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Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students

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In this smart survival guide for students and teachers — the only book of its kind — James Elkins examines the "curious endeavor to teach the unteachable" that is generally known as college-level art instruction.<P>Elkins traces the development (or invention) of the modern art school and considers how issues such as the question of core curriculum and the intellectual isolation of art schools affect the teaching and learning of art. He also addresses the phenomenon of art critiques as a microcosm for teaching art as a whole and dissects real-life critiques, highlighting presuppositions and dynamics that make them confusing and suggesting ways to make them more helpful.<P>Elkins's no-nonsense approach clears away the assumptions about art instruction that are not borne out by classroom practice. For example, he notes that despite much talk about instilling visual acuity and teaching technique, in practice neither teachers nor students behave as if those were their principal goals. He addresses the absurdity of pretending that sexual issues are absent from life-drawing classes and questions the practice of holding up great masters and masterpieces as models for students capable of producing only mediocre art. He also discusses types of art — including art that takes time to complete and art that isn't serious — that cannot be learned in studio art classes.<P>Elkins's incisive commentary illuminates the experience of learning art for those involved in it, while opening an intriguing window for those outside the discipline.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252069505
Author:
Elkins, James
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Location:
Urbana
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Art
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Art -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.75 x 0.7 in

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