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. 51, No. 5, September

Aesthetics as Critical Inquiry
Substantial work has been done defining aesthetics and positioning it in art education (Eaton, 1988; Hagaman, 1990; Hamblen, 1985; Kaelin, 1989; Lankford, 1992; Madeja & Hurwitz, 1977; McRorie, in press; Parsons & Blocker, 1993; among others)....
Art History Inquiry Methods: Three Options for Art Education Practice
The field of art education has progressively moved towards a more inquiry-based approach to teaching, learning, and thinking about art Each discipline connected with the study of the visual arts-production, criticism, aesthetics, and history of art-offers...
Critical Inquiry: Understanding the Concept and Applying It in the Classroom
Many educators believe that methods of inquiry derived from the discipline of art criticism can help students appreciate the visual arts. There is, however, still confusion about what critical inquiry is and how it may be incorporated into classroom...
Critical Lenses
Two eyeglass frames, both without lenses, rest on my shelves of teaching materials. Each frame has a long yellow cord attached to one earpiece. A large tag of colored paper hangs from the end of each cord. The pale green tag reads Culture Critic; the...
NAEP and the Visual Arts: Framework, Field Test, and Assessment
Dear Colleague: The 1997 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the arts is a landmark event for the field of art education. Seventeen years have passed since the last time the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) scheduled the arts...
Questioning the Assumptions Behind Art Criticism
Art educators who have developed methods of art criticism have provided techniques to help students understand more thoroughly how enriching an encounter with art might be. While many methods exist, most are similar in structure to those proposed by...
Reflections on Excellence II
Excellence II (1995) is a new version of Excellence in Art Education: Ideas and Initiatives, published by NAEA in 1986 and slightly updated in 1987. The book was in its third printing when Mark Hanson assumed the NAEA presidency and selected "Excellence...
Statement as Incoming Editor
I have accepted an invitation to become Editor of Art Education beginning in January 1999. I follow an impressive list of dedicated Editors, none respected more than my immediate predecessor, Dr. Mary Ann Stankiewicz. Her thoughtful leadership as Editor...
Using Feminist Perspectives in Art Education
Forgive me, art teacher, but in my country we love to use bright colors." Lupita, a new student from Mexico, had selected intensely warm colors for her painting, then noticed that most of her classmates had chosen more subdued colors. Earlier that week,...
Worlds of Meaning
Artists create works that express their perceptions of the world around them. Their world may be one that they observe and from which they select elements to convey ideas, emotions, values, attitudes, or their world may not be directly observable but...