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Lesson Plans

Teaching Art History Using Themes

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Dr Sam Short (short.4)
Fri, 12 Sep 1997 09:32:07 -0400

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To M. White who would like to use an approach to teaching Art History other
than Brommer, may I suggest a text entitled "Themes and Foundations of Art"
by Katz, Lankford, and Plank (West Pub.)

It is a wonderful text written by two art teachers and a university
professor. If you order a classroom set, the publisher will send you
overhead transparencies, lesson plans and many other helpful teaching aids.

It is important to mention however, that this text is not devoted entirely
to art history in the same way as Brommer. It approaches the study of art
from a comprehensive point of view which includes art history as part of
the larger picture. Activities are suggested at the end of each chapter
and they are wonderful.

Several years ago, I was a high school art history teacher. I found that
when switching to the Themes and Foundations text (where students had an
opportunity to do things other than look at slides and take notes),
enthusiasm for the subject improved and understanding increased.

Sam Short
Department of Art Education
The Ohio State University.

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