The History of American Art Education: Learning about Art in American Schools

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Art - 252 pages
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The ideas, people, and events that developed art education are described and analyzed so that art educators and educators in general will have a better understanding of what has happened (and is happening) to visual art in the schools. Peter Smith raises the issue of art education's inordinate emphasis on Eurocentric art. He challenges the often expressed notion that the field of education is the cause of art education's problems and proposes that confused conceptions within the art world are just as much a root of the difficulty. No other book in art education history gives such close and analytical attention to the careers of women in the field. The materials on Germanic cultural and historical influences are unequaled as is the scholarly treatment of Viktor Lowenfeld, probably the most influential single figure in 20th-century American art education.


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The Beginnings of Education in the Visual Arts in America
The Dismissal of Walter Smith Historiographic Explanation the American Art Scene and Visual Arts Education in the Late Nineteenth Century
Germanic Influences
Franz Cizek and the Elusiveness of Historical Knowledge
American Attempts to Democratize Art Picture Study
American Women in Visual Arts Education Outstanding Leaders and the Interaction Between Gender Bias and Arts Status
A Charismatic American
Gender and the History of Visual Arts Education Survival and Disappearance
Of Women and Art Education Roles of Importance
A Colossus of Sorts
The PostLowenfeld Era Radical Dissent and Thoughtful Revisionism
From Aesthetic Education to Disciplinebased Art Education Intellectualizations and Confusions

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About the author (1996)

PETER SMITH is Coordinator of Art Education/Art Therapy at the University of New Mexico. He has exhibited his art work in many parts of the United States and is a familiar name in art education journal literature with more than thirty major articles. His 25 year background in public school teaching serves him well as a spokesman of institutional art education.

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