Teaching Artist (TA) courses are electives in the BFA degree that give students the experience necessary to work as professional teaching artists in the schools and larger community. During these courses CVA students learn basic teaching skills; reflective and collaborative teaching strategies; become familiar with child development; develop classroom management skills and methods; create lesson plans,learning objectives, and assessment plans; acquire and prepare art materials and manage workspace.
CVA Teaching Artist students are introduced to the Minnesota Graduation Standards, arts organizations rostering teaching artists, and leaders in the arts community. The courses engage students experientially as they practice as peer teachers, participate in reflective K-6 classroom observations, and work with teachers in Practicum placements in Minneapolis and Saint Paul schools supported and mentored by CVA faculty.
Thirteen student maximum
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Teaching Artist: Theory and Methods engages students in the theory and practice of the Teaching Artist in the schools and community. Students explore teaching and learning in an historical and contemporary context, applying theory in both arts infused peer presentations, and direct team teaching in the classroom. Teaching artists, arts administrators, and leaders in the art education community present models of teacher artist collaborations, inquiry based learning, arts-infused curriculum, classroom management strategies and school culture. The course provides the opportunity for peer teaching classroom observation and participation, and introduces students to teaching artist residency opportunities."
During spring semester, students are involved in actual classroom observation, interaction, and visual arts teaching experiences. Collaborating with classroom teachers, art instructors, arts professionals, and teaching artists CVA students participate in three classroom visual art residencies mentored by the CVA professor. Students meet independently with their collaborative partners and meet with CVA faculty throughout the Practicum experiences to reflect, aid development of individual lesson plans and assessment methods, and address imminent issues. Teaching Artist Practicum fulfills the requirement for the CVA internship credit.