Gain the skills and sensibilities to foster art-filled learning experiences in K–12 schools and community settings.
A teaching artist is an artist/designer with the complementary skills of an educator who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in and through the arts.
This minor provides the opportunity to develop a meaningful connection between studio art/design practice and teaching artist work. In this program, students:
Apply practices and theories of arts education and community engagement
Research and apply historical and contemporary learning theory in planning, preparation, teaching, and assessment of visual arts-integrated projects
Gain an understanding of career opportunities in this field
Gain professional experience and training
Generate professional teaching artist residency application documents
Students emerge from this program with the knowledge base and capacity to create and participate in visual arts teaching residencies.
Reverse Your Role in the Classroom
Students in the Teaching Artist minor program are introduced to arts education organizations by the people who know them best: those organizations' leaders. In addition to learning in MCAD's classrooms, students get hands-on experience by way of residency and shadow placements in local K–12 and community education classrooms.
Students Have Held Placements At:
HS 3530 Teaching Artist: Theory and Methods 3
The first of a two-course sequence, this course engages undergraduate art and design students in the theory and practice of the teaching artist in the schools and community, and introduces professional opportunities in the field. Students explore teaching and learning theory in historical and contemporary contexts, applying theory in arts infused peer presentations, peer teaching, classroom observation and team teaching in K-12 classrooms. Teaching artists, arts administrators, and leaders in the art education community present models of teacher-artist collaborations, inquiry based learning, arts-infused curriculum, arts and core content standards, organizational cultures and teaching artist residency opportunities.
Prerequisites: Foundation-Level Coursework
ID 3517 Teaching Artist: Practicum 3
After the completion of Teaching Artist Theory And Methods, students are involved in classroom observation, interaction, and visual arts infused teaching experiences. Collaborating with paired mentors and supervised by a faculty member, students participate in two visual art residencies and shadow a teaching artist. In addition to on-site observation and teaching, students reflect on teaching experience, create lessons and assessments, and develop presentation packets required for residencies applications. Undergraduate requirements and this coursework prepare the student for work as teaching artists in K–12 schools and community settings.
Prerequisites: Teaching Artist Theory and Methods
FAS 3010 Art in Community 3
In this course students plan and implement projects in collaboration with community partners to express identity or sense of place, address concerns, and support local aspirations through the arts. Topics covered include surveying contemporary and historical arts-based community projects, classroom training in group work facilitation, theory and criticism in the field, cultural diversity and social justice issues, and grant writing. Taking this course is an exciting way to earn credit while building relationships with the greater Twin Cities community through the development of art and design works.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
TBD Psychology 3
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Non-Western Art History Course 3 Choose one of the following AH/HS 3325 Native American Art 3
Most Native American tribes do not have a word in their languages for the artist, yet the arts are a pervasive part of both daily and ceremonial life. Using selected tribes, artists and art forms, we will look at Native American art, architecture and aesthetics. Emphasis will be on the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The impact of outside forces on continuities and changes in traditional forms will be explored. Class sessions are a mixture of lecture and discussion. Students will complete two exams as well as several short writing assignments.
AH/HS 3624 Gender, Art, and Society 3
This course focuses on the idea of gender and its impact on the production, consumption, and analysis of art. Course topics may include gender and gender ambiguity in art and visual culture, the shifting definition of the artist in history, institutions that shape artists' outlooks, and feminist and postmodern theories of gender. The relationships among gender, art, and society are examined by focusing on particular topics, such as fetishism and fashion, and these topics are analyzed from a number of perspectives: historically, theoretically and culturally. This course includes lectures, discussions of required readings, and student presentations. Assignments may include exams as well as short essays and longer research papers.
AH 3722 Asian Art History 3
This course examines the art of Asia from its beginnings to the present day. It will involve a regional approach, focusing on representative works from India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. While regional characteristics will be emphasized, cross-cultural influences will also be studied. Through a variety of media, including sculpture, architecture, and painting, the class will gain an understanding of the broad themes and concepts that run throughout Asian art. Part of this includes an understanding of the role that religion plays. Thus, a basic comprehension of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto, as well as their influences, will be attained. The structure of the class sessions include slide lectures, discussions, and several visits to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There will be two exams, as well as at least one short writing assignment.
AH 3728 African American Art 3
Consisting of lectures and seminar-style discussion, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the visual art of African Americans from the Colonial period to the present. The course will examine a variety of visual media from painting, sculpture, and photography to popular culture objects and mass media images. In addition, students will critically examine the ways in which the constructed meanings of "blackness" intersect with representational practices of gender, sexuality, and class, as well as the training and education of artists, public and private patronage, and the history of art history and arts criticism. Class sessions include both lectures and discussions. Students will complete examinations and research papers.
Studio Course 3 Choose one of the following (internship preferred) ADV 4010 Internship 3
Internships provide an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in a particular career area and valuable on-the-job skills. Internships may be arranged by the Director of Career Services or initiated by students. All internships must be pre-approved through the Career Services Office. For an internship to be approved, a mentor relationship and learning experience should exist beyond a simple employment opportunity. Three-credit internships require working 135 hours at the internship site and keeping a journal of hours and activities.
Prerequisites: Professional Practice varying Studio Elective 3
Choose a studio elective that is outside of your major.