ERIC Number: ED403191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Art & Interdisciplinary Studies Institute Summer 1994: Teacher Training Program Final Report.
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Museum School.
This report describes the impetus, accomplishments, and observed results of The Studio Project, which was conceived and implemented by the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. This project was to help children become more aware of themselves and their environment, with an emphasis on the social, economic, and racial issues that confronted them, while providing exposure to art materials and techniques. The program was designed around four basic ideas and had to be: (1) appropriate for students in grades 4 through 12, for any regional, social, or economic demographics; (2) applicable to any classroom and any subject matter or discipline; (3) able to be taught by any interested teacher (art or non-art); and (4) related to classroom themes and current learning experiences. Participating teachers tested this project in the classroom, using a museum exhibition as a primary resource in a rigorous investigation of U.S. culture and society from 1930 to 1960. With art as the starting point, teachers provided students with practical hands-on involvement with two-dimensional and three-dimensional art processes appropriate to the period, and moved from the studio to art history to cultural criticism of the period, through scientific and political issues that impacted society. The report includes lesson plans produced by the project. (DQE)
Descriptors: Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Museums, Professional Training, Teacher Education, Visual Arts
Arkansas Arts Center Museum School, Art and Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, MacArthur Park, 9th and Commerce, PO Box 2137, Little Rock, AR 72203-2137.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Museum School.