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Rediscovering Your Artistic Identity

Reconnect with your artistic self and enrich your time in the classroom with this 3-week studio course.

A majority of art educators put their artistic practice on hold when they are immersed in the K-12 classroom. This course allows practicing art teachers to reconnect with their passion for the studio process. Explore ideation strategies and weave conceptual and formal elements into creative project planning and design to rekindle personal artistic practice. Critique methods and visual presentation strategies will guide the coursework and inform teaching in the K-12 classroom. Participants will leave the course reinvigorated to continue their artistic process and operate as teaching artists.

See the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Participants will need to secure art materials necessary to complete desired project work.

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 1 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $399.00
Mon 3 Sun
Jan 2 Weeks Jan 22
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jan 2 Jan 22
Mar 6 Mar 26
Apr 3 Apr 23
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE045

Course Objectives

  • Implement ideation strategies and creative project planning tools as a part of artistic evolution.
  • Evaluate critique methods for both personal growth and classroom integration.
  • Reconnect with the artmaking process through independent artistic study.
  • Produce and publish a virtual art-sharing experience.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Ideation and Brainstorming to Inspire Creativity
  1. Discern the differences between ideation and brainstorming as well as their applications in teaching art education.
  2. Explore ideations and brainstorming strategies in order to elevate inspirations beyond the initial idea.
Week 2
Artistic Frame of Mind and the Mid-Point Critique
  1. Understand studio thinking habits and artistic flow while engaging in explorations, process, and play.
  2. Explore various critique methods as a means of constructive feedback and rapport building.
  3. Participate in a mid-point critique and self-reflection process.
Week 3
Documentation and Presentation Strategies
  1. Evaluate the different online display options available to art teachers.
  2. Develop an artist statement, blending purposeful reflection with future artmaking.
  3. Engage in a formal virtual gallery walk with peers.

1. Research

Consider the role of the artist-teacher, studio thinking, and flow.

2. Discussion

Do art teachers need to be artists? Establish a position and defend your response using resources to support your argument.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Create six variations pushing your work forward. Mix materials and explore. Embrace spontaneity and surprise.

Let's Get Started

If you know what you need, then go ahead and register.

Don't worry if you still have questions. Our admissions counselors keep up with the requirements for teachers in your state and can help you choose a course that's right for you and your career.

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