Teacher Education in Art
Welcome to Art Education at Ithaca College!
We believe that the most dynamic art educators are artists who are committed to their own studio practice. They know the creative process first hand and are best able to help students discover their own voices. If you would like to use your insights and knowledge about the creative process to make a difference in the lives of young people, then art education may be the field for you. Artistic creation empowers youth, fostering a sense of accomplishment and agency, hope and possibility.
Art Education at Ithaca College allows you to combine your creative drive and your appreciation of the myriad forms of art throughout history, with the professional preparation you need to communicate that passion to young people. In studio and art history classes you gain broad experience with many media and expressive styles. In advanced studio classes you will have the chance to develop your own vision. Early field experiences in your education classes help build the connections between your art background and practical skills and strategies that will enable you to be a successful K-12 art educator. Small class sizes ensure that you will get plenty of individual attention in your student-teaching classes. Public schools in Ithaca and the surrounding area offer a variety of high quality art classes where you will be placed during your senior year for student teaching. We seek to match you with just the right cooperating teacher for this important capstone experience. Some of our alumni are employed in Ithaca area school districts now!
One of the most exciting events for all of our Education majors at Ithaca College is the Urban Education Experience. We have a partnership with the Frederick Douglass Academy (high school) and the Promise Academy (elementary) in New York City. After developing and practicing lessons, the art education class travels to Manhattan to teach for four days. For many students this experience is transformative.
If you have any questions about Art Education at Ithaca College, please e-mail me at cstetson@ithaca, edu.
Professor Carla Stetson