SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2013

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resource center Book Reviews Reviewed by Pam Stephens, a member of the SchoolArts advisory board and associate professor of art education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. children's Book Briefs Bookmarks 50 Designers You Should Know. Claudia Hellmann, Nina Kozel, Jobs if You Like . . . Art. Charlotte Guillain. Mankato, MN: Heinemann-Raintree, 2012. Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., $7.99. This book introduces young readers to various kinds of jobs in art. The book opens with the question, "Why does art matter?" Although the question is not fully answered, it encourages children to contemplate how art is found in many places, even when it goes unnoticed. Ten art careers are covered, including fine artist, animator, interior designer, and fashion designer. A twopage outline suggests ways to select an art job and concludes with a list of "Five things you couldn't do without art." An art job chart provides quick reference to one characteristic that individuals need to do the specified jobs, subjectively lists the best part of each job. Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold throughout the book and are defined in the glossary. Jobs if You Likeā€¦Art serves as a springboard to familiarize children with the idea that there are jobs in the visual arts. With the book's limited scope of art occupations, however, teachers might want to supplement its content with discussions about a wider range of art jobs; for example, asking children to ponder the various kinds of fine artists or discussing art museum jobs. 46 March 2013 SchoolArts and Hajo Dutching. New York, NY: Prestel, 2012. Illus., softcover, 160 pp., $19.95. Design fills the world around us; from handicrafts and interior design to high fashion and architecture and all points in between, there is no escaping design. This book profiles artists who have shaped the field and provides full-color examples of their work. Opening with the classic nineteenthcentury bentwood chair of Michael Thonet and concluding with Droog, a contemporary Dutch design group that focuses on furniture from recycled materials, the book is a treasure trove of information about influential designers. Included on each double-page spread is background information about the designer and photographs of exemplar designs. Chronologies provide snapshots of the artists' lives. In addition, timelines run across the top of every page. The timelines place the designers in context with world events and point out well-known artists whose lives coincide with the featured designer's. This highly recommended book is most appropriate for middle, high school, and post-secondary classrooms. The book can act as a reference for students as they research designers. As a desk reference, teachers will find the information invaluable. Most importantly, 50 Designers You Should Know will encourage students to consider the importance of effective design in their day-to-day lives. The Learner-Directed Classroom; Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art. Diane Jaquith and Nan Hathaway. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2012. Softcover, 176 pp., $29.95. This book is a compilation of essays by experienced art educators that details the benefits and workings of a choice-based classroom. It gives advice as specific as how to set up a space and the kinds of posters one could display, while at the same time, it gives broad explanations of how this form of teaching can best be implemented. In a time when many are pushing for the reform of education systems in the United States, the choice-based classroom offers a new methodology that places the focus on the students once more. This book details how, specifically, this new way of thinking differs from the standardized classroom, and the kinds of students that can most benefit from it, such as children with attention or behavior difficulties. This book is quite possibly the single most influential text for novice and experienced art educators. With its very practical approach and indepth analysis of how student-directed work promotes learner autonomy, selfContinued on page 48.

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