Why art cannot be taught is a response to elkinss observation that we know very little about what we do in the art classroom his incisive commentary illuminates the experience of learning art for those involved in it while opening an intriguing window for those outside the discipline. Why art cannot be taught a handbook for art students in this smart survival guide for students and teachers the only book of its kind james elkins examines the phenomenon of college level art instruction focusing particularly on the problematic practice of conducting critiques of student work. Elkins premise that art cannot be taught is correct but in his final assessment he states that we have no other choice but to continue to instruct art students the same way i am grateful to elkins for identifying the problem but his lack of solution makes me wonder why he bothered to write a book. Why art cannot be taught a handbook for art students james elkins table of contents introduction iii chapter 1 histories 1 chapter 2 intended for people who are directly involved in college level art instruction both teachers and students rather than educators administrators or theorists of various sorts i have not shirked sources . Why art cannot be taught a handbook for art students but it seems as if it cant be since so few students become outstanding artists art cannot be taught but it can be fostered or helped along art cannot be taught or even nourished but it is possible to teach right up to the beginnings of art so that students are ready to make art
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