In this course students will engage in a number of activities that allow them to doodle at several levels of involvement, from making random marks to intentional expression, and they will also explore the benefits of doodling. One of the benefits the students will  is discoveries or breakthroughs that were made as result of doodling during meetings or lectures.

Even though technology has enabled our world view to expand, many people are still geographically challenged. Teaching and learning physical and cultural geography through art will give the geographically challenged, (and others), a hands-on way to visually place in order the world they live in. Through research, hands-on activity assignments and online discussion, teachers will learn how art can effectively be used to compare and contrast the rich and diverse cultures of our world. Teachers will enjoy exploring the world in ways that excite students about geography and art. The class by popular art instructor Terry Joyce (tjoyce@dominicancaonline.com) will target K-6 teachers. Two texts are required and an additional resource is recommended.

Required: Access to the following texts:

  • Geography Through Art by Sharon Jeffus & Jamie Aramini  
  • Your choice of the  books from the extensive course bibliography.   

Instructor: tjoyce@dominicancaonline.com

Art is communication.  It preceded written language as a form of transmitting and preserving cultural and historical knowledge.  This art course will help students acquire deeper learning and understanding of the world they live in both past and present.  Thinking skills are employed as pieces of art are investigated and inferences made moving from the concrete to the abstract.  Students engage in the practice of imagining as  they expand their circle of knowledge.  Construction allows students to engage in skills practice as well as personal creative realization. And besides all of that, art is fun and children need it. Students will read, write, investigate, and create as they learn about and practice the elements of art.

The class, by popular Art Instructor Terry Joyce, tjoyce@dominicancaonline.com, will target K-6 teachers. There are three required texts and four recommended texts. 

The required texts are:
Art Is Essential by Eileen S. Prince
Look! Look! Look! by Nancy E. Wallace
One of the children's literature books chosen from the bibliography.

This course is designed to help teachers create a music program that will enhance the classroom environment while adding new dimensions and deeper meaning to learning.  The Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading are connected to Music in the sense that music is a language that involves the creative practices of investigation and reflection.  No music degree or special talent is needed to be successful in this class - just a little effort. 

Only one required resource text is needed to complete this course:  "You Played a Song, Now What?", by Sue Fenton, Madame Fifi Publications, 75 Lowery Place, P.O. Box 310967, Newington, CT 06131 and available at www.madamefifi.com.   You will also need a soprano recorder available in music stores and through www.amazon.com - many under *$5.  

You will need access to a recording device: Acceptable formats for recording include:  Uploading a video to You Tube, Audio cassette; CD; Microcassette; DVD, etc. (Any method that can be accessed by your instructor).  You will also need various items such as tin pans, sticks, rubber bands, shoe boxes, etc. for making home-made rhythm instruments.

Instructor: Pam Ferko, pferko@dominicancaonline.com

This course is designed to help and encourage teachers to use music in a creative non-threatening way that will reinforce, introduce or review required Common Core Language learning curriculum standards. Students are exposed to music as a language genre study as the standards promote globally aware students who make multilayered connections in their learning.

Only one required resource text is needed to complete this course: 101 Music Games for Children, by Jerry Storms, Hunter House Inc.

You will need various and sundry items such as tin pans, sticks, rubber bands, shoe boxes, etc. for making home-made rhythm instruments.

Instructor: Pam Ferko, pferko@dominicancaonline.com

This course is designed to help you focus on the many and diverse kinds of music that exist in the world and on how lives can be enriched by them.  It will foster a deeper understanding of music in general.  In this course you will listen to, analyze, and describe music.  You will think about where it came from, how you feel when you listen to it, and what about it gives you that feeling.  This deeper understanding will influence how you use music as a tool for teaching the Common Core Standards in your classroom.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to attend a live musical performance and to listen to recordings of similar types of music to that of the performance you attended.  Access to the Internet and resource books will also be essential.

Instructor: Pam Ferko   pferko@dominicancaonline.com

(This course was originally listed in the 2016 Catalog as EDUO9778)

Integrate art into the classroom.  Produce, analyze, and critique art in a variety of mediums.  Gain inspiration and insight from some of the world’s most-renowned artists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Elisa Kleven, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O’Keefe, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. Explore rich literature as a means to introduce artists and their unique styles.

Instructor: Terry Joyce