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Instructor Info:Jana Silver
Office Extension x5671
TA Info:Caitlin Fuller
Hannah Shannon
Office Extension x4536
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5

In this tutorial, students will develop a general understanding of art education and its relationship to contemporary society. Through investigation of cultural, sociological and philosophical influences we will explore the teaching of visual arts in public and private schools, museums, community-based educational programs, and other alternative educational sites. We will discuss current issues in the profession and incorporate observation and hands on experimentation with visual art teaching tools and methods.

Course Objectives:

In this class students will:

  • Become familiar with Hampshire College, the campus, the divisional system, evaluations and the basic landscape of the college.
  • Become acquainted with different teaching philosophies within the field of Art Education. 
  • Explore creativity and creative/aesthetic development for children and youth in grades k-12.
  • Survey the world through a creative lens.
  • Students will begin to develop their own philosophy of Art Education.
  • Discuss current issues, theory, and philosophy related to art for children and youth in K-12 art programs.
  • Read literature pertaining to art education and learn view points from major leaders in their field.
  • Gain knowledge from completing observations in schools and/or other appropriate settings.
  • Complete a lesson plan portfolio which demonstrates proficiency in creating art lessons for k-12 art students.
Evaluation Criteria:

Punctual attendance is mandatory.  Since this class meets twice a week more than three unexcused absences are unacceptable in this class and the result will be no evaluation.  If missing class is unavoidable it is up to you to, catch up on what you missed in class, look up the weekly assignment on the web page, talk to other students to find out what was covered in class and meet with the teacher if necessary. If you are due to give a presentation or have an observation that you will be unable to attend, it is up to you to contact the instructor and the teacher you are scheduled to observe via. e-mail or voice-mail before the presentation or observation was scheduled and re-schedule.

You are required to hand in all of your course work.  Assignments missed will be noted in your evaluation and an unacceptable amount of missing course work will result in no evaluation for this class.

Full class participation is expected from everyone.

Additional Info:


This class will also be an important part of your first semester at Hampshire experience. During this class you will become increasingly familiar with Hampshire College, the campus, the divisional system, requirements, evaluations and the basic landscape of the college. We will discuss day-to-day issues on Hampshire campus and hopefully this tutorial will become a comfortable space for you to ask questions and share thoughts and concerns about your first semester experiences.