Art Education

Cathy Smilan

in Education

ISBN: 9780199756810
Published online December 2011 | | DOI:
Art Education

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This bibliography contains a selection of papers and volumes on themes under discussion in the field of art education. The topics presented here are but a sampling of issues that noted scholars consider to be essential to the progress of art, design, and aesthetics education as core curricula. As art educators teach art technique and process along with artistic analysis, gaining an understanding of the historical development of the field as well as a foundation in aesthetic theory and methods of critique is essential. The literature discussed delves into aesthetic inquiry, guiding readers to develop a transformative analysis of art. The literature also offers a historical foundation of art education, providing the basis for teaching art processes and techniques as well as the ability to appreciate and interpret art in and out of school. Historical perspectives on art education, from its beginning in public schools in which drawing and drafting are taught, to the development of expressive media and children’s natural artistic development, to the focus on discipline-based art education, through contemporary art education and visual-culture studies, have pervaded the arts education literature. With the ever-increasing call for measuring learning to justify expenditures, assessment and evaluation in art education have become important topics of concern and debate. Art educators advocate for a holistic review of learning, and the field acknowledges the pressure to measure learning objectives in the arts based on content standards. Many other disciplines within education are looking to the arts to guide in the development of process-folio and portfolio assessments. Literature and commentary in the field of art education consider the pros and cons of teachers who are also artists, teaching artists, and the advocacy for having certified art teachers in schools. The potential goals and conflicts of interest make for interesting discussion; the reports of student engagement and advancement suggest the need to continue with such discussions. Teaching art and art research from the female perspective is another important topic in art education literature. Because an overwhelming percentage of art educators are women, it is all the more salient that art education considers the perspectives of women in the development of the field. As an often-disenfranchised group, female artists and art educators give voice to issues of gender inequities as well as social and political issues that affect women and others who are placed in real or perceived minority situations. Students with special needs is one such category in the literature, as in life. Finally, the study of visual literacy and visual culture is permeating the literature; perhaps, this field is essentially arriving back at where it started—learning to see, translate, and communicate the visual stimulus of our world.

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Subjects: Education ; Organization and Management of Education ; Philosophy and Theory of Education ; Schools Studies ; Teaching Skills and Techniques

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