Art History, Art Criticism, and Art Production

An Examination of Art Education in Selected School Districts, Volume II: Case Studies of Seven Selected Sites

by Michael Day, Elliot W. Eisner, Robert Stake, Brent Wilson, Marjorie Wilson, Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin, Margaret Ann Thomas

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This study attempts to discover (1) the factors that generate support for a strong, substantive art education program in a district’s curriculum, and (2) what factors influence the willingness and ability of school districts and teachers to carry out and maintain a discipline-based art education that strives for balance among the historical, critical, and productive domains of the visual arts. It uses case studies of seven sites (Whitehall, Ohio; Hopkins, Minnesota; Palo Alto, California; Decatur and Champaign, Illinois; Brooklyn, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Virginia Beach, Virginia). As a group, the case studies illustrate the importance of support from school board members, superintendents, and principals, of a written curriculum, and of in-service training. They provide examples of school-museum collaboration, and dispel the notion that systematic instruction compromises or constrains individual creativity.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

  • The Arts, Language, and the Schools

  • Why Art in Education and Why Art Education?

  • Preface

  • Introduction And Summary

  • Acknowledgments

  • Part I

  • Theory Into Practice: The Whitehall Story

    Marjorie Wilson

  • Part II

  • The District That Could: Art Curriculum Implementation in Hopkins, Minnesota

    Michael Day

  • Part III

  • Art Education in the Palo Alto Public Schools

    Elliot W. Eisner

  • Part IV

  • An Illinois Pair: A Case Study of School Art in Champaign and Decatur

    Robert E. Stake

  • Part V

  • Another View from the Bridge: School Art Programs in Brooklyn District 15

    Marjorie Wilson

  • Part VI

  • Diversity and Innovation: Art Education in the Milwaukee Public Schools

    Michael Day

  • Part VII

  • Tight Structure, Discipline, and Quality: Art Education in Virginia Beach

    Brent Wilson

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