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Art and Art Education

Courses in Art & Art Education

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester:

A&H 4000 Art Museum Roundtable

This course guides students in the creation of interdisciplinary secondary curriculum inspired by artworks from New York City museums' collections. Far from making certain subject areas subservient to others, each discipline lends to the process its unique ways of knowing, contributing towards common educational goals. Special Fee: $25

A&HA 4001 Culture, museums, and education I

This course is designed for educational practitioners of different disciplines who have an interest in incorporating the visual arts into their teaching. Visits to museums and from diverse cultural leaders are central features of the course. Serious exploratory play with materials will offer opportunities to deepen artistic insights as a complementary language of learning. Special Fee: $30

A&HA 4003 Encounters with art history

Examines narratives put forth by seminal art historians and engages students with selected artworks from various times and places. Students contribute to the ongoing process of art history by responding critically and creatively to key texts and objects from the history of art. Special Fee: $25

A&HA 4061 Printmaking Processes

A basic course in printmaking for the beginning student. Each semester focuses on one topic of the following: Silkscreen, Japanese Woodblock or Lithography. Group and individual instruction to enhance the skills and aesthetic perception of each student. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.


Instructor(s): Mahbobe Ghods

A&HA 4062 Printmaking: Etching I
Designed to introduce the beginner to the intaglio process (hard and softground etching, etc.). Group and individual instruction to help students acquire printmaking skills and discover their artistic capabilities. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $600 plus special fee.
Instructor(s): Mahbobe Ghods

A&HA 4063 Introduction to painting

Development of fundamental painting skills and understandings within the quest for individual expression and style. Acrylics, collage, and drawing employed. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.


Instructor(s): Olga Hubard

A&HA 4078 Art for classroom teachers: Teaching art to children

Introduction to theories of artistic development. Uses of art materials and processes and lesson planning strategies for art experiences with children and young adolescents. Designed for classroom teachers and in-service students who wish to integrate the visual arts into their teaching. Special fee: $75.

A&HA 4079 Exploring cultural diversity: Implications for arts education

This course explores issues related to cultural diversity and examines their impact on the practices of art and art education. Teachers reflect about curriculum content, pedagogical approaches, and human relations in the diverse art classroom. Special Fee: $25


Instructor(s): Sheyda Ardalan, Olga Hubard

A&HA 4080 Artistic development of children
Corequisite A&HA 4281. Required of all candidates seeking New York State art teacher certification (K-12). Recommended for all degree candidates in elementary education. An examination of the role of the senses, emotions, and intellect in artistic development and of the layered integrations they form over time. Discussion of ways in which developmental insights are basic to the design and implementation of exemplary visual arts lessons and offer critical starting points for research. Special fee: $30.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton

A&HA 4081 Curriculum design in art education

Corequisite A&HA 4202. Introduction to curriculum theory and design in the larger context of education and schooling. The course also explores alternative conceptual models as reflected in different art curricula and engages students in review of curricular issues related to learning outcomes, standards, and assessment in art education. Special fee: $25.


Instructor(s): Mary Hafeli

A&HA 4084 Art and technology

How do artists deploy technology in their art making and teaching? This class explores the influences of art and technology on each other and on teaching. Students make art with various new media technologies, including photo and illustration manipulation software, animation programs, game authoring platforms, web code, and the internet. The emphasis on particular technologies shifts from term to term. Please check with instructor for details. The overall objective of this class is to facilitate the creative use of technology in art and education for students without much prior knowledge of either. Special Fee: $100


Instructor(s): Sean Justice

A&HA 4085 Historical foundations of art education

An introduction to major historical events and underlying beliefs, values, and practices that have influenced contemporary art and art education programs at all levels of instruction in the U.S. as well as internationally. Special fee: $75.

A&HA 4086 Current issues and practices in art and art education
An analysis of current philosophies, theories, and practices in art and art education at all levels of instruction. Programs in public schools, higher education, museum education, and other non-traditional settings are examined, along with advocacy initiatives and policy issues appropriate to the various issues discussed. Special fee: $30.
Instructor(s): Olga Hubard

A&HA 4087 Processes and structures in the visual arts
Suggested for all students in all degree programs. Opportunity for in-depth and sustained exploration of the properties, structures, and expressive uses of selected art materials. The course aims to enrich and extend personal visual repertoires and in parallel, provoke insights into the role of materials in supporting, integrating and challenging the artistic growth of young people in school. Special fee: $75.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Mary Hafeli

A&HA 4088 Artistic development: Adolescence to adulthood

Corequisite A&HA 4281. An examination of sensory, biological, affective, cognitive, and socio-cultural issues influencing continuing development in the visual arts. Discussion of ways in which developmental insights are basic to designing challenging lessons which enrich growth and learning as well as offering critical starting points for research. Required of all candidates seeking New York State Art Certification K-12. Special fee: $30.


Instructor(s): Judith Burton

A&HA 4089 New media, new forms: Tech-trends in art education

A big part of the creative process is the hands-on dialog with materials. What can this dialog look like when the materials in question are digital? New Media, New Forms explores the creative possibilities of new media in art education, the impact of technology in the art room, the changing role of the art educator, and the convergence of visual technologies. The outcome is a playful and transformative inquiry into new media and how we can utilize them to create new forms. No prior knowledge needed. Enrollment limited. Special fee: $100.

A&HA 4090 Museum education issues I: Culture of art museums
An examination of the challenges facing art museums in the twentieth century, with a focus on changing interpretations of objects and how museums respond to public need. Special fee: $25.
Instructor(s): Olga Hubard

A&HA 4092 Introduction to Ceramics

Enrollment limited. For beginners only. Introduction to the basic techniques of hand building, the potters wheel, and slab construction with emphasis on personal expression. Surface decoration and three-dimensional design. Stoneware and earthenware clay bodies and firing procedures will be addressed. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.


Instructor(s): Thomas Lollar

A&HA 4093 Introduction to sculpture and mixed media

An exploration into the world of the third dimension through both figurative and abstract styles. There will be studio experimentation and discussion around working with wood, clay, stone, plaster and metal. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.

A&HA 4094 Introduction to digital photography

This course is designed to introduce students to digital photography and the applications used to produce images. Digital cameras have become both the pastime and the instrument of choice for professional photographers. There have been more pictures taken this decade than in a century since its creation. The class will cover the fundamentals of the digital camera, the Photoshop application for image enhancement and using the Epson photo printer to produce images on inkjet paper. We will review the multiple functions of digital cameras and how to apply this to creative image making. Technical terms ISO, white balance, file sizes, pixels,  resolution and exposure compensation will be demystified. Through weekly presentations we will familiarize ourselves with color, composition and thematic approaches. Students will also be introduced to contemporary photographers as we apply ourselves to our own unique vision. Please bring your camera to first class. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.

A&HA 4096 Photography for educators

Exploration of basic photo techniques and their application to learning across the elementary and high school curriculum. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee..

A&HA 4202 Fieldwork in art education
Permission of instructor required. Professional activities in the field under faculty supervision.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 4281 Field observations in art education
Required of M.A. students or art teacher certification majors. To be taken concurrently with A&HA 4080, Artistic development of children, and A&HA 4088, Artistic development: Adolescence to adulthood. Involves observations in schools of various types; videotaping of contrasting teaching styles and curricular approaches; analysis of perceptual, artistic, and societal assumptions implicit within programs observed.
Instructor(s): Sheyda Ardalan

A&HA 4702 Supervised teaching in art education: Secondary

Prerequisites: A&HA 4080, A&HA 4081, A&HA 4085, A&HA 4087, A&HA 4088, and A&HA 4281. M.A. candidates should plan to take student teaching in their last semester of coursework towards their degree. For majors only. A variety of supervised teaching experiences (7-12), supplemented by conferences, evaluation, and seminars. The student completes 200 hours in schools observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating. Required of those seeking state certification in art in New York State and other states. Special fee: $15.


Instructor(s): Olga Hubard

A&HA 4722 Supervised student teaching in art education: Elementary

Prerequisites: A&HA 4080, A&HA 4081, A&HA 4085, A&HA 4087, A&HA 4088, and A&HA 4281. M.A. candidates should plan to take student teaching in their last semesters as final coursework towards their degrees. For majors only. A variety of supervised teaching experiences (K-6) supplemented by conferences, evaluation, and seminars. The student completes 200 hours in an elementary school observing, assisting, teaching, and evaluating. Required of those seeking state certification in New York State and other states. Special fee: $15.


Instructor(s): Olga Hubard

A&HA 4902 Research and independent study in art education
Permission of instructor required. Professional activities in the field under faculty supervision.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 5005 Visual Arts Research Methods

This course explores qualitative research methods and methodologies grounded in the practices, theories and contexts of the visual arts. Content includes examining and critically reviewing current paradigms of research practices and engaging with research as a visualizing practice. Students learn the basics of research, learn how to assess and recognize methodologies and explore ways of creating and representing knowledge and strategies for planning and carrying out art education research. The course is delivered through lectures, studio and writing workshops, and group seminars/presentations. Required for MA and Ed.M and recommended for partial fulfillment of Ed.D methods course requirements.  Special fee: $20



Instructor(s): Mary Hafeli

A&HA 5060 Introduction to drawing

A critical examination of the relationship among structure, form, and surface in drawing from life: objects, humans, and landscape. Students will track the emergence and development of expressive configurations in their own work from the vantage point of evolving aesthetic and critical responses. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.

A&HA 5063 Advanced studio

Artists capable of independent endeavor share their ideas and work in critiques and discussions and undertake advanced artistic problems suggested by the instructor or of their own devising.

A&HA 5064 Experiments in content
An examination of new technologies, materials, concepts, attitudes, both in their current forms as well as future applications. Participants will investigate a personal topic through field experience, hands-on demonstration, observation, readings and lectures. The topic focuses for the course will be drawn from art and design/studio/research/ psychology/teaching. Special fee: $30.
Instructor(s): Mahbobe Ghods

A&HA 5081 Curriculum design in art education: Advanced
An analysis of art as a form of knowledge and how this knowledge informs the curriculum. The course relates notions of knowledge with the contexts and the practices of art in view of contemporary practice and the teaching of art in post-secondary and higher education. Prerequisite: A&HA 4081 or consent of instructor. Special fee: $30.

A&HA 5082 Philosophies of art in education

An invitation to share a horizon of objectives in the form of philosophical, critical, and practical cases in art education. Students will discuss philosophically how art could be expressed on the grounds of experimentation that could take place in either the studio, the classroom, in both, or in an environment that students deem conducive to art and/or art education. Special fee: $25.

A&HA 5085 Varieties of visual experience: Museums and education
Participants will visit New York City museums and use the multiple resources of the museums to develop personalized curriculum materials. Enrollment limited. Special fee: $30

A&HA 5086 Art in visual culture

Required seminar for Ed.M. and Ed.D. students. An examination of the role of art culture in contemporary life, employing experiences from art works, museums, galleries and alternative spaces, readings, and discussion. Special fee: $25.

A&HA 5090 Museum education issues II: Missions and standards

An examination of the changing purposes of museums, both American and international, as they confront new technologies and expectations for greater participation in education. Issues of ethics and standards for museum education will also be discussed in the context of the section reform movement. Special fee: $30.

A&HA 5092 Advanced Ceramics

Further studies of ceramics with an emphasis on individual projects on an advanced level. Educational aspects and personal expression in the medium along with marketing opportunities for the professional craftsperson will be discussed. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.


Instructor(s): Thomas Lollar

A&HA 5093 Advanced Sculpture: Mixed Media

 Permission of instructor required. Further studies of sculptural elements with an emphasis on content, craft, and individual development. Special fee: $100. Noncredit fee: $660 plus special fee.

A&HA 5181 The arts in education
An examination of ideas about the interdisciplinary role of the arts in traditional and nontraditional educational and administrative settings through analysis of programs, projects, policy issues, and political processes that involve the visual arts, dance, music, and theater. Special fee: $30.

A&HA 5202 Fieldwork in art education
Permission of instructor required. Professional activities in the field under faculty supervision.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 5804 Museums as resource: Workshops at the Metropolitan Museum

Independent study at Teachers College combined with workshops, lectures, and seminars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students work collaboratively with both Museum and College faculty to develop and carry out individual projects, which may lead to research and inquiry or to the development of instructional materials for different levels of schooling. Special fee: $30.

A&HA 5902 Research and independent study in art education
Permission of instructor required. Professional activities in the field under faculty supervision.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 5922 Master's seminar in art education

Permission of instructor required. Required for all M.A. and Ed.M. students. Guided independent work in research, culminating in the development of a masters thesis proposal. Special fee: $30.


Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 6002 Teaching and administration of art education in college
A practical and theoretical ground for the discussion, development and implementation of pedagogical philosophies, strategies and practices by which art and design specialists come to teaching as professed in art and design programs in higher education. The course attends to pedagogical discourses and practices; the administration of art as a discipline; and studio practice and art teaching as an instrument of professional development. Special fee: $15.
Instructor(s): Mary Hafeli

A&HA 6003 Critical perspectives and practices in the arts
Students investigate their creative practice from several critical perspectives and produce personal profiles and arts projects within educational and cultural contexts. Special fee: $25.

A&HA 6021 Supervision and administration: Arts in education
Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: Substantial teaching and/or arts administration experience. The function of supervision and administration: Effective programs in city, county, and state school systems; inservice education and workshop techniques; school and community relationships; nontraditional settings such as museums, arts councils, etc. Special fee: $15.
Instructor(s): Harold Abeles

A&HA 6202 Advanced fieldwork in art education

Permission of instructor required. Professional activities in the field under faculty supervision.


Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 6422 Internship in the supervision and administration of art education

Permission of instructor required. Qualified students work as interns with supervisors or administrators in selected sites. Provision is made for assessment of field-based competencies in fulfillment of program requirements.

A&HA 6482 Internship in the teaching of college and museum programs
Permission of instructor required. Guided experiences in the teaching of the arts in departments of metropolitan area colleges. Sections: (1) Teaching art programs: college, (2) Teaching art programs: museum.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 6502 Doctoral seminar: Arts in education

Required seminar for doctoral students who are completing certification papers, developing literature reviews, or exploring and applying research methods. The seminar includes faculty/student presentations, group discussions, and critiques. May be repeated.

A&HA 6520 Seminar in clinical supervision in the arts: K-12
Permission of instructor required. Seminar in classroom supervision and its application to student teaching and inservice training. On-site field experience, analysis of observation and assessment, readings and discussion. Participants must have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience. Special fee: $10.

A&HA 6580 Problems in art and education
Specific problems of art and art education examined. Different topics each semester. Permission of instructor required. Special fee: $15.
Instructor(s): Olga Hubard

A&HA 6902 Studio Work in Art and Education: Sculpture

Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only. Special fee: $100.

A&HA 6903 Studio work in art and education: Drawing
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only. Special fee: $100.

A&HA 6904 Studio work in art and education: Painting
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only. Special fee: $100.
Instructor(s): Olga Hubard

A&HA 6905 Studio work in art and education: Printmaking
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only. Special fee: $100.
Instructor(s): Mahbobe Ghods

A&HA 6906 Studio Work in Art and Education: Ceramics

Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. For advanced independent study emphasizing exploring personal expression in the medium. Noncredit for majors only. Special fee: $100.


Instructor(s): Thomas Lollar

A&HA 6907 Studio work in art and education: Digital media

Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited. Prerequisites: extensive experience in digital media and/or related technologies. For advanced independent study. Noncredit for majors only, $660 plus special fee: $100.

A&HA 6972 Research and independent study in art education
Permission of instructor required. Research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton, Olga Hubard

A&HA 6999 Exhibition/presentation rating
Rating of certification Ed.M. and Ed.D. exhibitions offered in fulfillment of degree requirements. To be taken during the semester in which work is presented in the Macy Art Gallery. Special fee: $100.

A&HA 7502 Dissertation seminar in art education

Two required seminar sessions for doctoral students to help develop or refine topics of inquiry for research. The teaching format is flexible and includes faculty/student presentations, group discussions, and critiques. Section 2 is required of all doctoral students in the program in the semester following successful completion of written certification papers and involves preparation and presentations of dissertation proposal for approval. Sections: (1) Certification preparation, (2) Dissertation proposal preparation.


Instructor(s): Judith Burton

A&HA 8900 Dissertation advisement in art education
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.
Instructor(s): Judith Burton