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[teacherartexchange] Textbooks--- Longish


Date: Mon Feb 05 2007 - 14:37:13 PST

From Marvin Bartel:
"For many high school art classes, students might be better served if the
room has a set of standard art history texts sold for college survey classes in
place of books published as school textbooks? By selecting an art history
text that is up-to-date, well illustrated, well written, and inclusive of
cultures, styles, genders, etc. high school students may be better prepared for
life and for their college/university experiences."

Thanks Marvin for you always-wise advice!

I believe I have a good art background as both a teacher and professional
painter. maybe I am not??? Actually I have a very extensive classroom library
with college level art history books plus numerous technical media books,
design books and an extensive visual reference file that is used very
frequently by the students (not for copying) but for anatomical information, etc.

Students today are so techno-savvy. The weakness in my program is due a lack
of technology (my budget) as the tech department gets the goodies. I did
write a grant but so far have heard nothing. I want an LCD projector or
Smartboard, laptop, etc. for Power Point presentations of artists as well as to
have the students research images and information on Internet resources. The
school took away my internet connection to be used for phone service elsewhere
but they have wireless if I can get it in a laptop. As always the Visual Arts
Dept. is low rung which makes me as one frustrated but good art teacher.

About textbooks for my class: Don't slay me guys, but I have not completely
loved the DBAE approach since it seems to throw us back into left brain
thinking that I want to get away from and use more time developing the "dormant"
right brain of most of my students through artistic exploration. I like to
teach appreciation along with hands-on actual experimental workshops, once the
student masters basic media concepts.

Ah! I am now weakening. ;o< Can I use a textbook approach to have a
systematic way for all my students to better understand how art movements develop
and why artists and how are communicators of ideas, thoughts and personal
beliefs and know where the artist was coming from.

For those of you who use art textbooks for your students HOW do you use it (
Duh). Do you have students read out loud from it, then discuss? Do you just
leave it nearby to be available IF they want to look at it? Is this how you
introduce a unit? Do you give an assignment and then have students read
information individually and then open discussion?

A now confused teacher,

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