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Decker Library Exhibitions

Art Education: Profound, Positive and Imperative

June 28 - July 24
Curated by Debby Viles

Common, and important, buzzwords and phrases in Art Education include:

Learner Engagement  Curriculum Enrichment
Action Research  Educational Games
Critical Thinking Cooperative Learning
Interdisciplinary Approach Teacher Developed Materials
Participatory Research    Integrated Curriculum
Student Educational Objectives  

All one has to do is plug-in any combination of the above into the Eric database on the Decker Library website to receive a myriad of articles, lesson plans, and research studies on the latest developments in the field.

It has become positively evident that providing Art Education on the K-12 level is the most important aspect of knowledge-building a human may ever receive.  When a person is educated in the Arts, they learn skills that will give them more adaptability, a higher regard for life's conditions, and most importantly, a multidisciplinary thought process for problem solving for the rest of their lives.  Thus, teachers of art require the highest quality research and development in order to fulfill the needs of humans in our complex society.  

There are numerous books on lesson planning and many curriculum guides on the Decker Library's shelves that will help trigger ideas for the dedicated teacher. Marianne Sade, Reference Librarian, is the Library's expert subject liaison for Art Education. She has worked hard with MICA's extraordinary Art Education faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing the latest and greatest information to the field.

For more information, visit the Library's Lib Guide at, or contact Marianne Sade at

Circulation Policy for Books on Exhibit

Circulating books on display in the museum cases are available for check out at any time. Please see a staff member at the circulation desk to request a book from the cases. Titles, when available, may be checked out at any time from the MRC. For books on display from the Special Collections (Cage), please see a reference librarian.

Image Information

From the cover of  Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments, Second Edition by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter: LB 1140.23 .C87 2015 Quarto