Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As an artist with a passion to teach, you will gain through an Art Education degree the qualifications to teach a broad range of visual arts media in grades K-12.
Fully accredited, the teacher certification program is endorsed by the state of Indiana, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Christian Schools International.
The purpose of the Art Education major is to advance your personal artistic specialty while developing knowledge, skills, and competencies in lesson planning, curriculum development, art production, classroom management, and instruction.
The faculty serves to encourage and challenge you to become competent as an artist and teacher while developing a mature Christ-centered worldview.
Examples of courses in this major:
An introduction to the fine art of photography, this course will emphasize creative and technical aspects of black-and-white photography. Study will include composition, aesthetic awareness, darkroom procedures and alternative processes.
This is an introductory course to the varied principles of three- dimensional design. Projects explore traditional and modern materials such as clay, wood, plastic, and metal.
This computer laboratory course for the graphic designer concentrates on all aspects of desktop publishing for print and web page design and layout. Software covered includes Adobe InDesign and Adobe Dreamweaver.
An experience-based visual arts methods course for prospective art teachers. Instructional strategies used to teach K-12 students the basic elements of creating and producing visual art forms will be introduced.
Methods for integrating a variety of media, tools, and processes, teaching art history, art criticism, and aesthetics will also be presented. Developing lesson plans, implementation and assessment are included.
This is an introductory survey course in the traditional media of printmaking. Students apply their drawing and design skills to express their ideas through application of printmaking methods such as woodcuts, linocuts, intaglio, serigraphy, and lithography.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.F.A., Indiana University, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Professor Terry Armstrong has a bachelor's degree in both fine art and commercial art from Indiana University. In addition to his extensive background as a corporate graphic artist and communications manager, his fine art watercolors have captured many honors and have been exhibited in numerous galleries within the United States.
B.S. in Art Education, all-grade, Grace College; M.F.A. in visual arts, Vermont College of Norwich University
As a contemporary visionary artist, Professor Don Swartzentruber designs carnivalesque images that manifest from interests in theology, cultural issues, and the surreal. He has taught and lectured on the arts for more than 15 years and exhibits nationally. He currently teaches art at Warsaw Community High School.
B.A. in Art Education, Oakland City College; M.S. in Art Education, Indiana University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
Bringing a unique perspective to the classroom, Prof. J.D. Woods challenges students of European and American art history to explore how religious ideals are reflected in the arts. He has taught in the college's prison extension program for over 10 years, while freelancing in the graphic arts. His hobby is collecting and performing guitar and banjo music for a variety of audiences in the community.
B.F.A., Bowling Green State University, OH; M.F.A., Miami University, OH
Professor Timothy Young joined the Grace College faculty in 1997. In addition to his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees, he has participated in additional studies at Circulo de Bellas Arts, Madrid, Spain. Prof. Young is accomplished in painting and drawing and has exhibited and sold major works in the U.S. and abroad.
B.F.A., Indiana University, Fort Wayne; M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion; M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Professor Kim Reiff has worked in industry as a marketing communications manager, graphic designer, and production manager.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
The professors in the Art Department at Grace are truly wonderful. Their dedication, expertise, and Christian character combine to provide students with unparalleled Christian higher education in the visual arts. They have definitely impacted both my artistic skills as well as my spiritual walk with Christ.
—Noelle Fink, B.S., Graphic Design and Art Education (double major), graduating 2012