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Art 4303 Foundations of Art Education II

Course Details

Course Number
Art 4403
Section Number
Art 4403
Fall 2012
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

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

Steve Hilton (view Profile)
Course Objectives

Course Description:

Art 4403 is the second of two art education classes taken by art education pre-service teachers. This course will help prepare you for student teaching by further solidifying your teaching and learning philosophy with discussions on the following: art’s role in society (past, present, and future), lesson preparation with an interdisciplinary and issues-based (art with content) focus on art pedagogy (using state (TEKS) and national standards) and effective assessment strategies. There will also be a focus on studio art with considerable time spent on different art techniques, and sections on aesthetics and criticism, art history, art classroom management, and professional development. Objectives for this course are partially derived from Texas’ Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Standards (EC-Grade 12) and MSU’s Reference Guide for Observing and Assessing Student Teachers.


• Although I will try to keep the cost down, there will be additional art materials costs for this class of no more than $50. Most likely you have most of the materials you will need for Foundations II.


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 how to link art content to other subject areas, and real life examples

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

• ask and try to answer, “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



• develop their understanding of Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) in conjunction with developing an electronic image base

• use galleries/museums/popular culture for art education

• develop effective means to understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture



• continue to develop an understanding on how different 2D and 3D art media can be used both in the art classroom and with other disciplines

• use studio projects as demonstration examples for their future students

• develop problem-solving skills in the making of art that can be used in other disciplines and daily life.



Criticism and Aesthetics:

• develop the ability to reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

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

• further develop ability to assess and evaluate art “effectively”

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

• continue to 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 while using TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).

• 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



• Develop assessment strategies for use in the art classroom


Classroom Management:

• further 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:

• have an understanding of TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) ExCET (Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas) and PRAXIS

Course Expectations
Grading Standards
Final Exam 12/06/2012 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. There are no excused absences . . . an absence is an absence. If you miss class five (5) times which is about 20% of the course, you will receive an automatic F for the semester. For each absence after three (3) you will receive a one-half letter grade penalty off of your final grade. (two tardies or leaving early equal an absence)

• Example: after your 4th absence, a 90% will become an 85%

• Example: after your 4th absence and 2nd tardy, your 90% will become an F

Other Policies

Grading Policy:

Art Projects

I will be grading your art assignments with the following criteria:

  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 assignments?
  9. Does it communicate your intention?


To determine your grade, the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage.

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


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

Assignments/reflections/lesson plans           55  percent

Participation (clean-up, helping out)            10  percent

Quizzes/test                                            5    percent

Effort                                                     10  percent

Final Exam/Project                                  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!


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) are academic dishonesty.

• I reserve the right to drop any student with an F grade, or recommend other sanctions, if she/he 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.”



TAKING THIS COURSE IN THE ART DEPARTMENT AT MSU MEANS THAT YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY to 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                                                                             December 5 (the last class of the semester)

Labor Day - No classes                                                     September 3

Deadline for December graduates to file for graduation October 1

Deadline for May graduates to file for graduation                    October 8

Commencement                                                              December 15


** 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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