USC Upstate News

Art Education Students At USC Upstate Put Their Teaching Skills to Work

10- 02- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Eight art education majors from the University of South Carolina Upstate participated in a Career Fair for fourth and fifth graders at Anderson Mill Elementary School on October 2.  The elementary school students spent the day exploring various career opportunities.

McKensie HallThe eight USC Upstate students were part of the Dr. Mary Lou Hightower’s SAED 429 course Art Education for the Elementary and Middle School. During the University course, the art education students researched possible careers where art skills are needed to be successful in the specific job. Career exploration is one component of the state mandated law of Education Economic Development Act (EEDA).

“All teachers must include career explorations during their teaching,” said Hightower. “My art education students selected an art career to showcase and created a backdrop with information as well as an interactive activity for the elementary school students to participate while visiting the art room. Each backdrop included information about salary, education requirement, necessary skills and visuals.”

The USC Upstate students showcased the following careers:

  • McKensie Hall showcased being an architect. Her interactive activity asked students to add architectural details to the 3D house or draw a blue print of their room.
  • Connie Stuart showcased pottery. Her interactive activity demonstrated how to throw a pot on electric potter’s wheel.
  • Bridget Rochette showcased being a jewelry maker. Her interactive activity allowed students to create a simple necklace or bracelet out of embroidery thread
  • Heather McMillin showcased being a florist. Her interactive activity allowed students to make arrangements with artificial flowers in containers.
  • Katie Hammett showcased hair and make-up. Her interactive activity allowed students to test out make-up on faces or create fake scars used in movies.
  • Parker Mullinax showcased being a cartoonist. His interactive activity allowed students to try out a ready-made flip-out or to draw their favorite cartoon.
  • Allyse Ingraham showcased being an interior designer. Her interactive activity allowed students to use a template to design a room’s interior with furniture, curtains etc.
  • Rachel Crow showcased being an animator. The students watched a movie clip from “Finding Nemo” about how to animate an object from a drawing on a lap top computer.