Designing Your Art Curriculum

Curriculum


Credits: 3 Credits
PD Hours: 120 Hours
Length: 5 Weeks

There are days when other people seem to have it easy. They’re provided with a required textbook, and away they go! For art educators, it’s not black and white. We have the wonderful task of designing our own curriculum, and for most of us, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet that freedom comes with its own set of challenges. 

During this rigorous, hands-on class, you’ll research what some of the best districts and programs in the nation are using for their art curriculum, as well as observe different styles and types of art curriculums being used and marketed today. Using this data as ammunition, you’ll design your own comprehensive toolkit with all the necessary pieces to implement a curriculum that best fits your teaching, your students, and their needs.

“Designing Your Art Curriculum” is a fully-accredited online grad class from The Art of Education. To learn more about AOE Classes including accreditation information, pricing, course schedules, FAQ’s, and more, click here.

 

Course Takeaways

  • Implement a personalized, concrete philosophy that will drive your curriculum.

  • Use the latest research and examples from around the country to refine your own hybrid art curriculum.

  • Organize your instructional plan in provided matrixes that make planning a breeze.

  • Connect your curriculum to state and national standards, regardless of your teaching philosophy. 

  • Develop a comprehensive list of resources, technology, media, and materials needed to teach your dream curriculum. 

  • Implement a system to organize your materials for seamless transfer into the classroom. 

 


Testimonials

 

This was the most useful graduate course I think I’ve ever taken. What we did was so relevant, useful, and not available anywhere else.

- Shelia J.

The course really broke down what seemed like a daunting task in the beginning into a relatively easy thing to do. It is still a lot of work, but know I feel like I have the knowledge and resources to go forward and finish the rest of my curriculum.

- Megan B.

I have been out of the classroom for some time and it was very helpful to have other art teachers as voices. We bounced ideas back and forth and I really enjoyed having multiple art-focused people sharing what they learned.

- Carol W.

I would highly recommend this [course] to any art teacher, as it has walked me through, without stress, the process of creating my curriculum and has given me the confidence to do more on my own and share with my collaborating staff.

- Meg M.

I really appreciate having graduate-level classes available to me that are for art teachers! I am so tired of taking classes geared for the regular classroom. It’s about time the arts have specific professional development opportunities that are worthwhile!

- Lisa V.

 


Course Breakdown

Week 1: Philosophies in Art Curriculum

  • Explore why you teach art and what you hope students will take away from your classes.
  • Discover various art philosophies and consider which one aligns with the way you teach.

Week 2: Art Curriculum Samples

  • Consider what a comprehensive curriculum needs in order to thrive.
  • Browse curriculum map samples for use in designing your own art curriculum.

Week 3: Putting Together Your Curriculum

  • Begin to map out the basic standards and experiences you want students to have in the art room.
  • Explore ways to ensure students are getting an authentic creative experience in the art room.

Week 4: Putting Together Your Curriculum

  • Download and complete three planning matrices for organizing your curriculum.
  • Discuss the planning choices you made and why you made them.
  • Create an action plan to personalize student learning and ignite their creativity.

Week 5: Organizing Your Curriculum Resources

  • Write an action plan for how you’ll keep curriculum and resources more organized.
  • Leave the class with a comprehensive toolkit that houses all of your lesson plans, organizational tools, and reflections from this class.

 

 

 

 


Featured Instructor

The Curriculum class is vital for any educator who wants to take a critical look at the scope and sequence of what is being taught in their classroom. Not only will teachers develop a rigorous art curriculum that is engaging and holistic, but they will also build a curriculum that can be used as a tool for advocacy and demonstration of learning. It really prepares teachers to take a big-picture view of their teaching, then plan the rich tasks that help kids meet those overarching objectives. – Sarah D.

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Sample Assignment

 

Philosophies in Art Education

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Designing Your Art Curriculum”


 

Research

Use Simon Sinek’s “Why, How, What” Golden Circle to design the purpose behind your art program. Explore various websites to learn about art education philosophies and contemplate which philosophy aligns with the way you teach – and why.

 

Discussion

Share with educators around the world your opinion on “canned” or pre-done art curriculum. Talk about ideas you’ve learned that have changed the way you think about teaching art.

 

Practical, Hands-On Application

Decide on a direction you want to take your curriculum materials that engage students and energize your teaching methods. Create an action plan to implement your philosophy throughout the remainder of the course.

Pricing

No-Credit

$125/credit

  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 120+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
$375
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Credit

$250/credit

  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 120+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
$750
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Upcoming Class Run Dates

JUN 1-JUL 7th
JUL 1-AUG 7th
AUG 1-SEPT 7th

 


What to Expect from This Class


 


Contact Us

If you’re like most art teachers, you probably have a lot of questions about professional development. Every state’s requirements are different, and every school has their own policies and procedures.

Schedule a meeting now with an AOE Class Counselor who can help you cut through the complexity and create a PD plan that works for you and for your busy schedule.

 

If you need answers now, you can also send us an email at help@theartofed.com or call/text us at 515.650.3198.

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Other AOE Classes

 
accreditation
The Art of Education offers a wide variety of online grad classes, just for art teachers. Each course below carries full degree-level accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through our Educational Partnership with Morningside College.

This high level of accreditation means that your AOE credits can be used for license renewal, salary advancement, or confidently transferred to a graduate degree program of your choice (check with your program to ensure transferability).

Virtually all school districts and universities accept credit from The Art of Education through our partnership with Morningside College. Graduate credits are usually universally accepted for license certification and pay scale advances.

If you’d like to learn more about AOE Classes including accreditation information, pricing, course schedules, FAQ’s, and more, click here.

 

 

 

 

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