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Farlington teacher writes A-level textbook for Art History

The first-ever A-level textbook for Art History has been published by Farlington's very own head of the department

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 17, 2015 | People, policy, politics

Farlington School’s Head of Art History, Penny Huntsman, is delighted to announce the publication of her book - Thinking About Art: A Thematic Guide to Art History - which was produced by The Association of Art Historians and Wiley. It is the first ever A-level textbook for Art History.

It explores some of the greatest works of art and architecture in the world through the prism of themes, instead of chronology, to reveal art history in new and varied lights. With over 200 colour illustrations and a wealth of formal and contextual analysis, Thinking About Art is a companion guide for art lovers, students and the general reader.

Penny says: “This A-level textbook was written to support art history in further education. To satisfy the current A-level demands, it was decided that alongside the thematic chapters, an additional section would be provided as a stand-alone or complementary ‘toolbox’, essentially a list of questions which aids the reading of any given work of art or architecture.

“This book was written with heart and with a desire to facilitate art teachers to pick this subject up and introduce it into their schools and colleges.”

Jayne Fargnoli, Executive Editor at Wiley Blackwell, said: “Gifted teachers such as Penny Huntsman are rare indeed, and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with her. Her craftsmanship should help to ensure the enduring importance of art history. Wiley is likewise privileged to be partnering with the AAH to produce this singular, unique text.”    

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