2. Mission:or What is it that we want to accomplish

The Applied History of Art and Architecture (AHAA): Mission Statement

This is a complete course in the history of art and architecture around for high school students and their teachers.

Mission: to increase access to art history instruction and facilitate the adoption of constructionist teaching methods by educators to support students’ multiple intelligences. This work is important for all learners: in school, home schooling, one-room schools, adults wanting to return to leaning, or going to new places,; life-long learning through online learning.

Art is food for the soul. We believe everyone should have access to art and art history instruction.

Each student has a unique learning style and wisdom for interpreting the world. We believe each student deserves to have his or her particular strengths and intelligences honored and nurtured. AHAA knows that by doing this, supporting multiple intelligences in the classroom, more students will succeed and the world will benefit from their gifts and become a better place. We also believe in project based learning. The process of writing down causes students to have to thing more deeply about the images The writing down the answers is interactive ,because the students must look more deeply and thus be able to create something

Activities

AHAA’s activities revolve around creating this free-of-charge, interactive web site available to anyone with Internet access who wants to learn about art. Art pieces and architecture from around the world and all time periods will be included on the site.

We encourage hands-on work as part of each unit. We encourage listening to the music of the period and composing of your own music as part of the art history experience.

The web site is a work in progress. We have created the Prehistoric Unit first. Early Villages 5,000 BCE is now available and Egypt is under construction as part of Early Civilizations around the world. Although targeting middle school and high students, the site will be a valuable tool for anyone interested in an introduction to art and art history, e.g. a high school student researching cave art; a lifelong learner who never studied art but is planning a trip to Egypt  and would like to prepare; etc. The web site will increase meaningful access to art history instruction (vs. viewing images of art that can be found scattered on other sites).

Meeting Needs

AHAA is responding to the need for greater access to art that has been mandated politically (Goals 2000) and recognized socially (“Art for Everyone”). Goals 2000, authored by the Clinton administration, states that it is important to provide access, as well as, a way of understanding art to the public. The philosophy of “Art for Everyone” is embraced and supported by the major centers that support the arts such as The Getty, The Kennedy Center, and major museums. Art history has been traditionally enjoyed primarily by the rich and educated. Access needs to be provided for those who were never exposed to art and music because of social and political decisions that limited art and art history instruction in their schools. In 2009 we saw the cutting of programs in the schools as terrifying! This site is intended to reduce the cost of teaching art and art history in schools around the world.

Specifically, AHAA’s web site will assist with solving the following problems:

1.Physical isolation from institutions. Art history is primarily offered at the college level, at teaching institutions.

Because AHAA offers art history instruction, free-of-charge, via the Internet, access to instruction is no longer limited by geography and proximity to colleges or universities. Most schools have Internet access although few offer art history classes. The web site will provide a resident art historian for schools without trained staff. The site will never replace art history teachers. However, it can provide a valuable resource for students who would otherwise go without art history because their schools cannot afford the teacher, which is the majority of schools in the world. With the addition of Skype a teacher from the foundation can participate in a live class.

2.The slides and images for studying art history have been cost prohibitive for many schools. AHAA provides the images of art from around the world and through time, online and without charge.

3.Art history is rarely taught at the K-12 level. The reasons for neglecting this important subject are varied but have primarily to do with economics and unfamiliarity:

Its value in assisting students’ to perform better in other subject areas is not widely understood.

  1. Because its value is not understood and with budget cuts and limited funding available, schools do not prioritize it for funding.

 

We know that the site will never replace art history teachers. AHAA’s outreach activities will include educating people on the value of art history education and the need to financially support it in the schools.

4. We are taking a unique approach to the presentation of the history of art and architecture. Rather than a lecture in the history of art this site provides a “walk about” the world. Each ring of time (prehistoric) will have work from around the whole of the prehistoric world.  Each micro-lesson will have images of the time and article written by scholars about the specific time  time and place addressed in that unit.

I would like it if learners would try their hand at making art inspired by the micro-lesson they have just walked about sculpture, painting, pottery or any art form that comes to mind. In addition, when it is accessible I suggest that the music of the period be played during hands on work periods.

 

Katherine Bolman, BS, MFA, MEd, MSW, EdD

Email: kbolman@arthistoryworlds.com

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