The 50th Anniversary of the textbook Children and Their Art by Charles Gaitskill, Al Hurwitz and Mickey Day (in later editions) was celebrated. This makes Children and Their Art the art education text with the greatest longevity. It was the most read and least quoted text in the field as opposed to John Dewey who was the most quoted least read figure in art education.
Charles D. Gaitskell published Children and Their Art. His wife Margaret was the major researcher of the book. It offered the most complete treatment of the methodology of art education to date. In addition to dealing with diversity of art media. Gaitskell dealt with the history of art education developmental stages and the teaching of art appreciation. The book will go through eight editions as the content is expanded. The revisions are by Al Hurwitz and Michael Day. Children and their art was arguably the most widely read and least quoted textbook in art education. Kunjlata Desai in Developmental Stages in Drawing Cow paralleled Florence Goodenough's research on the treatment of the human figure.
The Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) was founded in Quebec City, largely due to the initiative of C.D. Gaitskell who was elected its first President. Also involved in the creation of this national association were Wynona Mulcaster of the Saskatoon Normal School, Murray MacDonald, Supervisor of art for Edmonton Public Schools, and Howard Dierlam, a teacher who eventually became Director of Arts and Craft for the City of Toronoto.
The International Society for Education through Art (INSEA) was founded by UNESCO in Bristol, England, with the guidance of Herbert Read. The purpose of INSEA was to provide periodic forums for art educators interested in the philosophy, objectives, curricula, and methodology of art education, within an international framework. Tri-yearly meetings were held on a national and regional basis. Americans who have served as presidents were Edwin Ziegfeld, Al Hurwitz, and Elliot Eisner. Florence Cane, The Artists in Each of Us. Cane's book made connections between art therapy and the talented child through a series of case studies. Mildred Landis, Meaningful Art Education, a textbook based on theories of John Dewey. A doctoral dissertation from Harvard. Rosabel MacDonald, published Art as Education. The Canadian art educator Charles D. Gaitskell discussed the problem of motivation for picture making and writes of the power to picture making to clarify thoughts and feelings. Charles Dudley Gaitskell, director of art for the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada, from the mid-1940's to his retirement in 1973, was invited by UNESCO to direct a seminar in Bristol, UK. It led to the formation of the International Society for Education through Art (INSEA) and set the stage for establishing a Canadian version.