Publication Date: October 8, 2021
This full-color resource will help educators teach about current art and integrate its philosophy and methods into the K–12 classroom. The authors provide a framework that looks at art through the lens of nine themes—everyday life, work, power, earth, space and place, self and others, change and time, inheritance, and visual culture—highlighting the conceptual aspects of art and connecting disparate forms of expression. They also provide guidelines and examples for how to use contemporary art to change the dynamics of a classroom, apply inventive non-linear lenses to topics, broaden and update the art “canon,” and spur creative and critical thinking. Young people will find the selected artwork accessible and relevant to their lives, diverse and expansive, probing, serious and funny. Challenging conventional notions of what should be considered art and how it should be created, this book offers a sampling of what is out there to inspire educators and students to explore the limitless world of new art.
Julia Marshall is professor emeritus of art education at San Francisco State University. Her books include Integrating the Visual Arts Across the Curriculum and Art Centered Learning Across the Curriculum. Connie Stewart is a professor of art education at the University of Northern Colorado, School of Art and Design. Anne Thulson is an associate professor of art education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
“This book benefits art educators—art teachers, preservice art teachers, and art education professors—who are interested in teaching contemporary art and artists to their PreK–16 students but do not know where to begin, as well as art educators who question the value of teaching contemporary art and artists. I especially appreciate the concrete contemporary art and artists theme-based unit examples, which guide readers on design and implementation within their unique pedagogical context.”
—Jaehan Bae, associate professor of art education, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
“If you are feeling overwhelmed by how to incorporate contemporary art into your curriculum, you will be motivated by this resource that inspires readers to expand their canon. Each thoughtfully crafted section supports practical application in the art classroom. It is a pioneering resource for teachers to meet the new generation of students with art made today.”
—Lorinda Rice, art curriculum specialist, Lincoln Public Schools