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Art Education

Bachelor of Arts

The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Anna Maria College offers a modern comprehensive program in Art Education within a vibrant liberal arts college curriculum. The Art Education curriculum combines creativity, theory and practice with solid educational principles and practices. It provides the opportunity for students to develop their own artistic practice and technical skills in art making, to strengthen their understanding of historical and contemporary art, as well as non-western art, and through education and art education courses and experiences to develop a solid pedagogical approach to teaching art.

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for an exciting career in teaching art in the elementary, middle or high schools. The Massachusetts Department of Education has approved this program for Initial License in the Visual Arts PreK-8 and grades 5-12. See Teacher Preparation/ Licensure application requirements.

 Upon completion of a BA in Art Education, students will gain:

  • Functional competence with principles of visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions; color theory and its applications; and drawing
  • Perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen field(s)
  • Familiarity with the historical achievements, current major issues, processes, and directions of their field(s)
  • The ability to analyze works of art/design perceptively and to evaluate them critically
  • An understanding of the common elements and vocabulary of art/design and of the interaction of these elements, and be able to employ this knowledge in analysis
  • The ability to place works of art/design in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts
  • Working knowledge of technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization
  • The ability to work independently on a variety of art and/or design problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in studio, analysis, history, and technology
  • The potential to inspire others and to excite the imagination of students, engendering a respect and desire for art and visual experiences
  • The ability and desire constantly to seek out, evaluate, and apply new ideas and developments in both art and education
  • The ability to maintain positive relationships with individuals of various social and ethnic groups, and empathize with students and colleagues of differing backgrounds
  • The ability to articulate and communicate the goals of an art program to pupils, colleagues, administrators, and parents in an effective and professionally responsible manner
  • Familiarity with the basic expressive, technical, procedural and organizational skills, and conceptual insights which can be developed through studio art and design experiences
  • The ability to make students emphatically aware of the all-important process of artistic creation from conceptualized image to finished art work
  • Understanding of the major styles and periods of art history, analytical methods, and theories of criticism
  • Understanding of the development of past and contemporary art forms
  • Understanding of contending philosophies of art
  • Understanding of the fundamental and integral relationships of all these to the making of art
  • Functional knowledge of physics of light; chemistry of pigments; chemical and thermal aspects of shaping materials; basic technologies involved in printmaking, photography, filmmaking, and video
  • An understanding of child development and the identification and understanding of psychological principles of learning as they relate to art education
  • An understanding of the philosophical and social foundation underlying art in education and the ability to express a rationale for personal attitudes and beliefs
  • Ability to assess aptitudes, experiential backgrounds, and interests of individuals and groups of students, and to devise learning experiences to meet assessed needs
  • Knowledge of current methods and materials available in all fields and levels of art education.
  • Basic understanding of the principles and methods of developing curricula and the short- and long-term instructional units that comprise them
  • The ability to accept, amend, or reject methods and materials based on personal assessment of specific teaching situations
  • An understanding of evaluative techniques and the ability to apply them in assessing both the progress of students and the objectives and procedures of the curriculum
  • Ability to organize continuing study and to incorporate knowledge gained into self-evaluation and professional growth