Creating Meaning in Art

Welcome to, your access to art education resources by Dr. Mary Erickson, Emerita Professor of Art at Arizona State University.


Theory of the development of ideas that people of various ages and backgrounds use for understanding art, with reflection exercises

TR Heart

Token Response 2.0
A series of games and activities for museum educators and teachers to facilitate active response to artworks or artists in museums, classrooms, galleries, artists' studios or other venues where people encounter art


Introduction to Art Inquiry
An introduction to questions as invitations to create meaning both for understanding the art of others and for stimulating art making

AMS Repro.

Thomas Hart Benton Inquiry Reports
Samples of descriptive, contextual, and interpretive analysis, plus illustrated Thomas Hart Benton handouts for elementary, middle school and high school students


Visual Arts Standards
National Visual Arts Standards; grade by grade specific standards; standards-based curriculum models; alignment of art inquiry with standards; and analysis of relationships between the art standards STEM Skills, and 21st Century Skills


Art Inquiry Educator Tools
Downloadable Inquiry Guides and over 30 curriculum units inspired by exhibitions at the Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts


Stories of Art
Middle school short stories written to introduce broad themes and to stimulate inquiry about art, the everyday world, and art making


Reading an Artwork
Video originally presented at the Tempe Public Library in May 2022 and updated February 2023

Mary's Resume

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