EDUO 9813: Art is Essential

Instructor: Terry Joyce

Course Description

Art is communication. It came before written language as a form of communicating and preserving cultural and historical knowledge. Through art students acquire deeper learning techniques and understanding of the world they live in both past and present. Higher-order thinking stills are taught as pieces of art are investigated and inferences are made from the concrete to the abstract. Students engage in the practice of imagining and investigating expanding their circle of knowledge. Construction allows students to engage in skills practice as well as personal creative realization. And besides that, art is fun and children need it.

The class will target K-6 teachers. Students will read, write, investigate, and create as they learn about and practice the elements of art. There are three mandatory texts and four recommended texts. The mandatory texts are:

  1. Art Is Fundamental by Eileen S. Prince
  2. Look! Look! Look! by Nancy E. Wallace
  3. One of the children’s literature books from the bibliography.

The recommended books are:

  1. How to Teach Art to Children by Joy Evans and Tanya Skelton,
  2. The Usborne Book of Art Ideas by Fiona Watt
  3. The Usborne Book of Art Projects by Fiona Watt
  4. The Usborne Book of Art Skills by Fiona Watt

Students will need the following basic materials: Pencil, scissors, glue or glue stick, ruler, crayons, watercolor paint box, drawing chalks, and oil pastels, paper (construction and/or heavy drawing).
Additional materials may be needed depending on activities selected.

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Investigate a variety of media to develop an awareness of different effects and personal preferences.
  2. Become familiar with the Elements of Art through hands-on art projects.
  3. Develop an understanding of their importance in a piece of art through aesthetic scanning of the works of great artists.
  4. Investigate and enjoy the breadth of children’s literature dealing with the Visual Arts.
  5. Discuss a variety of topics via the online Forum.

Grading Rubric


Exemplary Acceptable Unacceptable
Met and Exceeds Expectations A+ to A Meets Expectations B+ to B Needs Improvement. Must be resubmitted
Reflective, thoughtful ideas relevant to the assignment are clearly presented Assignments present some relevant ideas and connections to the assignment Few relevant ideas connected to the assignment, some ideas unclear
Very Well Organized Is generally well organized Shows little organization
Obvious attention to effort,
detail and neatness
Some effort, attention to detail and neatness Lack of effort, attention to detail and neatness
Elements of Art are reflected in participants work Some Elements of Art are reflected in work Lacking evidence of Elements of Art in work
Written assignments are free of spelling and grammatical errors Written assignments contain a few spelling or grammatical errors Written assignments contain numerous spelling or grammatical errors
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  • Price: $405
  • 3 Units

Instructor: Terry Joyce