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Re: [teacherartexchange] book recommendation - Art History


From: Judy Decker (jdecker4art_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 04 2010 - 13:47:23 PDT

Greetings Mindy,

There isn't any one book good for grades 7 through 12 (in my opinion)
- and none that I know of that hold the students' attention (smile).
If you find one - do let everyone know.
The best way for younger students to learn art history is through
making art (but NOT copying the art of ancient cultures or world
cultures. Make studio lessons relevant to them).

For middle school, I had two books from Davis Publications (that are
no longer available). You might see about getting a sample copy of the
new Global Perspectives. The newer middle school books seem to have
more of a focus on studio art (suggested lessons).

You might also get a copy of Discovering Art History (from Davis) -
reading would be too advanced for 7th grade 0 but excellent for high

Many list members use:
Art History (now in 3rd edition) by Marilyn Stokstad

I just discovered that this publication is also available in segments
- which might be ideal for you:

Check Davis Publications:

Many schools use Art Talk (Glencoe- McGraw Hill) - which has some art
history - but maybe more of a studio text.

Hope this helps,

Judy Decker

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On Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM, Mindy Moore wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been looking for a good art history book for junior high and high school. My curriculum spans world history, beginning with ancient history with my grade 7s and moving into contemporary art by grades 11 and 12.  I have numerous history books that I use for reference but have been trying to find either a series or a few books that would be engaging and hold the students' attention when reading.  Any suggestions would be most welcome!
> Many thanks,
> Mindy in Nova Scotia, Canada

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