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Janson, Gardner and Fleming seem a bit too advanced.
David Wood Santa Monica High School, CA
There is a fairly new high school art text out on the market, called
"Themes and Foundations of Art" by Elizabeth L. Katz, E. Louis Lankford,
and Janice D. Plank. It is published by the West Publishing Company.
Although it is not strictly speaking an art history/appreciation text but a
comprehensive art textbook, it has some very good features. First of all,
it incorporates history, criticism and aestethics with really solid
lessons. The art history/appreciation is covered in two different ways: one
through themes of nature and art, cities and art, and the human image in
art; the second through a more historical approach which ends with a very
good discussion of Postmodern Art.
Also the standard high school art history text, Gerald F. Brommer's
"Discovering Art History" is due out in January with a third edition. It
promises also to incorporate criticism and aesthetics with the history. In
the February issue of
"School Arts" there is a whole-page advertisement that features this new
edition. It is published by Davis Publications, Inc.
A more advanced text than the above two but still not as advanced as
Gardner and Janson would be "Art in Focus" by Gene A. Mittler, published by
Glencoe Publishing Company. This text is probably "high" high school/
junior college level. This text is in a third edition, I believe.
I hope the above will give you a few more ideas. Good luck!
Resource Center Co-ordinator
California Consortium for Visual Arts Education