"Cultivating Creativity Through Visual Literacy” serves the needs of education students and experienced teachers in the MAT program.
Block C (Jul. 12 - Aug. 3, 2012)
Undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in teaching professionally are invited to apply for admission with consent of the instructors.
The class combines studio assignments, the exploration of theories about the visual arts and arts instruction, technical demonstrations, discussions, readings, and student-led presentations. It will challenge the common opinion that art is of peripheral value in a standard curriculum, or only appropriate for creatively gifted students. Instead, we will explore ways that making and looking at visual art can help all students at every level to improve their capacity to express themselves, solve problems, and engage creatively with the visual world that surrounds them.
The course will explore both “project-driven” and “process-oriented” approaches to teaching art. Students will be equipped with a variety of “tried-and-true” projects currently enjoying success in existing K-12 art curricula, and also challenge the tendency to teach art in a controlled manner that predetermines an outcome.
We will engage daily with works by fine artists as well as images from our contemporary visual culture, including advertising, digital photography and all things web-related. Our emphasis on materials and craft will grow from a foundation in drawing and printmaking – particularly for students and teachers who think they can’t draw! – and include collage, sculpture, and tactile media that play a vital role in engaging students who benefit from active physical involvement with materials beyond the confines of a school desk.
One unit of Humanities credit
Prerequisite: COI. Enrollment is limited to 25 students. A non-refundable $100 deposit is required of Colorado College students to enroll in this course. Visiting students are required to pay a non-refundable $500 deposit. The deposit will be credited to your final tuition payment.
Program Fee (in addition to tuition): $30
Also listed as: AS210, HS514