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Art Education

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Students who intend to become teachers of art with youngsters or adolescents in pre-K through twelfth grade education settings enroll in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. They acquire strong knowledge and skills in both art and education in this nine semester program. In the art component of their studies, they develop skills in a wide range of art media and processes, specialize in one studio area, complete four courses in art history, and acquire skills in art criticism and philosophy of art. They gain a conception of art education that integrates art making, art history, art criticism, philosophy of art, and social-cultural influences. Also addressed in the curriculum are the ways interdisciplinary aspects of art education can affect societal beliefs, values, and behaviors. A selection of required courses in the College of Education and Human Development contribute to the breadth of academic experiences necessary for quality preparation of future art educators.

Completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education (which requires approximately 15 semester credits beyond the typical Bachelor of Science degree through Education colleges or schools) has several advantages: Because of the greater studio emphasis in the BFA, students are more qualified for student internship placements in high schools with specialized art courses. Their studio expertise will also be more evident when seeking employment upon graduation. When making graduate school decisions, BFA graduates in art education have more options as they consider entering Master of Fine Arts programs with a studio art concentration or a Master of Arts in art education program that offers studio concentration alternatives.

Having a variety of in-depth field experiences with diverse student populations and a 16-week student teaching internship with both elementary and secondary school students, graduates of the art education program are well prepared for employment at all grade levels in both public and private schools. BGSU is well known for the quality of its art teacher preparation program, and graduates have an excellent placement record throughout Ohio and the nation. Graduates also obtain employment in museum and community arts education programs as well as other alternative educational settings. 

Students are encouraged to become active in the Student Art Education Association, an organization affiliated with the Student Division of the National Art Education Association. Through this organization, students organize and conduct workshops for youngsters from area schools, organize local art exhibits and field trips, and volunteer for special projects in area schools and community organizations. They also organize and conduct programs that include guest speakers, sharing of art curriculum ideas, studio demonstrations, and other projects of interest to the members who share information with each other in a cross-collaborative environment.

Beth Sheets

Beth Sheets

Position: Lecturer, Division Chair, Art Education
Phone: 419-372-8308
Email: esheets@bgsu.edu
Address: 125 FAC

jane vanden eynden

Jane Vanden Eynden

Position: Instructor, Art Education
Phone: 419-372-8308
Email: vandene@bgsu.edu
Address: 125 FAC

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Michelle Weber

Position: Adjunct Instructor, Art Education
Email: maweber@bgsu.edu

Having a variety of in-depth field experiences with diverse student populations and a 16-week student teaching internship with both elementary and secondary school students, graduates of the art education program are well prepared for employment at all grade levels in both public and private schools. BGSU is well known for the quality of its art teacher preparation program, and graduates have an excellent placement record throughout Ohio and the nation. Graduates also obtain employment in museum and community arts education programs as well as other alternative educational settings.