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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

Description: 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: This course is typically offered in the fall term of every academic year, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.