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

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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.

Book Features:

Introduces artistic behaviors that sustain engagement, such as problem finding, innovation, play, representation, collaboration, and more.

Provides instructional modes for differentiation, including whole-group, small-group, individual, and peer coaching.

Offers management strategies for choice-based learning environments, structuring time, design of studio centers, and exhibition.

Illustrates shifts in control from teacher-directed to learner-directed.

Highlights statements by children identifying personal relevancy, discovery learning, and reflection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807749760
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 526,630
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword George Szekely ix

Preface John V. Crowe xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction Introducing Choice-Based Art Education: The Spirit of Artistic Behavior 1

Part I Practice-Based Theory

1 Defining Teaching for Artistic Behavior: The Four Practices 9

2 The Learning Environment 17

3 How to Structure the Class 24

4 Assessing Progress 32

5 Ideas and Motivation 40

6 Exhibitions 47

Part II Studio Centers

7 Drawing 55

8 Painting 61

9 Moving Into Three Dimensions 67

10 More Media Centers 77

11 Smaller and Ephemeral Centers 86

12 Rethinking Art Education 91

Appendix A National Visual Art Standards: What Fourth Graders in Teaching for Artistic Behavior Art Programs Know and Can Do 95

Appendix B Written Planning for the Choice-Based Teacher 99

References 103

Index 107

About the Authors 112

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