Foundations of Art

ARTS 1413

Updated December 07, 2010

  • State Approval Code: 5007015126
  • Semester Credit Hours: 4
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 4
  • Lab Hours per Week:
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Created for non art majors planning to teach children’s art.  This course is a study of the history, organization, evaluation, and function of the creative arts in the elementary curriculum.  Includes opportunity for the student to work with various media with an emphasis on aesthetic judgement and growth.  4-4-0

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communications choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To understand and apply basic principles of proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

  1. To plan the art program in terms of the youngster’s interests and needs.
  2. To recognize and understand the developmental stages of children’s art growth.
  3. To work with art materials and tools.
  4. To incorporate the theory of Discipline Based Art Education into the curriculum.
  5. To allot the working space and time necessary to complete art projects.
  6. To renew the children’s interest at critical stages and make available a variety of motivational resources.
  7. To evaluate each child’s work in terms of the youngster’s own potential.
  8. To display the children’s finished products to the best advantage and at every opportunity.
  9. To experience different art media and its artistic possibilities.
  10. To guide students toward the highest aesthetic standards.

Specific Course Objectives

After studying the presented material in the text and online, the Learner should be able to complete all behavioral/learning objectives listed below with a minimum competency of 70% on projects, quizzes, discussions, and notebook.

  1. Identify the properties of the Visual Element of Color.
  2. Create a color wheel and value chart.
  3. Discuss Discipline –Based Art Instruction
  4. Create a Crayon Resist.
  5. Create a Stained Glass Window Design.
  6. Identify the properties of the Visual Element of Line.
  7. Create a Soda Straw and Pulled String Design.
  8. Identify the Developmental Stages of Children’s Art.
  9. Identify the properties of the Visual Element of Shape and Mass.
  10. Create a Geometric Design.
  11. Discuss how they would incorporate or make use of the synergistic relationship between art and other subject areas.
  12. Identify the Visual Element of Texture.
  13. Create a Texture Rubbing.
  14. Create a Collage.
  15. Identify the Visual Element of Space.
  16. Create a Distance Silhouette.
  17. Recognize ways to assess student art.
  18. Identify the Principles of Design-Balance, Unity and Variety,Emphasis and Focal Point, and Proportion and Scale.
  19. Create Blottos.
  20. Discuss Safety in the Art Classroom.
  21. Create a Mosaic.
  22. Create a Card-board Mask.
  23. Recognize the importance of computers in art by locating web-sites relating to art education.
  24. Create a Potato Print.
  25. Create a Paper Weaving.
  26. Discuss how a teacher can encourage children to work together in a cooperative art project.
  27. Create a Stuffed Newspaper Sculpture.
  28. Check-out sites for Caldecott Award books
  29. .Discuss the use of Children’s Literature in Art.
  30. Design 5 Bulletin Boards.
  31. Create Lesson Plans for Art Projects.
  32. Create a project relating Art History to a project.
  33. Observe two art lessons in the public school.
  34. Written report of observations.
  35. Create a notebook containing notes, observations, and projects from the class.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Online Class

  1. Learners will read assigned sections in text and Lecture Notes in Canvas.
  2. Learners will complete online quiz.
  3. Learners will complete assigned Art Projects.
  4. Learners will answer online Discussion Questions.
  5. Learners will complete art classroom observations.
  6. Learners will attend 3 Face-to-Face Labs.
  7. Learners will complete an Art Notebook.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

This course is offered as an online Canvas class with 3 face-to-face labs during the semester.  Instruction will be given by lecture, lecture notes, hands-on-projects, demonstrations, discussion, online quizzes, classroom observation, and readings from text.


Students will be graded on the following scale:  90-100=A, 80-90=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, Below 60=F.  Failure to complete any of the following requirements will penalize a grade.

Art Projects






Students will be graded on the following scale:  90-100=A, 80-90=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, Below 60=F.  Failure to complete any of the following requirements will penalize a grade.

Art Projects






Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

A Handbook of Arts and Crafts by Wigg/Hasselschwert, 10th Edition.  McGraw-Hill Publishers, ISBN #0-07-231727-2

Online:  Access to a computer, Internet, & Instructure Canvas Learning Management System