The Art of Teaching Art: A Guide for Teaching and Learning the Foundations of Drawing-Based Art

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Oxford University Press, Nov 9, 2000 - Art - 340 pages
Often the finest artists do not make the best teachers. Many frustrated college students of art know this all too well as they suffer through unstructured classes with inexperienced teachers or graduate student instructors. In these situations, it is easy to blame the teachers. But the problem is largely institutional: most students graduating with MFAs from art schools receive little if any instruction in teaching art. If you find yourself in this predicament as teacher or student, this book is for you. The first book to provide a comprehensive guide for teaching college-level art, The Art of Teaching Art is the culmination of respected artist and instructor Deborah Rockman's two decades of teaching experience. Believing that drawing is the backbone of all of the visual arts, she begins with a complete explanation of drawing concepts that apply to any subject matter, e.g., composition, sighting processes, scaling techniques, and methods for linear and tonal development. She then illustrates these concepts with step-by-step methods that easily translate to classroom exercises. Next, she applies the drawing principles to every artist's most important and challenging subject, the human figure. After an extended section on understanding and teaching perspective that explores illusionistic form and space, the focus of the book shifts to the studio classroom itself and the essential elements that go into making an effective learning environment and curriculum. From preparing materials lists and syllabi, to setting up still-lifes, handling difficult classroom situations, critiquing and grading student artworks, and shooting slides of student artworks, she leaves no stone unturned.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
What Every Teacher and Every Student Should Know about Drawing
11
Chapter 2 Teaching Essential Drawing Principles in Relation to the Human Figure
91
Teaching the Essential Principles of Perspective Drawing
147
Chapter 4 Establishing the Classroom Environment Conducting Critiques and Assigning Grades
215
Classroom Documents and Other Teaching Aids
243
Preparing Students for What Lies Ahead
295
Bibliography
317
Artist Index
321
Index
325
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Deborah A. Rockman is Professor of Art in the Foundation and Fine Arts Department, Kendall College of Art and Design.

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