Synopses & Reviews
A trusted guide and companion for current and future art educators, CHILDREN AND THEIR ART presents a professional approach to teaching art consistent with national standards for student learning. The authors are experienced as art teachers in the public schools and have a broad knowledge about school art programs. The Eighth Edition provides an easy-to-use combination of theory, research, and practical knowledge about teaching art. The most comprehensive textbook available for teaching art education methods, CHILDREN AND THEIR ART covers all aspects of teaching art in the elementary classroom: the basic principles and goals of art education, the characteristics and needs of children as learners, the core principles of art as a subject-aesthetics, principles of design, art history, art media-and all aspects of instruction-curriculum planning, sample lessons, classroom management, and assessment. Among numerous updates throughout the text, the Eighth Edition features a brand-new chapter on visual culture. This new edition also includes more than 300 illustrations, with well over 100 new images added to provide examples of new media and better representation of post-modern artforms and works by women and minority artists.
This comprehensive resource for teaching art to children combines the latest thinking about the teaching of art with focus on providing a balanced art program. The authors provide all of the information necessary to plan, execute, and evaluate a successful program for both classroom and art teachers. The material is presented in a clear and understandable manner and is appropriate for undergraduates.
About the Author
Al Hurwitz has taught at the elementary and secondary levels in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He was the Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Newton, Massachusetts schools and taught art education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education Ohio State University, Teacher's College, Columbia University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts College of Art. He has written, co-authored, or edited 12 books on art education and served on the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA). He has also served on the planning committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.Michael Day completed his doctorate degree at Stanford University and has taught middle and high-school art in California. A widely published author and researcher, Dr. Day is a recipient of the Manuel Barkan Award for published research from NAEA. He has served on national panels, editorial boards for national scholarly publications, and art museum boards. He was invited to the former Soviet Union in a scholarly exchange sponsored by the International Research and Exchanges Board, and in 1998 he was one of five scholars invited to Beijing in a delegation sponsored by the Getty Education Institute and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Dr. Day served as President of the NAEA from 1997 to 1999.
Table of Contents
Part I: FOUNDATIONS AND GOALS FOR ART EDUCATION. 1. Foundations of Art Education: Children, Art and Society. 2. Art Education in Contemporary Classrooms: Issues and Practices. Part II: CHILDREN AS LEARNERS. 3. Children's Artistic Development: How Children Grow and Learn. 4. Children with Special Needs: Art for All Children. 5. Talented Children: The Nature of Artistic Giftedness. Part III: CONTENT OF ART. 6. Drawing: At the Heart of the Studio Experience I. 7. Painting: At the Heart of the Studio Experience II. 8. Sculpture and Ceramics. 9. Printmaking. 10. Newer Media: Ideas and Earthworks: Computers to Lasers. 11. Design: Art Language and Application. 12. Art Criticism: From Classroom to Museum. 13. Art History: Other Times and Places. 14. Aesthetics: Philosophy in the Art Room. 15. Visual Culture in Art Education. Part IV: INSTRUCTION. 16. Methods for Teaching Art: Classroom Practice. 17. The Social Dimension: Collaborative Art Activities and Instructional Games. Part V: CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT. 18. Curriculum: Background, Planning, and Organization. 19. Classroom Organization and Exhibition of Student Work. 20. Assessing Student Learning and Achievement. Appendixes: A. A Historical Framework for Art Education: Dates, Personalities, Publications, and Events. B. Professional Responsibility and Professional Associations. C. Commercial Resources. D. Safer Materials for Elementary School Art.