Recommending that art be taught as a humanity, this volume provides a
philosophical rationale for the idea of discipline-based art education.
Levi and Smith discuss topics ranging over both the public and private
aspects of art, the disciplines of artistic creation, art history, art
criticism, and aesthetics, and curriculum proposals featuring five phases
of aesthetic learning.
While there is no consensus on how the various components of aesthetic
learning should be presented in order to accomplish the goals of discipline-based
art education, the authors point out that progress toward those goals
will require that those who design art education programs bring an understanding
of the four disciplines to their work. The introductory volume of a five-volume
series, this book will appeal to elementary and secondary art teachers,
those who prepare teachers at the college level, and museum educators.