Department of Art, College of Fine and Performing Arts
Introduction/What is the Study of Art-Elementary?
The broad instructional concept is to integrate the components of art history, art criticism, and studio art courses, university courses, Gallery Exhibition Program and the permanent collection. The student learns to interpret, analyze and make intelligent judgments about art as well as learning the skills and concepts of the studio. A grasp of the dynamic nature of a culture and the continuing extension of its visual language is a fundamental objective.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Consider an Art-Elementary Major?
The B.A.Ed. in Art will prepare you to teach students at the elementary grade level. The program will introduce you to curricular design in the arts and the 4 components of Discipline Based Art Education which is an approach to the teaching of Art Education that encompasses criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio.
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How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Most classes in the Studio areas are restricted to majors only. To access classes in these areas a formal application to the Department of Art is required. For students in art studio, or art education, application for the major is made with a portfolio of work. The portfolio will be reviewed by Department of Art faculty and evaluated on the basis of a demonstrated understanding of the elements of visual art, technical proficiency and originality. Application deadlines are October 15 and January 31. Portfolios must be received by the deadlines.
For application and information: http://www.wwu.edu/art.
A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.