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ECE: Creative Arts for the Young Child (Preschool Through Grade 3) | ECED.X312

You know intuitively that art activities engage children of all ages. But how can you make the most of your teaching with art? How can you---even without formal training---organize stellar lessons that leave the kids asking for more? In this fundamentals course, participants start with a review of art expression at each stage of early childhood development, then move on to understanding ways to foster creativity and the creative process. Next, participants work hands-on with basic art processes, such as, painting, drawing, and creating designs. Through mini-lectures, discussions, videos, and readings, participants prepare age-appropriate lessons that build visual and spatial awareness and relate art to other key curricula---science, mathematics, language arts, and social studies. Participants leave the course with an individualized portfolio, complete with lesson plans and objectives. Course activities include ample instructor modeling.

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to

  • Select and develop age-appropriate, process-oriented art experiences for young children and share them with the class and instructor
  • Create a resource portfolio based on knowledge of media and resources in the field of creative art
  • Observe young children and assess the developmental level of children’s art expression and skills
  • Demonstrate through assignments and group discussion a knowledge of and appreciation for the role of creative art expression in the emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth of the child
  • Demonstrate judgment and decision-making in selection of art activities and materials for young children
  • Demonstrate integration of theory and practice by oral presentation of activities and written assignments
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the role of creative expression in the individual through hands-on classroom experience

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Open Sections and Schedule
Start / End Date Units Cost Instructor
02-12-2022 to 02-26-2022 3.0 $435

Melissa Chi Le



Date: Start Time: End Time: Meeting Type: Location:
Sat, 02-12-2022 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Live-Online REMOTE
Sat, 02-19-2022 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Live-Online REMOTE
Sat, 02-26-2022 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Live-Online REMOTE