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The Second TAB Book is Out

Our alumna Diane Jaquith, who teaches art K-5 in the Newton Public Schools and has supervised several of our student teachers, is co-editor, with Nan Hathaway,  of the second TAB book published by Teachers College Press, The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills through Art.  Diane is a co-founder of Teaching for Artistic Behavior Inc., a choice-based art education advocacy organization. As many of you know, our own John Crowe was an important early leader in the TAB movement. Continue reading

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Recent Publications

Two members of our Art Education community, faculty member Laura Reeder and alumna Kate Jellinghaus,  have articles in the current issue of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTAE). This journal  serves as an alternative voice for the field of art education through the promotion of scholarly research that addresses social issues, action, and transformation as well as creative methods of research and writing. The JSTAE is the official journal of the Caucus on Social Theory & Art Education which is an Issues Group of the National Art Education Association.

Laura Reeder, our new full-time faculty member who begins at MassArt in September, confronts “either/or” professional identities in arts education in “Hyphenated Artists: A Body of Potential”:

“Multi-faceted artist/scholar/educator/learner/advocate personas are “unfenced” in order to navigate spaces of artistic, educational, and cultural productions without having to pause for identification at borders.  In this form, pedagogies for inventive social change emerge.”  [from the abstract] Continue reading

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Dan Serig's Latest Publication

Dan Serig has an essay in a new NAEA publication Matter Matters:
Art Education and Material Culture Studies
, edited by  Paul Bolin and Doug Blandy. Matter Matters provides readers with theoretical perspectives and practical instructional ideas related to teaching about and through objects and expressions from the surrounding world. The book is divided into two primary sections: Theoretical Perspectives on Material Culture and Art Education, and Practical Application of Material Culture Studies within Art Education.

The research for Dan’s essay is based on the purchases of the graduate students who went on the first Art Education Department trip to Ecuador in July 2008. After the trip students  laid out their collection of purchased items, and Dan interviewed them. The essay examines such questions as whether goods produced solely for tourists are authentic artifacts of the culture. A wonderful story about John Crowe’s purchase of a broken St. Francis statue is included.

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Dan Serig Is Editor of New Journal

The first issue of Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art has been published recently by Intellect Books.  Dan Serig, Chair of Art Education,  is one of the editors.

Visual Inquiry is a forum to be reflective on the process of creating and teaching art, embrace teaching art in a variety of contexts, engage art appreciation experiences, share scholarship in teaching artistry, and celebrate the rich traditions of art making and teaching.

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The TAB Book

Our own  John Crowe wrote the Preface  for this eagerly awaited book on Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB).   John Giordano also appears in the book in regard to the application of TAB to after school programs.

This dynamic resource details the philosophy, rationale, and implementation of choice-based authentic art education in elementary and middle schools. To do the work of artists, children need opportunities to behave, think, and perform as artists. The heart of this curriculum is to facilitate independent learning in studio centers designed to support student choices in subject matter and media. The authors address theory, instruction, assessment, and advocacy in a user-friendly format that includes color photos of classroom set-ups and student work, sample demonstrations, and reflections on activities.

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Judith Nies: The Girl I Left Behind

Judith Nies, who formerly led the Writing Forum for MSAE students working on their thesis, has a new book out, The Girl I Left Behind: A Narrative History of the Sixties.   This memoir combines Judith’s personal history with the political and cultural history of the sixties and the women’s movement.

In the cover photo Judith is seen returning by ship from Europe in 1966, with a Master’s in International Studies, ready to begin her career.  She was soon to find out how limited her options were as a woman and in the coming years became a pioneer feminist.

Judith’s other books include Nine Women: Portraits from the American Radical Tradition, which has been in print for thirty years, and Native American History.

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