Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers

Are your teaching strategies stuck in a rut? Do you find yourself introducing most lessons in a similar fashion? It’s time to get out of your comfort zone, expand your instructional methods, and start providing your students a deeper, more well-rounded art experience. With Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers, you’ll incorporate best practices directly applicable to the content area of art.

This five-week, highly interactive course covers a wide variety of instructional delivery methods, including direct and indirect instruction, how to facilitate dynamic discussions, cross-curricular connections, and much more. You’ll leave this course with skills to help more effectively deliver your message, refine your demonstrations, and perfect your teaching language.

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $597.00 / Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Dec 1 Jan 7
Jan 1 Feb 28
Feb 1 Mar 31
Mar 1 Apr 30
Apr 1 May 31
All courses will be 2 months long starting January 1, 2019
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE016
Graduate Credit Partner


  • Reflect upon various instructional strategies for delivering art specific content.
  • Evaluate delivery methods that engage contemporary students.
  • Strategize methods to modify instruction and optimize content delivery appropriate for the instructional context.
  • Plan and present meaningful cross-curricular connections in the art classroom.
  • Suggest ways in which contemporary tools can support students in their learning.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Delivering Instruction
  1. Explore the many different philosophies in art education and methods in which to deliver content.
  2. Practice the Gradual Release of Responsibility and Think Alouds in the art room.
  3. Harness the power of demonstrations.
  4. Analyze the pros and cons of teacher samples and anchor charts.
Week 2
Teacher to Student
  1. Explore instructional methods specific to whole group instruction, including Visual Thinking Strategies, Essential Questions, and the Socratic Method.
  2. Hone in on instructional methods for small groups, including group critiques.
  3. Delve into 1:1 conferencing and goal-setting.
  4. Learn how to draw out meaningful self-reflection with a reflection station.
Week 3
Student to Student
  1. Tap into the power of collaborative learning.
  2. Grasp the elements for successful peer feedback.
  3. Foster independent study through choice and advanced preparation.
  4. Develop a student learning guide to support independent learners.
Week 4
Engagement Strategies & Motivation
  1. Learn new ways to engage students with technology in the art room.
  2. Create an instructional guide to support student learning.
  3. Consider how the physical environment influences learning.
  4. Devise an instructional game for your art room.
Week 5
Literacy to Enhance Instruction
  1. Analyze strategies to enhance vocabulary attainment.
  2. Consider graphic organizers as an instructional tool.
  3. Compile a comprehensive toolkit, housing all the instructional strategies, samples, organization tools, and reflections from this course.

Delivering Instruction

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers.”

1. Research

Explore a range of tech-inspired ideas, specifically designed for the art room. As you work, consider where technology might be a natural fit in your classroom and curriculum in an effort to engage and motivate students.

2. Discussion

Explain the role technology plays in your curriculum now. Would you consider your curriculum tech-free, balanced, or tech-heavy? Please describe your rationale.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

After learning about a variety of different technology applications, create a new and original DIGITAL instructional guide. There are three options for this assignment including creating a flipped video, using Snapguide, or designing a stop-motion animation video.
Nora G.
"The self-reflection, wealth of knowledge, and sharing of information between students and instructor is invaluable in enhancing my own instruction! Thank you AOE!"
Laura W.
"It was really nice to work from home while taking this course and to connect with art teachers from all over the country. The articles and assignments were very pertinent to what art teachers need to learn and apply in the classroom."
Karen K.
"It was so great to be in a group of art teachers! We created sustained conversations and learned in depth from each other. "

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/18)







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