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Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education Paperback – September 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0807748183 ISBN-10: 0807748188 Edition: 8.2.2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press; 8.2.2007 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807748188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807748183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Chapter one should be disseminated to all decision-makers in education. Studio Thinking is a major contribution to the field.'' --Arts & Learning Review, Winter 2008, Vol. 3, Issue 1

''Hetland and her colleagues reveal dozens of practical measures that could be adopted by any arts program, inside or outside of the school.This is a bold new step in arts education.'' --David R. Olson, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

''This book is very educational and would be helpful to art teachers in promoting quality teaching in their classrooms.'' --School Arts Magazine, October 2008

''Hetland and her colleagues reveal dozens of practical measures that could be adopted by any arts program, inside or outside of the schools.This is a bold new step in arts education.'' --David R. Olson, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

''Will be at the top of the list of essential texts in arts education. I know of no other work in art education with this combination of authenticity and insight.--Lars Lindstram, Stockholm Institute of Education

''The research in Studio Thinking is groundbreaking and important because it is anchored in the actual practice of teaching artists …The ideas in Studio Thinking continue to provide a vehicle with which to navigate and understand the complex work in which we are all engaged.'' -- --Teaching Artists Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3 2009

Hetland and her colleagues reveal dozens of practical measures that could be adopted by any arts program, inside or outside of the school….This is a bold new step in arts education. --David R. Olson, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Will be at the top of the list of essential texts in arts education. I know of no other work in art education with this combination of authenticity and insight. --Lars Lindström, Stockholm Institute of Education

Hetland and her colleagues reveal dozens of practical measures that could be adopted by any arts program, inside or outside of the school….This is a bold new step in arts education. --David R. Olson, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Will be at the top of the list of essential texts in arts education. I know of no other work in art education with this combination of authenticity and insight. --Lars Lindström, Stockholm Institute of Education

About the Author

Lois Hetland is Associate Professor of Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero. Ellen Winner is Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero. Shirley Veenema is Art Instructor at Phillips Academy (Andover) and a researcher at Harvard Project Zero. Kimberly M. Sheridan, formerly a researcher at Harvard Project Zero, is Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology and Art Education at George Mason University.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Serig on October 3, 2007
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Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner (et al) make a strong case for arts education for every child based on solid research. Their initial analysis of arts education research sets the stage for their in-depth, immersive inquiry into the practices of highly-skilled, professional teaching artists. The blending of theoretical perspectives with 'in-the-trenches' data collection, analysis and synthesis surround the types of teaching and learning occuring in the visual arts studio classrooms. Selecting such qualified teachers who also have vibrant art practices strengthens the relationships between the ideal professional who is an artist, educator and researcher. The practical examples will motivate teachers and the thoughtfully built argument for the arts in education will provide a valuable source for any advocate and policy maker.

As a former K-12 art educator and current teacher of art education at the college level, I find this book a major contribution to the field and invaluable for pre-service and practicing teaching artists.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Locke on October 30, 2007
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This book is an aid not just for the teacher, but for the studio artist. As an educator, I benefit from its cogent analysis, but as a dedicated studio artist, I find the Eight Studio Habits of Mind the first tangible distillation of the process and thinking that happens in my studio. There are so many books about what artists do and how to access creativity. Hetland et al have shown that critical and creative thinking is not a matter of magic or divine inspiration, but rather the result of a mind set that can be used by students and artists alike. This book provides the connection between the teacher and the artist and the artist and her/his studio.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. Douglas on October 7, 2007
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Lois Hetlund and her colleagues have written an important book that grounds academic research firmly in the real world of schools. It is readable, accessable, and yet contains profound truths. Documenting and describing the sorts of thinking that can take place in high quality arts programs, the authors remind us of what a true education should contain, despite the teach-to-the-standardized-test momentum in many public schools.
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Highly recommend the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on July 16, 2008
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I teach elementary art so this book is a bit above my students level (it focus' on high school classes) but much of their information and observations transfer to any age. This book is packed with information and is unique in that it observes real classrooms to understand and create theory - the opposite of the usual education theory.
If I had a pre-service art teacher program I would require this book it is a great way to think more carefully about your classroom and how you teach.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Quinn on September 3, 2008
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Studio Thinking presents a clear image of what is necessary for building a "zone of proximal development" in an art classroom. The authors use information gleaned from actual observations and combine it with their knowledge of art education theory to provide a framework for excellent instruction and learning. It is easy to absorb and full of examples and anecdotes that engage the reader. This book has value for those just beginning the teaching journey, and the ones who have been engaged for a long time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward on December 9, 2009
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This book is by one of my professors at the college I go to. The book is very dense but has excellent theory behind it. It explains, in depth, why an art education is so essential developmentally for students - and it does this by talking about what art itself teaches. People often try to talk about why "art is important because it'll make people more creative in their english classes" or something similar - justifying it because the core subjects that are in the standardized tests may benefit from it. But this book speaks as to why an art education is important in and of itself, and what sorts of core objectives art teachers should have in mind when designing lessons and curriculum. I would recommend this book to any art educator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber S on September 22, 2010
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I only wish this book was out when I was in undergrad! Many of these things you must figure out for yourself but this book explains and gives great descriptions. Highly recommend for any teacher looking to create a productive studio.
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