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During this spring semester 2014 I had the opportunity to be enrolled in an education course with Dr. Patrick Fahey, titled Concepts in Art Education (ART 325), and was given a syllabus at the start of the class explaining the purpose and expectations, just as any other course:

  “The intent of this course is to introduce students to concepts of how artistic learning occurs in children, adolescents, and adults-including special populations. Additionally, students will investigate how these concepts shaped art education practice in the past and how it continues to influence current pedagogical practice. This class is meant to provide a foundation for later course work in art education and K-12 art teaching… Over the course of the semester, students will be introduced to research- some of it contradictory- to understand how and why children, adolescents, and adults seek to express themselves in a visual manner. Readings and assignments will call on students to organize their thoughts and express their reactions; therefore it is paramount that students come prepared to each class. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, teaching experiences, and attend class- all of which are factors in assessing your performance and potential to be a successful art instructor.”(cssuart325.wordpress.com)

-Concepts in Art Education was certainly intellectually challenging through discussions of readings and other assignments along with the outstanding experience consisting of a five week long activity, called Service Learning.

-In Service Learning we had the opportunity to work in the classroom setting with adults with disabilities. I had the pleasure of working alongside a group of adults, who were part of an organization called Artistic Abilities. We met each Wednesday night from 4-6 p.m, beginning on February 12th and extending to March 12th. It was the responsibility of the “student teachers” to create lesson plans with each week and then reflect by the end of the week through a journal entry which was posted on the Concepts in Art Education website, allowing our classmates and professor to read about our experiences, whether they be challenging or successful.