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Arts & Entertainment - January 29, 2014

Arts education champion dies at 80

Stanford University art-education professor Elliot Eisner died at his Stanford campus home on Jan. 10 from complications related to Parkinson's disease. He was 80.

Mr. Eisner, trained as a painter at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, joined the Stanford faculty in 1965. He taught in the Graduate School of Education as well as the art department and was known for championing ways that art could transform and challenge conventional learning methods.

He wrote 17 books and dozens of papers on education. The National Art Education Association turned a list he penned, "10 Lessons the Arts Teach," into a now universal standard and a poster that hangs on many art classrooms' walls.

A native of Chicago, he received a master's degree and doctorate in education from the University of Chicago and served as an assistant professor there before joining Stanford in 1965.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ellie, son Steve Eisner of Menlo Park, daughter Linda Eislund of San Francisco, and three grandsons.

The family requests donations to the National Art Education Association's Elliot Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the Eisners to recognize individuals in art education whose career contributions have benefited the field. The address for the NAEA is 1806 Robert Fulton Dr., Suite 300, Reston, VA 20191.

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