My graduate research this semester took me on a journey through Art Education history. More specifically, I explored theories and practice in the American art classroom since the Massachusetts Drawing Act of 1870. Walter Smith was commissioned to execute the first Art teacher training in public schools. These early classes have evolved into the art classrooms we see today in America.
Two classes informed my research this semester. Survey of Art Education and Technology in Art Education inspired connections from the past and possibilities for the future in Art Education. I was able to read old blacksmithing lessons in Google Books, investigate drawing techniques in internet archives, and study classroom layouts from 1875 in online museum libraries.
Mixing old Art Education documentation with new technology tools inspired my imagery for Technology in Education. I am fascinated by the ability to read Walter Smith books written in 1870 online. I also conclude that old methods are outdated, and society today must include technology for a successful art classroom experience. This photograph explores the conceptual experience of viewing old art education methods using new technology.