Visual Art Education Program



Visual Art Education (VAE) is a high quality program emphasizing a balance of studio, art history, and education courses taught by experts in their fields. 

In collaboration with the School of Education, VAE provides advanced level students with classroom and teaching experiences in area schools and community settings. Visual Art Education graduates are well prepared to be successful art educators and have a very high job placement rate.


Facilities and Resources

The dedicated VAE classroom comfortably accommodates students in both classroom and studio situations, complete with full supplies for doing most school-related art projects as well as a state-of-the-art projector for presentations.

The Spencer Museum of Art, an independent facility, is also significant resource for the VAE Program. Students utilize the museum’s collections through gallery tours, museum staff talks, museum events, and a VAE methods course that meets on site.


VISUAL ART EDUCATION FACULTY
Elizabeth Kowalchuk
Associate Professor
785-864-8218
Chalmers Hall, Room 320
Denise Stone
Associate Professor
785-864-1708
Chalmers Hall, Room 349


Undergraduate Student Documents


Graduate Student Documents


Visual Art Education Courses
VAE 100 Introduction to the Profession of Art Education
This course is designed to acquaint students with the profession of art education by helping to increase an awareness of the role and characteristics of an effective art teacher. Large and small group activities and assignments are dispersed throughout the semester to facilitate these outcomes. Students are involved in observation of and participation with art teachers and pupils in the public school classrooms, which complement course activities and assignments. VAE 100 is a professional course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 130 Art and Design in Daily Life
The course aims to develop students' appreciation of designed objects in contemporary life whether they are historical icons or everyday items in the immediate environment. The instructional materials and activities assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills for critically analyzing, discussing, and evaluating objects. Course content is interdisciplinary with a focus on design history. The class is open to all students and is relevant to those who have taken classes in art, design, architecture, and art history. Not open to students with credit in VAE 530. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 177 First Year Seminar: ______
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Visual Art Education. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 300 Special Topics in Visual Art Education: _____
Course to be offered in an area of special interest to individual faculty and qualified students. (This course is not regularly offered. The current Schedule of Classes should be consulted.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104, or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 320 Instruction and Curriculum I
This methods course provides an overview of the professional practices of K-12 art educators. Course content deals with the art education program, K-12, in relationship to the rest of the curriculum. This encompasses goals, objective sequence, courses offered at various levels, finance, staffing and administration. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 325 Education in Multicultural Society
The course is designed to provide the student with an awareness of and sensitivity to the concept of multicultural education. Topics related to the rationale for and processes of providing a multicultural perspective within the schools will be addressed. Field experiences will be structured to provide students with opportunities to observe the diversity within our society. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 330 Fundamentals of Art
An introduction to art designed for the general university student. Designed to facilitate understanding and viewing works of art. Basic information including elements and principles of art, materials and techniques used by artists, and the function of art in society. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 341 Instructional Strategies in Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
Child growth and development in art. Materials as they relate to a sequential art education curriculum in the elementary school. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education or the education division of the graduate school. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Stone, Denise
Tu 02:30-04:50 PM CHAL 322 - LAWRENCE
2 15599
VAE 395 Community Collaborations in Art Education
A focused examination of existing community organizations, models, and resources alongside collaborative strategies for working with these entities to achieve common goals for art education. Students in this class will learn of collaborative community models, explore entrepreneurial and other educational initiatives that contribute to the general purpose of art education, and recognize the role of families and other community members in contributing to the arts. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 410 Instruction and Curriculum II
This methods course provides an overview of the professional practices of K-12 art educators. Course content deals with the art education program, K-12, in relationship to the rest of the curriculum. This encompasses goals, objective sequence, courses offered at various levels, finance, staffing and administration. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Langdon, Elizabeth
MW 12:00-01:20 PM CHAL 322 - LAWRENCE
3 14212
VAE 420 Artistic Media and Processes in Art Education
Building on course content in VAE 320, this course concentrates on instructional strategies and presentation models in art education. Students examine and explore the media appropriate to teaching art in various settings and levels as well as how art program budgets are derived and impact overall curriculum development. Prerequisite: VAE 320 or permission of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kowalchuk, Liz
MW 02:30-05:20 PM CHAL 322 - LAWRENCE
3 15600
VAE 497 Independent Study
Only one enrollment permitted each semester; a maximum of four hours will apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: Recommendation of advisor and consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Derby, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 25112
VAE 500 Student Teaching
A supervised teaching experience in an approved school setting, with level and subject area to be selected according to the teaching field. Individual activity; capstone experience. Course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters; a maximum of nine hours can apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: Admission to the student teaching program; and ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Visual Art Education courses, or permission of instructor. FLD.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
9 18631
FLD Langdon, Elizabeth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
9 24472
FLD Langdon, Elizabeth
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
9 24473
FLD Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
9 24474
VAE 520 Instructional Technology in Art Education
This course addresses technology that is pertinent to professional art educators. Students use technology to develop a professional portfolio and technology-related resources for teaching art in PreK-12 schools and community settings. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 530 Art and Design in Daily Life
The course aims to develop students' appreciation of designed objects in contemporary life whether they are historical icons or everyday items in the immediate environment. The instructional materials and activities will assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills for critically analyzing, discussing, and evaluating objects. Course content is interdisciplinary with a focus on design history. The class is open to all students and is relevant to those who have taken classes in art, design, architecture, and art history. Not open to students with credit in VAE 130. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 596 Practicum in Teaching Art
A supervised art teaching practicum in which students will learn to employ different teaching strategies with children pre-school through high school in the school or museum setting. Prerequisite: VAE 320, VAE 410, VAE 795 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 598 Special Course: _____
A special course of study to meet current needs of education students; primarily for undergraduates. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 599 Community Based Project in Art Education
Individual activity and project that serves as an alternate capstone experience to VAE 500 (Student Teaching). Will involve the development of an independent, community-based arts education project developed by the student under the supervision of a VAE faculty member. Prerequisite: Forty credits of Visual Art , fifteen credits of Visual Art Education Courses, and permission of the instructor. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Derby, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 18472
IND Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 22574
IND Stone, Denise
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 18473
VAE 600 Evaluation and Measurement in Art Education
An introduction to the concepts and skills for the development and implementation of evaluation procedures for art education. Topics will include the development of student evaluation, the relationship between instructional objectives and evaluation, various evaluation techniques for art education, grading, and providing grades and feedback (to) students, parents, and schools. Prerequisite: VAE 320 and VAE 410. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 680 Internship in Teaching Art
A supervised internship experience leading to initial art teacher certification. The student assumes the total professional role as a teacher of art in an approved school setting. INT.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 698 Education of Women in the Arts
This course will examine the education of women in the arts at all levels of schooling (preschool, primary, secondary, and university) and in nonformal settings (art clubs, women's leagues, tutoring, etc.). The intent is to further a historical and contemporary based understanding of gender characteristics and discrimination as they affect the education of women in the arts. Students enrolled in three hours credit will be required to write a case study on the education of a woman artist. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 710 Assessment in Art Education
The course is designed to introduce students to evaluation procedures in art education as they apply to public school teaching K-12. The material will incorporate methods of evaluating student learning in art, the effectiveness of instruction, the designing of instruments, grading procedures including the provision of feedback to students, parents, and schools. Concepts and skills for both formative and summative evaluation will be related to the development of objectives, instruction, and curriculum development as a whole. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 716 Teaching Art: _____
Instructional techniques, methodology, materials, and evaluation. Processes for the specific art area named. May be repeated for credit in different media. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 750 Introduction to Art Museum Education
This course provides a general overview to the museum education field. Course readings include current ideas and issues on learning, art education, criticism, the museum in education, and museum education practices. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 774 Art for Exceptional Children
A study of the psychology, philosophy, content, and media in art expression and its relationship to mental and creative growth with exceptional children. Prerequisite: SPED 741, which may be taken concurrently. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 780 Internship in Teaching Art
A supervised internship experience leading to initial art teacher certification. The student assumes the total professional role as a teacher of art in an approved school setting. INT.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 790 Applications of Technology in Art Education
The course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for using and assessing the impact of microcomputers, video recorders, and other technological developments in art education. Prerequisite: T&L 601 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 798 Special Course: _____
A special course of study to meet current needs of education professionals; primarily for graduate students. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 800 Visual Art Education Curriculum Development
A study of research, resources, and media as they relate to learning goals in a sequential art curriculum for use by teachers. The amount of credit reflects the extent of the curriculum being developed and the amount of work involved in the development process. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 825 Seminar in: _____
LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 830 Seminar in: _____
LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 842 Teaching Art Criticism
An examination of the four phases of art criticism (description, analysis, interpretation and judgment) will be followed by practice in using these phases in the development of effective art curriculum for all developmental levels. Prerequisite: PRE 702 and PRE 704 or equivalents. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 850 Aesthetics, the Arts and Education
Theoretical introduction to the problems involved in teaching critical appreciation of the arts; examination of materials from aesthetics, art history, and criticism. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 869 History of Art Education
A study of the historical development of art education. Prerequisite: Nine hours of education. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 875 Research in Art Education
This course examines the issues and procedures commonly used to conduct research in art education in preparation for students' graduate theses or projects. Research methods are adapted and applied to students' professional needs and interests in the form of a research proposal. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 890 Preparation for the M.A
An independent reading course in preparation for the M.A. Examination. The grade will be an S or U, as determined by the performance on the examination. The examination will be evaluated separately. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 17952
LEC Stone, Denise
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 14213
VAE 895 Field Experience in: _____
Supervised and directed experiences in selected professional settings and cooperating agencies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 897 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and instructor. RSH.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Langdon, Elizabeth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 17953
RSH Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14214
RSH Langdon, Elizabeth
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-4 17576
VAE 898 Master's Project
RSH.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Derby, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 17954
RSH Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14215
VAE 899 Master's Thesis
THE.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Derby, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 17955
THE Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 14216
VAE 900 Supervision and Evaluation of Visual Arts Programs
A study of the administration of school, museum, and community arts education programs. Topics will include curriculum development, personnel supervision, finance, and the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of arts programs. Prerequisite: T&L 703 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 929 Research in Art Education
An examination of research methodology in visual arts education. Emphasis will be on philosophical, historical, qualitative, and quantitative research development. Prerequisite: PRE 715 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 949 Artistic Learning and Development
Research from psychology, sociology, and anthropology will be examined for its implications for the artistic development of the child. Topics include cross-cultural and age comparisons of children's graphic symbol development, aesthetic judgments, and perceptual skills. Prerequisite: PRE 702 and PRE 704 or equivalents. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 995 Field Experience in: _____
Supervised and directed experiences in selected educational settings. The advisor will schedule regular observations of the field experience and conferences with the student. Written summaries and evaluations of the field experiences will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the advisor. Open only to advanced students. Field experience credit in any one semester may not exceed five hours, and total credit may not exceed eight hours. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Derby, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 17956
LEC Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 14217
LEC Stone, Denise
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 24475
VAE 996 College Teaching Experience in: _____
To meet the college teaching experience requirement for doctoral programs, a student shall engage in a semester long, planned, instructional activity that shall include college classroom teaching under supervision. Planning shall be done with the advisor and/or member of the faculty who will supervise the experience. The activity shall be done under the supervision of a member of the University of Kansas faculty or by an individual or individuals designated by the candidate's committee. RSH.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 997 Individual Study
Prerequisite: Prior graduate course work in the area of study and consent of instructor. RSH.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Derby, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 17957
RSH Kowalchuk, Liz
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14355
RSH Stone, Denise
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 24476
VAE 998 Seminar in: _____
LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

VAE 999 Doctoral Dissertation
THE.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


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