DBAE stands for Discipline Based Art Education. The meaning of discipline in this context is not “a firm hand” or trying to control behavior, but rather a branch of study. DBAE has been around decades and was developed by the Getty Institute.
The branches of study or disciplines being explored through this approach to arts education are: art production, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. Meaningful art lessons should include one or more of these branches of study. Art production is generally the main component of most art lessons. Including an art history component or critical thinking strategy to an art lesson will have dynamic results. I list what DBAE components can be found in my lessons, but my lessons can be adapted to the educator’s curricular needs.