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Making Art Special: A Curriculum for Special Education Art, Second Edition 2nd Edition
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From the Author
Developing and writing this curriculum has been a profound experience for me. When I started working with two small, self-contained groups of students with various cognitive and motor disabilities I felt ill prepared and frustrated. At that point I would never have predicted that this experience would inspire me to focus on this subject and write a book about it! There is no greater joy in my work life than seeing my students use art to express themselves and visibly show their pleasure. This gives me a level of professional satisfaction that I would not have visualized in 2006 when I was clueless and completely lacking in resources. Making Art Special: A Curriculum for Special Education Art, Second Edition is the kind of resource I was looking for when I needed help and now it is available to help others succeed and see the joy on the faces of their students!
About the Author
Helen Goren Shafton was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. In 2006 her teaching responsibilities expanded to include two self-contained groups of children with a variety of special needs. After researching the field of special education art for help in delivering authentic art experiences to her students, she found a void and began developing her own curriculum. Four years later her book, Making Art Special - A Curriculum for Special Education Art, was published. Two years later, a second edition of her book was made available with larger images, and now in 2013 the book is available as an eBook on Kindle. Her work has been published in School Arts Magazine and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. She is a 2010 Rauschenberg Foundation Power of Art Award recipient.