Arts and Humanities Concentration

Circus Dreams

Clowning around in
Circus Dreams

Gifted teachers create a classroom learning culture that allows children to explore new worlds. The Arts and Humanities can be used as vehicles to transport students into these worlds. Graduate students in the Arts and Humanities concentration take core courses in Education and then specialize with a set of project-based classes to fulfill concentration requirements.

Upon completion, Arts and Humanities concentration students can create language arts, math and social studies curricula that bring those subjects to life by integrating a classroom play production, storytelling and poetry reading festivals, authors’ teas, historical simulations or seasonal celebrations.

Integrated Arts I

During their first semester, students take Integrated Arts I. During this class, they explore a range of art materials, processes, and techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mask making while learning how these art lessons fit into classroom themes.

Arts and Humanities Electives

In these electives, students learn a craft (or type of art or music) and and also how to integrate the craft into a  curriculum. For instance, in From Sheep to Shawl, students learn how to turn wool into cloth—an important aspect of life in many cultures—by experiencing all the steps, including carding, spinning, making and using natural dyes, and weaving. In addition, students explore the possibilities to integrate this craft into a social studies curriculum unit that explores the history of agriculture in New England and the science of dyeing wool.

Sample Electives

  • Music Every Day
  • Classroom Drawing and Painting
  • Creative Bookbinding
  • Drama in the Classroom
  • Poetry as Self-Expression
  • Storytelling: Stories in the Classroom
  • From Sheep to Shawl
  • Movement and Dance in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Children’s Literature and the Social Studies Curriculum
  • The Dancing Classroom
  • Circus Dreams