This is a book about a teacher's transition from teaching
eighth grade English and Social Studies for more than twenty years,
until reduced enrollment caused a shift to teaching k-4 art classes. In
clear prose complemented by her lively contour drawings, we learn how
the author introduced her classes to "the artists'
workshop," where her students become artists and writers, seeing
their world through drawn and written lines. Emphasizing imagination and
the thinking behind picture-making, Ernst describes her approaches to
classroom management, journal keeping, portfolio reviews and interview
techniques in making meaningful connections between literacy and art
development. Originally written as a doctoral thesis, this diary-based
book demonstrates how teacher research can be enriching to the writer
and empowering to art teacher/readers. Highly recommended for elementary
and middle school art teachers ... and for all who plan to become art
teachers at any level.