Learning from Art Museums: Three Course Assignments for Pre-Service Elementary Teachers

By Nur Balkir-Kuru.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This paper presents a course assignment that required pre-service teacher education students to reflect on a museum in the Fort Worth and Dallas Metroplex in Texas. As part of their art education course at the College of Visual Arts and Design of the University of North Texas, students experimented with a variety of media and concepts to develop the skills necessary to bring art to life for children. These art-making and related experiences correlated with and reinforced the concepts introduced in the lecture portion of the class. Both lecture and studio explored the universal themes of personal identity, the natural and man-made environment, and storytelling as they appear throughout the history of art and are relevant to children’s art today. This paper presents how a museum assignment is designed to further help them to appreciate a variety of art forms while analyzing the content and form followed by their own interpretation, and finally exploring ways to utilize the museum sources in their teaching.

Keywords: Museum Education, Art Education, Pre-service Elementary Education

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.113-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 731.905KB).

Dr. Nur Balkir-Kuru

Assistant Professor, Department of Graphic Design, Fine Arts Faculty, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

I completed my doctoral study in art education at the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design in May 2009. I earned an MFA degree in printmaking from the University of Newcastle, UK in 1997. I also hold a BA in art education with a focus in painting from Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey. My research interests include the pedagogy of Visual Culture/Visual Studies, Visual Culture in the Context of Turkey, Turkish Pre- Service Art Education, and Globalization and Art Education. As a full-time research assistant, I taught Art Criticism, Art and Environment, and various studio courses at Suleyman Demirel University (currently Mehmet Akif University) in Turkey between 1997 and 2002. As a Teaching Assistant and a Teaching Fellow during my doctoral studies, I taught drawing I and II core classes and ‘Children and Art’ to pre-service teacher education students at the University of North Texas between 2004-2009. I am currently working as an assistant professor at Kadir Has University, Fine Arts Faculty in Istanbul, Turkey.


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