Arts and Artistry:Studio to Classroom

Subject EDUC90493 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, on campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 125 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: You must have successfully completed the following subject/s prior to enrolling in this subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr Marnee Watkins


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject will enable students to extend their practical and theoretical understanding of the arts in relation to primary education. In this practice-based subject, students will be supported in the development of their arts skills, their arts pedagogy and their theoretical understanding of arts practice in the curriculum. Through engagement with a series of workshop or studio-based tasks, students will be introduced to the two key principles of this subject: the skills and craft underpinning their specific arts practices and the concept of the classroom as an artistic and creative environment. The subject will provide teacher candidates with an understanding of a range of contemporary arts practices in the primary school, an understanding of the processes associated with art making with children, and the relationship between arts in educational and cultural settings. Teacher candidates will create their own studio-based work, will work with children in school settings and will engage in curriculum development and theoretically-informed reflection. The subject will entail practical workshops and group-work supported by theories of aesthetic curriculum and embodied learning
Objectives: On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
  • Articulate the importance of the aesthetic elements of teaching and learning;
  • Have practised basic artistic skills necessary for effective pedagogy
  • To examine contemporary artistic teaching contexts
Assessment: There are 3 assessment tasks:
  • A written assignment (1300 words) (30%)
  • A curriculum project (1300 words) (30%)
  • A folio and /or performance project (1400 words equivalent) (40%)
Prescribed Texts: Sinclair, C., Jeanneret, N. & O'Toole, J. (Eds.) (2009) Education in the Arts: Teaching and Learning in the contemporary curriculum. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of changes.
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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