Education: Art

Read the post: Gilbert Stuart: Free American Art Lesson Gilbert Stuart: Free American Art Lesson

Over the course of the next year ARTK12 will be offering four free lessons from both American Art History: Volume I and American Art History: Volume II. Just to be clear, get ready for this folks, that's eight free lessons. Yup, you heard it right (or read it right) and read it here first. Eight! Ocho! Read more » Gilbert Stuart: Free American Art Lesson

Read the post: Ancient History and Ancient Art Ancient History and Ancient Art

Two works of fiction that I highly recommend highlight eras in ancient history and highlight ancient works of art. It is a rare combination, but author Marjorie Cowley is a master at both engaging and teaching children. I use both these books in my art history classes and highly recommend them for any excursion into… Read more »

Read the post: The White House: Lego Architecture Series The White House: Lego Architecture Series

In the third volume of my American Art series, I introduce James Hoban’s original drawing of the White House. Students learn about Hoban and the different architectural components of the White House, and complete a copy of Hoban’s drawing. Lego’s Architecture Series A fabulous accompaniment to this lesson is Lego’s White House in their Architecture… Read more »

Read the post: Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College

After finishing the first volume of my American Art series, I recommend to my students here in San Diego that they go visit the Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon (a suburb of San Diego, see map of museum location). Impressive Collection This museum has one of the most impressive… Read more »

Read the post: Why Learn About Art? Why Learn About Art?

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, former curator and Fellow for Research at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston wrote an essay entitled Why Exhibit Works of Art? Throughout my art history and teaching career, this essay has been pivotal in developing my own philosophy of art. His ideas go against much of what passes as art education… Read more »

Read the post: American Art History and Literature American Art History and Literature

Just as the works of early American artists can be accessible to young students, so can real works of early American literature. A local teacher that I work with asked if I could expand my companion reading list to include literature, thus making the curriculum a full humanities curriculum. After searching through the literature currently… Read more »