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Certificate course for parents of children with Asperger’s syndrome

Drawing together. Certificate Course for Parents of autistic children

Drawing together. Certificate Course for Parents of autistic children

Drawing together

Unique course for parents:   Structured teaching of fine arts for children with Asperger’s syndrome
Certificate course for parents of autistic kids.

Approach to teaching Visual Art

There are many different approaches used to teach visual art in today’s schools. Approaches to art teaching vary, but typically involve similar elements of observing art, making inquiries about art, communicating about art and creating art

 Discipline Based Art Education

According to art education consultant Donovan R. Walling, Discipline Based Art Education drew upon the idea that art making in schools “needed to be extended and informed by attention to the complementary disciplines of art history, aesthetics, and art criticism, even when teaching the youngest pupils.” Implementation of the approach began in the 1980s fueled by funding from the J. Paul Getty Foundation. Known by its acronym of DBAE, today the concept enjoys wide acceptance in American art classrooms because of its applicability to cross-curricular teaching. Proponents suggest that the DBAE approach helps students develop critical thinking skills. Opponents of DBAE contend that the approach is too narrow and limits the scope of art making.



Visual Culture Studies

  • Hotly contested by some educators and immediately embraced by others, visual culture studies broaden the scope of art investigation to include objects outside of the realm of what is traditionally defined as fine art. Opponents of visual culture studies say that the approach is too broad because it places little or no distinction between works of art and artifacts. According to arts editor Michelle Marder Kamhi, proponents of the approach contend that

    “no works are more deserving and rewarding of attention than any others.” Art teachers who accept visual culture studies include artifacts such as advertising, commercial products, and videos as exemplars in the classroom.

Choice-Based Art Education

  • Choice-Based Art Education, also known as teaching for artistic behavior or TAB, offers another approach to art teaching. TAB began at about the same time as DBAE, although it has yet to gain as wide of acceptance. The approach considers students as artists who should be guided by their personal artistic interests. Proponents of TAB suggest that having choices in art making provides opportunities for students to experience self discovery. Opponents point to multiple dangers associated with TAB. Difficulties with addressing local standards, ignoring art history and aesthetics, the need for excessive supplies, and issues with assessment procedures are frequently cited.

 Approach to teaching Visual Art children with Asperger’s syndrome

Which of these approaches can be used to teach children with autism? As our many years of teaching experience tell us – none of these are suitable. Children with autism see and experience the world differently. Therefore, the approach to teaching such children should also be different. As a result of having years of experience teaching autistic children courses such as Computer Graphics, Animation and Fine Art, we realized that all of them need a special personal touch. None of the standard courses are suitable for productive learning.

The teaching techniques offered in this certificate course are composed of individual elements taken from each of the three classic approaches to teaching. The basis of our methodology is what’s different – we teach them to perceive the world through art.

New Image College and Teens Computer School is now offering a unique course for parents:
Drawing together. Teaching children with autism through Visual Art.

No other course like this exists in the world.

Children diagnosed with autism are a special group of children with special methods of communication, social interaction, and perception.

The work of psychologists aims to help the child adjust to a new social environment, developing skills to notice and react to external changes in their environment, learning to interact with other children and adults, along with correcting negative or protestant reactions that often accompany their behavior. The end goal is to increase quality of life and functional independence.

The Drawing together method has many beneficial effects for children with autism. The basis of it is that the adult draws along with their child various objects and occurrences from their life and family. These drawings are accompanied by emotionally positive commentary from the parents.

The given method can be used after there is an emotional connection between the parent and the child. It’s not simply drawing, but a special way of teaching, which manifests itself in the form of games and is tailored to the interests of the child. This method is a proven technique in our school. It gives great results when given by an experienced teacher, but has an even better result when given by those who are close to the child – the parents.

The concepts that you as parents will be learning are as follows:

1. Lessons are built with consideration to the child’s interests, whether he’s fonder of drawing, sculpting, paper craft, building blocks and jigsaw puzzles, etc.

2. Consistency with the child’s actions. Everything that is said by the parent is then followed through by the child.

3. Every task, request, or game requires completion. This requires the parents to be stricter. This helps to structure the child’s activities.

4. From easy to difficult. The lessons begin with simple exercises familiar to the child, and are connected with positive emotions.

5. Repetition, not only in-class but at home as well, during work or play, helps develop and consolidate important skills and knowledge.

6. Because kids with autism have a very specific way of thinking and perceiving the world, it’s difficult for them to understand abstract concepts. As such, visual learning is used in all of the lessons, and is then further aided by auditory cues.

Because of this, New Image College and Teens Computer School organized together the Drawing Together course for parents who have children with autism.

The course consists of the following modules:

Module 1.
Basic methods of teaching. Methods of teaching pencil drawing, and collaborative drawing using the Structured Teaching principles and Drawing Together Methodology.

Module 2.
Methods of teaching painting using the Structured Teaching principles and Drawing Together Methodology.

Module 3.
Types of crafts. Methods of teaching crafts using the Structured Teaching principles and Drawing Together Methodology.

Module 4.
Computer graphics. Computer graphics software aimed towards children. Methods of teaching computer graphics using the Structured Teaching principles and Drawing Together Methodology.

Module 5.
Creating Comics and Cartoons. Methods of teaching Comics and Cartoons creation  using the Structured Teaching principles.

 The principle of learning

  • The duration of the course of 10 weeks. Each module is studied during two weeks.

  • During this time student  need to learn a theoretical material of the course  and perform a number of practical control assignments.

  • Assignments are sent to the college by fax or email.

  • On-line department students will get first module  course material not later than 5 days before the start of classes.

  • After completion of the first module, students can begin to work on the material of the second module, and so on.

  • After successful completion of all five modules the student receives a certificate of course completion.

  • Course start October 15, 2012.

  • The cost of the course $ 980.00 CAD (+ HST for Canada residents)

    Pay for the course before October 10, 2012 and receive a free tutorial “Methods of teaching sculpting using the Structured Teaching principles and Drawing Together Methodology+ A How-to kit – step by step sculpting book” ($149.00 CAD value)

We offer the following forms of learning:

1. In-class learning in one of our campuses in Toronto (CA), Chicago (US), New York (US) or Prague (Czech Republic). (contact college for more details)

2. Seminars which take place regularly in major cities of Canada, US, and Europe. (contact college for more details)

3. Online classes. (most popular). The required materials will be delivered in e-book format and a final test is to be taken. Click registration button bellow.

After successfully completing all five modules and passing the final test, students of all forms of learning will receive a certificate of completion of the course – teaching for teaching drawing to children with autism. This new knowledge and  certificate will allows graduates  teach their own children.

Certificate course for parents of autistic kids

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