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Managing the Art Room

As an art teacher, you know that management of the art room involves a unique blend of strategies and techniques to hold students accountable, manage materials and resources, design procedures to keep the art room running efficiently, and establish an enjoyable, creative learning environment. In this course, you will examine and apply current research in classroom management strategies to your art teaching practice. Reflecting on your current practice, you will expand your own learning and embark on new methods to promote learning in the classroom as you explore how social identities are formed and how they influence students’ interaction with content and others. At the completion of this course, you will emerge with a full classroom management action plan that you will be able to implement immediately into your current teaching practice.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog.

Required Materials

Classroom Management for Art, Music and PE Teachers (2014) Linsin, ISBN: 10: 0615993265

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
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All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE034

Course Objectives

  • Reflect upon professional practices to extend knowledge, improve instruction, and refine a personal management philosophy.
  • Investigate current research in the field.
  • Discuss a variety of effective instructional and management strategies.
  • Examine how individuals' identities can be shaped by the social and cultural groups to which they belong.
  • Apply successful management strategies for working with targeted populations.
  • Develop a comprehensive classroom management action plan.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Classroom Management Programs
  1. Consider how your unique position relates to your challenges and successes with classroom management.
  2. Analyze management systems and envision them in action in your classroom space.
  3. Illustrate your learning and ideas for management in the art studio through sketchnotes.
Week 2
Establishing Routines, Listening, and Following Directions
  1. Identify structures and routines that you’re ready to revamp.
  2. Create a lesson plan and accompanying supplementals detailing how you will show your students a specific structure or routine.
Week 3
Strategies That Work
  1. Consider ways of employing humor in the classroom as a management tactic.
  2. Look to storytelling as a means of communicating expectations and protocol.
  3. Create a story of your own illustrating a particular management outcome.
Week 4
Strategies From the Field
  1. Examine case studies featuring real colleagues in the field and benefit from their experience and ideas.
  2. Create a classroom management accountability plan that includes expectations and consequences.
Week 5
Choose Your Challenge
  1. Examine management topics specific to you and your teaching context.
  2. Present your learning to classmates in either a slide presentation or article format.
Week 6
Relationships — Students and Parents
  1. Consider how to foster meaningful relationships with parents.
  2. Prepare a detailed parent involvement action plan that will bring you, parents, and students together in dynamic and meaningful ways.
Week 7
Organization and Cleanup
  1. Brainstorm structures and routines that will ensure success in the art classroom environment.
  2. Create detailed organizational plans and maps that will help support your new or revised management approaches.
Week 8
Classroom Management Reflection
  1. Reflect on your evolution as an educator as a result of the content from this class. Set reasonable goals for future growth as you anticipate next steps in your learning.

Classroom Management Programs

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class Managing the Art Room

1. Research

Research different classroom management strategies and techniques. Explore a variety of meaningful resources and approaches as you sketchnote the most applicable ideas for your classroom.

2. Discussion

After looking at a variety of approaches, share your opinion. When it comes to classroom management, do you prefer a predesigned program or would you choose to create your own? If you create your own, what would it look like compared to other programs?

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Weave concepts of successful classroom management plans into your own art classroom.

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Managing the Art Room. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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