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Why We Make Art And Why It Is Taught


reviewed by John Baldacchino — June 10, 2008

coverTitle: Why We Make Art And Why It Is Taught
Author(s): Richard Hickman
Publisher: Intellect, Bristol
ISBN: 1841501263, Pages: 175, Year: 2005
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This book deserves close attention by those artists, teachers and academics who identify themselves with art education not simply as a subject in the curriculum but as a way of understanding and engaging with a wider meaning in life. Richard Hickman’s Why We Make Art And Why It Is Taught presents art’s educational context from a broader approach than that of the school or the so called ‘creative and culture industries’. In Antony Gormley’s words “Hickman makes the critical distinction between learning about art as opposed to learning through it. Learning from the experience of making is an organic and therefore evolutionary practice—nothing to do with copying concepts or given forms but everything about interpreting things” [Foreword, p. 10]. This distinction between learning about and making art is very crucial and although many do not think twice to agree with Hickman’s argument, the practices of art education and the policies... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 10, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15272, Date Accessed: 5/28/2017 4:31:36 AM

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  • John Baldacchino
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    JOHN BALDACCHINO is Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His publications include many academic papers on the visual arts, aesthetics, critical and cultural theory, and art education. He is the author of: Post-Marxist Marxism: Questioning the Answer (Avebury, 1996), Easels of Utopia: Art’s Fact Returned (Ashgate, 1998), Avant-Nostalgia: An Excuse to Pause (USOPIA, 2002), Education Beyond Education: Self and Imaginary in Maxine Greene’s Philosophy (Forthcoming, Peter Lang 2008) and Makings of the Sea: On Mediterranean aesthetics (Forthcoming, Gorgias 2008/9).
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