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Studio Art/Praxis, Symbol, Presence.

STUDIO ART/PRAXIS, SYMBOL, PRESENCE. Marilyn Zurmuehlen, Professor and Head of Art Education, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

With ample illustrations and examples of highly effective teaching strategies, the author confirms the critical importance of making art in the growth and development of children. She does this with refreshing personal accounts of insightful experiences of working with young children and adolescents and a provocative analysis of their ways of and reasons for art-making.

After describing a child's process in first making and then naming, the monograph continues to discuss and illustrate art as praxis--a dialectic between critical reflection and action. It quickly moves to the issue of art as a presence and then onto a review of the essential conditions for making art. The author cites a wealth of research and theory to support her essential argument that studio art is what gives art education its unique quality and function in school curricula. This monograph brings research down to earth, dramatically confirms the importance of studio art practices in our schools, and provides examples of exemplary ways to encourage students to make art!

These monographs are "must" reading for all who work with children and adolescents, and are readily available from the NAEA at $10.00 per copy for Association members and $14.00 per copy for non-members. Order from: National Art Education Association, 1916 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091. With your order, ask about the Association's many membership benefits!
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 1990
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