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ERIC Number: EJ871981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Bringing Children to Art--Bringing Art to Children
Unrath, Kathy; Luehrman, Mick
Art Education, v62 n1 p41-47 Jan 2009
A commitment to providing students with multiple learning venues is the foundation of the Art Education program at the University of Missouri. Integral to the curriculum is the belief that all students, university and K-12 alike, should have the opportunity to view original works of art. Having access to museums at an early age sets the tone for further exploration of one's culture by developing skills to interpret visual language. Paris and Hapgood (2002) described museums as informal learning environments where objects and experiences stimulate a curiosity that can be extended into the classroom and beyond. With this in mind, the University of Missouri Art Education Program and Museum of Art and Archeology collaboratively created the Museum Partnership Program to provide preservice art teachers with museum experiences and training for connecting museums and their resources in their future classrooms. Rather than relying on secondary sources, such as printed and web-based art reproductions, this program allows preservice art teachers to experience the energizing effect of teaching from primary sources, such as real artworks in an authentic setting, and the museum itself. In this article, the authors describe their vision for art education/museum collaboration and explain how this program has affected their future art teachers as well as the young students at a local elementary school. (Contains 5 figures.)
National Art Education Association. 1916 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 703-860-8000; Fax: 703-860-2960; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France (Paris); Missouri