Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Veenema, and Kimberly M. Sheridan, Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education (New York: Teachers College Press, 2013).
I was introduced to this book my one of my graduate professors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (Hey Joan! Thanks for making me read this book!)
The authors argue that visual arts education is valuable, not for the learning that transfers to traditionally core subjects, but for the type of thinking it encourages all by itself. Students learn things in visual arts classes that they don't always learn in other places at school.Read More