Designing Your Art Curriculum

Designing Your Art Curriculum

Art teachers are unique in so many ways. From the manner in which we design and use classroom spaces, to how we facilitate interactions with students and colleagues, we bring a unique and creative lens to the table. When it comes to something like writing curricula, we are often empowered to design our own, and for most of us, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet, that freedom comes with its own set of challenges. Like staring at a blank canvas, knowing where to start, can often be a struggle.

Designing art curricula involves a series of decisions. This includes establishing program goals, time for significant research and planning, and giving yourself permission to experiment with new ideas. In this course, you will look deeply at curricular approaches in the field of art education and explore real art curricula samples from across the globe. In the end, the result will be a personalized curriculum you will be excited to implement because it is specifically aligned to support your students and your teaching style.

3
Graduate Credits
135
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $597.00 / Graduate Credit $1047.00
Timeline
Fri Sat
Jun 1 Jul 7
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jun 1 Jul 7
 
Jul 1 Aug 7
Aug 1 Sep 7
Sep 1 Oct 7
Only 6 days remaining to enroll in this course.
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE007
Graduate Credit Partner

Takeaways

  • Discuss traditional and contemporary philosophies which drive curricula in the art classroom setting.
  • Research and evaluate trends which have impacted art education pedagogy on the local, national and global levels.
  • Analyze diverse examples of visual arts K-12 curricula.
  • Plan and present comprehensive curricula for use in the art classroom setting.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Let's Talk Curriculum
  1. Explore why you teach art and what you hope students will take away from your classes.
  2. Discover various art education methods and consider which one(s) align with the way you teach.
  3. Consider what a comprehensive curriculum needs in order to thrive.
  4. Browse curriculum map samples when designing your own art curriculum.
Week 2
Making Decisions
  1. Begin to map out the basic standards and experiences you want students to have in the art room.
  2. Build your curriculum documents to reflect your philosophy of teaching as well as your district, state, and/or national standards.
Week 3
Diving Deeper Into Your Curriculum
  1. Download and complete planning matrices for organizing your curriculum.
  2. Review various resources to inform your curricular planning.
  3. Share your materials with the group; gathering important feedback for possible revisions.
Week 4
Additional Considerations
  1. Dive deeper into your curriculum and develop a detailed unit plan for use in the classroom.
  2. Identify potential curricular partners in your school community.
  3. Craft an action plan that details your goals for curriculum completion, implementation, and review.
Week 5
Final Steps
  1. Prepare to present your curriculum to students and/or stakeholders with a cover page and visual aid.
  2. Prepare a comprehensive tool kit that houses all of your matrices, lesson plans, organizational tools and reflections from this class.

Let's Talk Curriculum


A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class "Designing Your Art Curriculum."

1. Research


Review a web quest of current art education methods such as choice-based models, project-based learning, arts integration, and Discipline Based Art Education.

2. Discussion


Share your preferred methods of teaching art with educators around the country and world. Discuss ideas you gleaned from the web quest and identify the commonalities and differences in approaches among the group.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application


Reflect upon your position as an art educator, as well as today’s students to complete a planning form which will inform your curricular planning.
Stormy S.
"This course helped my get organized with my art program. Through discussion board postings and collaboration from other students, I was able to learn new perspectives in art education and new strategies. This was a great experience and I learned more in this class about art education and curriculums then in my undergrad and grad school together."
Sheila J.
"This was honestly the most useful graduate course I think I've ever taken. What we did was so relevant, useful, and not available anywhere else. I wish my whole department would be able take this course. Thanks so much for offering it!"
Chris S.
"I took this class just to help me re-think my teaching. I have been teaching quite a while and although I feel that I am a seasoned teacher, I learned so much. Everyone should take time to re-evaluate their program and this class does such a good job in guiding you through the process."

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Designing Your Art Curriculum”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/17)

94%

"THE COURSE CONTENT WAS RELEVANT AND UP-TO-DATE"

93%

"MY INSTRUCTOR PROVIDED VALUE-ADDED CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENHANCE DISCUSSIONS AND ENGAGE STUDENTS."

98%

"I ACHIEVED THE GOALS I SET AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS COURSE."

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