By Arthur D. Efland
Contemporary debates at the position of the humanities in American existence has refocused awareness on paintings schooling in colleges. during this booklet, the writer places present debate and matters in a well-researched ancient point of view. He examines the institutional settings of paintings schooling all through Western historical past, the social forces that experience formed it and the evolution and impression of exchange streams of impression on current perform. The e-book treats the visible arts in terms of advancements more often than not schooling and specific emphasis is put on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and at the social context that has affected our idea of paintings this day. The booklet is meant as a prime textual content in background of paintings schooling classes, as a supplemental textual content in classes in paintings schooling equipment and historical past of schooling, and as a source for college students, professors and researchers.
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The term cultural policy refers to the ways the arts are used to promote the values of a society. Examples of such policies are the use of art to promote religious faith in the Middle Ages, or the building of Versailles to enhance the prestige of Louis XIV, or, in our own time, the use of art as political propaganda or advertising. Cultural policy may coincide with economic policy, as when industrial societies use art to promote tourism or to make manufactured goods more competitive in the marketplace through better design.
But emphasis on individual expression can also be a sign that there is little interest in the arts, resulting in artists' being left to their own devices. Thus the methods of teaching that are in favor in a given time can reveal as much about the society as can the artworks themselves. Plan of This Book Chapter 2 surveys educational practices from classical times to the eighteenth century. We will see that the political, cultural, scientific, and economic events that shaped the outlook of a society also affected its arts.
It is my hope that this form of organization will enable today's reader to focus on the arguments that were waged throughout this century and continue to form the background of issues and events that affect the teaching of art today. Page 8 Chapter Two Western Origins of Art Education Throughout most of the history of Western civilization, education was limited to the children of families with wealth or social power. And yet for nearly 2,500 years now, educational matters have been subjects for earnest discussion by philosophers and statesmen.