A History of Art Education: Intellectual and Social Currents by Arthur D. Efland

By Arthur D. Efland

Fresh debates at the position of the humanities in American existence has refocused cognizance on artwork schooling in colleges. during this booklet, the writer places present debate and issues in a well-researched ancient point of view. He examines the institutional settings of paintings schooling all through Western heritage, the social forces that experience formed it and the evolution and effect of exchange streams of effect on current perform. The ebook treats the visible arts when it comes to advancements usually schooling and specific emphasis is put on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and at the social context that has affected our thought of paintings this day. The e-book is meant as a major textual content in historical past of artwork schooling classes, as a supplemental textual content in classes in paintings schooling tools and historical past of schooling, and as a source for college kids, professors and researchers.

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Agriculture remained the principal economic activity. The patronage of the artist, musician, and poet was virtually at an end. With the spread of economic chaos, the workshops of craftsmen gradually disappeared. The towns, which relied upon trade, withered and fell into ruin. With the rise of the feudal system, Europe became a patchwork of landed estates, each a self-sufficient economic entity, including the monastic communities in the fold of the Church. The feudal economy was one that operated without money, trade for profit, or borrowing.

David Baker's study of the romantic tendency and Peter Purdue's work on the arts-and-crafts movement helped me to recognize the presence of conflicting tendencies at work in art education. I am also indebted to Stuart Macdonald and Clive Ashwin for their work on English and continental art education, which influenced developments in this country. I need also to acknowledge my intellectual debt to Raymond Callahan for his Education and the Cult of Efficiency, which was an important source for my sixth chapter, and to Lawrence Cremin, whose Transformation of the School was of central importance in shaping my understanding of the educational scene during the interwar era.

Page 13 Art Education in Plato's Republic In the era after Pericles, Athens was further troubled by wars and by the disintegration of its society into rival groups beset with mistrust and conflict. A class of teachers appeared, called Sophists, who attempted to prepare youth for roles as political leaders through the use of such subjects as rhetoric, the art of persuasion. The acquisition of linguistic skill took precedence over the study of the ancient poets, while the goal of seeking "the good life," with its emphasis upon the polis and ethos, weakened.

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