Teaching is a creative process. To direct, train and educate artists requires more than a knowledge of art. An effective teacher must communicate visual ideas, facilitate creative growth and engender a desire for learning to prepare artists for professional challenges. Students at PrattMWP prepare for their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Art and Design Education by completing the foundation art courses in their freshman year then developing both their visual art skills and abilities in communicating those visual ideas to others. Students who major in Art and Design Education may then go on to earn a New York State Initial Certification in Teaching Fine Arts in grades Pre-K through 12.
ADE 215 A
Introduction to Fieldwork/Study in Art and Design Education
1 to 6 credits
Students will observe, assist, and eventually teach in an art classroom. Issues raised in fieldwork journals, including lesson planning, classroom management, and evaluation, will be brought to the seminar for discussion and analysis.
ADE 215 B
Introduction to Fieldwork/Study in Art and Design Education with Special Populations
1 to 6 credits
Students will observe, assist, and eventually teach to special needs students. Placement will be made with teachers who have had course work and extensive experience in special education. Issues raised in fieldwork journals, including inclusion, labeling, and lesson planning, will be brought to the seminar for discussion and analysis.
21st Century Ideas about Art and Self
3 credits each semester
This course is designed to enable the student to develop a personal philosophy as an artist/designer and teacher through the exploration of the relationship between the creator, the creative process, and art and culture. Visits to museums and galleries and an examination of modern and contemporary artists will also serve as subjects for the class discussion. A semester-long project focusing on one object will demonstrate the variety of personal styles and expressive forms in the visual arts while complementing the required texts and discussion.
Current Issues in Education and Society
2 credits each semester
This course will encourage students to use available resources in the public media to gain critical understanding of the communication of ideas and issues in education and society. Both the source for public information and its format will be analyzed with film, video, tape, newspaper, selected readings, and guest speakers, providing multiple perspectives on issues such as violence in the schools and community. Educational research techniques and workshops on child abuse will be included in the course.