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Art Education

The Art Education Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts is a hub for students interested in teaching through art, with art, and about art.

Some students involved in the program are pursuing an art teaching license, while others focus on general education, arts integration, and art as a form of therapy. All students involved in the program are taking classes to learn theories and methods of using the arts as a tool for development.

One example of a course taught through the Art Education program is  “Teaching Art in the Elementary School.” In this course the students develop an after-school art program in a local elementary school. Hampshire Art Education student’s design and implement art lessons which they teach to children. The course generally involves fifty to sixty elementary age students plus Hampshire and five college students.

This class represents Hampshire's pedagogy and community values at its finest. The Art Education program is also affiliated with the Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth and Learning (CYL) Program.

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