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The Art Teacher's Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470183021
ISBN-10: 0470183020
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From the Back Cover

This long-awaited second edition, The Art Teacher's Survival Guide, offers K-8 art specialists and classroom teachers everything needed to conduct an effective arts education program. Comprehensive, practical, and completely updated, the book provides guidance, tools, and resources on teaching and appreciating the visual arts—including production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. It also includes more than 100 creative art projects in varied media, many new to this edition.

Special features of this edition include: information on the characteristics, skills, and understandings to be expected of students by grade level as aligned with the National Visual Arts Standards; suggestions on appropriate art activities by grade level, especially for enriching content learning and including adaptations for children with special needs; an expanded section on art lesson planning, with ideas for integrating arts activities into lessons across the curricula; detailed art history timelines with links to language arts, math, science, and other content areas; a multicultural art section featuring Chinese calligraphy, Mexican Day of the Dead altars, and similar projects from diverse cultures; new projects in watercolor, printmaking, nature illustration, and digital media; and updated resource handouts. Each project focuses on appropriate design elements and principles and includes illustrations along with detailed directions for both teacher and student. A lay-flat binding makes the projects easily reproducible.The book's twelve chapters cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • Let's Teach Art

  • What We Teach

  • Fun with Art History and Appreciation

  • Paper

  • Drawing with Pencil, Pastels, Crayons, and Markers

  • Painting

  • Printmaking

  • Multicultural Art

  • Ceramics

  • Three-Dimensional Design

  • Architecture, the Built Environment

  • Digital Media, Photography, and Video

The book is richly illustrated throughout with handsome black and white reproductions of fine art, folk art, and drawings.

About the Author

Helen D. Hume is an artist and art educator who taught for more than 30 years in the St. Louis region and international schools. Her students range from preschool through the graduate level, including apprentice teachers. She is a board member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild and the author of seven books in arts education, including The Art Teacher's Book of Lists from Jossey-Bass.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (November 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470183020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470183021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patricia A. Howard on October 14, 2009
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This book has been a great source of help and encouragement in my teaching in middle school art. It not only provides hundreds of project ideas but it has recommendations for age level appropriate activities. The first part of the book gives grade by grade suggestions for what those students can do at their age level, as well as, what each age group enjoys doing. It also offers suggestions for tools and materials that are best experienced or avoided with the different grade levels.
Under the different project ideas, the book offers many ways to incorporate other subject areas into the art lesson or, for those who teach other subject areas, to have art projects that enhance their subject matter.
I was encouraged by reading and recognizing areas in which I was right on target for the age level of my students. I also appreciated the constructive suggestions for new opportunites to give my students a better art experience. I can't recommend this book more highly !!
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Oh my! This book is essential for any Art teacher of elementary and middle school age children. The author takes you step-by-step on what you need to know to teach Art. I'm just starting out teaching Art at the elementary level and I know that this book is going to be well used. I should probably buy another to replace this one when I wear this one out. If you are teaching Art, you should have this book.
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I wish I had not wasted my money on this book. It is chock full, too full, and is difficult to access. Being a visual person (duh), I like lots and lots of illustrations, and this book has very few. Lots of words, few pictures. They are pen-and-ink drawings, not photos. I need photos! I need a book to pick up, quickly leaf through and see a finished product, quickly read through to see what materials are needed, and quickly make a decision on before my classes next week. I got the book a couple of months ago, was quickly bored with it, passed it on to my daughter, and have heard no word of praise from her, so I guess she felt the same. That said, the many positive reviews mean I will give it a second look. But this review is basically a warning for those like me, who need PICTURES.
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I just received this book the other day and I hesitated about ordering it when I reviewed it because it is not in color. Well, I was so...wrong. It is one of the best books that I have read and own for an art teacher. There is so much information, simply explained, in it about the students in various age levels, setting up classrooms, curriculum ideas, lesson plan ideas, and more! I have done many of the suggestions in it that only confirms that I need not change many of the things that I am already doing. But...I am also getting more ideas how to stimulate and adjust my art program for my students! Such a good book NOT to lend to others because I will always be able to use it for students and even, my own children in my own family! :-D
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Having endured my first year of teaching middle school with nothing more than random Google searches for "Great Art Projects," I entered my second year determined to do art right. The art projects that I had attempted to do my first year were fine, but it was tedious work scraping together lesson ideas. I couldn't find anything that was inspiring, authoritative, and exhaustive in scope. And I got tired out really fast.

Then I found this book. To be completely honest, I've only had it five hours. But I'm blown away! It is FULL of resources, ideas, and teacher helps. It is an encyclopedia of art lessons across the whole spectrum of artistic scope. I love, love, love this book. How did I ever survive without it?
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I love this book! I homeschool four kids and it is our go-to resource for art. Introducing lots of techniques and projects. It has great ideas for integrating them into science or history curriculums as well.
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This book is great for art teachers. It gives a great deal of valuable information. It gives information about what should be expected in each grade from kindergarten to 8th grade. It discusses teaching special needs children. It gives a wide range of information on preparing the classroom and running the art classes. It also has a variety of types of art projects, instructions for each project, and appropriate grade levels to teach each project.
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This book has many positives. It really helps to set up each student by grade and ability. It is a wealth of information for a bargain price. I am an art teacher and purchased this to help with development of an art program. Even as a seasoned art teacher, I have used it almost every day.
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