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Art for Life: Authentic Instruction in Art 1st Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0072508642
ISBN-10: 0072508647
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Tom Anderson a native of Montana and longtime Florida resident, is professor and former chair in the Department of Art Education at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He also has worked as a public school art teacher in Oregon and as a commercial artist in Chicago. He has written more than seventy articles, reviews, and book chapters and is the author of one other book, Real Lives: Art Teachers and the Cultures of School. He was cofounder, in 1995, and is still a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Children's Guernica Peace Mural Project. His international teaching and service includes stints in Italy, Spain, Kuwait, and Japan; talks to international audiences in Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and Australia; and service in the International Baccalaureate Program in Wales, Italy, Canada, and the United States. Over the course of his career, Dr. Anderson has been particularly interested in the social foundations of art and education, as well as art criticism and aesthetic inquiry, especially in art for life. He is married to Mary Beth McBride and has two adult daughters, Carrie and Amelia.

Melody K. Milbrandt is an associate professor and coordinator of art education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She taught art in public schools (K-12) for eighteen years before moving to higher education in 1996. Throughout her teaching career she has been active in state and national art education association, providing approximately, fifty workshops and presentations at professional meetings. These presentations have addressed her long-standing interests in creativity, cognitive abilities, and social issues in the art classroom. Her dissertation, An Authentic Instructional Model for Fifth Grade Art using Postmodern Content, was awarded a J. Paul Getty Fellowship in 1995. Since then she has written a number of articles, reviews, and book chapters on a variety of topics related to contemporary issues in art education. Her current teaching and research interests include the role of art criticism and aesthetics in a multicultural setting. Dr. Milbrandt is a past president of the Kansas Art Education Association and was honored as Elementary Art Educator of the Year in Both Kansas and Georgia. She is active in the Georgia Art Education Association and received the Southeastern Region Higher Education Award for 2004. She and her husband, Dr. Lanny Milbrandt, have four adult children and five grandchildren. Her studio interest is mixed-media painting.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1st edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072508647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072508642
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this for a college art education class and it wasn't as painful as some of the textbooks. Not great by any means but i could actually seen the purpose for reading it and it's still on my bookshelf today.
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This text is a must have for an art educator because it has such wealth of information, application, and theory. As an art teacher, this is a text I review frequently for review, ideas, and gives my practice depth.
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This book is good for a fresh perspective on teaching art education. The main crux of the book is to encourage teachers to connect their students' work with everything surrounding them. This book comes complete with full explanations about everything introduced, which is very helpful for those of us who feel lost.

I would recommend this book to anybody interested in teaching art or those who are doing so already. This book can change your philosophy of education.
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This books contains a lot of basic info that most Art Education books already cover. It's a good beginning tool for students in their first year of study, but lacks depth. I would highly recommend the Art Education in Practice series rather than this book.
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The textbook I ordered came from a Goodwill and had some notes scrawled in it already, but it did the job. As for the content, there is definitely some valuable information, but I think you could get away with teaching a class about art education without it. It's great for examples, but for now I don't feel like it taught me too much. I'll be keeping it as a reference anyway.
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By LSP on December 22, 2010
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I'm an adjunct professor for several graduate art education programs. Bought this for one school, intend to recommend it for others. Very clear, covers all that is necessary. Students appreciate it!
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