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ERIC Number: ED476000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 160
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87192-583-4
Teaching Meaning in Artmaking. Art Education in Practice.
Walker, Sydney R.
The approach in this book extends somewhat beyond comprehensive art education to embrace a more interdisciplinary character, through an emphasis on big ideas the overarching notions that reach beyond any particular discipline. Each chapter in the book focuses on one component. Chapters in the book are: (1) "Big Ideas and Artmaking"; (2) "Personal Connections"; (3) "Building a Knowledge Base for Artmaking"; (4) "Problem Solving"; (5) "Setting Boundaries"; (6) "Designing Studio Instruction"; and (7) "Ways of Working: Artist's Practices." Chapter one explores the concept of big ideas and lays the foundation for the subsequent chapters. Chapter two considers the importance of establishing personal connections to big ideas, while Chapter three argues for building a knowledge base for big ideas. Chapter four investigates problem solving with big ideas; Chapter five looks at the setting of aesthetic boundaries with choices of media, formal qualities, subject matter, styles, and techniques to express big ideas. Chapter six examines the use of big ideas in designing artmaking instruction into a holistic learning experience for students. Chapter seven addresses less concrete aspects of the artmaking process (such as risk taking, experimentation) that have implications for classroom instruction, and offers guidance to teachers for implementing the artmaking process in a manner that encourages inquiry and discovery. An Appendix contains activities and additional information. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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