ERIC Number: EJ1048832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Reference Count: 12
Teaching Art a Greener Path: Integrating Sustainability Concepts of Interior Design Curriculum into the Art Education Curriculum
Hasio, Cindy; Crane, Tommy J.
Art Education, v67 n6 p35-39 Nov 2014
Interior design is seldom integrated within the general art education curriculum because the subject matter is generally segregated as a commercial art. However, the importance of interior design concepts of sustainability in art education can really help a student understand the scale and proportion of space and mass, and how sustainability is related to elements within the composition and functionality of the form. Integrating interior design concepts of sustainability, arrangement of basic layout of spaces within a building, and color to give the space a sense of unity can reflect the aesthetic perceptions of beauty, power, security, wisdom, achievement, playfulness, or serenity (Pollack & Pillote, 2006). It will also allow students to make connections on how interior design can promote higher levels of critical thinking within the artistic, aesthetic, psychological, social, cultural, and historical context related to art history and Postmodern architecture. Like art education, the interior design field uses sustainability, which could enhance the pedagogy of art educators. According to Wheeler and Bijur (2000) and Stegall (2006), the interior design industry felt that providing students with the theories and practical application of sustainability within a holistic approach to interior design was fundamental. The integration of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle mentality into students; design processes was viewed as a key element within any curriculum (Whitemyer, 2007). In this article, the images were from a high school art class and also from a university level interior design course.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Art Education, Concept Teaching, Interior Design, Integrated Curriculum, Problem Solving, Art Expression, Environmental Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Classroom Techniques, High Schools, Visual Arts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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