1. Visual Thinking Skills coupled with defining Visual Literacy.
Visual Thinking Strategies, it is an inquiry-based teaching method developed by Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine more than twenty years ago and used in museums and school classrooms across the country.
Starter RESOURCE: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/572de8_46e7f0643dbe41a1b60c3006c57ad7f0.pdf
At the Toledo Museum of Art, visual literacy is defined as being able to read, comprehend, and write visual language -- why is this important for today's "digital natives?" This museum has a good online collection of information about this topic.
Starter RESOURCE: http://www.toledomuseum.org/learn/visual-literacy/
2. The Reggio Emilia approach.
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It was developed after World War II by a psychologist Loris Malaguzzi, and parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy.
Starter RESOURCE: http://www.aneverydaystory.com/beginners-guide-to-reggio-emilia/main-principles/ and
3. Art Integration
Define art integration, discuss what makes a strong integration program and ways/means of implementing it into a school/classroom.
Starter RESOURCE: https://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/how-to/series/arts-integration/arts-integration
4. Special Education in the Classroom
Archived NAEA webinar: https://virtual.arteducators.org/products/special-education-in-the-art-room
BOTH ELE. & SEC. OPTION:
a. Define creativity.
b. What is Irving A. Taylor's Creativity pyramid? Provide examples.
c. What specific things can be measured to assess creativity?
g. Find and discuss Marvin Bartel's "Creativity Killers"
h. Sir Kenneth Robinson
2. Mindfulness and Art Making.
What is "mindfulness" and how might it be implemented in an art class? How might mindfulness benefit humans, learning, and creativity?
View archived NAEA webinar: "Mindfulness, creativity and education": https://virtual.arteducators.org/products/mindfulness-creativity-and-art-education
3. ART Education Super Stars
Research the biographies, important texts/papers, philosophies, and/or significant contribution's to the field of art education of the scholars listed below. (Pick at least four people to introduce us to.)
Peter London, holistic and spiritual art education.
George Szekely, play and childhood art.
The Getty Center, and Discipline-Based Art Education movement of the 1980's
ART391 researchers may also choose to research the work by any author listed in the NAEA Resource Catalogs listed at the bottom of this link: https://www.arteducators.org/learn-tools/naea-resources-catalog
4. Documenting student growth and assessment
What are the National Core Art Standards? How do we assess learning? What are some tools available to do so?
Archived NAEA webinar: https://virtual.arteducators.org/products/documenting-student-growth-and-assessment#tab-product_tab_overview
SECONDARY ART EDUCATION
1. Neuroscience and art.
a. Betty Edwards, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain."
b. How visual arts influence cognition.
2. Design Thinking
Define and discuss the growth of the "STEM" vs. "STEAM" movement to understand how creativity and critical thinking responds to this. What is DIY? Prototyping? The Creative Economy? The Conceptual Age? Convergent vs. divergent thinking? Collaboration? Improv?
View archived NAEA online webinar: https://virtual.arteducators.org/products/creative-critical-thinking-bringing-design-thinking-into-the-classroom
3. Abigail Housen's "Aesthetic Development"
Who are Abigail Housen and some researchers who inspired her work? What is aesthetic development? What are the five stages of it? What are examples of each stage? How do teachers lead students through aesthetic development?
4. The Conceptual Age.
What is the Conceptual Age? Who is Daniel Pink? What is the premise behind his book/speech “A Whole New Mind?” Why are Right-Brain abilities important in the Conceptual Age?
Starter RESOURCE: Check out book and DVD from Jodi.