Offered by the Department of Art
Associate Professors Schlegel, Whitehouse (Chairperson)
Assistant Professor Anderson
Art Department Mission
The mission of the Art Department at Mansfield University is to develop and sustain flourishing programs within the visual arts that support the needs of its undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and continuing education students, as well as members of the community seeking personal enrichment.
The Art Department’s three undergraduate programs (B.S.Ed. in Art Education, B.S. in Graphic Design, and B.A. in Art History) will continue to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students, helping them to cultivate careers as art educators, art historians, graphic designers, museum facilitators, and as leaders and entrepreneurs within our communities.
Through all interactions, the Art Department strives to exemplify and teach respect for the art and scholarly community, engendering positive character, the ability to think critically, give and receive constructive feedback, and act in an ethical and professional manner. Seamlessly embedded into the curriculum is a focus on visual literacy and global awareness, creating a vibrant and comprehensive visual arts program—inherent to the fabric of any strong, liberal arts university and essential in developing individuals who will grow, care for, and leave a positive imprint on the world.
Art Department Vision
The Art Department will serve as a cultural center of the visual arts for the University and outlying communities. Through ongoing evaluation of program goals, content and structure, the Art Department will keep these programs vital, innovative, and in step with current best practices.
By continuing to foster a creative and flexible program structure, the Art Department will seek to provide an educational format that provides students with the ability to acquire necessary life and career competencies.
With the support of the University, the Art Department will continue to offer a gallery venue through which professional artists, students, and faculty may exhibit their artwork—further establishing accessibility of the arts within our region.
Mission of Art Education Program
The Art Education program guides prospective teachers to meet the certification requirements of Pennsylvania Department of Education by providing a rich foundation in studio art production skills, by teaching the recognition and knowledge of art historical movements and artworks, by cultivating aesthetic opinion and context of art, and critical skills in the analysis and comparison of artworks. These important elements are infused into the theory and practice of art education in our program. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, a graduate is qualified to teach art in pre-kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools (PreK-12).
Values of Art Education Program
We strive to embrace diversity of peoples, philosophies, and cultural histories in instruction, consistently modeling for students the importance of understanding and valuing others. We value and provide opportunities for professional development conferences, art gallery exhibitions and artist talks, and art classes and summer camps.
We provide teacher-candidates with opportunities to participate in the student chapters of both Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) and National Art Education Association (NAEA), through which service to both the university and outside communities is part of the programming.
We value ethical and compassionate dispositions in future art educators, which are key components in becoming a master teacher.
Vision of Art Education Program
Art is a core discipline, and we set high standards in its study and practice through art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. Future art teachers must value art as a means of communication, as historical components of civilization, and as a provider of a unique form of knowledge. We ensure that our students are exposed to campus-wide faculty and community/national/international art education leaders and artists who are strongly committed to the advancement of scholarship and teaching in visual arts.
Goals of Art Education Program
- Art educators possess a thorough understanding of the visual arts
- Art educators understand student characteristics, abilities, and learning styles
- Art educators understand social and cultural constructions of identity
- Art educators make informed selections of art content and curricula
- Art educators use knowledge of students as learners to plan appropriate instruction and conduct meaningful and appropriate assessments of student learning
- Art educators systematically reflect on their own teaching practices
Program Outcomes for Art Education Program
Upon graduation, Mansfield University Art Education students will:
- Demonstrate strong studio skills and a well-developed understanding of their own art-making processes, qualities, and techniques.
- Make meaningful interpretations and critical judgments about their own artworks and the works of other artists recognizing and discriminating the aesthetic and artistic purposes of art.
- Explain cultural and historical contexts surrounding works of art and visual culture which communicate, challenge, and shape cultural and social values.
- Select instruction that will enhance student motivation and curiosity by utilizing knowledge of artistic development as a complex multidimensional process affected by psychological, experiential, and social factors.
- Utilize diversity of peoples, philosophies, and cultural histories in preparation of instruction, consistently modeling the importance of understanding and valuing others.
- Develop curricula that address students’ ability to respond and interpret art content, and to create meaning through art making.
- Design and implement assessment strategies consistent with instructional goals, teaching methods, and individual student needs.
- Be able to reflect on their teaching practice to extend their knowledge and improve their teaching.
- Clearly articulate their teaching philosophy that outlines the ways in which art learning can contribute to cognitive, emotional, moral, and social growth.
Policies and Procedures
Incoming freshman and transfer students must submit a letter of recommendation and have a personal interview conducted by art faculty for acceptance into the program. Upon reaching 30 credit hours, students must submit a portfolio of their artwork and have an interview conducted by the art faculty for continuation in the Art Education program. Art Education majors are required to meet a 3.0 grade average at the time they are admitted to the professional education program (after 48 credits), at the time of student teaching, and at graduation. A negative TB tine test, the Act 34 Pennsylvania Police, Act 151 Child Abuse, and PA FBI clearances must be filed and current at 48 credits and again at student teaching. In keeping with the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, all students are required to take: 6 credits of math; 3 credits of English composition; 3 credits of English literature; and pass the Praxis I exam. All studio and professional courses must be completed before student teaching. Graduating students must successfully complete the Praxis II examination both in general studies and their area of specialization (art) to be certified to teach in Pennsylvania. Candidates for teaching certification in Pennsylvania must meet state requirements described in Chapter 354 regulations. A description of requirements, policies, and procedures for teacher certification can be found in the catalog section entitled, “University Policies.”