Course No. HU404P, HU504P

With more than 100 pieces of public art in downtown Portland and dozens of other pieces on display in parks around the city, Portland has become a leader in the development of art and art education. In this course, you will learn dozens of ways to energize your classroom instruction by incorporating local art.

Through a downtown Portland walking tour and visits to two downtown museums, you will become familiar with Portland’s ‘Percent for Art Program’. You will study historic murals, bronze and stone sculptures, paintings, carvings, ceramic tile work, sidewalk inscriptions, culturally diverse art displays, and living artworks. Along the way, you will learn how to develop classroom art lessons and projects that can be incorporated with other subject areas.

This class is designed to make teachers more aware of the variety of art in Portland and to provide ideas for strengthening existing art programs. Focused on making art a part of your daily curriculum in a variety of subject areas, this class is applicable for Elementary teachers, as well as Secondary Art and Social Studies teachers.

The Co-Instructor for this course is Jake Gordon, M.S. Ed.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  1. Where to find over 100 pieces of public art in Portland.
  2. Ways to use Portland’s art as a springboard for fun and exciting classroom lessons.
  3. How to use art as a hands-on way to teach in most curricular areas.
  4. How to make a walking tour of Portland’s art fun and educational for students.
  5. To make art effective in teaching science, math, geography, language arts, history and cultural diversity.
  6. More about the ‘Arts in Education Program’ and how to enhance art education for students.
  7. The importance of public art and its role in adding to the beauty and diversity of a city.

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