Course Title and Number
The Teaching Artist: Theory and Methods,LA 301,
Fall, 3.0 credits
The Teaching Artist: Practicum, ID 302, Spring, 3.0 credits
The Teaching Artist Program curriculum prepares CVA students to become Teaching Artists. First semester, the course utilizes visiting professors and professionals under the guidance of the CVA lead professor, the course offers students study in historical and contemporary classroom learning/teaching theory, familiarizes students with the Minnesota Graduation Standards, provides an overview of child development, and prepare students to develop, prepare, present, and assess arts infused learning experiences with K-12 students and teachers. In addition, the course offers strategies in classroom management, provides the opportunity for classroom observation and participation and introduces students to a
variety of teaching artist residency opportunities.
After the completion of prerequisite fall semester coursework, students participate
in classroom observation, interaction, and visual arts teaching for a total of 90 contact
hours. Practicum includes student participation in a visual art residency supervised by CVA faculty member and
shadowing a Teaching Artist during a visual arts residency. In addition to on site work, student submit weekly journals using a descriptive review format
describing weekly residency and shadowing activities and attend three all-class meetings to aid development of
individual lesson plans, assessment methods, and to address imminent issues, problems or concerns. Students are expected to
schedule 6 hours of Practicum experiences weekly for 15 weeks to total 90 hours. This time coupled with
hours spent on site and in preparation fall and spring semester meets
the CVA internship requirement of 135 hours.
Throughout the course Teaching Artist students will:
- Develop and apply basic teaching skills and methods
- Develop and implement classroom management skills and strategies
- Create, prepare, implement, and assess student visual arts lessons
- Understand and apply contemporary educational theory to classroom practice
- Apply Minnesota Graduation Standards to visual
arts planning and assessment
- Gain access to and information from Minnesota based arts organizations
that offer artists residencies statewide
- Participate in Teaching Artist spring practicum experience
- Create a Teaching Artist Portfolio
Method of Assessment
Students will self assess and be assessed by CVA peers and instructor using the Tuning, Descriptive Review and Critical
Response Protocols. Specified rubrics will be used for presentations, essays, and research papers. Students will be evaluated and assessed by both classroom teachers, artist and collaborating partners.
Evaluation and Grading
- Classroom assignments and participation in class and presentation will
determine 60% of final grade, out of class assignments 40%.
- Final grade is derived from full participation and accomplishment in
class, lab/lecture, and field trips; individual meetings regarding
peer presentations with instructor outside of class meeting schedule;
punctual completion of weekly assignments, Jackson school observations
and team taught presentation; peer lesson plan preparation, presentation,
and assessments; and research paper and deadlines.
Spring semester students are required to participate in two teaching artist
Practicum experiences for a total of 90 hours to include observation, aiding
teachers and artists in the classroom and teaching a visual arts lessons.
- Spring semester students keep journals of off site observations and teaching.
- Students self and peer assess using the tuning protocol and evaluate using teaching artist rubrics.
- All work must be completed and submitted in a punctual manner.
- Letter grades for assignments and class participation will be determined
- A - excellent: advanced study, skill development, and execution evident
in all assignments. Exemplary participation and leadership in
critique, class and Practicum.
- B - high quality that goes beyond average expectations: additional work,
care, and thought evident in assignments and presentations surpassing the requirements of the assignment. Superior participation and leadership in critique, class and Practicum.
- C - adequate: requirements of the assignment and presentation met.
Average participation and leadership in critique, class and Practicum.
- D - attempted: requirements of the assignment, presentation, critique, class and Practicum. minimally met.
- F - inadequate: does not fulfill the requirements.
- Abide by the CVA Attendance Policy, Honor Code, Grievance Procedure and
Code of Conduct.
See CVA Student Handbook.
- Arrive to class on time with all materials, ready to work.
- When meeting off campus allow enough travel time to be punctual.
- Complete and submit assignments and peer evaluations on due dates.
- Cite all research, text and image sources (See CVA Student Handbook)
- Use all available support services including advising, tutorials, and workshops.
- Respect public school rules on dress, sign in, background checks, etc.
- Be responsible for cleaning up the classroom space used for presentation after each class presentation.
- No smoking anywhere inside any CVA building. Smoking is permitted only
in designated outdoor smoking areas on campus. NO smoking near or on any school grounds.
The course is lead by a CVA professor with additional presentations by a variety of visiting professors and professional educators, artists, and individuals from arts organizations offering artist residency programs.
Fall semester lectures and presentations generally alternate with lab work, field trips, and student peer presentations. Student course work includes: study in childhood development; lesson plan creation, implementation, and assessment; familiarity with Minnesota Graduation Standards; purchase and preparation of classroom artmaking materials; and development of classroom management strategies. A final research paper, variety of readings on educational theory and arts education from provided articles, textbooks and books on reserve at the library, arts integrated lesson in the students' field of expertise prepared and presented to peers, and elementary classroom observation and interaction are required.
Spring semester students are involved in actual classroom observation, interaction, and visual arts teaching experiences. Collaborating with classroom teachers, art instructors, arts professionals, and teaching artists CVA students participate in a classroom visual art residencies overseen by the CVA professor. Students are expected to meet independently with their collaborative partners throughout the residencies. The CVA core class meets three times during the semester, and students are in contact with the CVA instructor by weekly check in, the CVA Teaching Artist website and individual meetings to assist in development of individual lesson plans and assessment, and to address imminent issues, problems or concerns. Residency experiences are arranged independently with participating teachers, artists and community organizations. Each students schedules their own residencies 6 hours a week for a total of 90 hours by semester's end. Class meets at CVA three times during semesten.
Thoughts on an Art Education; Rudolf Arnheim,
Art and Human Development; Howard Gardner, Getty Publishing.
Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of a Visual Arts Education; Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Veneema, Kimberly Sheridan
ADDITIONAL READINGS FROM
Art and the Creation of the Brain; Elliot Eisner, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2002.
K-6, St. Paul Curriculum; St. Paul Schools, 1999.
The Courage to Teach; Parker J. Palmer; Josey-Bass Inc. Pub., San Francisco, 1998.
Multiple Intelligence's; Howard Gardner; Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1993.
How to Talk so Kids can Learn; Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, Fireside, New York, 1995.
Positive Discipline; Jane Nelsen, Roslyn Duffy, Linda Escobar, Kate Ortolano, and Debbie Owen- Sohocki,
Prima Publishing, 1996.
Observation Drawing with Children: a Framework for Teachers; Cicchetti, M. D., Clark, C. Fucigna, B. Gordon-O'Connor, B.A.
Haller, M Kennedy; Teachers College Press,Columbia University, 1998.
Your Five-Year-Old to 14 Year-Old: Series of books by Louise Bates Ames; Gesell Institute of Human Development;
Dell Books, 1981.
Estimated Materials Cost
Each student will procide and prepare materials for their peer presentation. Students are encouraged to use materials available in the Teaching Artist closet. See CVA instructor for access. Personal expenses will arise materials procurement and personal art supplies for creating examplars.
Fall semester: presence and participation in all field trips, lectures, and classes; 5-7 page research paper; written lesson plans; peer evaluations; assortment of readings and assignments; classroom observation K-6; team taught 1st grade Harvest project presentation. Peer presentations cannot be rescheduled. Lesson plans must be submitted through the e-mail as a Microsoft Word document.
Spring semester: full participation in Practicum experience; observing and helping in the classroom residency for 70-80 and 10-20 hours shadowing to total 90 hours; planning and preparing materials and lesson plan; implementing and teaching a visual arts lesson. Weekly journals using the Descriptive Review Protocol are to be submitted each Sunday by midnight during the semester. Students are expected to read one anothers journals each week and make comments. Students are required to turn in a Teaching Artist Packet on CD at the final class that includes: a revised lesson plan, digital images from lesson presentation, Teaching Artist Philosophy Statement, 2 descriptive paragraphs of the Practicum experiences, and a Teaching Artist Resume. Students participate inthree mandatory all class meetings during spring semester.
Mandatory and full attendance and participation in labs, fields trips, peer presentations, team teaching lessons and Practicum experiences. If hours are missed during Practicum students are expected to make them up.
Final grade is derived from participation and accomplishment in class, lab and lecture, field trips; completion of occasional daily assignments, Jackson school observations and team taught presentation; final paper; peer lesson plan preparation, presentation, and assessment: and completed all Practicum work. Students are required to create written lesson plans and self and peer assessments each semester and promptly submit to the instructor through e-mail for CVA instructor review. All work is is assessed by participating teachers, artist, lead CVA instructor and participating student. All work must be completed and submitted in a punctual manner.