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Art Education - Requirements

This track is designed for those who wish to pursue careers and receive certification in teaching art to students at all grade levels, kindergarten to grade twelve.

Core Courses

ART 113. Global Perspectives in Art History to the Renaissance

The basic problems of the development of Western art are considered in terms of the major civilizations and epochs that produced them from ancient civilization to the Renaissance. Also introduces Non-Western art, such as African, Asian, Islamic, Judaic, Aboriginal (Australia and New Zealand), and Art of the Americas. (Fall.)

ART 142. Visual Foundations

Visual Foundations: Composition, Color and Design is a guided investigation of basic concepts and techniques of visual organization. The course will address both the theory and application of two-dimensional design and color using a variety of concepts, media, and techniques. Through a series of weekly projects, students will develop awareness of the formal elements of composition, a working knowledge of fundamental design principles, and an understanding of the interrelationship between form and content. The formal elements of design include line, shape, value, color, and space and principles of organization – harmony, variety, balance, proportion, scale, dominance, movement, and economy. Learning to analyze one's own work and the work of others is as important a skill as making the work. Students will learn and use the appropriate vocabulary necessary to verbalize their creative process and critical thinking.

ART 170. Drawing I

Skills and critical understanding of the fundamentals of drawing: composition, perspective, value, and balance are developed through rendering the observed world. Students engage in the pictorial issues of drawing, in particular the relation of subject and context. These fundamentals should be taught in context with a pictorial language, rather than elements of abstract design. (Fall and Spring)

ART 180. Painting I

Emphasis on investigation as related to historical, individual, and creative problems of space, composition, structure, and image. (Fall)

Additional Courses: Art

ART 114. Art History Since the Renaissance

Study of the major movements in Western art from the Renaissance to the present. (Spring)


ART 145.2. Graphic Design for Presentations

This half-semester course will introduce the principles of graphic and information design, focusing on how to use design techniques to clarify communication and improve learning. Discipline-based projects will be created using digital technology and software, with an emphasis on text hierarchy, page layout, illustration, and photography. (Macintosh platform.) No previous computer experience required, but computer literacy is expected. .5 unit. (Spring) (This course may not be taken by those who have already taken ART 131, Introduction to Graphic Design)


ART 146.2. Printmaking and Book Arts

This half-semester course will introduce materials, tools, and procedures of printmaking, and may include linocut, woodcut, intaglio, solarplate, and papermaking. Final project may include a book designed, produced, and bound by each student. .5 unit. (Fall)

ART 159. 3-D Design

This course is an introduction to understanding forms, the basic principles of mass and void, and the concept of designing in the 3rd dimension. Throughout the semester, the student will be experience working in various techniques both first-hand and through the study of traditional and contemporary sculpture. (Spring)


ART 160. Ceramics

This course introduces the fundamentals of ceramic art—including hand-built and wheel techniques—applied to tiles, objects, and vessels, and methods of glazing. Outdoor raku firing will be introduced. The history and use of ceramics will be discussed. The basics of operating a ceramics classroom are included: loading, unloading, firing and maintaining electric kilns, including low-fire and high-fire; purchasing clay, glazes and other supplies; health and safety concerns.

ART 163. Art and Child Development

This is an introduction to the artistic development of children and adolescents and ways in which children’s cognitive, social, physical, and emotional growth affects this development.  Students learn how developmental theories are applied to educational contexts.  This class meets requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, including teaching instructional strategies for making Accommodations and Adaptations for Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings and English Language Learners.

ART 168.2. Introduction to Photo Media

This half-unit course teaches foundational skills in traditional black-and-white and digital photography, with emphasis on the medium as a mode of description, reflection and personal expression. Learning strategies include, but are not limited to, projects, lab exercises, assigned readings, writing assignments, discussions, and critiques.

ART 270. Drawing II

Development of personal and innovative composition through a wide range of techniques and media. Prerequisite: ART 170 or permission of instructor. (Spring)

ART 280. Painting II

Continuation of the investigations and problems explored in ART 180, Painting I. Prerequisite: ART 180. (Spring)

Additional Courses: Education

ED 100.2. Culture, Community and Diversity: Introduction to Critical Pedagogy.

ED 130. Adolescents and School : Developmental Issues.

ED 160. Culture, Community and Diversity: Introduction to Critical Pedagogy.

ED 244. Including Students with Disabilities.

ED 266. Processes and Structures.

Through experimenting and skill building in paper, paint, text, collage, and artists’ books, students investigate the possibilities and limitations of materials in the shaping of ideas for works of art. At the same time, students learn to compose those materials in purposeful and meaningful ways to effectively communicate their ideas to others. Students study the origin of ideas, creativity, and the imagination in their quest of understanding the artistic process more fully. With this understanding and building upon knowledge of the artistic development of children and adolescents, students write an art lesson based on instructional strategies so that all learners can succeed. Prerequisites: ED 160 and 130, ART 163, QPA of 2.7. One three-hour period. (Fall)

ED 366. Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education

While pre-student teaching in an art classroom, students in this seminar write an art education curriculum based on Constructivist teaching and learning theories, aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities and the National Visual Arts Standards. Prerequisites: Education 160 and 130, minimum 2.7 QPA. One three-hour period. Supervised fieldwork. Clearances and other documents for fieldwork required. Writing-Intensive. (Fall)

ED 375-377. Student Teaching

ED 379. Seminar for Art Student Teachers

Special Note:

Praxis Exam Requirement in each of the following: Reading, Writing, Listening, Math, Elementary Education Content Knowledge, Art Content Knowledge, Principles of Teaching and Learning (either K-6 or 7-12)

Art kit fees or lab fees in both Studio and Art Education courses; education fees associated with student teaching in ED 266, 366.