Art EducationArt Education
Now, you may be having flashbacks of field trips to your local art museum during which your teacher’s guesses were probably no better than your own, but don’t worry, those memories will go away soon enough. As an Art Education major you will be responsible for helping to create the next generation of Jackson Pollocks and Mark Rothkos. Not only will you study different artistic methods, such as painting and sculpture, you will also receive the formal training necessary to your becoming a great teacher. After all, knowing how to paint doesn’t mean you can teach someone else to do the same, and as that old teacher of yours taught you, knowing how to teach doesn’t mean you know anything about art. If you have a genuine love of art and an irrepressible urge to communicate that love and appreciation to someone else, then this just may be the major for you. As you expand your understanding of art, you will also develop your skills as that rare and vital person—an exceptional teacher.
The best preparation for an Art Education major is a strong background in the liberal arts, but especially, of course, classes in fine arts themselves, including art history, and studio art classes in painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing. You can also supplement your education by frequent trips to museums and art history lectures.