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Dear Pat: I assume you are asking about the Art Education in Action videos
which have been released within the last year. I myself found them very
informative - each video has two episodes which feature a teacher teaching
an actual lesson. Most of them show really good examples of a teacher in a
classroom situation. The video entitled Making Art features Evelyn Pender
in a lesson which integrates art history and art criticism. She focuses on
Mary Cassatt and her relationship to Japanese prints - I as a teacher
picked up pointers as I watched her teach. The catalogue specifies for you
the grade level as well as the general topic so that you can purchase the
ones that best suit your needs.
Many of the other Getty-produced videos focus on advocacy and are really
first-class. Arts for Life as well as Art Education is More Than Art
Education are only 10 - 15 minutes long and are fantastic for introducing
the idea of art education to any group - teachers, administrators, and
parents. I am hoping you have a copy of their most recent catalogue - if
not, call 1-800-223-3431 for a copy. If you are unsure about ordering, call
the 1-800 number and inquire about the possibility of previewing the videos
you might be interested in.
California Consortium for Visual Arts Education