The Role of Visual Art in the Development of a Special Need Student

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Carly Seyferth; Jacob Stillson; Chelsea Turner; Elizabeth Wood
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Grand Valley State University Art Education students prepared, taught studio art projects to 19 visiting Special Need Students in two semesters. The visiting group age varied 16-22 years old and cognitively functioned at a 1st grade level. The Fall2010 project was based on the Big Idea of Alter Ego that resulted a role-playing act as one of the outcome. The Winter2011 project was broken down to four Art lessons, integrating Social Science. Each teaching practice was visually documented, and written reflection was collected and shared within the Art Education students. The group applied their research skill through a.) prepare the project, b.) problem solve emerging ideas or/and technical challenges, c.) invent new communication strategies. The poster session will also share how this non-traditional teaching practice can be applied in a K-8 classroom as well advocate for the power of art and art making in the development of a special need student.