An Outline of the Rembrandt Teaching Project

Curriculum Design

The curriculum designs for the Rembrandt Teaching Project are the Discipline-Based Art Education Philosophy and the New York State Art Learning Standards.

Discipline-based art education grew out of an initial survey conducted by the Getty Center for Education in the Arts in Los Angeles, California. This approach calls for instruction integrating the aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and art production with the goals of creating, appreciating, and understanding art. The approach is titled "discipline-based" because it draws upon the disciplines that contribute to the informed production and understanding of art.


The establishment of districtwide programs of regular instruction in art that lead to

- knowledge about art
- understanding of its production
- appreciation of aesthetic properties of art


Art is a necessary part of general education. Studying it:

- enables development of a store of images that is the foundation
- for much of our understanding of art
- provides a set of structures with which we think about art


Information and modes of inquiry are drawn from four disciplines:

1. Aesthetics - the nature and value of art
2. Art Crticism - judgments about art
3. Art History - cultural and historical content
4. Art Production - techniques for expression

For more information about Discipline-Based Art Education refer to

Discipline-Based Art Education
A Curriculum Sampler

Edited by Kay Alexander and Michael Day
J. Paul Getty Museum
344 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
121 b/w illustrations, binder
ISBN 0-89236-171-9

Also, visit the following Getty websites: and