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Art Education Course Descriptions

Education requirements

12 credits:

HIS 101   World Civilizations I
3 credits
A survey of world civilizations from human origins to the 16th century. Exploration of the cultural, political, and economic development of humankind in a global context.

PHI 304   Art and Culture
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 130 or PHI 132
A study of the arts as creative vehicles expressing personal, moral, aesthetic, social, and political values. The course stresses the arts as individually creative and personal, but also as value-laden expressions.

POS 205   American Government
3 credits
An introductory course that studies the nature and purpose of national, state, and local government, the Constitution, and the institutions and pressures of American society.

PSY 105   Human Development
3 credits
A survey of the changes that occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social–emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables that affect the course of development is emphasized.

3 credits from the following:

HIS 102   World Civilizations II
3 credits
A survey of world civilizations from the 16th century to the present. Exploration of the cultural, political, and economic development of humankind in a global context.

HIS 111   History of the United States to 1877
3 credits
A survey course in which the cultural, political, and economic events that have shaped American history from the precontact period to 1877 will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics, including the evolution of race and gender relations, independence, the emergence of popular democracy, the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the impact of industrialism and urbanization upon American life.

HIS 112   History of the United States from 1877
3 credits
A survey course in which the cultural, political, and economic events that have shaped American history from 1877 to the present will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics, including the continuing development of race and gender relations, the impact of industrialism, the world wars and the Cold War upon American life.

Professional education courses

23 credits:

EDU 010   Field Experience One
½ credit
(Admission to Field Experience)
Corequisite: EDU 200, EDU 202
An initial field-based experience focused primarily on observation. Seminars provide the student opportunities to: 1) reflect on observations and classroom experiences, 2) to be introduced to lesson planning, issues in classroom management, and conflict resolution, 3) to be introduced to the InTASK Teacher Standards and the use of these standards for professional goal setting, 4) develop a portfolio for the admission to the School of Education.

EDU 020   Field Experience Two
½ credit
Prerequisite: EDU 010
A supervised field-based experience in which studentsbegin to apply theory and teaching strategies learnedin education courses to initial teaching experiences.Seminars provide supplemental opportunities for thestudent to link theory to practice, to continue thedevelopment and understanding of the InTASK Teacher Standards and the use of standards for goal setting and continue the development of lesson planning, issues in conflict management, and conflictresolution.

EDU 030   Field Experience Three
½ credit
Prerequisite: EDU 020
Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 213
A supervised field-based experience in which content and pedagogies from advanced methods courses is applied to teaching experiences. Seminars provide students an opportunity to continue the development and understanding of the InTASK Teacher Standards and the use of standards for goal setting, lesson planning, issues in conflict management, and conflict resolution.

EDU 040   Field Experience Four
½ credit
Prerequisite: EDU 030
A supervised field-based experience which places greater emphasis on the integration of content and pedagogies. Seminars provide the student an opportunity to reflect and dialogue on the multiple facets of the teaching-learning situation, to continue the development and understanding of the InTASK Teacher Standards and the use of standards for goal setting, lesson planning, issues in conflict management, and conflict resolution.

EDU 100   Introduction to Education
1 credit
Prerequisite or corequisite: EDU 010
The course is provides an orientation to teaching as a profession and an overview of the entrance requirements, conceptual framework, knowledge base, standards and competencies of the Marian University Teacher Education Program . Students will cover the requirements for teacher licensure, professional issues, and an overview of the mission statement, conceptual framework, and requirements of the teacher education program. Students will explore the foundation of education in the United States; philosophies associated with teaching, emerging models of teaching; and issues and trends affecting education in a diversified, technological and global world. The course will also lay the groundwork for students to develop their electronic portfolio requirement.

EDU 200   Technology in Education
3 credits
Corequisite: EDU 010, EDU 202
(For education majors only)
The course that examines the role technology in the classroom. This course is designed to emphasize the use of Web 2.0, Social Media, other technologies, and learning theories and educational research in the school setting. Students will be introduced to applications that may be used in the PK-12 educational settings. Students will also look at various ways to integrate the WI State Teacher Standards, Common Core Standards, and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) into the curriculum.

EDU 202   Psychology of Learning
3 credits
Corequisite: EDU 010, EDU 200
This course will focus on the educational implications of psychological principles and theories of child and adolescent development derived from research. The application of theories and principles will emphasize components of the teaching–learning situation.

EDU 210   Classroom Management
2 credits
Prerequisite: EDU 010
This course focuses on effective classroom management in grades pre-K-12, with a holistic approach utilized to enhance research, develop hands-on activities, and to develop ideas about what effective classroom management is. The course stresses practical approaches and principles which may be applied in the classroom setting. Students will study different classroom management theories and techniques and will develop ways to build upon and refine their own personal model of effective classroom management using the tools and information provided by the course.

EDU 213   Introduction to Exceptional Education
3 credits
This course addresses the characteristics of exceptional children and introduces successful inclusive teaching practices. This course will cover topics such as disability conditions, gifted and talented, legislation, collaboration, planning, assessment, response to intervention, and diversity.

EDU 301   Intercultural Studies for Educators
3 credits
Prerequisite: EDU 202
A critical examination of factors that impact student learning, i.e.: sexual orientation, gender, religion, socioeconomics, language, and age. The Native American culture is studied. Particular attention is given to critical race theory, educational equity and critical social justice theory as foundational to intercultural studies for educators. Students are expected to develop relationships with people from various cultural backgrounds, and they are expected to evaluate and assess forces of discrimination in schools today. This course fulfills the requirements put forth under PI 34.15(c).

EDU 412   Educational Measurement and Assessment
3 credits
A critical appraisal of formal and informal teacher-directed evaluation ranging from standardized tests to authentic assessment. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation process and interpretation of test results.

SEC 305   Adolescent Literacy
3 credits
This course is designed for teachers of adolescent students. Emphasis will be placed on teaching reading and writing in the content areas while meeting the needs of the students. Strategies for teaching comprehension in the various curricular areas will be studied to enable learners to become independent and competent readers. Students will survey literature judged to be appropriate for adolescents at various stages of their development. The course will explore options of utilizing technology in grades 6-12 in the areas of literacy. The course will explore effective ways of motivating all students to integrate literacy throughout the curriculum and methods of maintaining the integral connection between reading and writing.

Art courses

6 credits:

ART 230   Survey of Art History I
3 credits
A survey of art history beginning with cave art and moving to the Renaissance. When taken with ART 240 Survey of Art History II, these two courses provide a chronological treatment of world art. Respect for and appreciation of the aesthetic expressions of various cultures develop as students learn about major movements, artists and works through a variety of analytical, interpretive, and evaluative approaches.

ART 240   Survey of Art History II
3 credits
A survey of art history beginning with the Renaissance and moving to 1945. When taken with ART 230 Survey of Art History I, these two courses provide a chronological treatment of world art. Respect for and appreciation of the aesthetic expressions of various cultures develop as students learn about major movements, artists, and works through a variety of analytical, interpretive, and evaluative approaches.

3 credits from the following:

ART 235   Women Artists Through History
3 credits
An introduction to the accomplishments of women artists throughout history, contributions that are often overlooked in mainstream art history books. The course will survey the entire history of art and will cover female artists who have made a unique, significant contribution to the visual arts.

ART 236   Contemporary Art History
1-3 credits
A study of the history of contemporary art since World War II. The course begins with an overview of modern art and questions the definitions of art, modernity, and self-expression. Students will learn about the earliest contemporary art, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop, and then rapidly move through the wide variety of movements and theories that replaced them. The course will question the theoretical basis of contemporary art and examine current issues of our post-modern artistic period.

ART 237   American Art History
3 credits
This course is a survey of American art that examines those works and artists that represent the major aspects, trends, qualities, and attitudes revealed in the development of American architecture, painting, sculpture and some other arts from early colonial times to the present, and that suggest the continuing variety of American art. To these ends, the course also will include the art of Native Americans and art that demonstrates America’s cultural diversity.

30 credits:

ART 111   Basic Drawing
3 credits
A development of the concepts of awareness and perception of form in nature, in the drawings of major artists, in one’s personal life experience and in that coming from diverse cultures. Both a disciplined set of skills and imagination are emphasized. Students use basic drawing tools and materials to apply knowledge of composition with line, value, texture, space relationships, perspective, and the emotional quality of drawing. A studio-intensive course in drawing that will focus on awareness and perception of forms in nature and developing skills needed to render such forms on paper. This is a required course for all art majors.  Previous art experience is recommended.

ART 201   Design
3 credits
A study of design theory, its evolution, and the elements and principles of design. To apply the theory, students create two-dimensional designs in a variety of media. Fundamental visual communication methods are studied and applied. This is a required course for all art majors, and a preferred art core course for communication majors.  Previous art experience is recommended.

ART 202   Basic Painting
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 111 or ART 201
An introduction to basic painting concepts through varied media: pastels, watercolors, oils, and/or acrylics. Students examine techniques, color theory, composition, and the application of these by the masters. They will explore a variety of approaches to painting and use a creative process in expressing ideas in paint.

ART 203   Introduction to Graphic Arts
3 credits
This studio course develops core concepts and skills in graphic design, technology, and file management while engaging in projects that utilize industry-standard computer applications. Students will focus on compositions that integrate text and image into vehicles of effective communication. The course will examine the role of the computer in art and graphic design, and foster insights into design theory. This is a required course for all art majors, and a preferred art core course for communication majors. Previous art experience is recommended.

ART 211   Basic Sculpture
2-3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 201
A studio course exploring three-dimensional form in space and its history. Students first develop awareness of such forms in space, and then perceptual and technical skills in bringing together ideas and materials in three-dimensional form.

ART 212   Basic Ceramics
2-3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 201
A studio course exploring the medium of clay and its history. Students learn the methods of constructing three-dimensional forms in clay through hand-building techniques, as well as decorating and glazing their forms. Wheel-throwing techniques are presented for those wishing to experiment, but are not required.

ART 250   Printmaking
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 111 or ART 201
A studio course exploring the preparation of a variety of plates from which visual compositions are hand-printed in multiple. Students work with a creative process in designing and completing limited edition art prints. They also focus on artist printmakers and the historic contributions of printmaking as an art form.

ART 260   Basic Metals
2-3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 111 or ART 201
A studio course exploring the techniques of the various processes of making art metal forms and their history. Students learn the methods of constructing original three-dimensional forms using various metal alloys, found objects, and textural applications.

ART 305   Introduction to Photography
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 103 or ART 111 or ART 201
A course building on visual literacy and composition, focusing on the understanding and use of the camera in photography and filmmaking. A brief history of photography is also included.

ART 400   Senior Seminar in Art
3 credits
This class is intended for an Art or Art Education major’s final semester. All courses should either be completed or concurrently taken with this course. This course culminates in a public show, through which the studio Art or Art Education major demonstrates acquired technical skills in a final art project and defends an integrated philosophy of art. The Art Education major’s project focuses on the creative process in the teaching of art.

3 credits from the following:

ART 222   Intermediate Drawing I
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 111
A course building on basic drawing skills in working with advanced problems in drawing plant, animal, and human life forms. Development of skill in self-expression with life forms is attained through exercises that include gesture, contour, structure, and perspective drawings, as well as general anatomy studies.

ART 302   Intermediate Painting I
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 202
A course building on basic painting skills, enabling students to develop their ability to paint ideas. Students use the media or painting techniques appropriate to the concrete expression of the idea. Research and focus is placed on modern and contemporary world painters.

ART 303   Life Drawing
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 111
An advanced drawing class focusing on figure drawing and construction, stressing anatomy and form. The study of anatomy will be part of the basis for understanding the human figure. The class will have sustained drawing projects. A concise review of the role of figure study from a historical perspective will also be included.

ART 311   Intermediate Sculpture I
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 211
An application of the design process to complex form. Choosing one or two of the directions introduced in basic sculpture, the advanced student develops concepts to a greater degree of study and experimentation.

ART 312   Intermediate Ceramics
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 212
The pursuit of advanced problems of hand-building methods and the development of wheel-throwing skills.

ART 360   Advanced Metals
3 credits
Prerequisite: ART 260
The pursuit of advanced problems in art metals and enameling will lead to the production of original pieces by the students.

3 credits from the following:

ART 370   Fiber Arts: Stitchery
3 credits
Emphasis on stitching techniques.

ART 371   Fiber Arts: Weaving
3 credits
Emphasis on loom weaving, spinning, felting and various hand techniques.

ART 372   Fiber Arts: Puppetry
3 credits
Emphasis on experience in making different types of puppets.

ART 373   Fiber Arts: Dye Applications
3 credits
Emphasis on different resist and printing processes.

ART 374   Fiber Arts: Leather
3 credits
Emphasis on leather working procedures.

0 credits:

ART 010, 020, 030, 040   Art Exhibition Attendance
0 credits
A requirement featuring exhibition attendance as fulfillment of an art major requirement. Students must attend and show evidence of at least one art exhibition per year as a pre-art or art major. (CR/NC grade only.)

Art education courses

6 credits:

ARE 311   Art Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary/Middle Schools
3 credits
Prerequisites: ART 201, EDU 202
An opportunity to apply learning theories to the aesthetic dimension of education. The Art Education major approaches art, culture, and the environment as catalysts for teaching, understands art concepts, and discovers a variety of art processes to make possible meaningful art experiences for sequential levels of learning within the PK–elementary framework.

ARE 312   Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education: PK–12
3 credits
Prerequisite: ARE 311
An examination of the goals and objectives of the art curriculum as it relates to the goals and objectives of education and the development of the child from the holistic point of view. Students investigate theories of curriculum as found in current professional resources and research projects, plan teaching strategies using current methods recommended for the teaching of art, and evaluate this area according to specific assessment tools. This course continues the building of meaningful art experiences begun in are 311, focusing on middle–secondary levels of learning. Management techniques for administering and budgeting will accompany the construction of a K–12 curriculum.

12 credits:

ARE 400   Clinical Practice and Seminar - Art Education - PK–5
1-6 credits
Prerequisite: ARE 312
A supervised experience teaching art that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research. The seminar is designed for students to reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.

ARE 450   Clinical Practice and Seminar - Art Education - Middle–Secondary 5–12
1-6 credits
Prerequisite: ARE 312
A supervised experience that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research. The seminar is designed for students to reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.

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