • Investigate current research in the field and discuss a variety of effective instructional and management strategies to establish routines and procedures, create a calm, productive, respectful classroom environment, and leverage individual personality and teaching style to reach students.
  • Understand individuals' identities can be shaped by the social and cultural groups to which they belong.
  • Evaluate and apply current research in the field to identify and present successful management strategies for working with targeted populations.
  • Develop a comprehensive classroom management action plan that includes: time management (instructional, planning, etc.), space and material management, strategies for collaborating with students, colleagues, and the community.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Classroom Management Programs
  1. Describe your teaching position and what makes it unique.
  2. Consider how your unique position relates to your challenges and successes with classroom management.
  3. Analyze management systems and envision them in action in your classroom space.
  4. Illustrate your learning and ideas for management in the art studio through sketch notes.
Week 2
Establishing Routines, Listening & Following Directions
  1. Discuss procedures and routines that are, and are not, working for you.
  2. Identify structures and routines that you’re ready to revamp.
  3. Create a lesson plan and accompanying supplemental detailing how you will show your students a specific structure or routine.
Week 3
Strategies that Work
  1. Consider ways of employing humor in the classroom as a management tactic.
  2. Look to storytelling as a means of communicating expectations and protocol.
  3. Create a story of your very own illustrating a particular management outcome.
Week 4
Strategies From the Field
  1. Look at case studies featuring real colleagues in the field, and benefit from their experience and ideas.
  2. Discuss with classmates what holding students accountable looks like in your classroom.
  3. Create a classroom management accountability plan that includes expectations and consequences.
Week 5
Choose Your Challenge
  1. Dive into management topics that pertain specifically to you and your teaching context.
  2. Conduct additional research which will help you build a comprehensive library of resources.
  3. Present your learning to classmates in either a slide presentation or article format. Consider sharing your learning and managing the art room with the world!
Week 6
Relationships - Students & Parents
  1. Consider how to foster meaningful relationships with parents, while also helping them feel connected to the art classroom in mutually beneficial ways.
  2. Think about how you build relationships with students, and the nature of your day-to-day dynamics with young artists.
  3. Prepare a detailed parent involvement action plan which will bring you, parents, and students together in dynamic and meaningful ways.
Week 7
Organization & Cleanup
  1. Consider ways to manage your classroom space as well as physical materials.
  2. Brainstorm structures and routines which will ensure success in the art classroom environment.
  3. Create detailed organizational plans and maps which will help support your new or revised management approaches.
Week 8
Classroom Management 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 management strategies evolved?
  3. Set reasonable goals for future growth, as you anticipate next steps in your learning.

Classroom Management Programs

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Managing the Art Room.”

1. Research

Research different classroom management strategies and techniques. Explore a variety of meaningful resources and approaches as you sketch note the most applicable ideas for your classroom.

2. Discussion

After looking at a variety of approaches, share your opinion. When it comes to classroom management, do you prefer a pre-designed program or would you choose to create your own? If you create your own, what would it look like compared to other programs?

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Weave concepts of successful classroom management plans into your own art classroom.

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Managing the Art Room”. 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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