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Books Available for Review
Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs. Elizabeth T. Russell. Madison, WI: Ruby Press. 2014.
This “surprisingly readable guide” engages the reader with 32 conversations about the legal topics artists face in their professional careers. From copyright to contracts, each conversation is accessible, brief, and funny. For any artist or art educator who wants to learn the ins and outs of law pertaining to art; recommended for art and design students and practitioners.
THIS IS… Catherin Ingrim. London, England: Laurence King Publishing. 2014.
THIS IS… is a series that combines factual art history text and quirky, colorful illustrations to tell the story of the work, influences, and eccentricities behind each artist. Inspired by graphic novels, the series brings artists to life in an engaging, visual format. Contains 3 books: Dalí, Pollock, and Warhol (each 80 pages, with about half being visuals). Might be good for middle level art educators.
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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