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Fall 2002 l Capital University Journal
DUO SHARES ART OF TEACHING ART

Retired Sac State professors Don and Barbara Herberholz have dedicated their careers–and a good portion of their lives–to teaching teachers about teaching art.

In addition to creating art, instructing art classes and producing art docent programs for local school districts, the husband and wife team have numerous books, articles, films and programs to their credit.

Their popular textbook, Artwork for Elementary Teachers, is now in its ninth edition. More than 500,000 copies have been sold throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The book has been in print longer than any book of its kind.

The Herberholzes have always encouraged a hands-on approach to art instruction and consider art a tool that helps students think.

“There is a huge emphasis in elementary school programming on developing the left brain with reading, writing and arithmetic,” Barbara says. “Through art, students are able to develop their right hemisphere, where they can perceive things and think in a spatial mode.”

“When children make art they engage their reasoning skills,” Don says. “They use critical thinking and they learn to visualize.”

Since his retirement as chair of Sac State’s art department in 1991, Don has continued to improve Artwork for Elementary Teachers and has exhibited his artwork in many galleries throughout California. Barbara created an art docent program for the San Juan Unified School District in 1982 that still keeps her busy today.


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