Art Education

Published bimonthly, Art Education deals with issues of professional interest to art educators. Each issue of Art Education focuses on a single theme or topic, with in-depth features, art, and reviews.

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 4, July

Art Class: What to Do When Students Can't Hold a Pencil
The art room is a buzz of activity. Students are intent on their drawing as they work to create the expressive lines they have been learning about in class. Everyone is working except Craig*, who sits in the corner in his wheelchair, and Lisa*, who tries...
Art Education and the Possibility of Social Change
[The artwork] had more power to stop me than I had power to walk on. (Winterson, 1995, p. 3) Winterson's words are revealing because they invite us to look behind the canvas and into the world of the artist. These two worlds, that of the artist and the...
Expressive Intent in Drawing
In their limitless variety of form and imagery, drawings interpret the condition of humans and the realms of the inexplicable. (Wolfe, 1988, p. 9) INTRODUCTION So often it is difficult to get high school students to focus on and create drawings that...
Folk Art and Outsider Art: Acknowledging Social Justice Issues in Art Education
The study of "folk art" and "outsider art" is often neglected in the classroom, although these types of art are highly visible in museums, galleries and bought by collectors. The inclusion of "folk art" and "outsider art" in the art curriculum can serve...
Folk Art as Communal Culture and Art Proper
Attitudes about folk art have undergone a remarkable transformation, from characterizations as simplistic, primitive, and obscure a century ago, to descriptions as refined, com plex, and important. Interest in folk art reflects a growing concern not...
It's Catch-Up Time for Aesthetics
The aesthetic. Aesthetic education. What are they? Should they fit into an art classroom, and if so how? The answer to "should they fit" has been a resounding "yes" for over 30 years, but the impact in the classroom and with a suspicious public has been...
Listen to My Picture: Art as a Survival Tool for Immigrant and Refugee Students
So many children, so many colors, so many circumstances! Thirty-six children with limited English proficiency (in some cases with no knowledge of English) arrived at the elementary school, where I am the art teacher, this past fall. Joining an already...
National Art Education Association Constitution and Bylaws: Adopted 1995, Revised 1999
PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION The National Art Education Association through its Constitution sets forth the means by which the aspirations of those responsible for programs of art education can be supported and extended. As an organization, we affirm...
Teaching Art as If the World Mattered
I borrowed the theme for this issue of the journal from the title of Chapter 7 in Suzi Gablik's book The Reenchantment of Art (1991): "Making Art as if the World Mattered."This theme captures the essence of what our direction and effort in life ought...