Cindy Foley, Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at Columbus Museum of Art, talks on Teaching Art, or Teaching to Think like an Artist? at TEDxColumbus.
Art education has been impacted by the standards and testing culture like all other disciples and in a lot of ways we’ve been focusing on teaching things that are concrete. Things like elements of art, art history and foundational skills.
In essence, we’re teaching things that we can test and assess. But I believe art education needs to focus on developing learners that think like artists. Learners that are creative, curious, seek questions, develop ideas and play, which means we need to be much more intentional about how we communicate art’s critical value and how we teach for creativity.