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Art Education Courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Courses for Graduates or Undergraduates

This is a complete listing of department course offerings. Some courses are only open to students enrolled in one of our degree programs. Please see Current Course Offerings for courses available for general enrollment.

EDS 121 Art Education & Human Development With Multicultural Perspectives
This course considers human development from early childhood through adolescence through the lens of the artist-teacher. Readings, seminar activities and field visits to PreK-12 classrooms will focus on the role of art in human development and learning guided by theories of multicultural education. Special attention is paid to how art teachers engage youth in studying, critiquing and making visual culture while considering the stages of human development and student's diverse identities. Field experiences include brief observations of a range of public school art classrooms and other community art making settings. Introductions to art curriculum development, seminar reflections and classroom discourse are cultivated to respond to student observations about art and human development of learners in multicultural settings. Furst
Open to all BFA students with priority registration given to BFA students who intend to apply to the MAT program.

EDS 122 Art Education with Special Populations
Art Education with Special Populations considers the role of the art educator with regard to visual culture and art making with special populations. Attention focuses on learners with special needs. Exceptionalities in learning and expressing are explored through current research in psychology, sociology and anthropology. Field observations to art education sites that care for and educate special populations will inform reflective discussion and curriculum development. Solving issues of lesson adaptations to make art available to all will be explored. A broad view of ability/disability will inform the art educator's role in asking questions such as: What counts as art? Who counts as artist? and What counts as knowledge? Furst
Open to all BFA students with priority registration given to BFA students who intend to apply to the MAT program.

EDS 173 Student Teaching in Art, PreK-8
The course is designed to support student art teachers in their practicum full-time internship in a school art classroom for grades PreK-8. Emphasis is placed on developing the artist/researcher/teacher identity with a critical view on the role of art education in visual culture and multicultural education. The role of teaching philosophy, social justice issues, student voice and activism, public school culture, and curriculum development are studied. Strategies and organization for meeting state requirements to achieve teacher licensure are offered through the standards presented in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Pre-service Performance Assessment. Professional practices and career launching strategies are explored. Lifelong learning as a community leader in art education is modeled through an exhibit and gallery talk at the culminating event, the Art Education Festival. Open only to MAT Art Ed students who are engaged in full-time student teaching practicum. Barahal

EDS 174 Student Teaching in Art, 5-12
The course is designed to support student art teachers in their practicum full-time internship in a school art classroom for grades 5-12. Emphasis is placed on developing the artist/researcher/teacher identity with a critical view on the role of art education in visual culture and multicultural education. The role of teaching philosophy, social justice issues, student voice and activism, public school culture, and curriculum development are studied. Strategies and organization for meeting state requirements to achieve teacher licensure are offered through the standards presented in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Pre-service Performance Assessment. Professional practices and career launching strategies are explored. Lifelong learning as a community leader in art education is modeled through an exhibit and gallery talk at the culminating event, the Art Education Festival. Open only to MAT Art Ed students who are engaged in full-time student teaching practicum. Furst

EDS 175 Art Education Foundation, PreK-8
In this course students investigate how the histories of education and the evolutions of cultural production influence philosophies, current theories and practices of PK-8 Art Education. These ideas are explored from four perspectives: 1) the postmodern framework on knowledge and learning, 2) voices of teachers, students and families, 3) future directions of the field of Art Education and 4) relationships between theory and practice. The dynamic interplay of these four influences on Art Education are understood through readings, discussions, art making, presentations, reflections and developing personal teaching philosophies. Open only to MAT Art ED students with some exceptions with permission of instructor. Furst

EDS 176 Art Education Curriculum, PreK-8
This course focuses on curriculum development for elementary and middle school art programs. Emphasis is placed on lesson and unit plan writing, curriculum design, and critical study of existing art curricula. Discussion topics include: curriculum development for diverse student populations, integration of art with other subjects, the application of national and state standards to curriculum, evaluation criteria and procedures, and studies of contemporary art and visual culture in art curricula. Instructional methods, assessment strategies, art media, and technologies will be explored through student projects and presentations. Recommendations: MAT students only unless granted special permission. Bower-Basso

EDS 177 Art Education Foundation, 5-12
In this course, students investigate how the histories of the field of art education and the evolutions of cultural production influence teaching philosophies, educational theories, and classroom practices. These issues are explored through a socio-cultural lens in four areas: 1) the postmodern framework on knowledge and learning, 2) voices of teachers, students and families, 3) future directions of the field of art education, and 4) relationships between theory and practice. The dynamic interplay of these four influences is understood through reading, discussion, collaboration, art making, presenting, and reflecting. Sociopolitical issues of educational reform, the needs of diverse learners, and the effects of national and state achievement standards on art programs are integrated throughout the course. Course requirements include weekly readings and class discussions, a research presentation on a topic of choice, final written paper reflecting on art education, and an altered book that includes course reflections and art making. Bower-Basso

EDS 178 Art Education Curriculum, 5-12
This course will guide students in formulating art curricula for high school and middle school art programs. The course fosters the development of sequential units, guided by enduring understandings and essential questions. Instructional methods, assessment strategies, art media, and technologies will be explored through student projects and presentations. Open only to MAT Art ED students with some exceptions with permission of instructor. Bower-Basso

EDS 179 Field Studies in Art Education, PreK-8
Students participate in school and community art programs for children in preschool through grade eight. Fieldwork includes assisting with weekend studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and focused observations one day a week in school settings. Course readings, class discussions, field site reflections, written lesson plans and lesson presentations are required. Open only to MAT Art ED students, limited exceptions are made with permission of instructor. Bower-Basso

EDS 180 Field Studies in Art Education, 5-12
Students participate in school and community art programs for students in grades five through twelve. Fieldwork includes assisting with weekend studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and focused observations one day a week in school settings. Course readings, class discussions, field site reflections, written lesson plans and lesson presentations are required. Open only to MAT Art ED students, limited exceptions are made with permission of instructor. Barahal