Reaching All Artists through Differentiation

Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation

We all know how important the arts are for our students. That’s why it’s just as important to make sure we are reaching each and every student in the classroom. Differentiation allows you to confidently prepare for every type of student and teach them the way they like to learn.

Throughout Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation, you’ll learn to use the appropriate tools to maximize learning for all students: advanced placement, ELL, special education, those that are struggling and those from different backgrounds, cultures and interests. An important component of this teaching strategy is to enhance and modify your lessons and assessments to be developmentally appropriate. You will leave the class with a tool kit to help you take the strategies directly into the art room and implement them right away.

Participants in this class will need a digital or hard copy of the book “Differentiated Instruction in Art” by Heather Fountain.

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 3 Graduate Credits / 135 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $447.00 / Graduate Credit $897.00
Fri Sat
Sep 1 Oct 7
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Sep 1 Oct 7
Oct 1 Nov 7
Nov 1 Dec 7
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE018
Morningside College
Higher Learning Commission


  • Manage the logistics of a differentiated art room, no matter how many students you serve.
  • Use the latest research and examples from around the country to refine your own hybrid art curriculum.
  • Motivate even the most reluctant students and get them excited about art.
  • Revamp your lessons and optimize them for all learners.
  • Conduct interest and strength inventories to use in the art room.
  • Draw from best practices in differentiation strategies.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Why Differentiation?
  1. Explore the three major ways to differentiate.
  2. Discuss and give examples of how you’re already using one of these methods in your art room.
  3. Learn about pre-assessments and interest inventories and how they can be used in the art room.
Week 2
Differentiation Strategies
  1. Learn about the cubing strategy and how it can be used in the art room.
  2. Create a cubing activity for use with a unit or lesson you already teach.
  3. Read about choice boards and how they can be used in the elementary and middle school art room.
  4. Create a choice board to use with one of your current units or lesson.
Week 3
More Differentiation Strategies
  1. Create a learning menu for use with a lesson or unit you currently teach in the art room.
  2. Learn how Think Dots can be used as a formative assessment.
  3. Create your own Think Dots for use with a unit or lesson you already teach.
Week 4
Special Considerations
  1. Create differentiation strategies for specific populations in your art room.
  2. Develop a vocabulary tool to assist your ELL students.
  3. Discuss the challenges and triumphs you’ve experienced reaching gifted students.
Week 5
Putting it All Together
  1. Create your own differentiated assessment for use in your art room.
  2. Share how you will use the assessment and how it will help your students.
  3. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

Why Differentiation?

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class "Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation."

1. Research

Discover the three major ways to differentiate learning. Reflect on how you’re already using one of these methods in your art room.

2. Discussion

Share with classmates which pre-assessment you plan to use and what lesson you want to try it with. Give an example of how you see yourself using interest inventories in the art room and which of your lessons or units would benefit from such an inventory.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Write two goals you have for your art room: one for yourself as the instructor and one stating specific benefits you hope students will glean from differentiated instruction. Create an assessment tool for use in your classroom.
Erin V.
"This is the best post-graduate course I have taken. I enjoyed how many tools I will be able to take directly into the classroom this fall. Having post graduate courses just for art educators was an answer to my teaching prayers."
Beth W.
"I truly feel more inspired and excited about teaching than I have in a long time, and it's because of this course. This class answered all my questions, was extremely relevant to my needs, and I have so many more resources and strategies at my disposal. My students will benefit from what I've learned in this course."
Katherine C.
"This course has been wonderful! So directly practical, I have new skills and knowledge that I can apply immediately. The instructor made a point to message me at the end of each unit which I appreciated. The peer feedback and sharing was exceptional and extremely useful. An amazing course - the best and most relevant PD!"

What do past course participants think?

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







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