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Re: [teacherartexchange] Art Ed Methods Textbooks


From: Diane Gregory (gregory.diane55_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 09 2010 - 16:01:54 PDT


I have taught Art Education methods courses for over 30 years. I too love Creative & Mental Growth. I am a third generation Lowenfeld supporter even now. But to answer your good question...I use Emphasis Art 9th edition to teach Elementary Art Education. I have also used Children and their Art by Gaitskill & Hurwitz but some students found it too academic. I personally think it is a great book and if you teach students with strong academic skills this would be ideal. Otherwise, I would recommend Emphasis Art, by the late Frank Wachowiak. It has been recently revised and it is a great revision by the co-author Clements who is very much alive.

I have never found a book I have liked to teach the Secondary Methods class. Many years ago, when the child centered approach was the dominant philosophy I used John Michael's book Teaching Art to Adolescents. But I have not found anything that I feel presents a broad perspective from many different points of view for teaching art at the middle school or high school level. Although I am not fond of how to books, many of my students love the Hume books. They are great resources. Perhaps others on the list can provide names of books for Secondary Art Education courses. I suspect since the market is so small there is not the incentive to publish books for Secondary Art Education courses.

Good luck.

Diane Gregory
Texas Woman's University

----- Original Message ----
> From: Margaret Angstadt <>
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> Sent: Wed, June 9, 2010 12:03:53 PM
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Art Ed Methods Textbooks
> Hello to all and Happy June!

Earlier in the year I had a great response
> (both on and off list)
about my question regarding student teachers in the
> classroom. It was
a CRAZY year with three interns in our program.
> One quit. One was
incapable of functioning and I had to 'take back' my
> classes. The
third was was excellent (a former student.)

It is
> VERY clear that a major obstacle for ALL of these students from
area colleges
> is that the colleges are not offering art education
methods. These
> students all take the general ed methods.

I am meeting with a director of
> ed to discuss possibilites of teaching
a methods course and could use your
> assistance. I'm wondering if
anyone is teaching/has taught art ed
> methods courses, and if so, what
texts you used. I used Creative and
> Mental Growth by Lowenfeld
waaaaaaaay back in 1971 (and STILL love
> it!)

Wondering what others are using/have used...from whatever
> era!

Thanks for taking time to reply! Hope your year is winding
> down gently.
Today, I turn 60 and look forward to many more years of
> teaching!


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