Engaging Learners Through Artmaking : Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-12
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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This dynamic resource details the philosophy, rationale, and implementation of choice-based authentic art education in elementary and middle schools. To do the work of artists, children need opportunities to behave, think, and perform as artists. The heart of this curriculum is to facilitate independent learning in studio centers designed to support student choices in subject matter and media. The authors address theory, instruction, assessment, and advocacy in a user-friendly format that includes color photos of classroom set-ups and student work, sample demonstrations, and reflections on activities.

Author Biography

Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith are cofounders of Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., an educational organization that supports teachers who practice choice-based art education.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction Introducing Choice-Based Art Education: The Spirit of Artistic Behaviorp. 1
Practice-Based Theory
Defining Teaching for Artistic Behavior: The Four Practicesp. 9
The Learning Environmentp. 17
How to Structure the Classp. 24
Assessing Progressp. 32
Ideas and Motivationp. 40
Exhibitionsp. 47
Studio Centers
Drawingp. 55
Paintingp. 61
Moving Into Three Dimensionsp. 67
More Media Centersp. 77
Smaller and Ephemeral Centersp. 86
Rethinking Art Educationp. 91
National Visual Art Standards: What Fourth Graders in Teaching for Artistic Behavior Art Programs Know and Can Dop. 95
Written Planning for the Choice-Based Teacherp. 99
Referencesp. 103
Indexp. 107
About the Authorsp. 112
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