Discipline Based Art Education (commonly called DBAE) is an art education method that goes beyond painting a pretty picture. DBAE promotes higher level thinking skills, original problem solving skills, cultural and global awareness, verbal and non-verbal communication, and other skills that will help students throughout their lives. These goals are accomplished by teaching art history, criticism and aesthetics as well as production.
(http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8020/arted.html#dbae)- (Teacher question lounge and links here)

http://eclipse.cps.k12.va.us/departments/art/index.html - (Getty Institute and What DBAE is) (What DBAE is and how the Getty Institute plays a role)

Complete Overview

Lesson Plans:
George Seurat-Pointillism http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8020/dbaeup9.html (from website above also)
How to make a lesson from an Art Museum Field Trip http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/museum3.htm