ART-119: Art Education for the Elementary Teacher

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Art Education for the Elementary Teacher
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC
Catalog Course Description

A course for classroom teachers which emphasizes the integration of art into the general classroom procedures to enhance learning. Explores how to develop an understanding of the child’s mental and creative growth through art, an awareness of art, and an awareness of art in its various contemporary and cultural contexts. Students will learn how to integrate art into a variety of content and curriculum through using different art mediums.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To use art as a discipline for learning at the elementary level and to understand the nature of art as a human activity and properties of various art forms with a focus on visual expression.

Core Course Topics
  1. Budget

    Analyze and determine how to best manage a classroom budget and determine where funds are spent in support of visual components of the curriculum

  2. Materials

    Summarize how to develop and/or identify policies, procedures and sources to build a "tool chest" of art supplies

  3. Seeking Donations

    Summarize how to develop and/or identify policies, procedures and sources to build a "tool chest" of art supplies through donations when on a limited budget or without a budget

  4. Motor Skills

    Research and present examples that tie Art related motor skill activities to specific age related cognitive needs

  5. Curriculum Connections

    Demonstrate, prepare and/or explain art projects that are based upon established classroom curriculum expectations or needs

  6. Cognitive Development

    Discuss and analyze the stages of cognitive development and the importance of visual related stimuli as gained through art related projects

  7. Non-Linguistic Representation

    Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of educational needs that are an alternative to traditional verbal based learning to accommodate students that may be special needs, non English speaking, trauma survivors, etc

  8. Building a catalog of art projects

    Demonstrate an understanding, knowledge and skill at building a catalog of art making processes and projects that reflect the abilities and needs of elementary age students

  9. Vocabulary

    Define and teach the vocabulary of art making as may apply to the cognitive skills of students of elementary school age

  10. Media

    Define and teach a variety of art making projects that reflect an assortment of media that match the cognitive and motor skill development of elementary school age students

  11. Special needs students

    Design a visual curriculum that could be used as an alternative learning methodology for youngsters with special needs

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Class participation
  • Class discussions
  • Class projects
  • Class exercises
  • Essays and/or research projects
  • Quizzes and tests
  • All of the aforementioned will be determined by the instructor and described in the course syllabus

Determined by faculty


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022