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Detroit Connections: In the Classroom

ARTDES 311 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 125
Instructor(s): Manos, Melanie
Schedule: TueThu 2:00p-4:15p
Modality: Hybrid


Fall 2021

In this course stu­dents teach a weekly art class to ele­men­tary age chil­dren in a Detroit pub­lic school. To pre­pare and con­tex­tu­al­ize this work, read­ings that address issues of urban edu­ca­tion and the per­cep­tual and artis­tic devel­op­ments that occur in child­hood are assigned. Projects aim to fos­ter the imag­i­na­tive and cog­ni­tive life of chil­dren, embed­ding them more firmly in their own iden­tity. Plan­ning for and reflect­ing on class projects, stu­dents develop close ties with the chil­dren and pro­duce vibrant art and shared expe­ri­ences across gen­er­a­tions and cul­tures. The class meets once per week on cam­pus and once per week at the ele­men­tary school in Detroit. Stu­dents do not need a car; bus trans­porta­tion is pro­vided. Besides prepa­ra­tion and work with the chil­dren, work for this class includes read­ing, writ­ing, and a final cre­ative and inde­pen­dent project that ties stu­dent inter­ests to the needs of the chil­dren and the school. FRE­QUENCY OF OFFER­ING: This course is typ­i­cally offered in the fall term of every aca­d­e­mic year, though sched­ul­ing may vary accord­ing to future term circumstances.
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