This book introduces the reader to the field of teaching, discusses theory and practice of Art Education, and synthesizes and prepares the reader to make the transition from reader to Art teacher. It presents art education as an integration of philosophy, history, theory, and practice. Bates illustrates how to apply theory to practice as an art educator. Models, methods, and experiences are provided to enlighten, inspire, and amuse. BECOMING AN ART TEACHER is a refreshing approach to art methods.
The author is an art educator who draws on 20 years of experience teaching K-12 art in public schools across the US, during which time she evolved a philosophy and a practical approach that eschews "making bats" (her term for mindless projects). Instead she advocates activities that engage the mind, are expressive, and connect with the world of art. This is a detailed presentation of both practical and theoretical aspects of the profession, for aspiring art teachers (and their teachers) who want to cultivate their own and others' visual creativity and understanding. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)