A Special Session Course of Art Education



Special Topics in Art Education


Course Syllabus


Instructor: Dr. Masami Toku

Class Hours: Please see the class schedule < http://www.csuchico.edu/schedule/ >

Office Hours:  Contact the main office (Phone: 898-5331)

Office: Ayres 125(Phone: 898-6866/E-mail: mtoku@csuchico.edu)

Prerequisite: Art207 or permission of instructor

Material fee: Please see the class schedule < http://www.csuchico.edu/schedule/ >



Art 298 is designed to provide liberal studies and art education majors with a philosophical and practical basis for learning historical and contemporary issues in art education. Lecture and discussion will especially focus upon two themes: 1) diversity in visual culture and 2) the universality vs. cultural-specificity of children's artistic and aesthetic development.




·        To examine the cultural diversity in art education in the US and other countries

·        To examine historical and contemporary interpretations of children's artistic and aesthetic development and their influence on educational theory and practice.

·        To explore relationships between general intellectual growth and the ability to create and respond to works of art.

·        To integrate art with other subjects in school and life

·        To develop strategies for teaching art criticism and appreciation


Topics for Discussion:


·        Cultural diversity in art education

- History of art education in the U.S. and other countries

- Cross-cultural study of childrenfs artistic and aesthetic developments

·        Post-modernism in art education

- Diversity in visual culture

- Diverse value of art educational curricula in Post-modernism era

·        Theories of artistic/aesthetic development:

- Theoretical and psychological perspectives on artistic and aesthetic development

·        Value of art education in curricula:

- Nature and culture in artistic learning

- Characteristics of children's responses to works of art

·        Philosophies of teaching art:

- Diagnostic and therapeutic uses of children's artworks


Required Textbook:


A course pocket of "Art 298: Special Topics of Art Education: Cultural Diversity in Art Education" collected by Masami Toku


Other reading assignments will be announced.



Course Requirements:


·        Weekly readings and reaction reports (2-3 pages in length). Please read all assigned material. Write a reaction report in which you respond to key issues in the readings --those passages or positions that seem most significant to your understanding of child art. When several articles are assigned, you may choose to respond to one selection or to address a theme that carries through the group of readings. Two to three people will be asked to share their reaction reports with the class at each meeting. Please be prepared to present your response and to contribute to discussion.


·        Mid term research paper on some aspect of children's artistic and/or aesthetic development. Suggested topics, approaches, and guidelines will be provided.


·        Art project(s) related to the research paper (*The detail will be discussed later.)


·        Final project of art educational website (*The detail will be discussed later.)


* Unless otherwise specified, all papers (including weekly reaction reports) must be typed (double-spaced), proofread, stapled (if over one page), and professionally presented (follow the instruction carefully).





Final grades will be based upon weekly reaction reports (20%), your participation in class (20%), your research project (20%), art projects (20%), and the final project of art educational website (20%). More than three absences will result in automatic reduction on your final grade.







This course contains a great deal of material that is impossible to make up, so daily attendance is important. Attendance, preparedness and punctuality are considered as a part of your professional development. More than 3 absences will result in a reduction of your grade (e.g. A to A-). Late arrival/early departures will also affect your grade.


If you expect to miss a class period due to special conditions (e.g. religious holy days, participation in university events, and so on), let the instructor know within the first two weeks of class for the alternate arrangements for assignments.


* It is the studentfs responsibility to get information before the next class to catch up with the schedule if a class is missed.



Class Behavior:


Any class behavior which distracts or undermines an atmosphere conductive to learning  - chatting, sleeping, reading newspapers, and leaving class early or arriving late - will not be tolerated. The instructor reserves the right to regard any student behaving this way as absents for the day.



Possible approach of final research paper:


1. Cultural Diversity in Art Education

2. Post-modernism in Art Education

3. Visual culture (popular culture) in art educational curricula

4. Technology and art education

5. Literature reviews of children's artistic and/or aesthetic development


6. Case Study of Childrenfs Artistic/Aesthetic Development:


A case study of one child or a group of children including both visual materials (childrenfs drawings, paintings, or photographs of three-dimensional work) and a written interpretation. Because this project functions in lieu of a final examination, your descriptions and analyses of the childrenfs work should reflect your understanding of the information presented in readings and lecture of childrenfs artistic development. Suggestions and methodological guidelines will be provided. One-page proposals (describing the child or children you will study, the context in which your observations will occur, the focus of your inquiry, and the method you will use) are due Final projects are due