I'm new to using a textbook as well. Here's how I am using it.
The textbook is a supplement to a hands on, studio experience. I looked
at it as to how will my students use it for information. To acquaint
students to the text I set up a scavenger hunt, with the purpose of
them having to use different features of the book for information. I
also encouraged them to skim through the book and look at the
illustrations . My district has a focus on reading strategies in every
classroom, so I went to the reading specialist and asked for strategies
I could use to vary the methods of how students could engage the book
for information. Through strategies like KWL, or jig sawing the kids
get a focus on the material and are better prepared for the project
they will be working on. i also plan on using the text as a reference
when I need them to look more closely at an artist or to do a
comparison. In no way though is the text becoming the mainstay of the
Hope this helps.
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 12:05 pm
Subject: [teacherartexchange] How to use Art Textbook
In my district all the fine art teachers now have textbooks and they
I have a classroom set for my Fundamental of Art Students and my
both High School. I have never used a textbook before and kind of at a
how to use them. If anyone have any suggestion I would appreciate
books are The visual Experience and Experience Clay from Davis.
What I am looking for are ideas on how to incorporate them in my class.