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Arts and Creativity Lab

Arts and Creativity Lab at Clemson University

The Arts and Creativity Lab allows for concentrated work in both the visual and performing arts in education. A visual art with seminar space and a performing arts space with a specialized performance floor have been modeled after professional arts studios and designed to create a comfortable and non-intimidating environment for creative work and arts integration in early childhood, elementary and special education.


EDEL 3100: Arts in the Elementary School

EDEL 3100 is an arts course that takes place in the AC Lab for students majoring in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education. From an educator’s perspective, students review the basic foundations of the arts (aesthetics, art criticism, and visual and performing arts) and explore the arts’ role in education, their connection to other disciplines, and their unique contribution to human societies. Through lessons involving embodied arts experiences, ‘body-on’ arts making, curriculum design, the application of digital media, group activities, and class readings and discussions, students develop artistic and aesthetic skills that will help them to confidently speak about and utilize the arts, creativity, and design as ways of thinking, inquiry, expression, and assessment with their future students.

In EDEL 3100, students create and participate in 2D art projects, a found art sculpture social media project, digital storytelling movies, drama tableaus, movement workshops, arts critiques, and playful creative exploration.

We found it, created art, and now you’ve…FOUND ART!
Found Art Exercise

For example, for the Found Art Sculpture Project, students use everyday objects to create unique sculptures. Once completed, the sculptures are placed in public places to be found by anyone who encounters them. From there, they can be kept or altered and replaced in a public place. Look out for our sculptures! Each has a tag similar to the one on the right. If found, we ask that you email us and tell us about your experience of finding art at

EDEL 3100: Arts in the Elementary School
College of Education
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