ART 327 - Issues in Art Education and the Public

  • 3 credits

ART 327 is designed to give students a broad view of art in the context of community education and help them connect concepts in art education with other content/curricular areas, with children, and with exceptional populations. A variety of assessments will be used that integrate traditional worksheets, web resource explorations, book abstract and short writings in response to journal articles, and multimedia assignments allowing students to express learning in the form of visual artifacts (artmaking).

Weekly modules include:

• General overview, history of art education and role of art
• Child development and art
• Exceptionalities
• Integration
• Arts define community
• Arts advocacy
• Reflections and final projects (book abstract and final visual journal)

Textbook and Materials

No textbooks are required; journal readings will be posted online.


Natalie Barnes
Natalie Barnes

(970) 491-6774 |

Natalie Barnes is the key academic advisor and an instructor holding a senior teaching appointment in the Department of Art and Art History. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Boise State University and has been teaching at the university level for more than 20 years with experience in both the foundations and art education areas. In addition to her studio practice, her professional academic interest focuses on writing-integration. Ms. Barnes has received the Jack E. Cermak Advising Award, is a writing fellow for The Institute of Learning and Teaching, has been awarded a number of course-redesign grants, and is a director for the newly formed Center for the Study of Academic Labor (CSAL) at CSU.