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Managing the Art Room

An effectively managed art room is within reach; learn how to construct a complete classroom management action plan to put to immediate use in your teaching practice.

Managing the art room is so much more than organizing supplies. Well-developed and consistent procedures lay the foundation for building strong relationships with students and supporting a positive learning environment.

Participants will examine and apply current research in classroom management strategies to their art teaching practice. Reflecting on current practice, they will expand their understanding and embark on new methods to promote learning in the classroom. Course participants will examine the formation of social identities and their influence on students’ interactions with content and others. Participants will develop a complete classroom management action plan for immediate implementation in the art room.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.



Required Materials

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)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • 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 8 Sun
May 1 Weeks Jun 25
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE034

Course Objectives

  • Reflect upon professional practices to extend knowledge, improve instruction, and refine a personal management philosophy.
  • Synthesize current research in the field.
  • Analyze a variety of effective instructional and management strategies.
  • Examine how individuals' identities are shaped by the social and cultural groups they belong to and how that can impact classroom management.
  • Apply successful management strategies for working with targeted populations.
  • Develop a comprehensive classroom management action plan.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Personal Culture and Self-Reflection
  1. Consider how your unique position relates to your challenges and successes with classroom management.
  2. Illustrate your learning and ideas for management in the art studio through sketchnotes.
Week 2
Building Relationships and Classroom Environment
  1. Create a culture of care by building positive relationships with students and parents.
  2. Implement tools to create a more welcoming classroom environment.
Week 3
Classroom Expectations
  1. Examine case studies featuring practicing colleagues in art education and benefit from their experience and ideas.
  2. Evaluate your classroom routines and how they are established in your art room.
  3. Revise how you communicate classroom expectations to students.
Week 4
Strategies From the Field
  1. Choose a component for creation or revision:
  2. Organizing your art room.
  3. Creating a cleanup visual for your classroom.
  4. Designing and developing a time management plan.
Week 5
Choose Your Challenge
  1. Examine management topics specific to you and your teaching context.
  2. Present your research in the form of an annotated bibliography.
Week 6
Intervention, Support, and Discipline
  1. Review strategies for what happens when students make poor choices.
  2. Create a student support plan.
Week 7
Classroom Management Plan
  1. Explore management strategies for online classrooms.
  2. Create a detailed classroom management plan for the virtual or in-person classroom.
Week 8
Classroom Management Reflection
  1. Reflect on your evolution as an educator as a result of the content from this class. Set reasonable goals for future growth as you anticipate next steps in your learning.

Classroom Management Programs

A sample assignment from Week 2 of the class Managing the Art Room

1. Research

Learn about the different classroom environments. Explore a variety of meaningful resources and approaches to building relationships with students and parents.

2. Discussion

Why is building a positive classroom environment where all students feel physically and psychologically safe the best classroom management strategy? How can you gauge if students feel this level of safety in your classroom?

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Create and submit a tool to implement in your classroom to create a more welcoming classroom environment for students in the selected subgroup. Include an introductory paragraph explaining how students will benefit from this tool.
"This is a class that is very relevant to teaching an art class. It has practical strategies and advice for a successful art classroom. This should be a required class for first-year teachers."
Francie G., MO

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 1/28/2021)


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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