Rachel Branham is author of "What's So Great About Art, Anyway?" A Teacher's Odyssey and an art educator in the Marblehead Public Schools, Massachusetts. She will have a booksigning at the Spirit of '76 Bookstore in Marblehead on December 10th at 11:30 AM. Visit Spirit of '76 Bookstore for location details.
At the center of this captivating graphic novel is the author’s memoir as a young high school art teacher in the public school system. Through engaging (and frequently funny) anecdotes, Branham demonstrates why art education should be preserved as a core subject if students are to understand the connection between creativity, critical thinking, and other higher-order skills.
"This delightful graphic novel will challenge all teachers and prospective educators to think more deeply about their practice—the craft, the science, and, yes, the art of teaching."—From the Foreword by William Ayers, education activist and bestselling author"With a contagious passion, a dynamic pen, and a generous wit, Rachel Braham returns art to its rightful place in our schools—the beating heart of the education our children deserve. 'What's So Great About Art, Anyway?' isn’t just for art educators; it’s for all of us."—Adam Bessie, Diablo Valley College“This visually and conceptually captivating book blazes new territory in the tradition of teacher memoirs, while reminding us of the vital importance of art education in our schools.”—Gregory Michie, Chicago teacher and bestselling author