Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4758-4466-5 • Hardback • September 2018 • $56.00 • (£43.00)
978-1-4758-4467-2 • Paperback • September 2018 • $28.00 • (£21.99)
978-1-4758-4468-9 • eBook • September 2018 • $26.50 • (£19.99)
Nicola Giardina is a museum educator, consultant, and founder of Inspiring Learners through Art. She lives with her daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
Chapter 1: Why teach with art inquiry?
Chapter 2: The Pyramid of Inquiry
Chapter 3: Observation: what you see
Chapter 4: Evidence-based inference: what you think about what you see
Chapter 5: Interpretation: what it means (the big idea)
Chapter 6: The role of information in an art inquiry discussion
Chapter 7: Developing personal connections
Chapter 8: Planning and facilitating art inquiry experiences
Chapter 9: Art inquiry resources
About the Author
Great works of art can remain remarkably silent unless an educator can skillfully guide viewers from observation to interpretation. Nicola Giardina provides us with a compelling, research-based, and delightfully practical guide for anyone who wishes to deepen their experience with art. Through case studies, direct evidence from students, and her own insights, Giardina reveals to us the transformative power of art through excellent teaching practice.
— William B. Crow, PhD, Educator in Charge, Teaching and Learning, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In her easy to follow, yet comprehensive book, Nicola Giardina provides everything an educator (working in a school or museum) needs to develop art inquiries that encourage close looking, spark imagination and support the development of critical thinking skills. By providing sample transcripts, suggested open-ended questions, and clearly articulated strategies, this book provides a full toolbox for the educator who wants to facilitate inquiries that encourage students to think together and think deeply.
— Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Nicola Giardina’s new book provides inspiration and support for transformational teaching and learning through the pairing of lucid examples that bring to life ways experiences with works of art can provide a catalyst for critical thinking, connection, and self-discovery, with a clear and flexible pedagogical framework forged in the crucible of NYC schools.
— Claire Moore, The Allen and Kelli Questrom Center for Creative Connections Education Director, Dallas Museum of Art
The More We Look, the Deeper It Gets: Transforming the Curriculum Through Art is a book for anyone passionate about transformative educational experiences. Through her analysis of numerous on-the-ground teaching moments, Giardina brings us this gem of a book which provides educators with a powerful toolbox filled to the brim with tried-and-true strategies, designed to help both teachers and students to re-discover the art and joy of teaching and learning.
— Adjoa Jones de Almeida, Director of Education, Brooklyn Museum