Monday, April 5, 2010

Books I have read

Books you might want to add to your art teacher book shelf

Following is a list of useful books for the art teacher and/or for enhancing your curriculum. They are in no particular order and I will try to describe them as best as possible.

  • How to organize and manage your art room by Charles W. Comstock Jr.
Really good resource that covers all aspects of one teachers method for organizing all aspects of your art classroom. As he states, you learn lots of practical info in college about behavior, child psychology and take lots of studio classes, it is rare to learn about how to organize your classroom. This guy breaks it down into the method he has been using successfully for years. I give it

  • The annotated Mona Lisa: a crash course in art history from prehistoric to post-modern, by Carol Strickland
If you are looking to hone up on your art history knowledge quickly and painlessly, this might be a good place to start. The product description from Amazon says this: A layman's guide to art history free from bogged down, convoluted theories provides the reader with a basic working knowledge of art and its influence on society, from ancient times to today.

  • Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
This book gives a method for teaching anyone (children and adults alike) how to draw by seeing things as made up of a combination of the 5 basic elements of shape as defined by the author. I think this book and method are useful, particularly if you have students with no background in drawing, or are hesitant because they think they can't draw. I do think this method has some limitations, however and could use personalization and certain additions.

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