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Books Available for Review

Art Education Beyond the Classroom: Pondering the Outsider and Other Sites of Learning. Alice Walker. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012.
This book engages art critics, art educators, and art therapists in a conversation about artists with disabilities in non-traditional settings. For the sake of clarity, this population is subsumed under the term 'Outsider.' The idiosyncratic, often passionate and self-taught nature of 'Outsider' art has captured the interest of the members of these fields, posing provocative questions about the social order and its inherent exclusion. The contributors to this volume hope to arrive at not further division, but a continuum suitable for the human condition.

Creativity in the Classroom: Case Studies in Using the Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Paul McIntosh and Digby Warren, Editors. Bristol, UK: Intellect.
The contributors of this volume propose approaches to learning that draw upon the creative arts and humanities, including cinema, literature, dance, drama, and visual art. Such approaches, they argue, can foster deeper learning, even in subjects not normally associated with these forms of creativity. Drawing on their own practical experience, the contributors embody a refreshing alternative perspective on teaching, learning, and assessment.

Elements of Art and Principles of Design [CD-ROMs]. Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions, 2013.
Students can easily use these creatively designed programs on any computer, any interactive whiteboard, and with any projector. Easy-to-navigate screens promote creativity and audio voice-over increases comprehension of concepts. Recommended for grades 4–8.
Includes: Introduction • Teacher Guide • Glossary of Terms • Interactive expandable posters include diagrams and images • Interactive activities accompany each concept • Interactive bar with color, tool, and texture palettes • Text and example images • Printable worksheets.

Harvard Educational Review: Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education. Vol. 83, No. 1 (Spring 2013). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Education.
This special issue of Harvard Educational Review considers, through articles, stories, and reflective essays, “the need for multimodal arts learning experiences to address twenty-first-century learning objectives and environments.”  The issue includes a foreword by Steve Seidel and an Afterword by Maxine Greene, as well as several book reviews. Articles include reflections on drama, dance, music, and fine arts—giving a bigger picture of how the Arts can affect students, and how teachers can enact various pedagogical strategies.


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