Course Description - EDUC 4496 - Intermediate Visual Arts Elective
EDUC 4496 is a critical study of the aims, scope and sequence of the Intermediate Division curriculum in Visual Arts. It includes analysis of Ministry guidelines, studio techniques, history, design and practicum.
The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession have been embedded in the learning expectations for the Intermediate Visual Arts elective. This course has the following learning expectations for the candidates:
- Understand and implement Ministry of Education curriculum expectations and Ministry and district school board policies and guidelines related to Intermediate Division Visual Arts students.
- Identify, select, and plan Visual Arts education programming specifically suited to the developmental needs of Intermediate Division learners.
- Demonstrate a level of competency in modeling the appropriate uses of materials, tools, resources, studio techniques, and media experiences appropriate for early and middle adolescent Visual Arts students.
- Employ the most current and effective instructional methods related to Visual Arts education in the Intermediate Division.
- Have opportunities to increase skills and effectiveness as Visual Arts educators.
The importance of a Visual Arts education in the growth and development of Intermediate elementary and secondary school students will be addressed. Current curriculum issues, trends, and design techniques will be discussed and integrated into all components of the course via direct instruction, small group interaction, peer presentations, inquiry, problem solving, action research, and co-operative learning. Workshops in design, studio, and history will augment the course candidates' prior Visual Arts knowledge and respond to individual needs. Course candidates will have opportunities to create supportive networks, receive feedback from peers and the instructor, and show response to professional reading via reflective practice.
Nipissing University is committed to providing students with the opportunity to complete courses whenever possible, and therefore reserves the right to modify elements of a course, including such aspects as mode of delivery, course schedule, assignments and deadlines if circumstances require such extreme measures. If modifications become necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be provided. Our students will be given an explanation and an opportunity to comment.
The Intermediate Visual Arts elective supports the Ontario Ministry of Education documents:
- The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8, The Arts
- The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 & 10, The Arts
- AVI 100 Course Profile
- AVI 200 Course Profile
- ASM200 Course Profile
Successful candidates will demonstrate their understanding and ability to apply the following:
- understanding the theoretical foundations of Visual Arts
- understanding the learning theory specific to Visual Arts
- demonstrating knowledge of Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum policy for Visual Arts
- recognizing and understanding curricular implications of educational destinations - work, college and university
- identifying, accessing, assessing and integrating community, print, electronic and collegial resources that link closely to the Ontario curriculum
- employing instructional strategies appropriate for the adolescent learner for both individual and group learning experiences
- understanding, devising and employing a variety of assessment and evaluation instruments appropriate to the developmental stage of students and the delivery of Visual Arts
- implementing effective classroom management strategies appropriate for the early to middle adolescent learner in Visual Arts
- The Place of Visual Arts in Education
- The early to middle adolescent Visual Arts learner
- Development of an Intermediate Visual Arts curriculum
- Assessment and evaluation
- Studio workshops and ideas
- Art history and architecture
- Art criticism
- Art integration with other subjects
- Art career guidance
- Management strategies specific to Visual Arts
- Advocating the arts
- Extra-curricular Visual Arts
- The place of Media arts in today's curriculum
In order to be successful in this course, teacher candidates must complete all assignments. The penalty for late submission of an assignment is 10% per calendar day. Exceptions will be made for special circumstances; however, do request an extension by contacting the instructor. Failure to complete or submit an assignment will result in an assigned grade of "0" for the assignment. If a candidate is absent for 20% or more of the course schedule, the J/I and/or I/S Division Chairs will be contacted and the student will be in jeopardy of losing the course credit. All assignments will be submitted to and received from the instructor in class only.
Assignments = 30%
Unit Plan = 40%
Portfolio = 30%
- Assignments = 30%
Each course candidate will complete individual and group assignments. These may include lesson plans, hands-on art history ideas, in class assignments, Visual Arts mission statement, critiquing sessions, and assessment and evaluation tasks.
- Unit Plan = 40%
Each course candidate will design a unit of study suited to the instructional and curricular responsibilities associated with teaching Visual Arts in the Junior/ Intermediate Division. The unit will follow the framework outlined in the Ministry of Education Curriculum Planner (March 2001 edition) and will include Art History, Art Criticism, the elements and principles of design, career opportunities, Canadian content, Multiculturalism, and address health and safety issues. Exemplars designed and made by the students will be used to accompany the individual lessons within the unit plan. It will be complete and practical enough so course candidates could start teaching from it if they were to teach the unit "tomorrow".
- Portfolio = 30%
Each course candidate will submit a portfolio of their own exemplars related to instruction in Visual Arts at the Junior/ Intermediate level. The exemplars may include original handouts, posters, samples from hands-on activities, lesson plans, etc. that the student can use in his/her future classroom.
Blaskievich, L. and Walkling, C. EDUC 4496 Course Pack , Nipissing University , 2008
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