One of the courses offered in the Art + Design Education program is the Art and Inclusionary Education. This course is designed to provide the full scope of methodologies, techniques and innovative strategies needed to teach special education students effectively. The Spring 2016 semester students visited The Timothy School in Berwyn, PA. The Timothy School is the oldest non-profit approved private school in Pennsylvania devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism. The four Art + Design Education students held various hands-on art workshops for students to explore materials and execute fun art lessons!
Typical classrooms at The Timothy School :
The Timothy School’s gymnasium includes a hug machine, where hypersensitive persons can control the amount pressure created.
Art + Design Education students check out The Timothy’s Schools relaxation room, where students can come, take a break and relax anytime during the day.
One of the hands-on art lessons was a printmaking activity inspired by the Japanese tradition of Gyotaku. This style of printmaking uses fish to create an outline and texture to design an underwater scene.
Another activity was creating Collograph prints. This style of printmaking uses a “printing plate” to glue various objects, stickers, and any other flat surface. Once covered with paint, prints can be made by placing paper on top and removing it.
One station contained various household objects to create Aboriginal inspired rain sticks. This is an easy lesson to complete with a low budget for materials.
Marble-Paintings are a quick and fun way to explore materials while creating abstract art! Lessons introducing Color Theory can be applied to this easy activity.
Last, students created an “Outer Space” themed collage using various materials. Students had the chance to decorate and personalize collages.