What is Art education? It's like a Coffee of Elliot Eisner.
by Elliot Eisner
Art uses emotions to vividly express what is obscured by the habits of everyday life. We must not forget that becoming familiar with a culture is both a way to learn not to see and a way to learn to see.
Coffee is practical.
He then carefully pours the coffee using a clear plastic cup, pours in a little cream, and watches as the white cream appears to explode inside the cup a few seconds after pouring.
He enjoys the beautiful explosion of cloud-like shapes created by the cream of dark coffee. He tells his class that that kind of activity is one that is experienced for its own satisfaction. It is not simply a practical activity, but an aesthetic one.
This example is familiar to students, but it is not the way teachers would cover it.
The larger point of the lesson is that perceptual attitude is a choice, and that there are more than one way to see. This point is strengthened by providing students with practical and aesthetic terms in which to construct these distinctions. The teacher moves from the coffee example to a task that requires students to participate. This is not just an audience activity. The work involves writing about what one sees, but it is not simply an older form of writing. He wants a form of writing that has literary qualities.
Myungja Anna Koh