Monday, October 20, 2014


We will meet in the grand entrance hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 11 a.m. The museum has a pay what you wish admission fee, so you don't have to pay the full price.

Photography is not always allowed in every exhibit, so you may want to bring a little notebook to jot down possible ideas for your lesson plan.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Museum Lesson Plan Assignment

AR271/AR272—Art for Teachers of Children
Professor Healy
Lesson Plan Based on Your Museum Trip—Due November 24 (Draft Due 11/10)
Note: There is no class at QCC on December 22 as that is your slated museum comp time.
This is a Major Assignment and will count as 25% of your semester grade. As we discussed in class, learning how to create an original and dynamic lesson plan is a key factor in being an excellent elementary art teacher. Having the model for art lesson planning, create an original lesson plan, based on your museum trip.

After going to the museum, reflect on the various things you saw that inspired you. It may be the architecture, a grouping of art works or an individual piece. Ideas can come from almost anywhere.

Decide how you could devise a lesson that will give children the chance to explore materials in an authentic way, yet give them a “take away” as to what inspired the lesson in the first place. You may choose to include a museum field trip as part of your lesson.

Think of all the various parts we have discussed and include as many as apply to your particular lesson. The attached rubric will help guide you in this process. Be sure to list the museum, the art object or objects, the title of your lesson, the age group, your time frame for the lesson, your aims/goals, objectives (learning outcomes), New York State Standards covered, materials and tools, vocabulary you intend to introduce, your motivation, visuals you plan to use, questions you will pose in your delivery of the lesson, procedure, assessment and rubrics, closure, follow-up (if any) and how you will differentiate instruction for students with learning disabilities as well as gifted students.

Make your lesson plan like a detailed “recipe” of sorts. It should be clear enough so that an art teacher familiar with the techniques and materials used should be able to teach it.

Pay attention to grammar and spelling. Always proofread your work! 

Make a SAMPLE of your assignment and bring it with you. Be prepared to present your lesson plan to the class on May.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elements Needed for your Lesson Plan

Museum visited and work or works of art that inspired your lesson
Title of Lesson
Ages or Grades of students
How Many 45 minutes sessions needed to complete project
Goals/Objectives—What will your students get out of this lesson? Skills? Product? Experience in something? Etc.
Visuals (Images)
Motivations (might be the same as above; might not)
Art Elements Covered (line, shape, color, volumes, light and dark, texture, pattern, etc.)
Questions you will pose to engage your students
Materials and Tools Needed
NYS Standards (1,2,3,4)
Special Needs (gifted, learning disabled, etc.)
Follow-Up (optional)