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Children and Their Art: Art Education for Elementary and Middle Schools 9th Edition

Michael Day, Al Hurwitz

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007, 2001, 1995
  • 432 Pages


A trusted guide and companion for current and future art educators, CHILDREN AND THEIR ART presents a professional approach to teaching art consistent with national standards for student learning. This Ninth Edition is targeted at middle level and elementary schools. The authors are experienced as art teachers in the public schools and have a broad knowledge about school art programs. The Ninth Edition provides updated developments in theory, research and practices, with a strong emphasis on how digital technology provides new ways of teaching art. The most comprehensive textbook available for teaching art education methods, CHILDREN AND THEIR ART covers all aspects of teaching art in the elementary and middle school classroom: the basic principles and goals of art education, the characteristics and needs of children as learners, the core principles of art as a subject--aesthetics, principles of design, art history, new developments in art media and technology. It also covers all aspects of instruction: curriculum planning, sample lessons, suggested readings, and internet resources. Among numerous updates throughout the text, the Ninth Edition features a brand-new chapter on new media in art education with 22 new images. It features the use of digital technology in elementary and middle school classrooms and examples of digital art created by students.

Michael Day, Brigham Young University, Emeritus

Michael Day completed his doctorate degree at Stanford University and has taught middle and high-school art in California. A widely published author and researcher, Dr. Day is a recipient of the Manuel Barkan Award for published research from NAEA. He has served on national panels, editorial boards for national scholarly publications, and art museum boards. He was invited to the former Soviet Union in a scholarly exchange sponsored by the International Research and Exchanges Board, and in 1998 he was one of five scholars invited to Beijing in a delegation sponsored by the Getty Education Institute and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Dr. Day served as President of the NAEA from 1997 to 1999.

Al Hurwitz, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Emeritus

Al Hurwitz has taught at the elementary and secondary levels in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He was the Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Newton, Massachusetts schools and taught art education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education Ohio State University, Teacher's College, Columbia University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts College of Art. He has written, co-authored, or edited 12 books on art education and served on the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA). He has also served on the planning committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • The Ninth Edition includes more than 300 illustrations, with nearly 150 new images of traditional and contemporary art, student art work, and scenes from art classrooms and art museums.
  • The addition of a new chapter on New Media in Art Education (Chapter 10) focuses on how the emergence of new forms of technology, including digital, computerized, and networked information, allows students to engage in innovative forms of communication, expression, and learning in their everyday lives. There are 22 new images in this chapter, most of which are from art teachers and their students.
  • To keep up to date with expanded school configurations, this text now covers the National Art Education Association standards for the junior high and middle school levels as well as elementary school division.
  • The chapter on Visual Culture in Art Education (Chapter 15) has been updated to feature current developments and practices.
  • To keep pace with changes in today's classroom, all chapters have been updated with revised content and increased attention on the use of today's technology in the classroom.
  • The end of each chapter contains links to useful websites correlating with the chapter content. This provides an invaluable aid to students and instructors interested in the most up-to-date materials including museum sites, national collaborative art projects, Art Education Foundations, galleries, studios, and more.
  • Suggested Readings at the end of each chapter provide current resources for student reference, encouraging them to go beyond the topics covered in each chapter.
  • Comprehensive in scope, the text provides a full range of content including special areas such as using museums, serving the talented and those with special needs, brain development and its role in a child's artistic growth, and more.
  • Although illustrations include examples by some of the finest artists in history, the greatest emphasis is placed on childrens' work from cultures around the world.
  • Hundreds of activities suitable for all levels are listed by subject at the end of each chapter--more than in any other text.
  • Updated box features throughout the chapters provide a variety of lesson plan examples and activities.
1. Origins and Rationales for Art Education: Children, Art, and Society.
2. Art Education in Contemporary Classrooms: Influences, Issues, and Practices.
3. Children’s Artistic Development: How Children Grow and Learn.
4. Children With Disabilities: Art for All Children.
5. Talented Children: The Nature of Artistic Giftedness.
6. Drawing: At the Heart of the Studio Experience.
7. Painting: At the Heart of the Studio Experience.
8. Sculpture and Ceramics.
9. Printmaking.
10. New Media in Art Education.
11. Design: Art Language and Application.
12. Art Criticism: From Classroom to Museum.
13. Art History: Other Times and Places.
14. Aesthetics: Philosophy in the Art Room.
15. Visual Culture in Art Education.
16. Methods for Teaching Art: Classroom Practice.
17. The Social Dimension: Collaborative Art Activities and Instructional Games.
18. Classroom Organization and Exhibition of Student Work.
19. Curriculum: Background, Planning, and Organization.
20. Assessing Student Learning and Achievement.

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"I have used this text for many years and at 3 universities. I have watched it grow and worked closely with it through four editions. Conceptually, I feel that it has been a very strong guide for art educators and has upheld current theories in art education."- Dr. Randy Miley, Mississippi College

"In my opinion, this is the best textbook currently available for educating pre-service art teachers about teaching art at the elementary school level. Based on my 23 years of elementary school art teaching experience before entering higher education, I feel it captures the broad array of knowledge, skills, and processes elementary art teachers must master for successful teaching."- Robert Sabol, Purdue University - Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts