Southeastern Louisiana University
Art 371-02, Spring 1998 
Art for the Elementary School Teacher 
Instructor: Dr. Kim Finley-Stansbury 

Office hours: TBA 

Office Location: Clark Hall, Room 202 


Course Description

By developing and broadening your concepts and personal knowledge about art, this course is designed to provide a broad view of art education at the elementary school level.  An awareness of the child's artistic growth and the importance of culture and environment with respect to art lessons will be stressed.

Summary of Objectives

1.  To develop an inclusive definition of art and a refinement of art appreciation skills through personal experience with media and various cultural/aesthetic experiences.

2.  To become familiar with characteristics and development of children's artistic expression.

3.  To understand the role of the teacher in organizing art lessons for children, specifically to help children (1) learn to generate their own ideas for artistic self-expression, (2)  extend and refine their ideas to capture the meaning of these ideas in visual form, (3) to understand and appreciate their artistic heritage and (4) to develop an awareness of the role of art in society.

4.  To place art appreciation and art criticism in a cultural context by asking how art functions in our lives and the lives of others, and how it communicates values, attitudes, and beliefs so as to impart this way of perceiving to students.
Methods of Instruction

  This course will utilize group participation in local cultural activities, lectures, discussions, resource gathering, studio activities, actual teaching and individual assignments.  Inside and outside of class work is expected.

 You are expected to attend this class!!!  Each absence above three absences, excused or unexcused, will result in 3 percentage points being taken off your final grade per absence.  Students are expected to follow the attendance guidelines in the SLU General Catalogue.  Tardiness is marked if you are 10 minutes (or more) late.  Three tardies constitute an absence.  A student who leaves class early without my permission shall be marked absent for the whole class.  Attendance on days of tests is mandatory.  Students are responsible for signing themselves in which is required everyday, no exceptions.  Work missed must be made up and you are responsible for such work.

Xerox a copy of everything before you turn in it.  Your will be responsible for having extra copies of all written work.

"If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the office of Student Life, Room 203, Student Union."


 Participation an important part of any class.  As the success of the class and the amount of knowledge you take away from it depends on you involvement, you will be graded on your participation.  Quality participation includes such behaviors as willingness to encounter studio and critical inquires with a degree of openness, consistent attendance, obvious preparation for class, asking pertinent questions and offering relevant remarks, and engaging in constructive dialogues.  Participation will count for ten percent of your final grade.

Format and Presentation of Assignments

All two dimensional studio work is to be compiled within a small portfolio; each project is to be clearly identified.  Students are strongly advised that the quality of preparation and presentation of materials is taken into account in the grading of all assignments.  In other words, NEATNESS AND PROFESSIONALISM COUNT!  No late work will be accepted.

Course Breakdown

2 Tests : 20% each or 40 % total
Lesson Plan (START Program) 20 %
Group/Unit Web Page: 10 %
Final Notebook: 10 %
Online Assignments: 10 %
Electronic or Ejournal &: 10 %
 Usage Data
Studio Projects: PASS/NONPass
Three Completed START FORMs: Required to Pass Class

Course Requirements

1.  Assigned readings for discussion, and all tests are mandatory.  The tests will have 25 multiple choice questions and will be taken on a scantron sheet, Form B.

2.  Studio assignments will be presented and must be turned in on the assigned dates.  All work will be critiqued and evaluated on the idea, process and end product.  Materials familiarity, complexity & detail, use, and advancement in artistic skills will provide a basis for evaluating all studio work.  All studio work will be evaluated on a PASS/NONPass basis.  Pass means the project was successfully completed.  Fail means that it was not.

3.  A lesson plan (your part of your group's chosen Unit Plan) including historical research, will be designed by each student.  You will teach that lesson at a public local elementary school of your choice which does not have an art teacher, and turn in a completed START form.  Ideas for unit plans:  See texts provided in class.  An "A" lesson plan is on reserve in the library.

You must teach three art lessons on your own time (outside of class).  No exceptions.  Drop this class if this is impossible.

These three lessons are:(1) Crayola Dream Makers Reception, Jan. 31, 10:30-4
      (2) Imagination Celebration, Feb. 2, Mon., 9-11:30 am
      (3) Taught Lesson at Local Elementary School

Supplies will be provided for lessons (1) & (2).  You will provide the supplies for lesson (1).

4.  A web page designed by each group and linked to an Elementary school/class. Guidelines will be provided by midterm and you will be given instruction on how to do this.
5.  A final notebook is required.  Please see the included guidelines.

6.  Extra credit may be obtained by attending art openings here at Clark Hall.  You must see me and have me write down your name.  If you are unable to attend these openings and would still like the extra credit, then follow the guidelines and turn in a written response.  Each attendance and written response is worth 1 % point of credit toward your final grade. No more than two points per show will be given.  I will not accept extra credit after Monday,  no exceptions!

Please note, you are allowed no more than a total of 6 points of extra credit.

7.  There is a lab fee in this class of $4.25.  For this you will receive three full color copies of Scholastic Art.

 A = 93-100 points EXCELLENT
 B = 84-92 points GOOD
 C = 75-83 points AVERAGE
 D = 66-74 points POOR
 F =  0-65 points FAILURE


Hurwitz & Day, Children and Their Art (required)
Brookes, Drawing with Children (required)
mportant Dates:

CUMULATIVE NOTEBOOK:Documentation of Course work and Lesson Plans

Art 371 students are required to submit a cumulative notebook (in a 3"-5" standard size loose-leaf binder preferably) that represents their work and experience in art education.  The notebook should include everything that was handed out to you in class.  In other words, it must contain the following items:

COVER DESIGN This design must be more than just your name and the course name.

Inside Front Cover START FORM

Page 1 Detailed Table of Contents.This page must be typed.

Page 2 Visual documentation of your classroom teaching-- photographs and samples of student work are required.

Page 3 Course Cost Form.  Please total this.  This is to keep both of us accountable.  You will not be reimbursed for these expenses.  You will spend between $30.00 and $170.00 for supplies for this course.  The average student seems to be spending about $80.00.  (This cost does not include textbooks' cost).

 a.   Lesson plans-- must be typed in the format specified in the handout.  To include copies of peers' work.

 b.   Visual Art Reproductions-- high quality photocopies are acceptable.  These might supplement the lesson plan you developed, and will include resource files.

 c.   Instructional Support Materials-- include games, charts, diagrams, labeled photo, handouts, etc.

 d.   Labeled photos of your(and your classmates) work in class, both the final products and process.

Include the above materials under subheadings which you will devise and then include a Table of Contents, with tabs, so that the material is easy to access.

Extra credit may be obtained by attending art openings here at Clark Hall.  You must see me and have me write down your name.  If you are unable to attend these openings and would still like the extra credit, then follow the guidelines and turn in a written response.  Each attendance and written response is worth 1 % point of credit toward your final grade. Only six points extra credit is available.

Please note:  A Gallery Schedule will be available in written form at a later date.

EXTRA CREDIT:  Mastering the Technique of Art Criticism or Guide for Writing about Art
You should analyze each piece in four stages.

 a.  DESCRIPTION-- answers the question "What did I see?"  In this stage you take an inventory of what is seen.  This stage becomes an exercise in using precise descriptive language.  Take time to see as much as you can see in this stage.  Make a list, this forces you to slow down and notice things which might normally be missed. Avoid loaded words which reveal feeling or preferences.

 b.  ANALYSIS-- Answers the questions "How are things put together?"  This stage take the descriptive stage a step further by requiring the observer to analyze the make-up or composition of the work.  Describe the relationships among the things you see.  How do the forms affect or influence each other?  What are the size relationships?  What are the shape relationships?  What are the color and textural relationships?
 c.  INTERPRETATION-- Answers the question "What is the work about?" In this stage you are asked to think about the meaning of the work; in other words, try to make some connection between what is seen and what the work is about.  This stage must be based on the description and analysis stages.  What ideas or concept seems to sum up or unify all the separate traits of the work?

 d.  EVALUATION-- Answers the question "What do I think and why?" The stages end with evaluation, a conclusion regarding the success or failure of the work.  An important point to remember is the personal preference is not the same as judgement.  This stage requires that the viewer render an opinion regarding the work but that opinion must be defended or based upon what you have learned and written down in the previous stages.  Remember, just because you don't like punk rock (for example) doesn't mean that some punk rock bands can't be much better than others.

Your response should be at least 1 page long.  Each of the four stages should be completed in no less than 3 sentences or one paragraph.  These responses count for 1 % pt. each for your final grade and as such, no papers of shorter than one full page will be accepted.

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