Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in Visual Arts

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Use the Internet to teach visual arts and refine students' critical thinking skills! This book is based on the Discipline-Based Art Education program, a proven art instruction program that teaches everything from the creative process and art history to criticism and aesthetics. An abundance of primary source Web sites and background information is offered. The main focus of the book is western art history and painting, but examples of sculpture, drawings, prints, and architecture are included, along with a chapter on diversity.

Part I provides background material. A brief history of art education is presented, followed by a review of the components of design elements and principles. The book describes using the Internet as a primary source by identifying and evaluating websites. Part II follows the program through the main historical periods, from prehistoric and ancient Middle Eastern art, through the Renaissance, through the 20th century. A bibliography and index are included.

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Introductory chapters explore the history of art education and critical-thinking skills along with practical suggestions for utilizing the Internet in art research. The majority of the book, however, provides exhaustive lists of Web sites that feature works of art, biographies of artists, background information, critical reviews, scholarly treatment of art topics, and museums. Arranged chronologically, with an emphasis on Western art, each chapter provides briefly annotated Web addresses complete with date of access, a summary of the sites, and discussion questions and activities. A list of frequently used general resources is especially helpful and includes art-education programs and associations. Although it is inevitable that some sites will no longer be accessible or valid, this substantial resource will undoubtedly set the standard for using the Internet in art education.-Susan McCaffrey, Haslett High School, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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PAMELA J. EYERDAM, an Art Librarian, is Head of Reference, Main Library, Cleveland State University, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Frequently Referred to Web Sites of Associations, Art Education Programs, and Resources
Pt. I History, Critical Thinking, and Using the Internet
1 A Brief History of the Developments in Art Education 3
2 Developing Critical Thinking Skills in the Visual Arts 9
3 Using Primary Sources on the Internet in the Visual Arts 19
Pt. II Applying Critical Thinking Skills in the Visual Arts
4 Elements and Principles of Design 41
5 Prehistoric and Ancient Middle Eastern Art 47
6 Ancient Egyptian Art 53
7 Aegean and Greek Art 61
8 Etruscan and Roman Art 69
9 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art 77
10 Early Medieval and Medieval Art 87
11 Birth of the Renaissance: Early Renaissance Art 95
12 High Renaissance Art 113
13 Mannerism 125
14 Northern Renaissance Art 131
15 The Baroque of Italy, Spain, and France 143
16 Flemish and Dutch Art 155
17 European Art 163
18 Romanticism and Realism 177
19 Impressionism 193
20 Post-Impressionism 207
21 Early Modern Art and Cubism 223
22 Dada and Surrealism 241
23 Art Since the 1930s 259
24 Women Artists of the Twentieth Century 279
25 Introduction to Diversity 291
Bibliography 305
Index 311
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