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Project Based Art Room Studio

Project-Based Art Room

Project-based learning is known to increase students’ ability for increased critical thinking, productive collaboration, effective problem-solving, stronger communication, and enhanced creativity. Through this course, you will research the most popular collaborative education models today, encompassing both school-wide initiatives and project work exclusive to the art room. Topics will include design thinking, makerspaces, STEAM/STEM, PBL (project-based learning), school-wide collaborative projects, and arts integration. You will leave this course with a clear understanding of the type of project-based work that will benefit an individual program as well as a plan to actively redesign and customize collaborative curriculum.

For the official course description, see the 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
Oct 5 Weeks Nov 29
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Oct 5 Nov 29
Nov 2 Dec 27
Apr 5 May 30
May 3 Jun 27
Jul 5 Aug 29
Only 9 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE027

Course Objectives

  • Research the most popular collaborative education models currently in use.
  • Collaborate with art educators who are successfully implementing each of the models.
  • Redesign areas of the curriculum to better facilitate collaborative work.
  • Create advocacy tools to help promote an innovative art program.
  • Identify authentic ways to assess project-based work.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Fostering Creative Learning
  1. Research the importance of hands-on creative learning, including the 4 Cs (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication).
  2. Design a visual infographic advocating for creative learning in your classroom space.
Week 2
School-Wide Collaborations
  1. Explore how art teachers from all over the country are engaging students in school-wide collaborations.
  2. Design a school-wide collaborative art project to get your students talking about art.
Week 3
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  1. Explore how project-based learning can engage hearts and minds with real-world issues.
  2. Transform a unit you currently teach into a project-based study.
Week 4
Design Thinking and Makerspaces
  1. Explore makerspace and design thinking strategies.
  2. Create resources to implement one of these approaches in your art room.
Week 5
  1. Research STEAM and the role of the arts in this model.
  2. Embark upon a lesson redesign for implementation in your classroom setting.
Week 6
Arts Integration
  1. Explore the ins and outs of arts integration.
  2. Plan ways you could use arts integration techniques to improve your school as a whole.
Week 7
Management and Organization
  1. Brainstorm solutions to common management and organization issues.
  2. Interview a professional about the nuts and bolts of innovative classrooms.
Week 8
  1. Reflect on your learning from the course.
  2. Develop an action plan to continue your learning.

Design Thinking and Makerspaces

A sample assignment from Week 4 of the class Project-Based Art Room

1. Research

Watch case studies of art teachers implementing project-based programs in their art room today. Explore a host of resources as you dive into the nuts and bolts of building curriculum around design thinking and makerspace philosophies.

2. Discussion

Discuss the pros and cons of each of these initiatives. Detail which program you prefer and your plans for implementation in the art room setting.

3. Creation

Create your own design challenge kit ready to take back and use in your classroom immediately!

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Project-Based 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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