Art, Education, & Community Practice

Course Descriptions

MA - Art, Education, and Community Practice (34 credits)

Art and Ideas: Redefinition of Art
This course addresses the changing landscape of visual art practices from the 1960s to present day. In "Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object" Lucy Lippard characterizes the period between 1966 to 1972 as one in which the art object was dematerialised through the new artistic practices of conceptual art. Taking this as a starting point, the course will address key strategies that have developed as a result of conceptual art including relational aesthetics, situationist practices, fluxus, socially engaged art (SEA) and activist art, political art, new genre public art, happenings, and social sculpture.

Graduate Studio Critique
ART-GE 2880
Graduate Studio Critique involves each student in an intense critical dialogue with peers & faculty members about their work & ideas. Discussion is contextualized through historical research & critical readings. The courses include both formal & conceptual approaches to artistic practice.

Current Issues in Art Education
ARTED-GE 2070: 30 hours, 3 credits
Close critical examination of art education and its relationship to social, cultural, economic, and political processes based on an introduction to critical theory. Understanding the transformation in contemporary art and its challenges to notions of originality, creativity, and aesthetic formalism in order to envision ways of rethinking art education curricula and pedagogy in schools, museums, and other institutional art programs.

Praxis in Contemporary Art and Community Museum Partnerships

ARVA-GE 2121
Course investigates art museum education. Topics include social justice, object-based learning, & the broader cultural context surrounding non-school art education. Through critical reading/discussion students form an approach to “serious play” & situate themselves into practitioner debates about museums as a site for re-inventing object-based learning. Other topics include community-based art theory, art education, museum studies as well as praxis-based activities.

Internship in Studio Art
ART-GE 2010

Research in Art Education
ARTED-GE 2299: 30 hours, 2 credits
This course investigates and enacts contemporary artistic practice as a form of research that shapes knowledge about the world. Throughout the semester students look at a variety of examples of and issues regarding research within the context of art making. A exploration of different forms of artistic research methods will be conducted through: presentations, guest speakers, readings, in class discussions, hands-on activities that deal with observation, interviews, and visual analysis of data.

Final Project in Art Education
ARTED-GE.2301: 20 hours, 1 credit
This course asks you to engage in research around a chosen topic, question, or idea as a means to develop a written paper, an artwork or series of artworks, and a related curriculum. As a model for this way of working, students consider the connections between a thematic/topical museum exhibition, its companion catalogue/text, and educational materials.

Electives include studio art, critical theory in art courses that are offered within the Department of Art and Art Professions as well as courses in social activism, media and visual culture found within other departments and schools. Electives may be taken at Tisch School of the Arts, The College of Arts and Sciences, Gallatin School for Individualized Study, or Wagner school of Public Policy as well as in the Department of Teaching and Learning or International Education within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The following are examples of the kinds of course that may be taken as electives:

Media Activism
MCC-GE 2153

Interventionist Art: Strategy and Tactics
ASPP-GT 2051

Issues in Arts Politics
ASPP-GT 2001

Social Inequality & Education

SOED-GE 2371

Social Movements
SOC-GA 2153