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Art is Fundamental: Teaching the Elements and Principles of Art in Elementary School.

ART IS FUNDAMENTAL: Teaching the Elements and Principles of Art in Elementary School (2008; $19.95), by Eileen S. Prince. Zephyr Press.

Presented here is a three-year curriculum that introduces color, value, texture, shape, line and form. It suggests a structured program on building vocabulary and studio skills. Students are introduced to the works of M.C. Escher, Wassily Kandinsky, Henry Moore, Albrecht Durer and others.

The introductory section identifies three aspects of curriculum planning: the content of the program; the rationale or philosophy behind that content; and the actual lesson plans that make the philosophy and content concrete and accessible to the student. Practical considerations--room arrangement, cleanup, visual aids, materials, etc.--are discussed. All of this is followed by specific lessons outlining purposes, materials, vocabulary/concepts, instructional time and possible visual aids. Overall, this is a book designed for classroom teachers with little or no preparation in art. It presents a limited frame of reference for what can be done in a classroom.

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Author:Hausman, Jerome J.
Publication:Arts & Activities
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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