ERIC Number: ED341636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Establishing Petroglyphs and Pictographs as a Record of Artistic Activity: The Case for the Inclusion of Rock Art in Art History and Art Education.
Labadie, John Antoine
The study of Native American rock art should be more fully incorporated into art education and art history curricula, especially at the precollege level. Rock art is a sensitive reflection of the culture from which it sprang, it provides one of the most direct links with ancient lifeways and ideas recorded by early ancestors, and as a form of artistic expression it is a world wide phenomena. The development and promotion of enhanced curricula and related programs should be placed high on the national agenda for art education reform. At this time, some archaeologists, anthropologists, and art educators are working on this, but for the most part their activities have been confined to locations where rock art sites are easily accessible (western and southwestern United States). If more students are to gain access to this peerless resource then art education and art history curricula must be revised. Through the study of rock art, insight can be gained into the continuum of human creative effort to cope with and understand the world. This is an opportunity art educators must not ignore. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Petroglyphs; Pictographs; Rock Art
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the United States Society for Education through Art (Columbus, OH, 1991).