[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Debora Supplitt



Research has shown that art education provides challenges for students on all levels. This course is designed for teachers of all grades, K-12, with little to no art experience. Course readings and activities will provide educators with fun, creative, and ready-to-teach lessons that can be easily incorporated into the daily classroom routine. By providing an environment of discovery art can help support, and bridge the learning gap for student achievement. No art skill is required for this course.

Course readings and activities will include classroom art materials, recommendations for tools and supplies, art concepts – patterns, rhythm, primary colors, color blending, hot and cold color, shapes, line, texture, positive and negative space – art vocabulary, and Internet references,

This course will allow the classroom teacher to align the National Art Standards, State Art Standards and/or grade level learning expectations and easily integrate art skills into the daily curriculum.


$19-$35 for the two required texts available on Amazon.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  1. Learned how to incorporate art into the daily classroom curriculum.
  2. Selected and adapted visual art activities that will address the different levels, learning styles and abilities of students in the classroom.
  3. The basic skills and concepts of the seven elements of art.
  4. Learned how visual art skills apply to all classroom subject areas. 
  5. Learned to understand the importance of visual art in students’ academic development: different learning styles, fine motor development, reading readiness, mathematical, geometric & patterning, hand-eye coordination, and social skills development. 
  6. About how National and State Standards for Art can align with the daily curriculum.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



  • How to Teach Art to Children, Grades 1-6
    ISBN# 1557998116
    by Joy Evans, Tanya Skelton

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  • Making Amazing Art (Kids Can!)
    ISBN# 082496795X
    by Henry, Sandi
    Williamson Books

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$19-$35 for the two required texts available on Amazon.


Debora Supplitt M.F.A-A.Ed./M.Ed. received her Masters (M.Ed.) and Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree from San Francisco State University and Masters of Fine Arts in Art Education (M.F.A.-A.Ed,) from Boston University. She has worked with students of all levels, including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and professional educators, since 1980. She is certified in Washington, Oregon and California in Pre/K-12-Adult Special and Elementary Education and is highly qualified in the core areas of Art, Music, Reading, and Special Education as well as being a trained Intervention Specialist. Debora knows the importance of providing a creative environment where all students and teachers can thrive. Presently she is working in her dream position as a full time middle school Art Teacher. Debora provides classroom teachers with the tools and resources needed to integrate art into the daily curriculum and is always busy developing new, creative and fun workshops for teachers. She is passionate about providing exciting, meaningful, useful and fun filled continuing education for all teachers.




Black, M, McAuliffe M,  Teacher’s Guide to Art Lessons, Teacher Created Materials, Inc. Westminster, CA. 2004, paperback, 80 pages,  ISBN-10: 1576904717

Teaching art has never been easier! Each project has a lesson objective, a bit of art history, a list of materials, complete directions, suggested variations, and illustrations of the finished work. Includes over 30 projects.

Brookes, M., Drawing with Children, Tarcher/Putnam, NY: 1996, paperback, 272,ISBN-10: 0874778271

This revised and expanded tenth anniversary edition of a best-selling guide designed for parents and teachers of children of all ages presents easy-to-follow lessons for building artistic skill and for using drawing in other scholastic subjects.

Carlston, E., Wolfersperger, S., Experimenting with Art.  Harper Collins, Glenview, IL: Good Year Books, Scott, Foresman and Company. 1992, paperback, 90 pages. ISBN-10: 1557998116w

Teaching art concepts and projects, this reference book provides many visual depictions that illustrate developmental drawing skills based on age and grade levels.

Evans, J. and Skelton, T.,  How to Teach Art to Children.  Evan-Moor Educational, Monterey, CA.  2001, ISBN-10: 1557998116 paper back, 160 pages.

How to Teach Art to Children has it all – background information, literature resources, and concise step-by-step directions for 96 art projects that will help your students learn about the elements of art and then how to use them elements in the styles of famous artists.

Frohardt, D. C., Teaching Art with Books Kids Love. Fulcrum Publishing Golden, CO.. 1992, paperback, 192 pages.

Using more than 100 illustrations from 20 Caldecott Medal or Honor books, this resource provides teachers with all the tools necessary for teaching art. Classroom teachers will find that the explanations of artistic elements and principles of design, as well as examples and project directions, provide everything a busy teacher needs. Complete with bibliographies and lists of related fine art, this curriculum also relates the projects to the Core Knowledge Sequence Content Guidelines for Grades K-5.

Henry, S.,  Making Amazing Art! 40 Activities Using the 7 Elements of Art Design.  Williams Books, Nashville, Tenn. 2007, paper back, 128 pages.

The elements - line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space - are the building blocks that all artists use to create works from drawings and paintings to weaving and sculpture. Readers will see examples of how children of their own age use elements of design in their work.  The text explores classic masters and contemporary artists whose individual works are based upon these same design techniques.

Jensen, E. Teach the Arts for Reasons Beyond the Research.  Reston, WA:  Education Digest, National Association of Secondary School Principals. 2002

National Gallery of Art for Kids:

National Visual Art Standards: