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Art 4303 Foundations of Art Education I

Course Details

Course Number
Art 4303
Section Number
Art 4303
Fall 2010
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday and Thursday: 2:00 PM to 4:50 PM

Steve Hilton (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Children and Their Art
Hurwitz and Day
Course Objectives

Course Objectives – Students will:

• understand that art should be a valuable lifelong experience for all students

• gain insight into how to motivate student’s creativity

• understand that culture is art, and art is culture being “practiced” by an individual

• understand elementary art students might be in the most vulnerable stage of their creative development and that a 7th grade art class might be the last art class a student takes

• realize, your students might not become artists, but they should develop an appreciation for the arts

• understand, as an educator, one must continue learning  . . .  students and teachers are co-teachers/co-learners

• ask yourself, and try to answer by the end of the semester, “Can one be educated without a basic knowledge of some aspect of art?”

• for those of you who will be teaching art exclusively, ask yourself the question, “Should one be making art . . . To teach art?

• learn strategies to display student art work, while helping to promote “the art program” . . . in your school and community



• gain an insight into art history and the history of art education while learning about Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) in conjunction with developing an electronic image base

• use galleries/museums/popular culture for art education



• develop a “working knowledge” of different 2D and 3D art media

• understand that when making art, children and adults alike use “both sides of their brain”

• use studio projects as the beginning of a collection of demonstration examples


Criticism and Aesthetics:

• develop ability to talk about art while leading children in critical thinking about art

• gain insight into talking to students about their art

• develop ability to assess art “effectively”

• develop an understanding of children’s aesthetic and artistic development

• develop the ability to respond to, and teach how to, respond to works of art


Curriculum and Technology:

• develop the ability to prepare/design/write/teach/self-evaluate art curriculum that is integrated across the curriculum and is taught with different teaching styles to/for different learning styles.

• learn to balance the teaching of content-based art production, history, aesthetics, and criticism while making learning relevant to the culture(s) of one’s students.

• recognize/understand and not be afraid to teach to children with disabilities/talents

• incorporate technologies for management and instructional purposes


Classroom Management:

• develop proactive classroom management techniques specific to art classrooms/art lessons (art on a cart), which are motivational by the use of a positive learning environment, relevance to the student, and the use of the educational triad of the teacher/student/parent.

•hone public speaking skills


Professional Development:

• be introduced to TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) ExCET (Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas) and PRAXIS

Course Expectations
Grading Standards
Final Exam 12/02/2010 2:00 PM
Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per day, with the total penalty not to exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment. The only accepted excuses for late work or missing a test/quiz/critique/class are requests from an academic dean, or a documented medical situation. There will be no exceptions, so please do not ask.

• save your work often

• back it up often (in two places)

• save it with a different name periodically (with the date in the name)

• email it to yourself after making large changes

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:

You are expected to attend and participate in every class. If you miss two or more classes you may be dropped from the course, or by the discretion of the instructor, your final grade will be lowered one letter grade for each subsequent absence after the second absence. Two tardies or leaving early two times will count as an absence. Please speak to me about any extenuating circumstance.

Other Policies

Grading Policy:

Art Projects

As art is subjective, and I am not training you to be artists, I will be not be grading your art assignments but will discuss most projects with you with the following criteria in mind:

  1. Craftspersonship
  2. Attention to detail/Effort
  3. Is it aesthetically pleasing . . . and is it designed well (using the elements and principles)
  4. Technical elements and mastery
  5. Growth of your work
  6. Is it innovative/experimental
  7. Time spent on assignment(s)
  8. sketchbook/did you do the assignment?
  9. Does it communicate your intention?

However, if you fail to finish an assignment, or I see a lack of effort, I will “grade” your artwork by subtracting points from your semester total. You will be graded on approximately 450 total points. To determine your grade, your point total will be divided by the possible points.

Assignments are due at the start of the class period on the due date. Any assignment submitted after that time will receive a penalty of 10% per class day late, but the total penalty will not exceed 50% of the points available for the assignment.


Your final grade will be determined by a formula similar to the one below (it could change some):

Assignments/reflections/lesson plans      40  percent

Participation (clean-up, helping out)       10  percent

Quizzes/test                                              20  percent

Effort                                                        10  percent

Final Exam                                               20  percent


90 to 100 percent = A

89 to 90 percent = B

79 to 80 percent = C

69 to 70 percent = D



You will keep a notebook and sketchbook (on materials list) for this class. All assignments, lesson plans, articles, projects, reflections, handouts, art projects, should be included these “books”. If you did it in this class, it should be included.



If you have a question/problem with the material or a technique, please see me as soon as possible. If you wait until the last week of the semester, I might not be able to assist you. There are no dumb questions!


Studio Etiquette:

It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the studio clean. Do not leave without making sure all materials, tools, and artwork are properly stored.

• the last 10.39384 (approximately) minutes of class is devoted to cleaning up, with everyone assisting.

• there will be one studio clean up during the semester and one the last day of class

• during the semester, everyone will be asked to help maintain the studio



I will not give pop-quizzes. I will let you know at least one class period ahead of time. There could be individual in class tests, or take home and collaborative tests.



Decorum and Academic Dishonesty:

Students will abide by all MSU rules, regulations including the Student Honor Creed, and will thereby earn all the student’s rights as noted in the MSU Student Handbook. Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given) is academic dishonesty.


• I reserve the right to drop any student with an F grade, or recommend other sanctions, if a student engages in any form of academic dishonesty.

Student Honor Creed:“As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

Smoking and other uses of tobacco products will not be allowed in accordance with the Student Handbook



Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Student Handbook and the Dean of Students’ Office.



TAKING THIS COURSE IN THE ART DEPARTMENT AT MSU MEANS THAT YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITYto use all equipment, tools, and materials related to the course in a safe manner.  If you have any health-related problems that would be adversely affected by taking the course, you should consult with the instructor at the end of the first day of the class.


Please tell me about any accidents, no matter how small.


Return and Retention Of Student Work:

If work is left in the studio longer than (1) one week after the end of the semester the department has the right to dispose of or use the unclaimed work for any purpose.  The department also reserves the right to retain student work as desired for reference or exhibition purposes. 


Special Needs:

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your needs.


Student Privacy:

Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. This includes a student’ parents.


Important Dates:

Final                                                                        May 4/5 (the last class of the semester)           

Last day of classes                                                May 6

Final examinations begin                                                May 9


** This syllabus may be changed to best meet your needs, or for other reasons as I see fit. This includes the changing or deleting of assignments. If for some reason this syllabus is changed, the method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.


*** By staying enrolled in this course, you are indicating you understand and accept the terms of ART 4403 and this syllabus

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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