Review of Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art

  • Lynn Sanders-Bustle University of Georgia
Keywords: socially engaged art, pedagogy, social justice, contemporary art

Abstract

In this contribution, the author reviews the book, Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art. Acknowledging the timely nature of this anthology of essays, interviews, and lesson plans, the reviewer strongly recommends the book for teachers of contemporary art. In the review, the author opens with personal context for the review, a brief overview of contents and a description of the editors’ professional backgrounds. Interested in the usefulness of lesson plans for teachers, the reviewer analyzes the over 43 lesson plans and identifies three themes around which to provide a summary. Salient information is also extracted from essays and interviews. The author concludes by commenting more broadly on contributions and challenges associated with this anthology, troubling the use of the term “lesson plan” to describe social practice and calling for widening the conversation to include art educators and qualitative/post-qualitative researchers whose work focuses on social justice pedagogies.

Author Biography

Lynn Sanders-Bustle, University of Georgia

Lynn Sanders-Bustle is Chair and Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Georgia in the US. She is editor of the book, Image, Inquiry, and Transformative Practice and has published in Studies in Art Education, Canadian Review of Art Education, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, the International Journal of Education and the Arts, and Art Education. Creative projects include the installation of large-scale mosaics in Virginia and Louisiana and social practice implementations in community and public school settings in Georgia. Her research focuses on socially engaged art, community-based art education, service-learning, and teacher preparation.

 

Published
2020-02-28
How to Cite
Sanders-BustleL. (2020). Review of Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 5(1), 223-232. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29529