34th World Congress of the
International Society for Education
through Art (InSEA )
7-11 July 2014 | Melbourne Cricket Ground | Victoria Australia
Diversity through Art | Change, Continuity, Context
Oral Presentations
An evaluation of art educators' critical thinking and their attitudes
towards democracy
Alakus, Ali Osman1
Dicle University, TURKEY
[email protected]
For a contemporary education, it is fairly important to determine the attitudes of art
educators towards democratic values within the framework of critical view-point practices
during the process of art education and production of original art works. Democratic
education medium contributes to the involvement of students in the lesson, developping
their critical thinking abilities. At the beginning of the 20th century, the relationship that
John Dewey established between democracy and education is fairly significant in terms of
Art Education (Dewey, 1966). The aim of this study is to determine art educators' critical
thinking and their attitudes towards democracy in respect of different variables. The study
was carried out as a scanning model. The sampling of the study consists of 560 art
educators serving as teachers in 400 state schools run by the MNE (Ministry of National
Education) in the provinces of Turkey, namely Diyarbak, Gaziantep, Mardin, Batman, Siirt
and Van. Of the participants, 65% are serving in the Elementary schools, 35% in the
Secondary Education schools. The data of the study were analyzed in terms of gender,
graduation, seniority, duty place, his attendance in the courses regarding democracy, the
activities he has already participated in, such as seminar, conference and panel. In the
analysis of the data, t-test andA nova were used. In the answers of the art educators, a
positively significant correlation at a level of p<0,01was determined to exist in almost all
sub-dimensions of the rating scales, such as 'critical thinking' and 'attitude towards
democracy'. However, any significant difference was not found between 'critical thinking'
and 'attitude towards democracy' in view of the art educators' genders. In today's world,
where it is no longer meaningful to discuss male-female discrimination, this finding towards
the variable 'gender' can be said not to be important. In the study, in terms of sub-scales
such as 'devotion to democracy', 'qualities of democracy' and 'negative view to
democracy', the attitudes of female art educators were observed to be higher with respect
to their male counterparts. In sub-scale 'democratic inclination', however, the attitudes of
male art educators were determined to be higher than those of female art educators.
Another significant finding of the study is that hollistic rating scores towards the scale
'Critical Thinking' of both male and female art educators were found to be high and
positive. As a result, it is concluded that art educators should internalize such concepts as
'critic' and 'democracy' so that they can produce innovative works while making art and
can bring up contemporary individuals during art education process. The exhibition of
democratic attitudes by Art Educators may increase the students' effective involvement in
the courses. During the educational process, for the art educator to be tolerant to
students' different views, to appreciate and to value them may encourage the students to
produce original works that are the product of critical thinking. These behaviours may also
develop students' democratic awareness. Only in this way can artists and art educators
who believe in rule of law, respect human rights and internalize democracy be brought
up. Keywords: Art Educator, Art Education, Attitude towards Democracy, Critical Thinking.
Museum education: The visual culture and the educational role in the
historical exhibitions beyond the museums wall
Peixoto de Alencar, Valeria 1
Instituto De Artes – UNESP, London, UNITED KINGDOM
[email protected]
This paper presents an analysis of visual narratives created by students after visiting a
historical exhibition and it also proposes a discussion and reflection from the History
Museums exhibitions discourse view, whether they reaffirm the hegemonic culture through
their displays, understanding them as visual cultural products. These reflections are part
of my doctoral research which is being done at Instituto de Artes/UNESP in São Paulo,
Brazil, supported financially by CAPES, about Museum Education in historical exhibitions,
and at Museu Paulista, São Paulo, one of the oldest Brazilian museums, whose main
theme is São Paulo History, the case study I am researching. It is worth to point out that
Museu Paulista was built in the end of the nineteenth century, at the exact place where
Brazil's Independence was proclaimed, in 1822. Initially, it was a Natural History Museum,
assuming its vocation as a memorial in 1922, under Affonso Taunay's administration, who
conceived an exhibition to celebrate the Brazilian Centennial Independence anniversary.
This exhibition is presented by the museum and is also used s an educational visit
journey. Here, I present the analysis of an activity that was carried out with 13 to 14-yearold students, from the State School Jorge Julian, a São Paulo public school, after their
visit to Museu Paulista during the exhibition created by Taunay, 90 years ago. The
exibition presented a version of The Colonial History of Brazil from the view of São
Paulo's elite. This activity, that I will call post-visit, was structured because I needed to
know which memories are kept after one hour and thirty minutes of visiting a museum with
an educational work. For this reason, I based my work on Douglas Falcão and John
Guilbert's ideas about the “stimulated recall method” and also considered my professional
experience as an educator. In the methodology used, after a first brief conversation using
images of the mentioned visit, I suggested students to produce a visual narrative with any
set of images selected by me: some images are part of the exhibition, others are historical
paintings of the same period and others I searched on Google using the expressions
“Brazilian Indians, slavery in Brazil, Brazilian immaterial heritage”. Also we used images
from magazines. The goal was to make students talk about their own Brazilian History
view. Divided into six groups, the students produced six different visual narratives. After
that, they read the visual narratives to each other. The analysis of the process as a whole,
focusing the narratives and their readings, was guided by some questions such as: how do
they use the images? How do they tell the history with the same and similar images? Does
the visit dynamics affect their making -meaning? How? What sort of different images did
they use and how? To carry on the above mentioned analysis I count, mainly, on authors
such as Eilean Hooper-Greenhill and George Hein on Museum Education and the making3
meaning; about the context of production and reception of the visual culture, Imanol
Aguirre supports me. Also, Aguirre and Dennis Atkinson's ideas were the basis for the
discussions about arts education and education as emancipation or stultification, in the
view of Jacques Rancière's thoughts.
Pre-Service Art Teachers and a Special Needs Community: A ServiceLearning Project
Alexander, Amanda 1
University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA
[email protected]
This research outlines and discusses a two-year service-learning project between preservice art teachers and a special needs community. During the first year research
questions were examined that include: How can pre-service art teachers, teaching in a
community arts organization, better understand socially and culturally diverse contexts of
art programs and the benefits of teaching the arts to others? How can these pre-service art
teachers become more civically minded individuals? Focusing on the students themselves
the first year, the second year consisted of an examination of the special needs
community. Similar questions were researched: How can a special needs community
benefit from learning to make art with pre-service art teachers? How can relationship
building play a role in the benefits to the special needs community? The presentation will
cover how this service-learning project provides an avenue for both students and the
special needs community to benefit. An outline of both years will be provided with an
examination of the two-year experience. This will lead to conclusions of how both sides
were able to benefit from the service-learning research or not.
Preservation of Native Andean Cultural Heritage and Art Forms
Alexander, Amanda 1
University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA
[email protected]
As globalization blurs borders and boundaries, how has cultural identity and art forms
been altered and crafted? How are native identities and art forms being preserved? The
intent of this research is to examine these questions by collecting and recording data
based on the life of a Peruvian huaco (replicas of pre-Incan & Incan pottery) maker, Don
Lorenzo, and studying his methods of creative production and art forms. The background
literature for this study is mostly grounded in theories of postcolonialism and hybridization
(Said, 1978; Bhabha, 1994; Hall, 1980; Spivak, 1990; Tuhiwai-Smith, 1999). Postcolonial
and hybridization theories both work toward an understanding of the effects of
colonization, mixing of cultures, and viewing the world not only from the colonizer’s
perspective, but including the voices of the colonized as a form of knowledge and
understanding. The theory of hybridization informs the research by thinking about and
looking at the changes that globalization have had on Don Lorenzo’s identity and art forms
through time. Also, how has hybridization informed (or not) his methods of reproduction
and the art forms and designs of huacos? The aim of this presentation is to discuss and
examine the contextual record of Don Lorenzo’s native culture and art forms using
postcolonial theory as a means of innovative preservation as well as evaluate this form of
preservation as an educational platform for students, academics, and various institutions
involved in the arts. Understanding how native artists perceive, experience, and cope with
the tensions of globalization and hybridization in preserving their work and the work of the
past (huacos) provides a basis for continual discourse on the effectiveness of postcolonial
theory, studies about material culture, preservation, and heritage. The research is a pilot
study, but overall, the long-term goals seek answers to what preservation models are
conducive to native knowledge and can be used for more generalizable, nomothetic
theory. The model put forth in this study is innovative and will prove to be useful for
preservation purposes across the globe.
Beyond the school gate: A retrospective study involving past winners
and finalists of the UNE Schools Acquisitive Art Prize (UNESAP)
Alter, Frances1
University of New England, Armidale, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper reports on the findings from the first stage of a longitudinal research study that
tracks the life trajectories of a group of young people who at some time in their lives were
UNESAP winners and finalists. UNESAP is a project that began ten years ago with a
specific goal in mind - to raise the profile, status and interest in the visual arts in regional
and rural schools throughout New South Wales. There have been total of around 600
finalists and 50 winners (5 winners each year in different age categories) altogether over
the last ten years which allowed for a potentially large population sample for future
research. A group of 25-30 participants (aged 18 to 25) were recruited for the pilot study.
These participants, now in the early stages of their careers and tertiary studies were
surveyed in order to learn whether they continued to engage in visual arts practice, had
gone on to further training in the arts and creative media, or had contributed in any way to
the creative industries sector. Creative industries are key drivers of modern economies,
however, analysis has traditionally advanced a market-failure model of arts and culture
(Potts, 2012). This negative socio-economic paradigm can have an adverse effect on post
secondary school students career choices and continued engagement in the arts.
Participants in this study offered valuable insights into their motivations to pursue artsbased careers as well as their understanding of the challenges and limitations that face
those who desire a career in the Arts. A key aspect of this oral presentation will be to
consider the significant contribution of arts education and training to the growth of
Australias creative industries sector and its importance in the digital age to the countrys
economy and culture. Findings from the study highlight the fact that the Arts have an
enormous capacity to promote individual creativity, skill and talent and that this creative
talent can have a positive impact not only on creative industries, but on the capacity for
individuals to adapt to future life challenges.
Understanding the four temperaments for arts teaching
Appleton, Cath 1
Camp Mountain, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Understanding how people act and behave is essential for developing ways to teach art
effectively. The concept of the four human temperaments was described by the ancient
Greek scientists. Rudolf Steiner further developed these ideas and put them to practical
use in the ‘Steiner School' in the 1920s which has now become a world wide educational
system. Here the four temperaments are described as derived from the Classical thinkers.
Using this understanding Steiner made simple suggestions how these temperaments
could be handled in the classroom. He describes the importance of such an understanding
to have the right impact on the student. A number of Arts Teachers from the Samford
Valley Steiner School have been interviewed to illustrate how these considerations have
impacted their teaching strategies. We can now bring this understanding of temperaments
to add to our considerations of diversity. The more we consider the needs of the individual
the more successful their learning in the arts will be. A Prezi has been produced to
support and illustrate this oral presentation.
Approaches between transdisciplinarity, creative process and art
Araujo, Samara1
University of Brasilia, Brasilia/DF, BRAZIL
[email protected]
Transdisciplinarity has emerged as a possibility to transform thoughts and attitudes in the
evolution of practices in science, research and education, in tune with the contemporary
context. This approach crosses the boundaries of different areas of knowledge to promote
dialogue, considers the relationship of the parts and the whole, as well as the
interdependence of living systems. One of the main objectives of transdisciplinarity in
education is the formation of full human beings, not fragmented. The purpose of this paper
is to highlight some characteristics of creative processes that may contribute to develop a
transdisciplinary posture. The aim is to identify how art uses a variety of lenses to build a
multiple perception of reality, to investigate when the contradictory becomes
complementary and to check how inherent complexity of systems is presented in art
processes. Art teaches how to deal with the uncertainties and ambivalences, shows how
divergent thinking contributes to creativity and autonomy and value the process as much
as the final result. The intention is to show similarities between art and transdisciplinarity in
order to explore these characteristics more and more in education. These practices and
learnings can contribute a lot to the formation of sensible human beings, situated in the
world we live in and prepared for the challenges of the contemporary world. Art education
and transdisciplinarity are powerful allies in the evolution of education and also in relations
among people in the world.
Art & Design Foundation: one leading art school's approach.
Armstrong, Elissa1
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
[email protected]
Virginia Commonwealth University Art Foundation Program’s innovative curriculum
introduces first year art and design students to a wide range of media in an intellectually
rigorous studio-based experience. From the pencil to the laser engraver, traditional and
new technologies are treated as tools to best realize an idea and are given equal weight in
the Program. I propose discussing the curriculum and the successful implementation of
this teaching philosophy. Both the successes and the challenges that come hand-in-hand
with realizing this pedagogical approach will be addressed.
Change and continuity – lessons from a small island
Ashton, Alex 1
Artist/Educator, Aroona, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Education is in a constant state of flux, as educationalists we embrace the dynamism of
constructive change but often lost is a consideration of how continuity can be preserved
throughout the transition. The paper will examine the developing philosophical and
pedagogical tensions within art, craft and design provision in secondary schools. It will be
considered as to whether art, craft and design’s success in promoting inclusion and
equality of opportunity, has, in fact, undermined it’s claim to academic and intellectual
rigor. Has this led to the re-emergence of a ‘reductionist’ ideology that views art, craft and
design as a ‘soft’ subject that fulfils a vocational role outside an ‘academic’ curriculum? A
resulting dichotomy has emerged between the philosophical aspirations of a progressive
and divergent vision for arts education and the practices adopted within schools; a more
objective functionality of ‘making’, skill and technique as oppose to investigating the more
‘problematic’ and subjective issues associated with imagination, expression and the
construction of meaning? The dichotomy between education policies that are seen not to
value the arts within a new ‘academic’ curriculum framework is, seemingly, at odds with a
developing focus on the ‘creative industries’ as a driver for economic growth. This raises
significant questions for teachers, artists and society as a whole:
As educators, how are we to address these growing divides?
Is passion enough to justify and defend art, craft and design’s role in the
How do we overcome society’s increasing idealization of product, as a justification
of itself?
Will the focus on ‘employability’ change the role of art, craft and design?
The paper will explore the rapidly changing art and design educational landscape within
England and consider the implications for Art, Craft and Design education in Australia.
A passage from India: Lessons learned in an ancient land
Ashworth, Elizabeth1
Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, CANADA
[email protected]
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit India to study art education practices in public and
private elementary and secondary schools. This presentation will include details about that
research trip, data collection, findings, discussion items, suggestions for change in
curriculum and practice, and future plans for not only research trips to India but also links
between Canadian and Indian schools. Despite spending a short time in Delhi and Jaipur, I
learned much from my school visits to inform my practice as an art educator. Lessons
included how to integrate heritage arts into diverse subject areas to preserve Indigenous
art forms, eco-friendly use of recycled materials for art assignments, and similarities
between ancient Indian designs and Canadian Aboriginal art. Rapid change is impacting
everything in India and educators there are concerned that, within a generation, their
indigenous culture will disappear due to influences from the West. One way they are
dealing with this concern is to embed heritage arts, including traditional design, drawing,
painting, and printing practices, into their elementary and secondary curricula. While in
India, and after I returned home, I considered similar heritage concerns in Canada, based
on the strong influence of American popular culture here, including the need to preserve
the arts of our Aboriginal peoples. When I visited schools in Delhi and Jaipur, I noticed
they used recycled materials to not only teach art but also other subjects. Each school had
a large storage room full of various materials from which teachers could select items for
mixed media artworks, tools for mathematics and science, and/or collage pieces for
language studies. Rarely did they use store-bought materials for classroom use. As well, I
found many design similarities between the art of India and that of Canadian Aboriginal
peoples. Indian line drawings including ancient symbols, for example, mirrored some
Woodland Aboriginal painting styles from central Canada. As well, ancient Indian sculpture
and architecture were similar to those of the Haida from Canada's west coast region.
From observations and interviews, I learned much about Indian culture and how to change
my approach to preparing teacher-candidates for their future classrooms. I now, for
example, encourage teacher-candidates to integrate visual arts into all other subjects,
embed much Aboriginal culture into their lessons, use recycled materials for most art
projects, and explore design similarities between and among various countries. As well, I
plan to forge links between schools visited in Delhi and Jaipur and those in my home
region in Canada, plus return to India in order to spend more time learning about their art
education practices.
cathARTic: A journey into arts-based research
Ashworth, Elizabeth1
Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, CANADA
[email protected]
This presentation explores my first foray into arts-based research: cathARTic, a 216
square foot mixed-media tapestry illustrating my lived experiences as a Canadian doctoral
candidate at the University of Glasgow from 2005 to 2010. The work includes layers of
dissertation pages, research notes, photographs, and memorabilia pertaining to the
professional and personal aspects of that doctoral journey. Arts-based inquiry provided a
way for me to create an artistic interpretation of those lived experiences to help me
understand them better, plus share them with a wide audience. I used, as a framework,
Barone and Eisner's (1997) basic concepts that underlie arts-based inquiry: creation of a
virtual reality, presence of ambiguity, use of expressive language, use of contextualized
and vernacular language, promotion of empathy, personal signature of the
researcher/writer, and presence of aesthetic form. As well, I used their criteria for judgment
(2012) in order to assess its quality as a work of arts-based research: incisiveness,
concision, coherence, generativity, social significance, evocation and illumination. The
planning, creation, and assessment of cathARTic helped me to explore the doctoral
journey process in an artistic format, plus informed my practice as an art education
professor. I now, for example, include more visual inquiry projects within my courses. As
well, I share this work with teacher-candidates considering future graduate studies, or
those already pursuing them, who may be inspired by it as an innovative and alternative
model for their research.
Continuing the Story: The Parliament House Embroidery
Baguley, Margaret1
University of Southern Queensland, Springfield, Ipswich, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Human beings are natural storytellers and evidence of storytelling, often through visual
form as been found in most civilisations. Telling and sharing stories is a way of
understanding the world and ourselves. People also have a basic need for story in order to
organise and make sense of our experiences. In the education sector particularly, story is
seen as essential for teaching and has been described as “the very stuff of teaching, the
landscape within which we live as teachers and researchers, and within which the work of
teachers can be seen as making sense” (Elbaz, 1991, p. 3). Stories provide a sense of
continuity with a rapidly changing world and therefore it is essential that important stories
are not forgotten. One of these stories is the creation of The Parliament House
Embroidery (PHE) which was a combined effort from each state and territory embroidery
guild in Australia. The design was chosen from a competitive process with the artist Kay
Lawrence’s chosen to commemorate Australia’s Bicentenary and the opening of
Parliament House in Canberra on 9 May 1988.The PHE, although a key commissioned
work in Parliament House, was the only gift accepted by the Parliament House
Construction Authority’s Art Advisory Committee. This presentation explores the
interpretation of Lawrence’s design by the guilds in addition to the educational relevance of
the themes in the PHE, including awareness of indigenous issues and the environment,
which in retrospect have become even more important 25 years after its completion. The
concept of design and implementation of the PHE occurred during an important era in
Australian arts. Bell (2006, pp. 22 - 23) has noted that the twenty years from 1965 to 1986,
formative years in Lawrence’s training, were characterised by “radicalism, social upheaval
and change, generational conflict, the exploration and politicisation of gender issues, war
and global concerns for the state of the environment, all fuelled by increased access to
information and the accelerating availability of new technologies”. Bell contended that
there was a revival of crafts practice which responded to these pressures through forms of
protest using subversion and satire. The themes inherent in the PHE provide rich
exploration for arts educators, both within the Arts and across a number of other
curriculum areas. The overarching theme of Lawrence’s design of the PHE was a direct
response to the design brief of the competition. In the brief the Reception Hall area where
the PHE is located was to represent the Australian land as a “conditioner” of values in
confrontation with which [the] British ideals began to be forged and altered during the
period of settlement into new Australian values. Lawrence notes the landscape “would
have to be a central element in the design, especially as it had been such a powerful force
in our literature and art, fundamentally affecting the way we see ourselves” (Berg, 2013, p.
85). The PHE draws on the tradition of commemorative embroideries to illustrate
significant events that have occurred in history. The location of the PHE in Australia’s
Parliament House also provides it with important context. The powerful themes within the
PHE, the process of its creation through voluntary labour, mostly by women, and the
decade in which it was created all contribute to its importance as an arts education
curriculum resource. This presentation will discuss how arts educators can utilise the PHE
and continue its story, even in the midst of rapid policy changes. References Bell, R.
(2006). The crafted object 1960s-80s. Artonview, 47, pp. 16 - 23. Berg, M. P. (2013).
Interwoven: The commissioned art and craft for Parliament House. Canberra, ACT: The
Department of the Senate, the Department of the House of Representatives and the
Department of Parliamentary Services. Elbaz, F. (1991). Research on teachers’
knowledge: the evolution of discourse. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 23, pp. 1 -19.
Urban Aboriginal Youth: Presence and Identity in the Museum
Baird, Jill1
UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, CANADA
[email protected]
This oral presentation will offer the findings of a study undertaken at the UBC Museum of
Anthropology in 2013. This research is part of a larger Canadian study, The Citizens of
Tomorrow project that examines the curricular and pedagogical issues in community
educational contexts, media arts centres and museums. As an anthropology museum on
the west-coast of Canada, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC is actively looking
into ways to engage urban Aboriginal youth and reflect on how this engagement can make
changes in the museum and whether urban Aboriginal youth’s concepts of the relevancy of
museums changes through the process. This presentation features a Canadian museumbased research project which is both ethnographic and auto-ethnographic. This study
looks at the changing nature of the curriculum provided to the summer Aboriginal students
in the Native Youth Program at MOA and the impact of their increasing engagement in
visual arts, media arts and museum exhibits. Urban Aboriginal youth are one of the most
marginalized populations in Canada and programs which use art and new media to
engage them in their urban communities are on the increase. MOA has a major Northwest
Coast First Nations ethnographic and visual art collection that is used in combination with
workshops on digital film making, photography and artist engagements to expose
Aboriginal youth to their ancestry and the power and potential of communication through
the arts. The Native Youth Project is 34 year-continuous-running public program at MOA.
The program is adapted each summer and draws on museum and community resources
and relationships to offer an intensive 7 week work-study experience for Aboriginal high
school students ages 14 to 18. In this study, the researcher choose a range of methods to
engage participating students in conversations about their experiences at the Museum and
beyond including interviews, daily coffee conversations, show & tell of their art projects
and through personal journaling. This research is intended to offer a better understanding
of urban Aboriginal youth perspectives of ourselves ‘museum professionals’ and present to
museum professionals and other arts educators the constraints, challenges and
opportunities that learning through the arts in a museum context offer urban Aboriginal
Application of Positive Psychology in Visual Arts Education
Bajer, Peter1, 2
Geelong Grammar School, Corio, AUSTRALIA
Monash University, Clayton, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Recently published results of a longitudinal study jointly conducted by the University of
Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work, and the Australia Council for the Arts
(Anderson et all, 2013), have conclusively confirmed what many Arts educators intuitively
knew for a long time. Researchers found that students who participated at school in
drama, music and visual arts displayed more positive academic outcomes, e.g. higher
rates of homework completion, class participation, school enjoyment and educational
aspirations, than those who were not involved in the Arts. Importantly, the study also
demonstrated higher levels of personal wellbeing measures when participating in the Arts,
e.g. higher self-esteem, life satisfaction and a sense of meaning or purpose. In the world
plagued by the growing levels of clinical depression, anxiety, dissatisfaction and
unhappiness, especially among the adolescents’ according to predictions of the World
Health Organisation, depression will become the second most devastating disease in the
world by 2020 - this is a highly significant finding. It also shows that there is much more to
Art education than art practice and theory alone. In the light of the above mentioned
findings the Visual Arts teachers should ask themselves a number of important questions:
Are we aware that this positive influence on non-academic outcomes is taking place?
What precisely causes this to happen? When planning curriculum, what lesson plans or
tasks do we devise which would aim at increasing students' wellbeing? Is it possible to do
so? or How to recalibrate tasks so that they will explicitly and/or implicitly help students to
increase their levels of self-esteem and life satisfaction, and give them a greater sense of
meaning or purpose? In my paper, I would like to address some of these issues by
examining how recent developments in the field of Positive Education, a strand of Positive
Psychology, that has been defined as 'education for both traditional skills and for
happiness' (Seligman et al., 2009), or 'applied positive psychology in education' (Green,
Oades and Robinson, 2013), may support development of art programmes that will
specifically focus on increasing students' resilience, their positive emotion, engagement
and meaning. I will also show that there is already a large crossover between Visual Arts
and Positive Psychology, as the Arts education thrives on synergy between learning and
positive emotion, and that some of the skills for happiness, although in most cases
unwittingly, are already taught in our classrooms. The paper will suggest when these
proficiencies most likely are already being taught in an implicit way, and how to
deliberately develop practical tasks that will further enhance such skills. As Martin
Seligman, a key proponent of Positive Psychology has pointed out, teaching wellbeing in
our classrooms and studios will not only help to address the widespread depression and
serve as a vehicle for boosting life satisfaction, but ‘if taught’ the increased wellbeing of our
students is likely to produce stronger academic outcomes, that is, support the conventional
goal of education (Seligman et all., 2010). I will argue that precisely for these reasons
using applied positive psychology in Art classrooms is extremely relevant to the 21st
century Visual Arts education. I will also propose how adjustments to art programmes can
be made to enhance the academic and especially non-academic outcomes.
No.5 Road: Highway to Heaven - Richmond's Multi-Faith Community
Baker, Kimberly1
Community Services Department, City of Richmond, CANADA
[email protected]
In recent decades global movements of refugees and migration have changed the cultural
milieu in societies. This shift towards more ethnically diverse populations provides Cities
with both challenges and opportunities. In this context City planners and community
cultural workers need to consider: In what ways can a City foster cross-cultural
understanding when religious beliefs and their respective faith communities live within
close proximity one another? Within this paper I will examine a case study of the City of
Richmond in British Columbia, Canada and how through collaboration with the Intercultural
Advisory Committee, developed an intercultural vision for the City “to be the most
welcoming, inclusive and harmonious community in Canada”(Henderson, 2013). This
vision has been adopted by the Community Services Department, which integrates
strategic planning throughout the arts, heritage and culture sections. Therefore, I will
outline how the City of Richmond implemented this planning policy vision through three
examples. Firstly, I will explore this phenomenon by providing a brief historical
background of how the City of Richmond became an ethnically diverse community
beginning in the 1860s when European settlers arrived to farm the land and migrant
workers - mostly from South Asia, China and Japan arrived in search of work in the
emerging farming and fishing industries. In particular, this paper looks at one specific era
of Richmond’s history the years of 1986 to 2006 when the ethnic composition drastically
changed due to an influx of migration from Asia. During these decades the city transitioned
from a predominately Euro-ethnic make-up to one that features a strong Asian influence. It
is this era that I am placing an emphasis on as the multicultural reality of Richmond
changed dramatically and I will examine how the City addressed this challenge and
created opportunities for Richmond’s citizens to live peacefully together. Secondly, I will
focus on the development of No. 5 Rd, which is referred to as Highway to Heaven. In
1990, City planning policy supported the development of assembly and community
institutional facilities on Agricultural Land Reserve properties fronting No. 5 Rd. whereby,
community groups were granted permits to build on the front portion of sites with active
farming on the remaining “backlands”. The policy proved to be a catalyst for cross-cultural
understanding and, in 2007, Richmond’s “Highway to Heaven” placed the top 50, by
popular vote, as a finalist in the Seven Wonders of Canada Competition organized by the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Today, it is recognized as one of Richmond’s prime
tourist destinations. Thirdly, I will examine the Richmond Museum’s exhibit, No. 5 Road.:
Highway to Heaven Richmond’s Multi-faith Community exhibition, which displayed the vast
array of faiths, religions and spiritual practices that peacefully co-exist within the City of
Richmond. Additionally, the Richmond Museum utilized this exhibit as a metaphor and
inspiration for an arts education program in partnership with the Richmond’s Children’s
Arts Festival. This program explored the theme of cultural diversity by inviting children to
experience the challenges and opportunities of ethnic diversity through visual art
processes. This thought provoking program aimed to combine the power of arts, heritage
and culture with the strength of children’s creativity in order to explore pluralistic values
and how to create a peaceful society. In conclusion I will argue that with progressive
changes to City policy, arts, heritage and culture can come together to be a catalyst for
cross-cultural understanding where religious beliefs and their respective faith communities
live within close proximity. Additionally, I will elaborate on how ethnic diversity has been
beneficial to Richmond’s community in a multitude of ways such as introducing new art,
music and dance forms, innovative cultural courses and new languages being taught in
schools, expansions in industry and business; new culinary experiences; and a variety of
architectural edifices housing various religions are just a few of the recent contributions of
the recent arrivals.
Artistic Practice as a Line of Deterritorialisation in Research
Barney, Daniel1 , Kalin, Nadine2
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA
[email protected]
Two arts based researchers, one having been a secondary teacher and the other an
elementary teacher, work together as an art partnership and as critical inquirers to
creatively investigate ways in which knowledge is presented, re-presented, and
disseminated in scholarly venues. Marrying social theory and artistic practice within these
scholarly venues of knowledge dissemination, i.e. academic conferences, these inquirers
expose a possibility space for the sharing and construction of research. For example, one
of their most recent projects of inquiry includes a re-conceptualised poster session at the
American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, California, USA. Their
poster session was accepted through the traditional academic peer-review process, but
instead of conceptualising the audience as passive receivers of knowledge, the
artists/researchers set up the conditions so that knowledge was formed through its making
(Ellsworth, 2005). The research poster session is arguably one of the most didactic forms
of research dissemination. The researchers explain, however, how it became an
experiential and participatory concept of understanding at this conference as the poster
session was set up as a collaborative artwork, or an interactive installation. The audience
members were asked to participate in the making of the poster as an art installation
instead of a responding to it as a complete and static object that represented knowledge
that was already finished before the conference began. They all received a toolkit booklet
that included open-ended prompts that invited participation with the entire poster session,
including dozens of traditional posters. A printer and art materials, such as paper, glue,
markers, pencils, and scissors, were available for the participants use. All who attended
the session created the poster through action, dialogue, and artistic response. During this
INSEA presentation the research team shares their theoretical framework for such work,
highlighting a journey through complexity thinking and curriculum theory, into Ranciere's
'dissensus,' Mouffe's 'agonism,' and Deleuze's and Guattari's 'deterritorialisation.' The
researchers also share the photographs and narratives taken at various academic venues,
including INSEA, as they present their research strategies and methodology. The
researchers' idiosyncratic methodology is drawn from contemporary art practice,
particularly looking at the interventionists and socially engaged artists, but also responds
to a number of established and emerging arts based inquiry strategies. Since participation
and interaction is a key interest to these researchers, the audience members at this INSEA
paper session will receive a small book of questions and prompts that will act as a toolkit
during this presentation, facilitating creative participation and interaction, while also inciting
a reimagining of what might be possible in an oral paper with a research focus. Reference
Ellsworth, E. (2005). Places of learning: Media, architecture, pedagogy. New York:
The Art Teacher in Cyber-culture: The new roles of teaching in distance
Barros, Luciana1
Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia do Maranhão, São Luis,
Digital technologies around information and communication were massively introduced in
the day by day of global society, developing the so-called cyber-culture. In this landscape
of technology domain, all traditional social organizations, like the political, economic and
market are transformed, creating a displacement of the social system. In addition, the
cyberspace alters the knowledge relationship, developing a new educational reality,
observed in the expansion of distance education, which extends the limits of the physical
space of the classroom to the virtual space, the cyberspace. The change generated the
expansion of Virtual Arts online degree. This article encompasses the pedagogical
practices mediated by the digital technologies of information and communication resulting
in new demands for teacher's performance discussing the role of the instructor and the
types of knowledge that is necessary for the art teacher in distance education, taking in
consideration the experience of the degree of Visual Arts offered by the Federal University
of Maranhão, Brazil.
Trading Routes: Socially Engaged, Site-Determined Artwork and it's
Pedagogical Implications
Beer, Ruth1, Grauer, Kit2
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver/BC, CANADA
University of British Columbia, Vancouver/BC, CANADA
[email protected]
This presentation examines what cultural production can bring to current issues around
contested spaces and how art can offer alternate perspectives - ones that embrace the
complex ways in which humans encounter the world around them - and one that places
emphasis on human agency (Sullivan, 2006). An on-going federally funded research and
creation project entitled “Trading Routes: Grease Trails, Oil Futures” will be examined in
order to demonstrate how acts of sharing and creating knowledge through socially
engaged site-specific and land based artwork has important pedagogical implications. The
session will begin with an overview of the research and creation - an art practice/ placebased project focused on socially engaged processes of producing artworks and
exhibitions addressing the intersecting geographies of Canada's culturally significant
aboriginal (fish oil) 'grease trails' trade routes and proposed pipelines for the transportation
of oil. Drawing from artists, curators and cultural theorists who have turned their attention
to the potential and possibilities of education as a medium and practice of art making, it
explores the research and creation as a social and pedagogical event, seeking
opportunities to engage in cross-cultural dialogues between indigenous and nonindigenous artists/researchers and artists/participants along a contested geography of a
remote, northern, and pristine landscape in British Columbia. As a forum concerned with
knowledge creation and dissemination involving opportunities for exchange and dialogue,
it holds a potential for cross-cultural understanding - locally, nationally and internationally.
As such, it is allowing for cultural producers to voice their perspectives on increasing use
of land for industrial purposes. It is also generating a polyphony of multiple and diverse
voices and encouraging a democratic engagement that disrupts seemingly cohesive and
objective narratives of current political and cultural issues; enabling art to provide a more
open-ended and complicated way of dealing with the representation of history and with the
complex conditions impacting communities. As a dynamic form of exchange, it is not only
bringing artists together, but it is allowing artists/researchers to experience knowledge in
the making. Parting from the tradition of object making, the artists/researchers are
(re)defining their practice around the facilitation of dialogue among diverse communities.
They are adopting a performative, process-based approach that demands that
conversation become an integral part of the work (Kester, 2004). Collaborative
participation requires that they work through difficult topics and ideas, forming an
encounter (O'Sullivan, 2006) that activates a relational response (Bourriaud, 2002) by
inventing, producing, and reconfiguring social relations between individuals, groups, and
communities. The artists/researchers are walking into distant and rural terrain that is
producing a direct form of engagement that differs from their everyday experience. It is
allowing for a confrontation with materiality, a force that is bringing to the fore a flow of
experience. Similar to the dérive - a term coined by artist and philosopher, Guy Debord,
they have become aesthetic walkers traveling to the unknown while following a “trajectory
of disruption” - or the route of an idea that is woven in and by its social relations (Smith,
2010, p. 108). Setting itself apart from an exploration (which has colonial baggage), the
dérive has psychogeographical roots, requiring that one pay close attention to the
ambience of the space/place and to the sensations that it provokes (Debord, 1975, 2002).
The artists/researchers are being educated and sensitized through a disruption to
overcome reliance on habitual forms of perception, knowing, and creating, causing them to
observe their own patterns of behaviour and to charter into areas beyond the familiar. The
pedagogical implications, which coincide with the pedagogical turn in contemporary art,
focusses on the production of knowledge that opens up possibilities for confronting
interrelations among education, institution, power, and market capitalism. As such, it
presents a model of learning and teaching whereby knowledge does not exist as a priori,
but emerges and occurs in an open forum through an equality of roles. The production of
multiple events within the research and creation is enabling communities of practice to
come together - to connect and disconnect - at multiple points in time, space, and place. It
is facilitating a critical examination of context in which power and position are playing a
significant role while producing emergent (Massumi, 2002) and embodied (Ellsworth)
forms of learning events that are contributing to each individual in the collective's self
knowledge while forming and informing the research.
Site Specific and Socially Engaged Art: Mapping a Dialogic and
Exploratory Research Methodology for Arts Based Research
Beer, Ruth1, Grauer, Kit2
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver/BC, CANADA
University of British Columbia, Vancouver/BC, CANADA
[email protected]
This presentation examines an interdisciplinary research and creation project entitled
Trading Routes: Grease Trails, Oil Futures (2013-2017) funded by the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The research and creation focuses on
Canada's intersecting geographies of aboriginal trade routes for transporting fish oil
(grease trails) and the proposed Alberta-British Columbia oil pipeline. It is inspired by
contemporary art and curatorial practices that involve participants in acts of sharing and
creating knowledge about different relationships to this contested geography with the
potential of linking indigenous and non-indigenous ways of knowing. More specifically, it
will examine how this qualitative project is being guided by a research methodology that
merges socially engaged art practices with pedagogy because it is flexible, reflexive, and
open to poetic, unexpected and challenging exchanges that emerge and unfold as learning
events and encounters throughout the research process. Furthermore, it addresses the
social, political, economic, and environmental urgencies that have spurred the need for
diverse perspectives and new ways of understanding place through unconventional ways
of thinking in order to punctuate the importance (much like pipelines punctuate the
landscape) for methodologies that produce land-based intercultural knowledge. This
session focuses on the methodology developed by the research team that draws from
qualitative inquiry in visual arts practices (Sullivan, 2006; 2010), the pedagogical turn in
contemporary art (Bois & Krauss, 1997; O'Sullivan, 2006, O'Donoghue, 2009), site specific
art (Kwon, 2004), socially engaged art (Doherty, 2009), participatory art (Bishop, 2006),
and relational art practices (Bourriaud, 2002). Adopting performative, dialogic, and
process-based approaches illustrates how the artists/researchers have been enabled to
walk into distant and rural terrain; to engage in dynamic forms of exchange; and to
experience knowledge in the making. Additionally, they are learning about grease trails
through aboriginal epistemologies (Chilisa, 2011), story-work (Archibald, 2008), local land
uses and the connections to community values and beliefs (Hopkins, 2006) as well as
other forms of Indigenous research methodologies that challenge Western paradigms
whereby information is gained through relationship with people in a specific place (Smith,
1999). Affordances and challenges of the methodology will be discussed and elaborated
upon through the research project's conceptual theme of mapping (Brody, 1992; Rogoff,
2000). This will make visible the ethical and geographical challenges as well as the power
relationships that form an integral part of the research. Mapping the grease trail/oil
pipeline, and physically traveling this ground, is an intimate act. It is one that demands for
a creative coalition of individuals, ideas and actions, and a relational pedagogical practice
that places value on educating the heart, mind, and spirit (Archibald, 2008).
Mappings/storyscapes are expressions of indigenous perspectives that are grounded in
the physical and cosmological foundation of aboriginal concepts of community and identity.
The dialogic and exploratory nature of the methodology is what allows for the experiencing
of such connections/disconnections and for the production of a network of relations
through democratic engagement that is provoking new ways of thinking, and in turn, new
ways of mapping. References: Archibald, J. (2008). Indigenous storywork: Educating the
heart, mind, body, and spirit. Vancouver: UBC Press. Bishop, C. (2006). Participation.
Claire Bishop, Ed. Cambridge: MIT Press. Bois, Y. A., & Krauss, R. E. (1997). Formless:
A user's guide. New York, NY: Zone Books. Bourriaud, N. (2002). Relational aesthetics.
(S. Pleasance & F. Woods,Trans.). Paris: Presses du réel. Brody, H. (1992). Maps and
Dreams. Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre. Chilisa, B. (2011). Indigenous research
methodologies.Thousand Oaks: Sage. Doherty, C. (2004). Contemporary Art: From
Studio to Situation. London: Black Dog Publishing. Hopkins, C. (2006, August). Making
things our own. Leonardo, 39 (4), 341-344. Kwon, M. (2004). One place after another:
site-specific art and locational identity. Cambridge: MIT Press. O'Donoghue, D. (2009).
Are we asking the wrong questions in arts-based research?, Studies in Art Education, Vol.
50, No. 4, pp. 352-68 O'Sullivan, S. (2006). Art encounters Deleuze and Guattari:
Thought beyond
representation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Rogoff, I. (2000).
Terra infirma: Geography's visual culture. New York: Routledge. Smith, L. T. (1999).
Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. London: Zed Books.
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Visualizing and Talking about Gender Inequality and Sensitive CrossGender Issues in Trainée School Teachers in Visual Art
Berg, Ewa1, Welwert, Gunnill1, Kupferberg Feiwel1
Malmö Teacher Education, Malmö University, Malmö, SWEDEN
[email protected]
The purpose of this paper is to present and analyze empirical documentation of visualizing
and talking about gender inequality and sensitive cross-gender issues in trainée school
teachers specializing in the subject of visual art (images) at the Teacher´s Education at
Malmo University. The background of the paper is that Sweden is one of the western
countries where the issue of how to increase gender equality both in society at large and in
schools (class rooms) has been taken very seriously. Recently the debate has taken
another turn and had raised the issue of cross-gender as a possible or necessary
pedagogical tool to counter prejudices against gender equality. Such prejudices seem to
be grounded in discourses which assume that boys and girls must dress in a particular
way, prefer different types of colours, have different types of hair styles, walk and
gesticulate in a certain well-recognized pattern etc. By addressing these issues visually
and talk about them in a reflective manner, trainee school teachers in visual art seek to
explore ways to disentangle ingrained aesthetic and normative beliefs about gender and
create a higher degree of awareness of the unconscious roots of gender inequality. The
latter do not necessarily begin with social and economic capital as often assumed, they
might also be rooted in cultural and symbolic capital as well. The presentation will
alternate between visual documentation and reflection ( Sturken & Cartwright, 2002;
Chaplin 1994), theoretical framing ( Bourdieu, 1974; 1990) and analytical interpretation (
Barthes, 1977; Kress & van Leuwen, 2006). In particular the multimodal aspects of both
teaching methods ( Kress 2001) and the tacit knowledge and critical reflexivity of
students ( Kress & vn Leuwen, 2001) will be emphasized as both practical and analytical
tools to open up communication of sensitive cross-gender issues in an art teacher´s
trainee context.
The concrete and symbolic importance of room for learning
Berg, Ewa1, Malm, Helena1
Malmö Teacher Education, Malmö University, Malmö, SWEDEN
[email protected]
The purpose of this presentation is to show how visual rooms for learning in school can be
designed in purpose to serve as social meeting places for heterogeneous youth groups
based on their interests and upbringing. Students have visited different areas of Malmo
where they have implemented visual documentation by photo, sketching and interviews
inspired of ethnographic methods. The empirical data have been analyzed, edited and
presented as digital stories at a seminar. Based on their results, experiences and the
discussions at this seminar the students have built models where they have suggested
and problematized how a visual learning room might be designed for terms of physical
facilities, materials and environment aspects of interculturalism, a new room for education
in Art 2014. In the presentation we use theoretical frames from the sociocultural field,
architecture and classroom design. The room as a carrier of symbols and signals.
Indicators of cultural notions in children´s drawings: How the results
could be made to bear fruit in art education
Berner, Nicole1, Schmidt-Maiwald, Christiane1, Schnatterer Cornelia1
Augsburg Universtiy, Augsburg, GERMANY
[email protected]
Situation The city of Augsburg has actually about 260.000 habitants. A lot of them,
especially from Eastern Europe, have a German passport yet. Therefore the public
immigration rate is only about 16 per cent. SoIn some primary schools there is a
population consisting nearly to 100 per cent of immigrants or pupils with a migration
background. Therefore, multiculturalism is no longer an abstract quantity but a very
concrete social reality for many teachers. This is also shown in publications like Annedore
Prengel´s (2006). Goal of the study Cultural diversity is not only social but especially
cultural as different cultural traditions affect the children´s familial and learning conditions.
One asset could be to learn from one another. This, however, will only happen if different
values, traditions, experiences are acknowledged and interconnected. The main focus of
intercultural education research must therefore lie on experiencing and reflecting cultural
differences and similarities. Research in children´s drawings would yield valuable insights
into their cultural identification. Cultural diversity also means language diversity in the
classroom. Not being able to communicate fluently in German certainly is a potential
barrier to mutual understanding. Primary school teachers report that it is more and more
difficult to communicate with children. In art education this problem starts with pupils not
being able to comprehend the task at hand. On the other hand we think that art education
offers a variety of alternative ways to communicate. Therefore, the Chair of Art Education
at Augsburg University (Germany) launched a scientific study to analyze children´s
representations of cultural diversity. Method and implementation For a representative
sample three schools in three different parts of Augsburg city were chosen. All children
being second graders, their age is between seven and eight years. As to the familial and
social background, in one school there are many children from Russia while in another
school the pupil population is made up by one half German and one half internationals,
whereas the third school is a Catholic school with mainly upper middle and upper class
background pupils. The idea was for children´s drawings to initiate intercultural
communication. The task given - 'You are invited to dinner with a family in a foreign
country. Represent yourself and the others while eating' - was realized with colored pencils
on DIN-A3-paper (approximately US-letter). At the end of the lesson university students
involved in the study interviewed selected pupils to obtain more information about
representations and meanings. Results and presentation issues In the presentation we
would like to present the study, the children´s drawings, the results and the conclusions.
We would explain the indicators of cultural notions (for example the influences of new
media, characteristics of the home environment, graphic representations or cultural
representation stereotypes) and reflect these results of our qualitative analyses. Finally we
would discuss how the results could be made to bear fruit in art education.
Contextualizing the Identity of Traditional Art Education
Bhowal, Sanhita1
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, INDIA
[email protected]
The cultural diversity embodied in India's changing demography presents a grave
challenge to India's future on art education. The changing statistics pose a difficult
question of how to educate our students to live, work and succeed in a pluralistic society. It
also reveals the complexities in present day art education of the country. Visual art has
always been the pursuit of intellectual dialogue and knowledge. It is an integral part of our
diverse education. It provides opportunities to broaden and enrich students' cultural
knowledge of diverse people. This in turn allows sharing and communicating knowledge
and information across cultures. It helps in exploring the cultural, psychological and
political roots of our own identities, thus developing the skill to differentiate between just
looking at the surface of the art and culture or seeing beneath the surface to discover
meaning and values on one's own cultural and art of the diverse inhabitants. The art
tradition and practices of our folk and tribal community often convey the sacred union that
articulates the living in harmony and balance within the circle of life. Art education in India,
in earlier time, was conventionally of oral tradition, imparting education somewhat
unstructured and yet canonical. Art education has invariably been central to our lives and
thus education through art forms has always been an intrinsic genus. The introduction of
the western principle of art and the ideology of 19th century salon art was brought by the
Westerners during Colonial period. It brought a discontinuity to the practice of traditional
art in India which affected both traditional art and craft (ParthoMitter1994). India's craft
sector has a tremendous potential, which is not yet properly explored. It always got a
branding of being minor in status as compared with other forms of fine art. The traditional
art education which existed before the advent of the Westerners needs to re- institute its
identity in a role that is reversed, where attempt to teach concept of design by artisans
must be regarded as part of present day art education- deconstructed and recontextualized. Historically, it is not that there has been no attempt to reactivate the craft
sector. But to introduce it in a manner relevant to the 21st century has not been attempted.
Various design institutes send their students to learn the craft to have an understanding of
it but never has it ever been explored from the potential of our craftsmen to structure their
traditional education into a pedagogue for a new kind of art education. This seminar paper
will examine whether such an initiative is building new models of craft or instead firmly
rejecting it. Always in the art fraternity the discussion on folk and tribal art and craft is
driven towards its preservation. What about their continuity as a diverse form of
education? The paper will also investigate how conceptually driven contemporary creative
practices are becoming integrated with traditional art education. This paper will identify
those examples of design and art institutes of India, which work along craft sectors in
search of new expression in art education. 'Crafts' and 'Design' have a lot in common.
Both deal with human needs, material exploration, cultural-expressions and most
importantly they respond to individuals' creative urge of expressing their deepest
aspirations. Beyond these analogies, they are intensely dissimilar in terms of their
pedagogy. Acquiring craft skills is very informal as compared to learning design which is
formalized. The paper aims to discuss the connecting links between art, craft and design in
reference to the academic approaches of design and art education. It will also elaborate
upon this cycle of art-craft-design education which strongly believes in contextual
education that has been in practice in India since ages (Stella Kramrisch, 1965). The
methodology involves a comparative study of the canons on traditional art education and
modern time art education of India. Based on this, an analysis of how much of traditional
concept of design by artisans has been regarded as part of present day art educationintroduced in a manner relevant to the 21st century. Further an historical inquiry in art
education from multiple perspectives will be studied. The historical study attempts to
reframe the colonial Indian art education within the broader context of art education history
of India (E.B.Havell 1907). It will be historical, theoretical and comparative analyses,
providing an opportunity to examine the traditional Indian art education from the position of
both contextualized and re- contextualized identity
Images, places and actions in diverse contexts: A case for alterity and
dialogic perspectives
Villanova Biasuz, Maria Cristina1
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, BRAZIL
[email protected]
To have dedicated one's life to art education necessarily means to have taken contextual
specificity into account. In this paper it is intended to view the diverse ways of working in
different contexts, and how these are understood/worked by educators. How do different
environments produce meaning when approached by a foreign observer? Foreign in this
text does not necessarily mean someone from a different land, but someone alien to the
site, beliefs and processes . The framework that will be used to discuss these projects is
Bakhtin's dialogical perspective. The most important aspect in this text however, it is to
discuss whether and how processes in art education can have students look at their own
contexts in different and more meaningful ways considering a dialogical approach. It will
be analyzed the recent past experience of working either as an observer or as a teacher's
supervisor in classes in Brazil, the USA and Mozambique. Having worked, and observed
these projects in the span of the last two years gives one the chance of having a crosscultural point of view over the needs and results of educators in such diverse situations.
Case one: Brazil. An inner city school situated in a district with history of drug problems
and students coming from diverse social situations, mostly homes from low-income
families, even though this suburb also houses a fancy Mall, a Modern Art Museum and
some affordable condos. The project worked with students discussing their reality while
planning the changes they would make in their environment, connecting them with the art
circuit of the city, and using the web as a means of developing a sense of belonging. A
schoolteacher, who was also an art education student at the university, developed the
project, under our supervision. A sense of empowerment was observed while using tools
that allowed the students to realize that they 'had a recognized place in the world' and that
they could also share their work with others. Case two: USA. The project was developed at
a charter school, which means out of the regular public school system where students
usually come from low-income families. As I was told, probably they might not have a
change of getting to a university. I acted as an observer of the project. The project was
being carried out by an art education Ph.D candidate and aimed at bringing together
university undergraduate students and public school children working the concept of
community. They used photos taken by mixed groups of students in field trips, free
software and a 'learning together' approach. It was observed in the large picture mural
produced by the group, as well as by the texts conveying 'community' that this joint project
bringing together such diverse type of students had a polyphonic result and it was possible
to see that the notion of community as a place and as a concept had been developed.
Case three: Mozambique. A public school in Maputo, the capital city, where a pilot project
was being developed in order to turn it into a wider pedagogical action to be taken into
other provinces in the country. The project of a Master's student aims at relating traditional
children's games to be played at school with pedagogical objectives. Considering that the
majority of students in schools situated in inland provinces start having any approach to
formal education when they get to school, makes the idea of using traditional games with a
multidisciplinary approach an important and interesting project to discuss. The relations
established from such diverse experiences showed that all these projects worked with
images, either using it in games or in a narrative way, even as a means of collaborative
production or individual research. All of them showed to be pedagogical actions rich as
ways of producing subjectivity. The works were related to community, as well as to
traditional ways of doing things or ways of living. The contemporary look into these
projects is that, in some way, all of them involved technology. Art education is about
producing meaningful and enriching experiences that will enable the person to open new
and ample possibilities. To develop means of looking into one's work from another
perspective based on alterity as proposed by Bakhtin, seems to be essential in this
process. Even being exotopic in their development, the projects could be interwoven
when considering the possibilities they might engender in the production of meanings.
Thus, technology, community, education, image, were the utterances that produced these
dialogical processes.
Change/interchange in virtual learning environments
Villanova Biasuz, Maria Cristina1, Sosnowski, Katyuscia1, Perez de Miles,
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, BRAZIL
North Texas University, Denton, TX, USA
[email protected]
This research and presentation is based on the 'Project APRENDI 2.0 in connection with
the 9th Mercosul Art Biennial” being developed as part of the investigation
'Telecollaboration in Art / Education: Intercultural Dialogues.' The study is being developed
as part of my doctoral dissertation in Computers in Education at Universidad Federal Rio
Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The aim of this study is to promote
intercultural exchange online, while conducting classroom teaching among undergraduate
students in the visual arts from two different countries, in this specific case - Brazil and the
United States. Thus, the theme change and interchange, as proposed by the InSEA 34
World Congress, is the focus that we are envisioning for this project. The project was set
up in a Moodle platform and it is organized in three modules. Module 1 is the first contact
between the exchanges. Participants introduced each other through the production of a
'video letter.' Module 2 is about the 9th Mercosul Biennale, and is a way to promote mutual
understanding of contemporary art available in the context of the two groups. Module 3
allowed the students to interact with the artworks at the Biennial and make a collaborative
video produced by students from both groups, called 'homemade inventions,' which the
students will upload to the Biennial's Website, as a means to participate in the international
art event. The scenario to be discussed in this text occurred in Module 1. The criteria for
the realization of the task was to produce a collective video that would contextualize the
group's history, show the university, the architecture, the city, the culture; comment on the
climate and geography, the environment of the students involved in the project, all this in
the time limit of 5 minutes with the requirement that all of the students appeared as
protagonists of the video. The videos were required to have captions and credits in
Portuguese and English, given that the participants speak different languages. There were
14 video-letters posted and published in Youtube or Vimeo. After the publication of 'videoletters' in the forums, the students discussed the videos, asking about curiosities triggered
by what they had produced and watched. This text will analyze two videos, one from each
group from a different country. The research interest looks at verbal-visual utterances published in the virtual learning environment so that they can be analyzed considering the
subjective processes of the subjects involved. The theoretical basis for the analysis of the
student's statements and artifacts produced is based on Bakhtinian theory of dialogism,
enunciation and authorship, and Bourriaud's concept of post-production. It could be
observed as initial data, that the tele or distance collaboration implies an intense dialogue,
which at times, was resounding in silence until the next participant decided to “speak.” A
pulsating dialogue and dialogicity happened in the asynchronous forums. Students kept
their publications in bilingual format, which facilitated understanding for both groups,
mainly regarding different cultural expressions. It was observed in speeches and images
chosen for the production of the videos - a responsibility related to the distant colleague. In
the two analyzed videos it was possible to realize the responsive attitude, which Bakhtin
speaks of. It is possible to notice some located and ideological ideas. The relationship
between the authors of the videos and distant interlocutors was intensified and extended
the dialogues started after the publication of the videos. The aim of this research and
presentation is to promote intercultural exchanges that forefront online learning and
collaboration as pathways to creative activities and global citizenship. We will share our
exploration through narrative and video screenings of the project.
The New Wilderness: A Practice-led Model for Arts Based Enquiry
Bishop, Cameron1, Kelly, Merinda1
Deakin University, Geelong, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
The New Wilderness is a practice-led, multidisciplinary arts project first piloted by artists,
writers, teachers and academics from Geelong, Deakin University and Courthouse ARTS
Centre in 2013. In a series of workshops run by artists, and working to specific themes, the
project provided a platform for participants to explore and respond creatively to change in
the community; it culminated in a large-scale installation at Centre’s gallery. Our paper
positions the project as a able to cut across convention, empowering young artists to
respond to ‘big questions of relevance to the changing material, spatial and social relations
within their communities. In questioning and seeking to transform communities into
sustainable media, economic, environmental and social ecologies, this emergent model
begins with a localised focus, which is designed to travel across time and place, and
pedagogical frameworks. Geelong is a community under radical transformation in its
economic foundations and demographics. As artists and academics living and working in
the region we see it as an experimental ground for investigations into a series of
provocations that mirror the shape of the paper we intend to give. The provocations, as
outlined in the workshops, might also be envisaged as new relations to: Object – From
consumable to unusable to play. In revisiting the first iteration of The New Wilderness in
2013 we discuss the ‘superfictional’ (Hill, 2000) enquiry that participants were asked to
engage with. Its premise described Geelong as an abandoned, post-apocalyptic site.
Participants were asked to imagine themselves as a group of future explorers and
excavate objects from the city’s old tip. In unearthing their choices and re-presenting the
objects in the gallery the participant was prompted to analyse site, situation, object and
process as phenomena for ‘being’or ‘telling stories’ providing insights into wider realms of
cultural experience (Ellis, Adams and Bochner, 2010). Parallel to this ‘autoethnographic’
reflection our paper uses the philosopher Giorgio Agamben’ s analysis of consumer and
material culture. He traces the subject’s relation to objects from use-value, to exchangevalue and in the era of 'extreme capitalism', to pure exhibition-value. He searches for ways
that the objects produced in our material culture can be ‘profaned’ (Agamben, 2007).
Space – From the material to the situation. We are interested in how objects and the
practices they elicit can be ‘profaned’ by their situation (Agamben, 2007; Wark, 2103). To
profane, according to Agamben, is to open up the possibility that the object loses its
exhibition-value to ‘a special form of negligence (Agamben). He uses the example of the
child’s ability to insinuate any object into a logic of play (Agamben). Like the objects
excavated for The New Wilderness they could be from a variety of spheres - business,
household, industry, health etc. The child, like the artist, reconstitutes, reorders and
assembles new relations between things. In reflecting on the first New Wilderness project
the paper correlates the creative response of the participant (student, child, artist) with the
occupier. The Occupy Movement, which took up residence in many of the world’s
citiesfinancial districts in 2011, used a number of strategies commensurate with both
Agamben’s notion of profanation and McKenzie Wark’s reading of the Situationist
International’s use of détournement - as a strategy that releases objects and subjects
back into the field of play (Wark, 2013). The field was taken by the occupy movement to be
the space in which they occupied - capitalism, its logic and its practices, were, for a short
time, redundant in the occupied field. The New Wilderness conceptualises the city as a
localised field, from which its discarded objects can be ‘profaned’ or, repurposed, to reflect
on shared histories, responsibilities, pedagogies and future action. Subject: self/other.
Through the four workshops run in the first iteration of the project participants were asked
to re-consider their value-systems, much as the occupy movement was trying to do, and
like the occupiers, participants were empowered to be agents of change, albeit on a small
scale. Our paper reflects on the practical outcomes and the conceptual, political and
pedagogical strategies embedded in The New Wilderness project. The paper affords us
the additional opportunity to imagine a life for it in other geographical, socio-economic and
educational situations.
The clothed body as art: An arts informed study of Mean Girls'
performances of an aesthetics of hegemony
Blaikie, Fiona1
Faculty of Education, Brock University, St. Catharines, CANADA
[email protected]
Through the broad lens of arts based educational research I explore ways in which
teachers, scholars and students can engage in and disseminate Arts Informed Research in
diverse contexts, including scholarly settings, classrooms, studios and art galleries.
Situated within the narrative qualitative research paradigm which emerged triumphantly in
the second half of the twentieth century, there came into being a rather more focused
interest in exploring a form of qualitative research that is connected to and with arts
practices, and a concern with collecting, disseminating, and imaginatively and creatively
expressing new knowledge and understandings to a wider audience beyond the academy,
in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ways. A seminal event was Elliot Eisner's (1993)
Presidential Address to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in which
he spoke of alternate forms of knowing and understanding beyond text and number,
providing opportunities for research in education (and other disciplines) through arts-based
educational research or ABER (Eisner, 1993; 1997). Emerging from ABER is ArtsInformed Educational Research (AIR). AIR is characterized by a social agenda, a very
explicit moral purpose and the desire to enhance audience engagement beyond the
academy based on the idea that narrative and art forms of all kinds are more accessible
than academic theory (Cole and Knowles, 2008). AIR assumes that the arts have the
power to move, to inform and transform in different ways from qualitative research findings
presented in traditional formats via an interactive synergy between research-creation
processes and presentation; the voices of researcher-participants, the researcher-artist's
role as key instrument and the active participation and involvement of the audience. The
processes of data exploration, interpretation and presentation are viscerally connected
across disciplines such as the visual arts and education, theatre and English literature, as
well as through multiple situated ways of knowing and understanding. My purpose is to
elucidate arts-informed research as it has come to have meaning for me, theoretically and
in practice, drawing upon the seminal work of Cole and Knowles (2008), the work of other
arts-based educational researchers, and my own scholarship (Blaikie, in press; 2013;
2012). Inter-connected, interdisciplinary and multiple individual yet universal ways of
knowing, understanding, and being in our worlds are integral aspects of scholarship and
research in education. The key words Arts, Informed and Research frame AIR as a
research paradigm within the broader context of purposes and processes. In this
presentation, I focus on the significance of each, and I provide practical examples of data
collection, analysis and presentation. Within the Arts, the researcher-artist determines
how the research question/s will be explored and the findings articulated most effectively,
efficiently and expressively by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data that is
grounded in one or more art forms. The notion of Informed means the data are 'informed'
in more explicit, expressive and multi-faceted ways through chosen art form/s. The art
forms add unique expression and vitality to a scholarly document or event that necessarily
is situated in literature that frames the topic, the method, and the findings. At all stages of
and in AIR the relationship between text and art forms is integrally and inextricably linked;
it is deeply connected: Both are mutually informative, supportive, and essential to one
another. In the very best AIR studies, the results would be compromised without the art
forms that inform the study. Research is the focused exploration of a particular topic
through one or more research methods resulting in the production of new knowledge.
Research takes place in multiple contexts beyond scholarship: For example, in journalism,
business, education, medicine, and in the arts, practitioners engage in research to inform
their work. It is through the presentation of findings, which must be coherent and correlate
with the data collected, that new understandings, knowledge and information about the
topic and the method emerge. In AIR, the findings are presented through art forms
contextualized by texts, for example, a performed play, a novel, or visual artworks. The
unique aspect of AIR is that the researcher performs as an artist, and the artist performs
as a researcher hence the twinning of research-creation. Audiences are co-creators of
meaning as consumers and participants. Blaikie, F. (In press). A Visual and Poetic Inquiry
into the Aesthetics of Scholarship: The Arts, the Informed and the Research in ArtsInformed Research. In Smilan, C. and Miraglia, K. Eds.). Inquiry in Action: Paradigms,
Methodologies and Perspectives in Art Education Research. Reston, VA: National Art
Education Association. Blaikie, F. (2013). Navigating Conversion: An Arts-Based Inquiry
into the Clothed Body and Identity. The Journal of Visual Culture and Gender, 8. 57-69.
Blaikie, F. (2012). A poetic and visual inquiry into the male professoriate: Clive, Todd,
Mark and William. The Canadian Review of Art Education: Issues and Research, 38, 4567. Cole, A. L., & Knowles, J. G. (2008). Arts-informed research. In J. G. Knowles & A. L.
Cole (Eds.), Handbook of the arts in qualitative research: Perspectives, methodologies,
examples and issues. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Eisner, E. (1993). Forms of
understanding the future of educational research. Educational Researcher, 22(7), 5-11.
Eisner, E. (1997). The promise and perils of alternative forms of data representation.
Educational researcher, 26(6), 4-10.
Conceptualizing and contextualizing possibilities for arts based
educational research
Blaikie, Fiona1
Brock University, St. Catharines, CANADA
[email protected]
Through the broad lens of arts based educational research I explore ways in which
teachers, scholars and students can engage in and disseminate Arts Informed Research in
diverse contexts, including scholarly settings, classrooms, studios and art galleries.
Situated within (and limited by) the narrative qualitative research paradigm which emerged
triumphantly in the second half of the twentieth century, there came into being a rather
more focused interest in exploring a form of qualitative research that is connected to and
with arts practices, and a concern with collecting, disseminating, and imaginatively and
creatively expressing new knowledge and understandings to a wider audience beyond the
academy, in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ways. A seminal event was Elliot
Eisner's (1993) Presidential Address to the American Educational Research Association
(AERA) in which he spoke of alternate forms of knowing and understanding beyond text
and number, providing opportunities for research in education (and other disciplines)
through arts-based educational research or ABER (Eisner, 1993; 1997). Emerging from
ABER is Arts-Informed Educational Research (AIR). AIR is characterized by a social
agenda, a very explicit moral purpose and the desire to enhance audience engagement
beyond the academy based on the idea that narrative and art forms of all kinds are more
accessible than academic theory (Cole and Knowles, 2008). AIR assumes that the arts
have the power to move, to inform and transform in different ways from research findings
in traditional formats (including qualitative interview studies and ethnographies) via an
interactive synergy between research-creation processes and presentation; the voices of
researcher-participants, the researcher-artist's role as key instrument and the active
participation and involvement of the audience. The processes of data exploration,
interpretation and presentation are viscerally connected across disciplines such as the
visual arts and education, theatre and English literature, as well as through multiple
situated ways of knowing and understanding. My purpose is to elucidate arts-informed
research as it has come to have meaning for me, theoretically and in practice, drawing
upon the seminal work of Cole and Knowles (2008), the work of other arts-based
educational researchers, and my own scholarship (Blaikie, in press; Blaikie 2013, 2012a,
2012b). Inter-connected, interdisciplinary and multiple individual yet universal ways of
knowing, understanding, and being in our worlds are integral aspects of scholarship and
research in education. The key words Arts, Informed and Research frame AIR as a
research paradigm within the broader context of purposes and processes. In this
presentation, I focus on the significance of each, and I provide practical examples of data
collection, analysis and presentation. Within the Arts, the researcher-artist determines
how the research question/s will be explored and the findings articulated most effectively,
efficiently and expressively by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data that is
grounded in one or more art forms. The notion of Informed means the data are 'informed'
in more explicit, expressive and multi-faceted ways through chosen art form/s. The art
forms add unique expression and vitality to a scholarly document or event that necessarily
is situated in literature that frames the topic, the method, and the findings. At all stages of
and in AIR the relationship between text and art forms is integrally and inextricably linked;
it is deeply connected: Both are mutually informative, supportive, and essential to one
another. In the very best AIR studies, the results would be compromised without the art
forms that inform the study. Research is the focused exploration of a particular topic
through one or more research methods resulting in the production of new knowledge.
Research takes place in multiple contexts beyond scholarship: For example, in journalism,
business, education, medicine, and in the arts, practitioners engage in research to inform
their work. It is through the presentation of findings, which must be coherent and correlate
with the data collected, that new understandings, knowledge and information about the
topic and the method emerge. In AIR, the findings are presented through art forms
contextualized by texts, for example, a performed play, a novel, or visual artworks. The
unique aspect of AIR is that the researcher performs as an artist, and the artist performs
as a researcher hence the twinning of research-creation. Audiences are co-creators of
meaning as consumers and participants. Blaikie, F. (In press). A Visual and Poetic Inquiry
into the Aesthetics of Scholarship: The Arts, the Informed and the Research in ArtsInformed Research. In Smilan, C. and Miraglia, K. Eds.). Inquiry in Action: Paradigms,
Methodologies and Perspectives in Art Education Research. Reston, VA: National Art
Education Association. Blaikie, F. (2013). Navigating Conversion: An Arts-Based Inquiry
into the Clothed Body and Identity. The Journal of Visual Culture and Gender, 8. 57-69.
Blaikie, F. (2012a). Pinkalicious Mean Girls: A Visual and Poetic Inquiry. International
Society for Education through Art Regional Conference, Lemesos, Cyprus, June 2012.
Blaikie, F. (2012b). A poetic and visual inquiry into the male professoriate: Clive, Todd,
Mark and William. The Canadian Review of Art Education: Issues and Research, 38, 4567. Cole, A. L., & Knowles, J. G. (2008). Arts-informed research. In J. G. Knowles & A. L.
Cole (Eds.), Handbook of the arts in qualitative research: Perspectives, methodologies,
examples and issues. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Eisner, E. (1993). Forms of
understanding the future of educational research. Educational Researcher, 22(7), 5-11.
Eisner, E. (1997). The promise and perils of alternative forms of data representation.
Educational researcher, 26(6), 4-10.
Community arts participation enhances teaching and learning
Bowell, Ian1
Victoria University of Wellington, Nelson, NEW ZEALAND
[email protected]
In an environment of decreased curriculum support and an increased emphasis on the
testing of numeracy and literacy national standards, primary schools find it increasingly
difficult to both cater for the needs of diverse learners and to support teacher professional
development. This paper is informed by a research project that began in New Zealand in
June 2012 and set out to discover whether a school’s participation in community arts
projects can support teaching and learning. The research project used a comparative case
study approach and explored the dynamic relationship between a community arts project
and participating schools. Included in the case studies presented in this paper are two
public art galleries that co-ordinated community visual arts projects, an arts festival’s
masked parade, and a community’s visual response to Matariki (Māori New Year).
Analysed data from the case studies reveal a link between a school’s participation in
community arts projects and enhanced teaching and learning. Themes from the data
emphasise the role played by situated learning and collaborative teaching methodologies
in engaging students and supporting teacher professional development.
Cultural Framework: An Energizing Force For Education
Bradshaw Beaumont-Young, Hazel1
Delarware State University, Bear, USA
[email protected]
In the Caribbean, history and the economic system with its Euro dominated cultural
complex has placed the people at a disadvantage. They develop their creative energies in
areas, either outside or in opposition to the dominant cultural complex. It is important to
believe that there is something called Caribbean civilization. We are the creatures of
colonialism and are forced in a situation of historical dependency where all West Indian
peoples are often considered the result of a particular process. Even though I received
both graduate degrees in the United States of America, having migrated for almost 13
years from Jamaica, I am often challenged with questions such as who am I? Or even, am
I losing the relevance of my Caribbean identity and cultural values towards Art Education?
However, travelling to Cuba has certainly aroused several of my interests, particularly
relating to “Cultural Relevance and the Arts in Caribbean School's Curricula.” As a
member of the NAEA delegation to Cuba in 2011, I was inspired to refocus on my
experiences, and efforts made on committees throughout the Caribbean for regional
integration of the arts. Evidence from the experience highlighted modes of languages,
instructions, curricula, pedagogical ways to recognize reality, be it the outer or inner reality
within the Cuban cultural legacy. Focus on early intervention of the arts and on the
presumption that if a child starts knowing that he or she can draw, paint, sculpt, or carve
something, make up a poem, present a dance, make up a song, can help them to develop
some kind of appreciation for the arts. They are allowed to be involved in some very
important aspects of life, not least of all that sense of process which is so critical to the
development of self and the region. Art is a means of reflecting and mediating the
tensions, the harmonies, the antagonisms, and the affinities of social languages. It opens
the way to new insights about culture, the growth of new combinations within, languages,
and finally the invention of new social languages. Therefore, the relationship between
culture and the Role of the Arts in Education will be expressed.
Want Change? Think Differently: changing arts education by retheorising the literacy landscape
Brown, Ian1
University of Wollongong, Wollongong, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
There is no denying to succeed in the current global environment students require a new
range of literacies. From a research discipline the traditional understanding of literacy
needs to be recontextualised and reimagined. New literacies, multiliteracies and
multimodal learning should be debated and explored further. Arts education provides the
perfect vehicle to re-theorise the notion of literacy. A research project currently being
funded and supported by the Australian government, Pearson Assessment, and the
University of Wollongong, aims to develop a criterion-referenced tool to measure students'
multiliteracy learning across multimodal domains. Arts education, more than any other
discipline involves multimodal learning. It is important to recognize the changing nature of
the art learner and comprehensive tools required by teachers to measure and assess
these new these emerging multiliteracy skills and concepts. Immersing students within
technologically rich learning arts environments requires teachers to use accurate and
reliable diagnostic tools to support sound decision-making. This paper will discuss current
research in the area of multiliteracies, the notion of re-theorising the concept of literacy
and provide researchers and educators a proposed conceptual ‘model of multiliteracies’ to
develop the students’ capacity to improve learning in the arts.
Portrait of the Artist who Works with Children
Brown, Robert1, Spain, Simon2
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
City of Melbourne, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
A large and growing body of research has documented activities involving artists and
young people in school and community-based contexts. Within these studies, the
significant role of artists is often cited but rarely researched in any depth, except for a few
notable exceptions. Despite the claims that artists are a ‘rich resource’ and ‘good teachers’
there are no known interpretive frameworks developed that provide artists, and the
organizations that employ them, with a guide to reflect deeply and critically on their
practice involving children. This paper reports on research that has mapped the
backgrounds, goals and practices of over fifty artists working in a public arts facility,
ArtPlay. Located in the heart of Melbourne ArtPlay provides a wide range of artist-led
programs for children aged up to thirteen years. Funded by the Australia Research
Council, this four-year study has inquired into three key questions namely: Why do artists
work with children? How do artists work with children? and How does context influence
why and how artists work with children? Through an in-depth investigation of these
questions, drawing from observations, interviews and surveys, this study has constructed
a multifaceted portrait of the artist who works with children.
Green... no longer just a colour!
Buchanan, Jenny 1
Green School, Bali, INDONESIA
[email protected]
Not so long ago, Green was not so different from Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple and Blue.
Green was just simply another colour - and she knew her place in the spectrum. As a
group of colours they would all hang out and play variations of rainbow games.
Occasionally Red, Yellow and Blue would spend time as a Primary group, while Orange,
Green, and Purple would go and do Secondary things. They complimented each other
and provided a good balance. One did not exist without the other. Life was simple back
then. In more recent times though, Green has found herself slightly removed from the
group and become quite the superstar. In days gone by, Green only heard herself used as
an adjective for the colour of grass and leaves. However, these days she carries the
weight of all things eco-friendly on her shoulders. There are Green political parties, Green
villages, Green Awards, Green vehicles, Green Energy, Green Cities... in fact deep in the
jungle in Bali there is even a school named after her! Green School! So whatever
happened to Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple and Blue? Is there status still as important as in
days gone by? What changes are needed in a contemporary art curriculum to embrace all
that is Green without leaving everything else behind? Come and hear Jen Buchanan, Art
Teacher at Green School, Bali present a fast paced and entertaining Pecha Kucha on how
going Green is changing the landscape of contemporary art teaching.
Art is where you come from: Balancing art, text and place in visual arts
Burke, Geraldine1
Faculty of Education, Monash University,Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
[Art + text + place] as PhD arts based research My arts based PhD involved a battle
between art and text, finding out how each might complement the other through my project
and exegesis. In order to address this tension I sought to find a balance between art and
text through notions of place. This then led to a (re)creation of art, text, place and event
through photo-book format that was in dialogue with my exegesis. My interest in place,
and its transformative impact on art education, is sparked by study into immersive art
pedagogy and the role that place plays in the making of art. In my PhD research concepts
of place/space were explored through a photo-book which was re- developed as a hybrid
form that intertwines photos of artworks, art experiences, narratives, diagrams and
explanatory text. For me, this genre enabled a shift of mind from that of process and
product to one that (re)processes and (re)produces artwork and narratives. The photobook format provided a transitional place where I (re)made and (re)wrote self into existing
discourse through the lens of artist, researcher, teacher as they intersected through image
and text. The balance between art, text and place is like a see-saw where balance is a
constant concern, and yet it is at this juncture, between experiences of place, art and
writing, that deep thinking ignites the creative process. This inter-textual presentation will
be relevant for research students and supervisors who wish to explore the changing
contexts of PhD arts based research in 21st century art education, as well as anyone
interested in the balance of image and text in visual culture today. The presentation will
conclude with an interactive discussion and a show-and-tell where delegates will be
encouraged to share their own unique approach to the inclusion of art/text in their
Diversity through art in early childhood teacher education: Fostering a
sense of belonging, being and becoming through a/r/tography
Burke, Geraldine1 T, Peterken, Corinna1, Hall, Clare1, Bennett,
Monash University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Our paper investigates how diversity in art education is lived by a group of academics and
pre-service early childhood teachers undertaking an early childhood education course in
the creative arts. We investigate ways in which our inter-subjective identities as artists,
researchers and teachers are conceptualised and enacted through the use of a/r/tography.
Our images and written text tell the story of how we used the ‘flower' as provocation to
explore together the arts in early childhood and to foster a sense of belonging, being and
becoming in a creative community of learning. This connects the Australian National Early
Years Learning Framework to our learning in, with, about and through the arts within our
pre-service creative arts unit. We illustrate how the flower is a thematic impetus to engage
with the visual arts and beyond into drama, dance, music and trans-disciplinary
performances. Through our making in the arts we pass from one state of being to another
and our reflective practice values and extends the rich variety of experiences within our
diverse group. Our engagement with the visual extends into other art forms as we explore
how using diverse methodologies brings interconnection between ourselves and the arts.
Examples are showcased of the inspiring synergies we have experienced across and
between the visual in culture and drama; art and music; and the visual sense in dance. We
explain how a/r/tography enables us to extend our teaching and learning into arts-based
research. This presentation aims to facilitate dialogue about diverse approaches to
teacher education through the arts and children's learning in early childhood.
Tale of a New Haiti: Elementary Children and Environmental
Muralmaking for Understanding Integrative Teaching Strategies
Burkhauser, Beth1, 2, 3
Keystone College, LaPlume, PA, USA
International Interdependence Hexagon Project, Scranton, PA, USA
One Big Boost, Honesdale, PA, USA
[email protected]
A trip to Verrettes, Central Haiti, in Spring of 2013, allows for an inside view of a slow but
hopeful journey: documenting the fervid desire for education, status of visual
representation among teachers and children and an environmental education experience
that spawned a permanent mural on the outside of a very neglected public elementary
school. In addition, self-initiative was fostered as the visiting group worked
interdependently with parents, teachers and students. to refurbish the school. Through the
use of drawing from immediate experience, Haitian teachers learn the value of
visualization, the power of their children's art and its ability to tell visual stories. Attitudinal
shifts, the status of childrens' representation, community response and next steps will be
discussed. Through the use of the Social Justice Art Education model she has developed,
The Interdependence Hexagon Project ( where the creation of images about
interdependence themes, inside of a downloadable hexagonal template, which become a
metaphor for our interconnectedness when exhibited each year and on the website: and - under construction -
the children and teachers experience the concept of collaboration and teamwork.
Presentation will discuss impact and paradigm-shifting potential of this 12 day project including experiential mural - toward initiative, cooperation and sustainability.
small Art - BIG Ideas: International Interdependence Hexagon Project
and Exhibit
Burkhauser, Beth1, 2,3,4
Keystone College, LaPlume, PA, USA
International Interdependence Hexagon Project, Scranton, PA, USA
NAEA, USSEA, InSea, Reston, Virginia, USA
One Big Boost, Honesdale, PA, USA
[email protected]
Author will share and invite participation and demonstrate the many innovative teaching
strategies designed by teachers internationally and in the US for this 8th annual social
justice project. The hexagon is metaphor for our interconnectedness. In 2013 and again in
2014, the Project has been adopted by Do Your P'Art Foundation, Chicago, published in
School Arts and INSEA Newsletters, participated in virtual iEARN Global Education
Conference. Responses from elementary through high school, and community groups will
be shared. Project facilitates awareness of the need to understand our interconnectedness
and social responsibilities. It promotes action, is student-driven, thematic, requires
research and is open to all media. Downloadable hexagon template is ripe for 21st
Century skill-building and design challenges. Presenter will introduce new interactive
website/virtual gallery for 2014 containing links to social justice materials and international
collaborative opportunities. (present). Also, FaceBook,
Twitter, WordPress under Hexagon Project. Chicago exhibition opens in May 2013 and
2014; Scranton-based International exhibit opens September. Deadline is June 30
annually. Mission/Beliefs: The International Interdependence Hexagon Project - a visual
arts opportunity for young people ages 8 to 18 worldwide. The project asks young people
to create art within the infinitely inter-linking shape of a HEXAGON, metaphor for
interconnectedness. We believe that young people throughout the world should have
opportunities to explore global themes, issues and ideas in school. We believe the arts are
vehicles for this exploration. We believe that through critical thinking, research and taking
a stand on one's beliefs and understandings, changes in attitudes, awareness and,
subsequently, action can occur. We believe it is crucial for young people to confront,
question and reconsider attitudes and beliefs as part of their responsibilities as citizens of
their country and the world, for their own personal growth and creation of self. We, at the
Interdependence Hexagon Project call this Art into Action; Action into Art.
It's the Form - Towards an artistic art education
Buschkuehle, Carl-Peter1
Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, GERMANY
[email protected]
Visual Culture Art Education (VCAE) is of great international influence. The aim is to
educate a visual competence that allows the student to act with images in a selfdetermined way. VCAE follows an open image-concept: images can be those of art or
images from popular media. Lessons on certain topics can construct relations between the
two sorts of images. 'Visual literacy' can be regarded as a major aim of contemporary
education that aims at an individual as a self-determined citizen in a globalized culture
where communication is dominated by the influence of impressive images. But this
concept is not sufficient for the potentials art education can offer. The aspect of creation is
a weak element in many published lesson-examples. The perception of images may lead
to lively discussions about the themes, but often the creations of the students about this
theme are weak in the form. There is a lack of technique and there is a lack of critical
thought and imagination. This leads to results that are far away from the intellectual and
emotional quality of the previously perceived images and the discussion. Instead the
creations of the students fall back into hardly reflected clichés. Such an art education
disregards the creation process as the central aspect of art and as the central element of
the education process where the students have the chance and are challenged to develop
their own statement and expression on the topic. The presentation will show - supported
by examples of artistic projects in classrooms - crucial aspects of the creation process and
discuss the inherent educational perspectives. It will show that in the creation a complex
activity of artistic thinking takes place that integrates a sensitive perception, a critical
reflection of relevant knowledge and a personal imagination. Thus developing a complex
and - to a growing extend - a self-determined thinking the creation process is the focuspoint of an artistic education. All aspects of art education are related to this point: The
perception and discussion of images that generate critical knowledge, which will be
transformed in an individual statement by the students and thus will be turned into a
personal position concerning the topic. The communication between student and teacher,
who will become a competent, fostering companion of the individual experiments of his
pupils. This role requires an art teacher who is an artist him- or herself. Artistic experience
is required in order to support the students in their intellectual and imaginative struggle for
the expressive form of their work. Providing such a complex and self-determined work on
images and problems an artistic education is a significant contribution to the education of
an emancipated citizen in a globalized media-culture. Application for a keynote-speech
With this abstract I apply for a keynote-speech. As an element of my contributions the
topic caused lively discussions on recent InSEA-congresses and in the research-group
'Images and Identity' where six European partner-universities collaborated 2008 - 2010,
conducted by Rachel Mason. The book: 'Images and Identity - Educating Citizenship
through Visual Arts', edited by Rachel Mason and me, is published at Intellect (Bristol,
Chicago) in September 2013. There you will find a theoretical article where I explain major
aspects of an artistic art education, and a project with the topic 'Freedom and Dignity'
which I made with a class 9 at a grammar-school for half a year. If you wish I can send you
these articles as an email-attachment. The presentation in Melbourne would be the first
systematical exposure of the topic for an English speaking audience. In German speaking
countries this concept of art-education is of growing influence. In November 2013 the
Society of Austrian Art Educators meets for a congress about this topic in Salzburg. I am
invited as the keynote-speaker for the opening of the congress.
The Images and Identity Project - presentation of the book
Buschkuehle, Carl-Peter1, Mason, Rachel2,
Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, GERMANY
Roehampton University, London, UNITED KINGDOM
[email protected]
What we are going to say comes from working on the Images and Identity Project between
2009-12. The project was funded under the EU Comenius scheme with partner universities
in Germany, Ireland, Malta, England, Portugal and Czech Republic. It was interdisciplinary
with the stated aim of combining art and citizenship education to explore and promote the
notion of citizen identity in the European context. The lesson plans and case studies
Images & Identity produced are proof that contemporary art can inspire lively discussion
about citizenship topics in schools and stimulate reflection about personal and social
identity. Each team wrote a detailed action research report of their classroom experiments.
These case studies are now published in a book together with theoretical reflections about
central issues of the project. Our presentation will present the book and discuss main
aspects of the research findings.
In search of a new language
Carlson, Anna1, Lundh, Katti1, Gunnarsson, Mattias1, Nilsson, Nike1
HDK GU,Gothenburg, SWEDEN
[email protected]
How does the process of creativity benefit from being verbalized? The dialogue seems to
be the key. When putting the artistic process into language the thin layers of meaning and
possible trajectories becomes accessible. The project POWER is an art-process based
project including four teachers at the Teachers training program in visual art (BVK), at
HDK Goteborgs universitet. It departs from a discussion about students individual art
projects where an interestingly steep curve of development was noted, An investigating
project was formulated, funded by Goteborg University Art Faculty research money
mimicking the setup of a student open ended artistic project. At BVK a student art project
is an individual work within an overall theme (f.ex Conflict, Transit, Exit) that can contain
various paths of investigation/ techniques. The basic structure for the art project is
individual work with scheduled tutoring in group once a week. The students keep a project
blog As for the student projects we also set an overall theme, relevant to the profession,
serving as both the pivotal point for the artistic work and umbrella for all four participants
creating common ground for discussion. We decided on Power. One teacher worked the
tutor part, the other three went into individual art projects. We kept blogs. We were ready
to enter the sphere of our own methods. Even though an open dialogue and online
reflection in blogs are both significant approaches and methods in our education, none of
us had done similar types reflections putting language to the artistic process before, even
less in public writing like a blog. We started our investigation with the hypothesis: The
dialogue is the key. In the POWER project we set out to investigate how the language
revolving process effects the artistic work, and how the work in return effects the language.
In what way was the making of language in blogs effecting the artistic work? What
happens when the group take part of the other participants projects during the way, and
everyone continuously reflects on each other's work? We were looking for words
describing a somewhat different experience in need of a another terminology than the the
one within the usual didactic vocabulary. We searched for the language in our individual
projects. Searched for words that could help us. The dialogue was widened and we were
forced to ask new questions to the projects, the new ephemeral members of the
conversation. One-dimensional concepts were given multi-layered meaning and newly
opened paths of thought presented associations that before had been hidden. Artistic work
becomes thought becomes artistic work in a two way investigative process. Thru the
reflective blog we got placed between the work and the actor, but also between the work
and the spectator. When doing this we connect to contemporary ideas about the dialogue
as art, where the artistic work points a direction both past, present and future. The
dialogue with its own value and form, and the pointing to another place where the
spectator also becomes an actor. A voice from one of the participants in the project: The
blog was of great importance to make my own process more clear. Didn´t think it was
going to be so obvious. I´m surprised. To make language like this during the process has
given me a sort of clarity of what has actually happened. Thoughts just thought wouldn´t
stay in the same way. A string of thought would never have been as visible without the
blog. The possibility to follow others projects, processes and thoughts has been
encouraging, and being in a context even if the work itself is individual outside the
physical presence of the others has given it a feeling of togetherness. The blog has
worked like a meeting place with the bonus of seeing one's own reflections, thoughts and
actions recorded. The language had to keep open in the process, to catch the unspoken.
In the search, the power of failure became important, both in language making and in the
artistic work. The searching in the dialogue for what could be, or become gave a sense of
insecurity that combined with the straIn, the challenge to formulate ourselves in the
dialogue, were faced with the limits of our language, there were only so many words. We
were forced to combine the words in new ways to describe what we were working with.
The language of process expanded in between the words.
Teaching Multi-Screen Storytelling for the ‘Digital Native’
Carozza, John1, 2, 3, 4,5,6,7
QLD Academy for Creative Industries, Brisbane/Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Education Queensland, AUSTRALIA
The International Baccalaureate, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Australina Teachers of Media( ATOM), Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Screen Education, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Campfire Films, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This is an analysis, interpretation and modeling of specific film makers and educators, who
embed metaphor and information within a multi-screen, digital format to add additional
aesthetic, information and visuals to the narrative . Contemporary Film and Media students
have access today to technology and software that allows a greater exploration of the
storytelling process. To their creative advantage, they are, as learners, already informed
by multiple digital mediums and assembling, disassembling and disseminating their own
stories on virtually a daily basis. This seminar will examine how contemporary educators
may generate new educational material to better enable the digital native to access
information and assemble their own meaning, as well as empowering students to construct
new art forms from their contemporary vantage point, learning style and technology.
Objectives The seminar illustrates a contemporary pedagogical approach for the ‘digital
native' found within the 21st Century classroom. It brings the concept of multi-screen
narrative into the mainstream as both an aesthetic, metaphorical device and a way of
storytelling for a very technologically savvy generation of learners. Educators will become
(more) aware as to how it can be applied as a creative concept and a learning tool.
Engaging Creativity: Fostering creative thinking in art and design
education through assessment strategies
Chandler, Lisa1, Visser, Irene1
University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Creativity is a valued aspect of art and design practice and is thus an inherent aspect of
pedagogy in this domain. However, in universities, art education typically occurs within a
learning context characterised by frameworks involving prescriptive tasks, set assignment
criteria and prescribed deadlines which can impact on students' confidence and desire to
experiment, risk and explore imaginative approaches. Creativity is often hindered by
‘fixation', a term used to describe attachment to a limited set of concepts or possibilities as
a result of drawing only on pre-existing knowledge. We argue that fixation can also occur
when students are focused on outcomes and grades rather than exploring possibilities and
extending their practice. Creativity can also be affected by curriculum design and
pedagogical approaches, and educators can orchestrate conditions that influence student
engagement and creative capacity – both negatively and positively. Many students arrive
at university with pre-existing skills acquired through routine interaction with ever-changing
communication and media technologies, and a preference for collaborative and
constructive learning, which challenges traditional, transmissive pedagogical models.
Consequently, learning design which supports creativity also needs to take into account
the shifting and diverse learning styles of current student cohorts. This paper examines
some pedagogical strategies which have been employed to motivate students to utilise
and develop their creative thinking. It presents two case studies - one involving a practicebased course and the other, a theory based subject and focuses on connections between
creativity and assessment. The first study examines the implications of assessment
feedback on student creativity and considers what helps and what hinders. It involves
strategies and reflective practices designed to encourage students to generate multiple
ideas and actively engage in creative thinking and risk taking through assessment.
Underpinning this approach is the notion of assessment for learning and as learning, as a
means of encouraging creative thinking. The second case study explores strategies
employed in an introductory art history course to facilitate meaningful connections between
theory and praxis. It considers how assessment can be constructed to facilitate these aims
and to foster creativity and collaborative learning. The paper examines these cases to
consider how art educators can design curricula and assessment tasks that generate
conducive learning environments for enhancing pre-existing abilities and supporting
creative thinking.
Elementary Preservice Teachers: Reconstructing Conceptions about
Teaching Art through Alternative Practicum
Chang, Hung-Min1
Hsuan Chuang University, Hsinchu, TAIWAN
[email protected]
For reconstructing preservice art teachers' conceptions about learning art and teaching art,
I launched an alternative practicum to explore art education majors' clinical experiences.
Realizing the challenge of decreasing numbers of K-9 students and the increasing number
of unemployed undergraduate art education graduates in Taiwan, I have started a new
practicum to extend the potential success of art education majors in the job market.
Reflecting on the issue of art education as service industry, I started a partnership
between the Department of Art & Design, National Taipei University of Education, and a
bookstore, Wu-Nan Culture Enterprise in Spring 2012. The art education majors who took
my course “Independent Study: Art Lesson Planning and Practicum” from Spring 2012 to
Fall 2013 had an opportunity to conduct art classes for elementary students at the Wu-Nan
bookstore. By planning, recruiting, marketing and developing art lessons to teaching at a
bookstore instead of regular classrooms, art education majors studied the potential of the
art education service industry in the Taiwanese society. Through photographic
documentation and various forms of data collected during four semesters, I will present
this alternative method of strengthening preservice art teachers' clinical experiences and
reconstructing their conceptions about teaching art and learning art.
Toward a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: A Visual Culture Approach
to Teaching Modern Design History
Chang, Hung-Min1
Hsuan Chuang University, Hsinchu, TAIWAN
[email protected]
The goal of this study was to explore the influence of a visual culture approach to teaching
modern design history on student learning. This study investigated how students learned
the meaning of design through analyzing and comparing historic modern design with the
everyday home design they experience. The research methodologies were action
research and visual methodologies (Pink, 2001; Rose, 2001). Data were collected through
various methods, including observations and reflections, written assignments and studentcreated pictorial documentation. The curriculum was conducted for eighteen weeks. Forty
sophomores enrolled in this course. This research suggests a visual culture approach to
modern design history course can connect students' learning at home to school, and
enhance student understanding of contemporary design styles and societal culture.
Everyday home design items compile influential territories through which ideas about
traditions, aesthetics and cultural identity can be taught and learned.
Contextual Analysis of Issues in Curriculum Policy Formation and
Implementation: A Study on Arts and Humanities Curriculum Guidelines
in Taiwan
Chao, Huei-Ling1, Kao, Cheng-Feng2
Art Ed. Graduate School, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City,
Graduate School of Visual Arts, University of Taipei, Taipei City, TAIWAN
[email protected]
In order to accommodate the rapid changes in the era of 21th century, the government of
Taiwan cooperated with education specialists issued 'Grade 1-9 Curriculum Guidelines' in
1998. Then the government issued the 'Temporary Grade 1-9 Curriculum Guidelines' in
2000 and the formal one in 2003. However, due to some controversial debates, the
government again modified the guidelines and reissued the guidelines in 2008. The Arts
and Humanities Curriculum Guidelines were issued along with Grade 1-9 Curriculum
Guidelines. Compared to the prototypical 'Arts Curriculum Guidelines,' the present one has
been revised in a relatively large proportion. Consequently, the new curriculum guidelines
have resulted in many debates. The changes of teaching subject and curriculum structure
were the major reasons for the debates. The goal of this study was to survey the formation
and shaping toward the policies of The Arts and Humanities Curriculum Guidelines. In
doing so, this study conducted a three-year research design. By conducting this three-year
research, this study tried to clarify the formation of the policy, the publication of textbooks,
teachers' believes toward the curriculum. The research results exhibited dynamic
relationships among the three transitional periods. In addition, the research also
demonstrated the diverse interrelationships within the significant stakeholders during these
transitional periods.
Development of Non-Visual Art Education for Blind on Creation,
Appreciation and Theory in Taiwan
Chao, Hsin Yi1
University of Toronto, Toronto, CANADA (TAIWAN)
[email protected]
Art education affects thinking, cognition and evaluation. The visually impaired have the
right to learn about visual art and culture at school and in the broader society. In the
present project non-visual generated from multi-sensory materials. The art was designed
for the visually impaired students. A curriculum was designed for teachers who instruct
visually impaired students in inclusive and special education classes. Case study and
inductive study methods were applied to three key issues, non-visual art creation,
appreciation, and theory. Firstly, 22 teaching and learning activities for 32 congenitally
totally blind and visually impaired students were analyzed, based on classes proceeded in
normal elementary and special schools and nonprofit foundations. The students learned
various subjects, pottery, modeling, drawing, painting, printing, calligraphy, collage,
photography, and multi-media assemblages. The methods conducted calligraphy and
painting techniques used by blind artists. Also, programs for the visually impaired in six
museums (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, National Palace Museum, National
Taiwan Museum, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Museum of Taiwan History, and
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts) were analyzed. The advantages and disadvantages of
the program were examined. Suggestions for visual art educational programs or
exhibitions for the visually impaired are made including aspects of space planning, visitor
assistance, multimedia technology, and extended aesthetic activities. Each aspect should
be multi-sensory design items, not only for the partially sighted and blind visitors, and for
the elderly and normal people. In addition, six abilities of art creation and appreciation for
the visually impaired, they are inducted to tactile manipulation, recognition and
communication of images, understanding of descriptive image, spatial orientation, 3-D
modeling, and 2-D drawing representation. Non-visual art education for the visually
impaired should be considered in view of the creative abilities of the visually impaired. In
art appreciation, tactile picture, touchable reliefs or three-dimensional reproductions should
be made. Also, it should include representing classic works and the most recent avantgarde works to improve art education for the visually impaired in the world.
Tree makes one: Art Education Empowering System in Taiwan
Chen, Jo Chiung Hua Chen1,2
DAYEH University, Dacun/Changhua, TAIWAN
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, TAIWAN
[email protected]
Art disciplines provide aesthetic experiences for students to feel, hear, imagine, revision
and create. For years, visual arts, music and performing arts were taught as separate
disciplines in Taiwan. Due to the faults from separation, interdisciplinary theory arises from
a shared conviction that traditional disciplines are unable or unwilling to address important
issues that needs to be discussed across boundaries. Arts-infusing units of study have the
potential to transform, to develop in students the capacities to act, think, and feel in ways
that contribute to the common good and enrich their own lives (Berghoff et al, 2005). In
2000, arts taught in Taiwan integrated visual arts, music and performing arts into one
subject as 'Arts and Humanities'. It challenged traditional notions in art education. As
Beane (1997) indicated 'Finding colleagues who share the willingness to collaborate and
who have a basic understanding of arts-infusion or an openness to learning is also a
challenge'. In order to assure and improve education quality, three years later, Taiwan
government created a supporting system in every teaching subject, called 'three-layers
supervising system'-supervised by K-12 Ed. Ministry of Education Curriculum & Instruction
Consulting Committee to assure the reform force. Under this system, school teachers and
district teacher leading groups are tutored by National teacher leading group. There are
around 6-7 people in National teacher leading group. They need to possess district
teacher leading group working experiences, and their teaching loadings are reduced to
around 12 hours per semester. This system features a centralized structure, which means
the government give funds to appointed professors with a yearlong project. Its operation is
based on the collaborative efforts of 'school teacher-district teacher leading groupsnational teacher leading group'(brief as SDN). Therefore, the mission of SDN empowering
system in 'Arts and Humanities Learning Area' deals with professional development tasks,
government policy delivering, school consulting and teaching problem solving. This paper
uses action research to understand SDN art education empowering system in Taiwan.
Through three years of involvement in project implementation, observation and reflection,
the strength and weakness of this system will be discussed for future improvement.
Visualizing A Day Of My Life -An One Year Experimental Study
Chen, Jo Chiung Hua Chen1, 2
DAYEH University, Dacun/Changhua, TAIWAN
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, TAIWAN
[email protected]
Vladimir Y. Propp (1895-1970) published his “Morphology of the Folktale” (1928). The
book indicates the “Narrative Structure” with thirty-one generic narratemes in the Russian
folk tale. It becomes the base of Narratology. Narratology examines the ways that
narrative structures our perception of both cultural artifacts and the world around us. The
study of narrative is particularly important since our ordering of time and space in narrative
forms constitutes the primary ways we construct meaning in general. Everard (1995)
highlights Propp’s narrative structure of folk mythology is continually reinserted into
contemporary popular culture. How meaning could be visually created from a daily life?
How simple “drawing” could be used as a vehicle to tell a story of my daily life? How could
these drawings realize my imagination? What kind of narrative structure will be resulted?
This study aims to test the theory and practice of Narratology by using “art practice” as
research method. This study took one year, 365 days, 4 plots per day of drawings
randomly from my daily experiences. It started from 2011/01/03 to 2012/01/03. A total of
1460 images were created and analyzed. The content and structure of the drawings will
be discussed and partially presented. This study will show the possibility for visual
sociology in art education.
Fan Art, Youth Creativity and Socio-Aesthetic Potentials: Exploring
Anime/manga Fan Culture in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
Chen, Jin-Shiow1
National Chiayi University, Chiayi, TAIWAN
[email protected]
Since 1990s, anime/manga fan culture, based on Japanese anime/manga industry, has
become a pan-East-Asian sub-cultural phenomenon. This subculture is formed mainly by
young people, featuring various genres of anime/manga fan arts and visual products. Such
evidence can be found easily in Comiket/ Comic Market, or named ComicWorld/ Doujinshi
Sale Convention in Taiwan, a gathering event for fans to display, exchange and sell their
self-published fanzines and anime/manga-related products. Two representative types of
fanzines/ fan art are doujinshi and cosplay. Other products are posters, bookmarks, stuff
animals, mugs, cards, envelops and letters, shopping bags, T-shirts, dolls, etc. As Wilson
& Toku (2004) observed, this culture of young people is full of creative forces, selfmotivated learning and socio-aesthetic experiences, which is worth our attention. In order
to learn more about this type of fan art, youth creativity and socio-aesthetic experiences,
this presentation will explore Anime/manga Fan Culture in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
to see how young anime/manga amateurs and fan artists manage to promote their works
and products as well as to interact with other fans and peers. It will also look at the
workings of visual images and symbolic interaction in this subculture to dig out the
underlying meanings. Insights and implications for art education and visual cultural
pedagogy will be elaborated.
Action Research of Gender issues into Middle Grades Visual Art
Chou, Ming-Wu1
Chen-ping Elementary School, Taichung City, TAIWAN
[email protected]
Action Research of Gender issues into Middle Grades Visual Art Education. In this study,
the teacher is an action researcher using self-designed 'Gender stereotypes A-R-T
curriculum program' as a tool to guide a fourth-grade class (13 males and 13 females).
The experiment took six weeks to examine, reflect, criticize gender stereotypes hided in
visual cultural products of our daily life (like famous works of art history, popular songs,
celebrity news ... etc.) Through art making we empowered students to express and modify
the concept of gender. This paper aimed on exploring the student'gender consciousness,
promoting gender awareness of the process, effectiveness of program implementation by
analyzing qualitative data from classroom observation reports, teacher reflective journals,
learning sheets, artworks etc.The Results were as follows: 1.Students interpreted the text
in relation to their life experiences and the dominant patriarchal socio-cultural context.
2.The teaching strategies of empathy, anti-cognitive cases, role models promoted
students' gender stereotypes deconstruction and renew their gender concepts about
gender characteristics, family roles, division of labor and career choice. 3.The strategy of
'affirmative discrimination' can facilitate most of students share their gender experiences
and what they think about it, especially for girls. It works well through praising, showing
female perspectives in the discussion, limiting the number of statements each person and
roll call. 4. The pupil affirmed positively that the program contributed to good interaction of
different gender. 5. The concept of gender equality depends on repeated drills in our life
against old thinking and physical inertia.
Keywords: Gender issues, Gender Stereotypes, Visual art education
Training art and design primary specialists to work in multicultural
Chowne, Anne1
Institute of Education, Unversity of London, London, UNITED KINGDOM
[email protected]
The objective of this paper is to explore how contemporary art is understood by Primary
PGCE students, whether they consider it in the context of the multicultural classroom, and
to explore the selection process they go through when making decisions about which
works of art to include in their scheme of work for their MA level research project. Art and
Design specialist students come with a range of previous experience as practitioners,
some with very little art history knowledge, thus the learning and teaching approach has to
be well-differentiated. Students can't help but be influenced by practices and values
inculcated through their upbringing (what Bourdieu terms ‘habitus') so how do they find out
what has influenced the children they are to teach? Students are placed in schools across
London serving communities with a diverse range of languages and ethnicities. The
research presented in this paper will investigate how to deepen their art theory knowledge
and engage them in art practice that they can use in the classroom. Students are
encouraged to introduce children to artists and their work that are likely to transform their
knowledge and understanding, e.g. Annette Messager and Alinah Azadel. They are asked
to ‘read' works making associations between components, analysing existing orthodoxies
and the discourse prevalent in the field. Critical studies and reflection on cultural attitudes
to art history are challenged. The model of ‘intercultural education' is approached as an
opportunity to ‘question and challenge the dominant cultures 'art world canons and
structures' (Dash 2010). This critical approach was recently the focus of the Reith lectures
by Grayson Perry. He reflects on the idea of quality in art and examines who and what
defines what we see and value as art. He argues that there is no empirical way to judge
quality in art. Instead the validation of quality rests in the hands of a tight-knit group of
people at the heart of the art world including curators, dealers, collectors and critics who
decide in the end what ends up in galleries and museums. Perry examines the words and
language that have developed around art critique, including what he sees as the growing
tendency to over-intellectualize the response to art. He analyses the art market and quotes
“with some irony” an insider who says that certain colours sell better than others. He
queries whether familiarity makes us like certain artworks more, and encourages the public
to learn to appreciate different forms of art through exploration and open-mindedness
(BBC Radio 4). The Art and Design specialism is structured to cover child development,
visual literacy, use of national collections and working with a specialist in a primary school,
before sessions on clay and 3D and constructed sculpture. Avant-garde assemblages and
popular culture are introduced to offer opportunities to discuss material and meanings, and
how cultural patterns evolve. Essential preparatory readings are reviewed through
presentation and small discussion groups. Art and Design specialists are encouraged to
write reflective notes at the end of each session listing what they need to understand more
securely, and the steps they need to take to ensure this. Data is being gathered through
extended conversations and semi-structured interviews with the objective of capturing
students thoughts and developing awareness of how prior experiences have impacted on
their selection processes. The paper will present initial findings from the early stages of
this research project.
Capturing diverse audiences through art making and learning in a
regional art museum
Chrisanthou, Rhonda1,2
Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, AUSTRALIA
Gallery Kaiela, Shepparton, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Shepparton Art Museum is a relatively small to medium regional town in northern Victoria.
The area is rich in its diversity and history, both Aboriginal and European, as it is situated
on the Goulburn River in a fertile and productive valley. As with other regional galleries in
regional Victoria, Shepparton has a well established collection of Australian art that has
been supported by state collections and funding as well as the city and citizens of
Shepparton. Shepparton Art Museum, also known as SAM, has always been highly
regarded for its ceramics collection of Australian and in more recent years international
ceramics. For the last 10 years it has delivered an active program of arts learning through
workshop programs, floor talks, tours and exhibitions. However, with the re-branding and
refurbishment of the Art Gallery to an Art Museum, SAM has been able to develop its
capacity to publish material and display objects, attract new and more diverse audiences
and build towards a greater diversity of arts practice and arts learning with our local
audiences and schools. Being able to present quality exhibitions, that feature both
contemporary and historical artworks has helped generate new interest in what an Art
Museum is and what it offers learning communities. In 2011, a six month educational
partnership with a local primary school focused on delivering programs to schools with
ceramic artists in the lead. They presented master classes in ceramics to Year 5 and 6
students at Numurkah Primary School. The learning outcomes where considerable for
both the students, teachers, the local community and the new museum. An exhibition at
SAM in February 2012 featured alongside other significant exhibitions, including portraits
of women by Sir John Longstaff, Indigenous Australian Ceramics and a rehang of the
permanent collection of Australian art and ceramics. We also published an catalogue of
children’s artwork and invited children to take tours through the museum when it reopened.
In 2013, the relationship with Numurkah primary school has continued to not only grow but
flourish with a new program based upon a novel title, A Single Shard, being used to span
the gulf between art learning, often seen as a discrete as seperate subject area and the
wider or core curriculum. With enthusiastic and dedicated teaching staff the school has
embraced art learning as a key component of the curriculum. Other local primary schools
have also invested and entrusted their students and their curriculum to SAM educators
and programs. Delivering clay and 2D workshops alongside tours and talks about art,
artists and art making has become an imperative rather than an option. Learning in the
museum context, through the display of quality exhibitions and the provision of learning
spaces makes possible a high level of art understanding and practice. In 2013, students
learnt about the philosophy of wabi sabi and the aesthetics of Japanese art, tea ceremony,
ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking and Asian ceramics, their traditions and its influence on
Australian ceramics. Students have learnt about slips, glazes and raku firing. We also
introduced local audiences to one of the finest collections of Aboriginal art in Australia. In
Speaking in Colour we looked at Songlines and Dreamtime stories that are the creation
histories of the first people and nations of Australia. Strengthening our links with our own
local Indigenous artists we invited them to take tours and workshops introducing students
to the south east Australian Aboriginal Art style. Fostering greater access to arts learning
at the Art Museum and building the integrity of our collection and programs has contributed
to the building cultural knowledge and confidence in art amongst lower primary, upper
primary and middle years students as well as VCE art students. In 2014, SAM education
programs will continue to invest in the cultural capacity of our region by connecting with
our learning communities, creating new and diverse audiences that capture a real sense of
who we are and where we are heading.
Cultural Preservation and Empowerment Through Art Education in
Diverse Contexts
Christensen, Ronald Jay1
Elsik High School, Houston, Texas, USA
[email protected]
Youth today have a lack of identity due to the loss of cultural influences in their lives;
however, research conducted in New Zealand shows that engaging in the preservation of
traditional culture can help both individuals and communities build identity and confidence.
Using this research, I returned to the United States and developed a curriculum that taught
students the importance of culture and how to preserve it. This curriculum is meant to
empower individuals and communities all over the world. Traditional art and culture
become most significant when symbols of the past are incorporated into present contexts
to create powerful, applicable meanings for people and their communities. A class of
woodcarving students in New Zealand built a traditional Maori storehouse, called a
'pataka,' as a public artwork to symbolically remind the community of the need to store up
knowledge and learning. Carved imagery covering the storehouse represents stories in
which the ancient Maori stored food and learned the ways of life. Carving the storehouse
became a way for students to engage in traditional art in a way that would be meaningful
to them and valuable to their community. Additionally, it became a way for them to
preserve many parts of their culture - architecture, oral history, cultural practice, and
stylistic imagery. I wanted to develop the same type of social consciousness and cultural
respect among my students. At a diverse high school in Houston, Texas, USA, I began
the work of cultural preservation by introducing students of African, Asian, European,
Latin, Native American, and Middle-Eastern descent to the Maori culture through images
and artefacts. Students studied basic symbols and their meanings. They then created
artwork that communicated their personal values using Maori symbols and patterns.
Reflective dialogue and writing helped students identify what they and the Maori have in
common. Students realised that at the core of ancient cultures are timeless, universal
values that empower and support individuals and communities. After creating artwork
using Maori symbolism, American students researched their family history to identify what
culture(s) they belong to. Then they researched symbols, patterns, and imagery that
expressed the values of that culture. This visual collection was used to decorate,
embellish, and inspire the students' artwork, expressing a theme that represented past
values that continue to be important to them today. The art then became tools for teaching
cultural values in the community. During and after the production of artwork relating to
personal culture, students engaged in conversing and writing about it to clarify how they
were preserving their culture ('korero' in Maori). They were challenged with verbalising the
meanings and contexts behind the symbols, images, and patterns, thereby solidifying new
knowledge of their culture and making it a part of themselves. When students' cultural
artwork was finished, they displayed it within the community and school. Artist statements
accompanied the work and communicated the symbolism and the cultural values
preserved. Discussion groups with a diverse representation of students, faculty, parents,
and outside experts helped to identify issues surrounding the loss of culture, pinpoint ways
to increase the preservation of culture, and improve individuals and communities through
culture ('wananga' in Maori). In the course of this cultural preservation project, identity
became a powerful theme. Culture is key in defining the identity of an individual as well as
the identity of a community. A strong cultural identity engenders confidence and
empowerment. When culture and identity are distinct, people clearly understand who they
are and what they want, which in turn acts as a catalyst for hard work, positive goals, and
successful lives. Many of my students did not fully realise the importance of their culture
until they became involved in investigating Maori culture and visually describing their own.
INSEA asks us what we should preserve in the multicultural societies and changing
contexts of our diverse communities around the world. The qualitative study and resulting
artwork my students and I participated in show the importance of preserving cultures.
Teaching students to preserve their own culture following similar methodologies to the
Maori resulted in self-empowerment, higher level thinking, social dialogue, and community
improvement. The visual arts play a critical role in the changing contexts of globalisation
and multicultural societies because they articulate values we all live by, showing
similarities that exist among all people, however different they may seem. Visual arts also
create a platform on which to instigate dialogue and understanding toward a peaceful and
prosperous future.
Continued Professional Development through the use of online
Coles, Susan1
[email protected]
TEA (Thinking, Expression, and Action) is a national CPD (for secondary art and design
educators) programme set up and facilitated by the National Society for Education in Art
and Design (UK) and the Campaign for Drawing. At the start it involved just under one
hundred secondary art educators/teachers. The main focus of TEA is action research,
concerned with changing and improving professional practice. Investigation allows
experiment. Case studies would provide evidence. Peer review would ensure exchanges
of experience and ideas, and opportunities for reflection and evaluation. Training days
would provide stimulus and a framework for change, and encourage teachers to be
articulate about their practice. Social media and online collaboration is also part of the
programme. It involves exploring the potential professional benefits of using social media
to work with other teachers and educators. This is to share knowledge, to develop new
ideas, to exchange learning, to network and to communicate. Collaboration has been at
the centre of this. Teachers engaging in this type of learning are also 'walking the path'
experienced by their 21st century students. The development of cross school and cross
curricular collaboration around drawing has been significant. This project has been very
successful in involving teachers more fundamentally in their own formal professional
development, and school improvement. Within the visual arts it has led to many
opportunities for teachers to re-engage as practising artists, through the collaborative and
shared projects. The exponential growth of social media as a tool for teacher CPD also
creates many questions for the future, in terms of what happens next and how can
schools, governments and training providers support or even compete with this? OECD
surveys show that there is variance in access to professional development opportunities in
different countries. The surveys also show that to have a real impact on pupil achievement
teachers need to be able to participate in at least 50 hours of development work in a
school year. The TEA programme has allowed Art and Design teachers to take part in
unlimited subject specific professional development. Whilst funding for the original
programme has now expired, the teachers have many plans for the future, so that they can
continue their collaboration and learning as a group and to also open this up to others.
Their online presence remains as a support network and also leaves a legacy of resources
which will be made available to a worldwide audience.
Draw something to mean something: The role of communications in
drawing games
Cooper, Yichien1
Washington State University Tri-cities, Richland, WA, USA
[email protected]
The journey of this particular research begins with an interactive drawing App that was
introduced during our family reunion in the summer of 2013. The game, Draw Something,
became an instant hit among family members, especially my two daughters (one was 7,
one was 9), who communicate back and forth with their uncles, aunts, and grandmother
through their drawings. Interested on how people communicate through drawings, I
modified the Draw Something App into worksheets and began to collect drawings from a
focus group of 23 (age 8-16) children over 10 months period (September 2013 - May
2014). 132 valid drawings, 6 interviews, and observations notes from these 23
participants were analyzed to answer the following questions: (1) How do children utilize
perceptive and descriptive analysis skills to communicate through drawings? (2) What
systems of thinking are involved in the process of making a drawing? (3) What are the
emerging patterns and categories of drawing strategies? (4) How do contemporary world,
culture background, and personal experiences affect the content of drawings? Seven key
reoccurring composition patterns were found in children's drawings. These composition
patterns reflected children's skills in comprehension, synthesis, and visualization. Their
visual elements mirrored children's prior knowledge in art, life experiences, visual culture
and school culture. The author noted the gaming framework altered children's process of
creation and their perceptions on drawings for communication. Keywords: communication,
drawings, cognitive developments, systems of thinking, problem solving.
The Role of Visual Arts Power standards: Richland School district
Cooper, Yichien1
Washington State University Tri-cities, Richland, USA
[email protected]
Derived from Reed (1993), power standards aim to provide effective guidance for teachers
and students to build solid foundations. Recognizing the need to strengthen students'
learning across curriculum, Richland School District (RSD) in Washington State, USA
recommends teachers formulate power standards, including art. From March 2012 to
October 2013, the author observed and followed local elementary art teachers' progress of
searching for k-5 visual arts power standards and ways to implementing them. Based on
RSD's experience of visual arts power standards, the author wishes to: (1) define the
meaning and the role of power standards in education, (2) illustrate the process of
pinpointing visual arts standards, and (3) discuss the results of implementing visual arts
power standards in RSD. The author discovered that, while power standards provide
instant results to build art foundations, there is a need to balance essential and contextual
instructions in the arts. The author further evaluates the value and the place of visual art
power standards in art instructions as well as provides suggestions on how to meet the
new recommendations set by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.
Storying a southern landscape: Australian place-based arts education
Cooper, Jayson1
Victoria University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
‘Storying’ a ‘southern’ view through Place-based Arts processes and education, weaves
interdisciplinary conversations in and beyond contemporary Australian education. Drawing
upon performative narratives, this work explores how the arts enrich and sustain place,
community and identity. Addressing the challenges of enacting a place-based, ‘southern’
view. Grounded in the local place. Following Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of
being, knowing and doing, this arts-based methodology aligns with standpoint theory, and
a relationally responsive pedagogy. Exploring how art educators can provide ethically
appropriate content, in a schools culture, and wider community. Ethical Place-based Arts
processes, explicate the narrative of a non-Aboriginal researcher, educator, and ‘artist,
relational journey’co-created with place. Relatedness offers plural possibilities when
engaging with current curriculum, and policy. Through this relational ‘storying’
Epistemology, Methodology, and Ontology, work in, around, and through each other.
Holistically embedded within the larger framework of Axiology. Within relatedness, this
performative narrative is positioned. Writing the self through artistic processes, addresses
a southern view by returning our gaze back on personal and communal beliefs and
practices. Negotiating academic and personal pursuits within the ever-changing, cultural
field. This place/community based arts approach, allows the fluid, contested, and
interconnected cultural field, to be the vehicle for performative life writing and pedagogy. It
is through this interconnected approach that new practices within education, and beyond,
may be created: Place-based arts thinking, in 21st century Australian education. This work
addresses how educators can interact with place, and engage in divergent conversations
with the landscape, community and beyond.
Publishing your work in The International Journal of Education Through
Coutts, Glen1, Torres De Eca, Teresa2
University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
Art Teachers Association of Portugal, PORTUGAL
[email protected]
This presentation will address one of the three conference themes; Continuity. To a certain
extent, it could also address the themes of change and context as it deals with the difficult
business of academic publishing. Taking the International Journal of Education through Art
(IJETA) as a focus, the process of getting your work published is discussed. At a time of
massive change in the publishing world, maintaining continuity may seem like an uphill
struggle, but the presenters will argue that, now more than ever, it is vital for art education
to present research and practice in education through art in a rigorous, systematic and
creative way in refereed platforms. In the view of the presenters, IJETA offers art
educators a unique forum to present the results of their work to an international audience.
The journal is interdisciplinary in its reflection of teaching and learning contexts and also in
its representation of artistic approaches and practices and their impacts on art education. It
provides a platform for those who wish to share, question and evaluate the ways in which
art education is practiced, disseminated and interpreted across a diverse range of
educational contexts. Potential topics include: Art, craft and design education Formal and
informal education contexts Public, community and environmental art Pedagogy Policy
and practice Arts-based research Comparative education Transcultural issues Delegates
will be presented with an overview of the Journal, the type of submissions most likely to be
published and the submission process. The presenters will allow good time for questions
about publishing in IJETA.
Driven by Context: Applied Visual Arts in the North
Coutts, Glen1, Jokela, Timo1
University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
[email protected]
At the University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland, a unique masters level programme
has been developed that promotes innovative models of working for groups and
communities with theoretical and practice-based experience, it is called Applied Visual
Arts. The Applied Visual Arts (AVA) programme is based on a context-driven model of art
practice characterised by principles of participation, collaboration and inclusion. This
presentation will outline the background and underpinning philosophy of the programme.
To many, the term ‘applied arts’ conjures up images of glass, ceramics, furniture, graphic
design, architecture and so on, but that is not what is meant when considering applied
visual arts as it is taught and practiced in this case. The key word is ‘applied arts’, it implies
something useful, relevant and suitable to a particular context, visual art that is produced
following a careful contextual investigation and interpretation, almost always in
collaboration with others; community groups, business partners or both. In essence, AVA
practice is multi- and inter-disciplinary, successful examples of AVA draw on many
different disciplines and traffic back and forth across the traditional boundaries of fine art
and design. Methodologies inherent in design processes can be clearly traced in many of
the AVA projects that will be presented to congress. The artists who work in this field
require skills that are not often taught in art academies; they are artists for sure, but they
also need skills in research, documentation, analysis, community engagement, interpretive
innovation (Lester & Piore 2004) and design thinking (MacDonald 2012). Traditionally,
training in art schools has focused on developing new ways of looking at the world,
challenging established orthodoxies, problem solving, craft skills, independent learning
and creativity. Higher education institutions of art have been extremely successful in
nurturing these skills and the studio-based immersive training, characteristic of most art
schools, has served these purposes very well. The quintessential learning environment in
art schools is arguably what sets it apart from other institutions. However, in these times of
great economic, political and social change in Europe and the rest of the world, perhaps
we need to reconsider the nature and purpose of education and training in our art schools
and universities. The AVA programme sets out to add new dimensions to training in art, for
example social engagement in its many forms and it does that by requiring students to use
their expertise outside the University. Students are required to design and deliver
‘innovative productions’ on location and with community groups. At the core of AVA
practice lie the notions of participation, engagement, collaboration and innovation. The
artist acts as a facilitator for a community group, bringing skills and experience to enable
communities or groups to arrive at solutions over which they have a sense of “ownership”.
The emphasis is on the role of the artist as facilitator or enabler and it is incumbent on the
artist to arrive at innovative solutions in collaboration with community groups and often,
local companies and service providers, for example tourist organisations. AVA is normally
characterised by collaborative work (as opposed to the traditional image of the solitary
artist in a studio). In recent years, there has been a shift of emphasis in the type of arts
project taking place, from artists in educational establishments or writers in residence to
artists in, for example, health programmes with wider aims. While there has been a long
tradition of socially engaged arts projects in many countries, the focus has tended to be
primarily on the arts activity during the residence. In the AVA model the art object or
outcome needs to have its own integrity, but the service or social engagement that has
been developed as part of the artistic process is very important too. While the main focus
is on visual arts, projects frequently embrace work across the arts disciplines. Projects
might include, for example, performance, sound and movement. Working in this field,
artists need to draw on different disciplines such as anthropology, cultural geography and
place-making, sociology, history or town and country planning. Inevitably, there are many
points of overlap and interaction between different disciplines. It is impossible for the artist
to be an expert in all of them, so it is essential that the artist has skills in what Lester and
Piore (2004) have called “interpretive innovation”. Congress will have the opportunity to
view some of the work of the first cohort of graduates of the programme that started in
How do we maintain Arts Education/Accessibility in Diverse Contexts
within the Museum Sector
Cullen, Lynda1
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND
[email protected]
This paper focusses on the situatedness of individuals - both within the institution and
without. Dunedin Public Art Gallery is aware that in order to facilitate a visitor programme
that enhances exhibitions - causes the arts to be more accessible and inviting to a variety
of audiences - it is important to recognise that there can only be partial viewpoints. The
views of theorist Donna Haraway have been instrumental in my ways of thinking with
regards situated knowledge and the institution. Further, the sociological studies of Pierre
Bourdieu and Alain Darbel in the 1960s make reference to non-visitors to museums those who exclude themselves or are excluded in some way. These are often one and the
same: cultural groups, or those who are grouped together because of similar abilities, a.k.a
disabilities - that is, in the New Zealand context, non-Europeans; Tangata Whenua or
People of the Land (Maori); our growing Asian populations; the deaf and hearing impaired;
the blind and visually impaired; those in wheelchairs and those with intellectual
impairments either congenital or developed (for example brain damage at birth, or a
developed deep depression). Recognising the situatedness of knowledge; that of the
audiences and that of the museum personnel, is a first step in opening new doors of
perception, new ways of seeing. Narrative is also an integral aspect of arts accessibility.
The narrative has a powerful function in validating people's lives, and cultures, subcultures and individuals tend to value some narratives over others. For example, the
Dunedin Public Art Gallery curated an exhibition of watercolours from Dickens' novels and
the subsequent tour for the blind consisted of verbal descriptions and 'touch' examples of
watercolour paper and a mat board, but the clinching factor was our invitation to a Louis
Braille enthusiast (also blind) who, using braille, read from one of the Dickens novels
depicted in the exhibition. Changing a stereotypical narrative can open audiences (and
museum workers) to new and creative ways of thinking. It is important to consider what is
at stake, and for whom. The framework I use on a daily basis is that recognition of situated
knowledge or partial perspective, and recognition of the power of the narrative are
important for audience development and essential ingredients of an interactive and
inclusive public programme.
Visual Echoes: Mapping the practicum experiences of pre-service
educators through collaborative artmaking and reflective practice
Cutcher, Alexandra1, Rousell, David1
Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Visual Echoes is a participatory research project that explores the experiences of preservice secondary visual arts teachers following their first practicum placements in
schools. Over the course of several weeks, these participants worked together in groups to
translate their personal stories from the field into a series of visual reflections, written
responses and large-scale paintings. Building on the methodology of a/r/tography, this
inquiry employed aesthetic mapping processes as modes for performing (rather than
representing) the interrelationships between art, teaching and research. Through these
practices we engaged with cartography in a Deleuzeoguattarian sense, in which maps are
understood as generative spaces for conceptual experimentation and collaboration.
As artists and teacher educators we guided the direction of this work by presenting
stimuli, leading analytical discussions, and providing verbal feedback and written
elaboration to the participants as the project progressed. Aside from these minor
interventions on the part of the researchers, each step of the research process was
explicitly undertaken in a collaborative and participatory modality. Adhering to a
participatory research paradigm allowed us to account for the learning environment itself
as an ecological work of art, rather than just a background for the human discourses at
play in the classroom. As a result, the artwork emerged spontaneously as part of a
network of relationships and interactions between humans and non-humans within a
community of practice.
The majority of participants found this to be a rich and rewarding learning
experience, both as an introduction to arts-based research and an extension of their
teacher-education. Surprisingly, most participants had not previously engaged in
collaborative practices in their careers as art students or professionals. Many of the
participants further described a shift in their self-perception as artists and teachers, as well
as a deeper understanding of the social dynamics at work in the classroom. These findings
suggest that the collaborative mapping of lived experience may provide significant
opportunities for enhancing learning in the contexts of arts education and teacher training.
The final outcomes of the project include a single resolved painting to which all of
the participants contributed, as well as a series of poems, photographs, reflections,
diagrams and academic texts. These varied artifacts document and modify each other at
the same time, and can be understood as interconnected parts of a single process. The
final painting both contains and symbolises the myriad layers that have been added and
subtracted from its surface, presenting an overlaid network of memories, marks and
erasures. The painting’s form has found resolution as a landscape, from which can be
seen to emerge the buried traces and gestures of artists, researchers and teachers.
This presentation of Visual Echoes is a multimedia performance based on the
narrative development of the research over the course of a semester. Through this
performance we aim to bring the many different voices that emerged in the research into
relation, including those of individuals, collectives, and artifacts. This allows us to articulate
the story behind the final work itself, discuss the implications of our findings, and finally
present the artwork which was the culmination of a collective process.
Connecting, combining, coupling and context: The collaborative visual
journal as a site for developing artist/researcher/teacher identities
Cutcher, Alexandra2 , Modler, David R.1
Shepherd University,Shepherdstown, USA
Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Personal learning networks are becoming increasingly popular, especially since social
media platforms such as Tumblr and Instagram are quickly transforming from emerging
technologies to the viral and mainstream, seemingly overnight. A lot of this shift is due to
artists and educators developing innovative and informal projects that utilize these social
media platforms as learning environment systems to collaborate and share art making;
tet[R]ad is one such project. Tet[R]ad is an art and social practice endeavour co-founded
by David R. Modler. The tet[R]ad initiative develops face-to-face and online forums that
encourage collaborative creative communities thereby ‘expanding the rhizome’ through
drawings produced as the result of a variety of social venues and interactions. The visual
journal is the primary site for such exploration and collaboration, which links to another of
David’s identities, that of a Journal Fodder Junkie. The Journal Fodder Junkies (also cocreated by David) are committed to creating rich and layered pages in their own visual
journals as well as spreading the importance, the power, and the joy of the visual journal
form. The JFJs energetically and frequently conduct presentations and seminars on visual
journals in order to enthusiastically inspire exploration, creativity and visual expression. It
was at one such workshop presentation at NAEA in Texas that Lexi Cutcher met David
and was inspired. Lexi has long believed in the power of the visual journal as a reflective
instrument, artist’s document and research artefact and has used them extensively in her
teacher preparation and professional development programs. As such, Lexi has been a
[undiagnosed] Journal Fodder Junkie for decades. Being an Australian, she had not
previously encountered the work of the JFJs until this moment. David’s work had great
resonance for Lexi, they had much in common and their synergistic collaboration began.
Over the course of 18 months they have collaborated on 2 visual journals, mailing them
back and forth between Australia and the United States, working in each other’s books in a
collaborative, predominately image-based discourse. The lens that focuses this work is
that of a/r/tography; both see themselves as artist/researcher/teachers; thus they seek to
deeply explore the notion of an embodied a/r/tographer in a visual dialogue with the other.
The precedent for the use of a journal for such documentation and reflection is well
established. The implementation of reflective journals, writing for learning, and the
development of personal portfolios as tools for reflection already has a sturdy foundation in
education. The act of collecting, preserving, and creating continuously to make a research
artefact is an approach that is disciplined and continuous. Keeping a journal, diary, blog or
log book suggests a willingness to continue - the vessel is there to be filled; this is the
implicit intention. The use of the reflective journal is at once portable, accessible and
interactive. Keeping a visual journal can be a powerful way to learn; it can be a platform to
integrate content, experience and self-knowledge. It is a sense-making device, a
structured professional development strategy and a safe place to explore the developing
artist/ teacher/researcher self. In this project, David and Lexi recognise the potency of the
journal form and build upon it as a dialogue, as an artwork and as a process. This paper
presents the collaborative work of David and Lexi in this connected, coupled and
combined process. The notion of context is addressed in various ways. Situated in their
respective international environments, their milieu are somewhat fixed. However, this is
troubled by the fluid and continuous dialogue that occurs between them through the
medium of the visual, and then again by the shared context of each journal. The books are
inert, stable and changed only by the contributions to the interior spaces. These contexts
resonate over and over again throughout the process of collaboration, amongst issues of
voice, dominance, materiality, identity, study of self and other, intimacy and distance,
situated creativity and living visual inquiry. The two journal contributors, in their visual
collaboration, question the context of the book itself, the studio/post-studio context and the
notion of collaborative, creative space.
Open Book: Implications of Shared Histories in the Doctoral Supervisor/
Candidate relationship
Cutcher, Alexandra1,Piper, Marion1
Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
As a child of divorced parents, Marion Piper lived the first eighteen years of her life without
continuity, constantly moving house and befriending change; the only place she truly felt
safe was at school. It wasn’t until she wandered into Lexi Cutcher's art room at the tender
age of 16 that she truly felt ‘at home’. She was allowed to express herself through images,
paint and colour, and without judgement or oppression. For the first time, Marion felt as
though she had some control of her immediate environment, which was a factor lacking in
her home life. At this time, Marion hadn’t travelled overseas and knew very little about
contemporary art, but she wrote obsessively in diaries as a way to come to terms with her
own lived experiences and memories. In the pages of her diary, she was the author, the
director and recorder of her history - a history that belonged to her, and no one else. This
unique ritual is still in place today and forms part of her daily routine. She allowed Lexi to
read her private journals, hoping to connect with an adult whom she respected, admired
and considered to be a friend. There were very few adults in Marion’s life and up until this
point, no women who could be considered a positive influence. Lexi pulled images and
ideas out of Marion’s brain as they worked together on her final year artworks and was
thus privy to her traumatic childhood and the complicated relationship she had with her
parents. These were discussed at this time primarily as a way to support both the
developing artwork and the developing student - the teacher/student bond deepened. It
became clear very early on that Marion had found an advocate in Lexi. Parting ways at the
conclusion of the 2003 school year, Lexi and Marion both knew that their relationship was
not to end. They continued to stay in contact, sharing resources, stories and taking turns in
giving one another advice on a regular basis. The power dynamic had shifted, and they
became steadfast friends. In September 2013, after living abroad for a number of years
and completing a Masters degree in writing, Marion enrolled as a PhD candidate in the
School of Education at Southern Cross University with Lexi as her principal supervisor.
This transpired because Marion was seeking to pursue a very personal arts-based PhD
project and due to a number of factors, Lexi was the best fit. Thus, the power dynamic
shifted again and Marion is once again the student, and Lexi the teacher. Theirs was a
complex dynamic, but it’s different now. It’s complex because of the push and pull of
power between them and the multiple roles they perform, sometimes simultaneously. It’s
different now because the roles have been reversed a number of times and the shared
history is the elephant in the room: it informs how they interact, the tone with which they
speak, what can be said, and the way in which they work together. The layers of their
relationship unfold again and again in the experience of the PhD. They are both insider
researchers in the doctoral work, sharing a history that is defined by a number of
significant binaries: student/teacher, adolescent/adult, mentee/mentor, younger
friend/older friend. It is a relationship negotiated in and through art making practice and
arts based research, subject to the terms and conditions of the official
Supervisor/Candidate agreement. What are the implications of shared histories in the PhD
Supervisor/Candidate relationship? How does this feed into and affect the research? How
are the boundaries that separate supervisors and candidates challenged, bent and
remoulded to suit the relationship that Lexi and Marion share? The inherent power
dynamics at play are reinforced by the roles that Lexi and Marion have occupied in their
shared histories. The push and pull between them is a direct result of the multiple masks
they wear, creating an interesting breeding ground for exchange and collaboration. They
are two women with similar interests who come from completely different backgrounds, yet
there are parallels that exist in their personal histories that foster empathy and
understanding. This performance will be arts based, in three parts and in two voices as
poetry and image, truths and fictions. It will disrupt the extant power dynamic as it will be
lead by the student, followed by the teacher.
The Research of Experience and Visual Expression - Example by A
Wearable Device of Visual Heartbeat Sensor
Cyuan-Yue, Jhong1, Chao-Ming, Wang1
National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yunlin, TAIWAN
[email protected]
It is the era of technology and networks now. Recording and taking pictures has become
an important activity in ordinary life, and the ability of art continues to grow everyday. What
we see and hear combine with our feelings and mind to create imagination and meaning.
All that we name, 'experience,' is the source of artistic expression. Experience is very
abstract, so it is not easy to clearly analyze our own concept of it. Especially in a busy life,
most people almost forget how to enjoy life, gradually losing the feeling. In this research,
we will examine how people can clarify their own experience by watching the visualization
of experience. Even watching others' visualization of experience can change one's
understanding. We will make a prototype that is a wearable media device. It can be worn
on a wrist, just like a watch. The device will read the user's heartbeat enhancing the
presence of experience and draw it out. Thus the resulting image will assist users to think
about his/her feelings and strengthen the result of experience. At last, through public
exhibition to let people test the device, we will evaluate our research through observation,
interview, and survey to determine whether a user can find out about others' feelings and
ideas by watching the visual result of other users' experience. The results of this research
are as follows: 1.Enhancing the existence of experience by 'watching' one's own feelings.
2.Strengthening the ability of logic, enhancing experience and visual expression. 3.
Enhancing the fun and diversity of an ordinary recording.
Keywords: Experience, Art Education, Tech Art, Wearable, Heartbeat Sensor
Addressing diversity through arts-based learning: Teaching social
justice through Shaun Tan's wordless graphic novel The Arrival with
diverse student populations
Dallacqua, Ashley1, Rhoades, Mindi1, Kersten Sara1, Merry Johnny1,
Miller Mary Catherine1
The Ohio State University, Columbus, UNITED STATES
[email protected]
This presentation provides pedagogical reflections and practical instructional steps for
exploring Shaun Tan's (2006) wordless graphic novel The Arrival. After a brief introduction,
four teachers working in non-arts classroom contexts discuss using arts-based pedagogies
with this arts-based text to foster critical multimodal literacies. Through brainstorming,
lesson plans, reflections, and conversations, these teachers share how The Arrival served
as an exemplary graphic text capable of introducing social justice issues across contexts,
subjects, and age levels (university undergraduate, high school, middle, and elementary).
At the university, pre-service teachers and general education students in the College of
Education's Introduction to Children's Literature read a range of scholarship and wordless
picturebook and graphic novels prior to encountering The Arrival midway through the
course. Students read the book collaboratively, co-constructing its meaning in dialogue
with each other and the visual text. Some expressed deep emotional connections to and
understandings of the immigrant journey while others remained reluctant to engage the
text or the medium, expressing strong resistance to teaching graphic novels to students,
despite examples of its successful use by the other three teacher-researchers in diverse
contexts. Class discussions proved crucial in unpacking the university students'
unfamiliarity, frustrations, and resistance to the text and moving toward a more complex
understanding of it and its potential curricular value. At the high school level, three coteachers at an arts-integrated magnet high school used The Arrival in a 50-student
freshman interdisciplinary Humanities course unit on industrialization and immigration. A
primary goal of the unit is analyzing immigration factors, disrupting stereotypes, and
fostering empathy for immigrant experiences through considering the essential question:
Why do people move? As students repeatedly read the text alone and then collectively,
they construct, re-view, and debate the multiple stories and motives for characters'
migration. For assignments, students supplement a more traditional academic essay
requiring textual evidence with an artistic representation of or response to the text, with artmaking and writing simultaneously informing each other in a generative cycle. The fifth
grade teacher met afterschool with a small, voluntary group of students reading The
Arrival. This provoked rich discussions around diversity, interpersonal and
autobiographical connections, and identity. Initially, students struggled to read The Arrival,
confused by its lack of words and unfamiliar world. Consequently, students searched for
the familiar in the text as points of connection, inserting labels, interpretations, and
personal narratives into the story. The afterschool reading group's strong positive
responses lead to The Arrival's inclusion into the regular fifth grade reading curriculum.
The text provides students with opportunities to engage in deep, provocative discussion
about identity, diversity, and unity. The wordless graphic novel can be used to teach
traditional literacy/literary devices such as plot, point of view, imagery, symbolism, and
metaphor. Additionally, reading and analyzing such texts requires considering arts-based
concepts like color, spatial arrangement, media, framing, embodied experience,
manipulation of time, and aesthetic design. These help supplement traditional reading and
meaning-making processes, fostering multimodal literacies. The final teacher-researcher
used a dramatic inquiry approach with a class of 16 third graders as a two-day extension
of a previous Social Studies unit on immigration. Students individually and collaboratively
used specific dramatic inquiry practices to enter, explore, and connect to Tan's imaginary
world and characters. Character Embodiment - Students become a character and
experience a scene and its emotional impact. Conscience Alleys - Students form two
facing rows and take turns walking down the alley while the ‘walls' call out things the
character might think or feel. Continuums - Students physically arrange themselves on an
agree/disagree continuum in response to questions. Character Tableaux - Students
recreate actual or ‘missing' scenes from a text and then voice their character's thoughts or
questions. In-role Writing - Students embody a character/object within the text and write
from that perspective in response to specific prompts. Collective Reflection - Students
explicitly share thoughts, responses, and connections to the text, exercises with it, or
learning from either/both. After these activities, students applied their collective learning
from these imagined experiences to new situations, such as welcoming new students to
class or new friends into a group. All of this work highlights the potential for arts-based
pedagogy in addressing issues of diversity and social justice. Further, by examining the
use of Shaun Tan's text across several contexts, participants in this presentation will see
the value and dynamic outcome arts-based pedagogies have in non-art classrooms.
The Role of Higher Education in the development of Islamic
Contemporary Art in Indonesia
Damayanti Adisasmito, Nuning Yanti1
Faculty of Visual Art and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung,
[email protected]
This paper describes the role of higher education in art in developing the Islamic
contemporary Arts in Indonesia. Analysis was performed on the Islamic artworks created
by artists graduated from the Faculty of Visual Art and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung
(FSRD ITB) in the period of 1970-2010. Indonesia is a nation with the high Islamic
population in the world. It is common that various artworks in Indonesia are influenced by
Islamic paradigm. In the period after Indonesian independence in 1945, education has
significant role in the development of the arts in Indonesia. One of the higher education
that graduates prominent artists in Indonesia is the FSRD ITB in Bandung, West Java.
Bandung is one of the cities of art in Indonesia. Programs at FSRD ITB is currently used
as the blue print for Indonesian higher education in art. The aesthetics concept of western
art, Islamic art, and Asian art is delivered in depth in the learning process at FSRD ITB.
The learning process and understanding process of Islamic aesthetics and the diverse art
aesthetics cause the art graduates become more tolerant and more liberal in the art
creation. It is reflected in their current artworks, including the artwork in Islamic
contemporary art. This research showed that a number of art graduates of FSRD ITB
becomes pioneers in the development and modernization of the Indonesian Islamic Arts in
the period of 1970-2010. The sample of artworks were analyzed using a qualitative
method, through a historical perspective, art sociology and art criticism. The artworks of
selected artists exhibited religiosity with the open interpretation in the creation of Islamic
contemporary artworks. The artworks enriches the diversity of the contemporary art in
Indonesia. Keywords : art higher education, contemporary art, Indonesian Islamic art.
Student Feedback on the Art Blog
Danielsson, Helena1, Ahlberg, Kerstin1
Dalarna University, Falun, SWEDEN
[email protected]
This study is carried out by the Department of Culture and Media, School of Education and
Humanities at Dalarna University. The field work is carried out as a team work between
teachers in compulsory school and us as researchers and teachers in art education and
media within Teacher training programs. We will present and discuss experiences and
outcomes of an EU-funded project as part of a bigger Audio-Visual Media project
(cooperation between our university and companies in the region). Our partners here were
in addition to a selected school also an advertising agency. Our first study was performed
in two classrooms with 42 eleven-year-old pupils in primary school. We followed the
classes for about one year as participating observers. The pupils were introduced to a
variety of digital tools such as a digital platform (blog), cameras, sound recorders etc. We
were curious to find out if these tools could increase the pupils´ interest to respond to each
other's work (art work, as well as tasks in social sciences and mathematics) and to see if
they also got more reflective about their own assignments. In this development project a
blog was designed specifically for those classes. This was done in cooperation with an
advertising agency in the region. The aim of the activity was also to offer an opportunity for
grown-ups around the children to participate, such as parents, teachers or us - the
researchers. In the study we examined the phenomena 'response'. What kind of
responses could be noticed? What kind of ideas to develop this feedback was presented by teachers as well as pupils? What can be done within the frames of the school? And
how can the audio-visual technique eventually support this? In the study we use a design
theory perspective of learning and we discuss our data based on concepts like
multimodality, esthetic learning processes and digital literacy. The presentation will
particularly focus on response as a tool for learning (visual art critics), but also examine
multimodality in the classroom (as part of a democracy project) as a way to inspire and
motivate children in the process of learning. The results of the study show that the pupils
are very interested in giving one another feedback on artwork as well as other
assignments but, surprisingly, not on the blog. The discussions in the classroom resulted
in a deeper engagement on the part of the pupils and an ability to elaborate their work
more with better results. Pupils found the work with the digital tools to be the most
enjoyable, and this has a broad effect on their interest in their school work. After this first
study was implemented we have widened the project to include older pupils as well (this
time children between 11-16 years of age). An art teacher is involved and the blog will be a
part of the schools art education. The plans are to continue the work from the first year, but
make it wider and use a broader social context. Aspects related to this second step of the
study will summarize the final section of the project.
Ethical filming and editing - a multifaceted challenge in research work
Danielsson, Helena1
Dalarna University, Falun, SWEDEN
[email protected]
This presentation focuses on the methodological and reflective aspects of video
documentation. There will be two approaches: The first approach is a discussion of 'video
documentation as a method'. The second approach is to make comments on 'video as a
tool for the reflective practitioner'. The main focus is questions about ethics in the use of
video documentation in research - both with regard to technical issues and different
aspects of editing. Results from two studies will be used. In the first video material itself is
examined as an object. In the second the circumstances around video documentation in
school contexts are discussed. The method used in the second study, collaborative visual
method, stems in some parts directly from the first study. This paper examines different
questions such as; which aspects of video documentation could be of special interest to
video documenters and which aspects of video documentation could be of interest to the
reflective practitioner? To know more about this, one aim was to examine which details in
edited parts of a video might be of specific significance for me as a researcher. The
presentation will include a discussion of how audio as well as visual influences might
strengthen, change or even blur the reflection work. A video recording of 1 hour 24
minutes was used - edited out of material from five days together with art education
research colleagues in collaborative work. The colleagues were aware of my filming,
knowing it as a part of a reflective documentation. I have examined the video material and
experiences from an ethnographic approach - where the use of visual material combined
with a multimodal view of the human being forms the platform. Previous experiences from
visual literacy studies, education and design theory are also taken into consideration.
Several points of interest are identifiable in the results. While using the video camera the
researcher should be reminded of not becoming too connected to the lens – instead
show a respectful way with long real-time scopes (a term used when the filmmaker is
recording long events without interruption and if possible keep the sequences in their full
length to give the viewer an honest picture of what occurred) and in trying to avoid cutting
people´s talk. The researcher should also consider that the avoiding of faces during
certain scenes can actually promote intimate visual effects - such as showing pieces and
parts of filmed persons or scenery (feet, hands, art work movements, techniques). A third
aspect is to be aware of the sound-memory that stills cut out of videos can bring. The last
thing, but not the least, to take into consideration is the development of attitudes
concerning ethical aspects. These studies show that if we use material in order to make
individual or collective reflections there has to be an agreement from both the “actors” and
the “audience”. In the presentation I will also make connections to an example of a
collaborative visual method, set in a school context (a two year school research project
focusing on art/maths work). The challenge here was to use a video camera as a tool to
explore how art education implemented in math lessons could develop teachers
discussions about assessment. This raised unexpected issues related to ethical barriers.
In some schools there were immigrant children with protected identity. Other classes had
students with neurological diagnoses. The parents of these children were hesitant with
regard to letting their children be filmed. How could we as researchers handle this? The
ethic council at our university was doubtful about the use of video at all while observing
children in school context. Is this attitude similar in other countries, other university
councils? We live in a society where the use and presence of digital resources is
increasing, but authorities views here might raise limitations to the use of video as a visual
research method. The task, from my opinion, must be to learn how to handle this, not to
avoid it. Both studies give an insight into information that can be used to increase this
ability. Summing up: while writing about the experienced studies several specific concepts
have been exposed. These will be raised in the end of the session, as a challenge of
further developing within this field; 'Innovative visual practice', 'Ethical filming' and 'Ethical
Cultural, aesthetic and pedagogical context of women artisan in Brazil
De Barros Guimaraes, Leda Maria1
Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiás, BRAZIL
[email protected]
The purpose of this communication is to present some aspects about the context of
artisans woman in the middle west region of Brazil. Their work reveals the socio-economic
and cultural context where they live. Their production support families lives as well as
promotes a very important artistic learning environment. Also I would like to highlight how
these artisans woman's knowledge can be seen as non-hegemonic trespassing dichotomy
concepts among art and crafts. Women's work are: sites of cultural resistance;
collaborative forms of learning and of forms of personal and social aesthetic construction
within several artisans communities in Brazil. The Goiás City is seen and remembered by
its parties, its foods, its poets, writers and artists. It was the first capital of the state of
Goiás, composing the Brazilian gold cycle. In 2001 it was recognized by UNESCO as a
historical patrimony of mankind. It is intense the production of handicraft in the Goiás City,
due to historical reasons and, today, to the encouragement of tourism. The project was a
partnership between two female professors of the Federal University of Goiás which
worked in apparently opposite sides: me, Lêda, art-educator involved with the courses of
formation of visual arts teachers, and professor Eliane Chaud, contemporary artist and
professor of the baccalaureate in the field of three-dimensional arts. The common interest
in the 'popular' and in the aesthetics of the female work has made us go through all our
frontiers between licensure and baccalaureate, and, together, we elaborated a project to
work with craftswomen, what leaded us to go also through frontiers between university and
community, erudite and popular arts and many others dichotomies imposed by the
academic speech of the higher education in visual arts. The different artisanal works
produced by these women constitute themselves in a surviving tool directly related to daily
life aesthetics. In the video registered testimonial, we perceived how they systematized
and developed their creation process, how they related it with their lives trajectories,
affects, difficulties and personal accomplishments. We also looked for mapping how they
perceive and valorize their productions and which ways they find to divulge and sell their
works. In Brazil, the universe of 'popular culture' reveals a high aesthetic and artistically
feminine presence in the artisanal and manual work. By this way, we decided to focus
processes of interaction and building of this knowledge in a partnership with the academic
ones. For some, it may seem strange that this issue arises inside a college of visual arts,
in baccalaureate, as long as in licensure. Nevertheless, this proposal focused in artisanal
working relationship dialogues with both contemporary approaches of art and its teaching,
as with the more anthropological processes which mark the creation in contemporary
art/teaching. Nowadays, both in the teaching of visual arts, such as in the field of artistic
creation, the life histories and daily life aesthetics are valorized, and the manual, female
work, formerly excluded of the 'official arts' or 'biggest arts' world, presents itself as a
strong, aesthetic component fount of artistic, pedagogical and cultural knowledge. In the
words of Ritcher (2003) 'Considering that the aesthetic stimulator role in family belongs to
woman, it will be her aesthetic reference standards those which will influence the
aesthetical values which will be brought to school through the students' (p.57). We also
can add that, in the postmodern comprehension of culture, the frontiers between high and
low culture, between art and daily life, they are all questioned and they require from us
professors and artists permanent, ideological reconstructions which maintain the speeches
and the places of visual arts. The methodology adopted by our team had as its
cornerstone the research-action, privileging the dialogical relation between the
investigative and the pedagogical interests both present in the process. We aimed a
practice of research and university extension in the perspective of cultural production and
transformation. By remembering Paulo Freire, we believe that the University work, in any
instance, must always guide itself through the aiming of the building of people's autonomy.
It were eight artisans: Mrs. Eleuza Batista, the creator of patchwork blankets; Mrs. Odete
dos Santos, that one who made ragdolls; Geralda Godoy (Gel), the one who works with
various techniques, specially ceramics; Mrs. Maria da Gruta, who makes flowers from
twigs and dried seeds of Cerrado; Mrs. Alice; Mrs. Irene; Mrs. Divina; Mrs. Maria Helena
and Mrs. Vera. Eight life stories around handicraft as a way of sustenance, but each one of
them in a different way. We sought to know theirs questions, yearnings, dreams and ways
of creating and producing and how each one of them saw herself as artisan, as woman
and creator in that determined context. We putted here a bit of each one of them. The
creation of Mrs. Maria da Gruta's flowers has as its backgrounds some spirituality
connected to her preoccupation about the environment and to her love to nature. She also
wrote poems and earned sponsorship for a simple book triage, which she showed with so
much proud. Her job is oriented by a mystic nature, and she built in her home caves with
stones and images of Saint Bernardete, with whom she has a pretty strong bond. Six
years ago, her home was consecrated as a place of prayer, by a priest. Thence comes her
nickname Maria da Gruta (Portuguese for 'Cave's Mary). Geralda moved by many ways,
from one geographical space to others, from the situation of single to the situation of
married, from maid to autonomous merchant (cat's paw of a craft store in town), from
apprentice craftswoman to master (arts teacher at the Veiga Valle School of Arts, where
she studied). Irene (Leninha) sums the condition of college student with the one of
craftswoman. At first, this situation would be conflicting, but it is precisely a knowledge
which comes from popular tradition (handicraft) what maintains the possibility of
acquisition of academic knowledge. To Mrs. Eleuza, life is a fight. She is a survivor of a car
accident. Disabled to a formal work, she seeks in seam what she learnt in her adolescence
with her mother, in order to build a new life. Mrs. Odete moves herself between maturity
and childhood, into a symbolical space which she constructs with her dolls. Maria Helena
(Leninha) specialized herself in making miniature clay pots. By stopping making them in
'normal' size, she moved herself from the practical to ludic world space and made this one
her breadwinner and fount of pleasure. We observed (and interacted with) these
craftswomen's workplaces. It is interesting to notice how they occupy the spaces of their
homes. It can occupy any surroundings, do not being necessary to isolate them in a part of
the house, for the job developed for them women is a part of the house's routine, whether
in the living room, in the kitchen or even in the bedroom. The domestic space is perceived
as a particular aesthetic, which permits the 'organization' of memories, tastes, values and
objects that are intrinsically related to the identity: pictures, decorative objects, utilitarian
ones, furniture etc. The vase over the table, the cabinet entirely tidy with little
remembrance stuffs, the bibelots, the tableware, the artificial flowers, the little towels hand
painted with crochet beaks disposed over the table, over the stove. Each house and its
objects were part of a narrative body of each of their histories, their ways being and
thinking. An equipment is repeated in most of the visited houses: the seam machine.
Found commonly in houses of interior of Brazil, it helps the maintenance of household
expenses. 'Women' sew, by order, as long as they make common, work, street, bed and
table clothes for their own families. It can be said that the seam machine is presented as
the essential equipment to this housewife/craftswomen, who in this case manufactures
some other artifacts, like bags, quilts, dolls, rugs and cushions, which will all be putted for
sale in the city's fairs and craft shops. In the testimonial, some thoughts concerning beliefs
and concepts related to job, art, faith, resistance, and gift has arrived. The handicraft
shows itself as a resistance that, generally, women resort in order to seek ways of
maintenance, in order to overcome difficulties and to break barriers, such as poverty and
prejudice both imposed over women by society. They reveal, also, a will, a seek for
learning, for moving out from a place to other, from a condition to other - of financial
independence. The craftswomen, though being the aim of governmental and nongovernmental projects, do not find their production cataloged in order to facilitate selling
and distribution of the goods. They depend very much on flow of tourism in the city. We
thought that this point could be something in with which we could contribute using our
project's resources. Nevertheless, we could not just divulge the product, but, mainly, to
highlight the cultural importance of the female work related more directly to domestic life
transmuted in a way of financial surviving. We can categorize the results of this work in:
pedagogical results, practical results in terms of products, results for the craftswomen, and
finally results in a larger perspective, for the very Federal University of Goiás. The
technical framework that based our practice was an intercrossing of the fields of popular
culture, handicraft, multiculturalism and visual culture. But, first and foremost, we sought to
consider the voices of people with whom we interacted, not by considering them as if
being research 'objects', but as people which opened generously their doors for us to
share their perceptions, reflections, their knowledge and their lives. In pedagogical terms,
we can say that this project showed itself as a pedagogical space of fundamental
importance. The scholarship students involved in the process had the opportunity of
verticalizing their learning in a direct contact with the aesthetic, cultural aspects which very
difficultly would be seen inside the regular curriculum of academic courses. As long as the
students, us professors also learned with the interaction with the craftswomen in this
project. This women's narrative is expanding our art perspective, in its forms of conception,
production and construction of knowledge. Certainly, the context here is not the formal
school's one. Using a pretty known cliché, we could say that this context, here, is the
'school of life', where aesthetic demonstrations are built without classifications about if
something is art or not. The cultural studies, the new history, the multiculturalism and the
female movement opened spaces to daily practices, from the mass culture, of the aspects
of personal and private life. As investigative action, our project made possible the
expansion of the concept of 'art' bringing closed conceptions to the anthropological field of
culture. Decades ago, researching handicraft inside the university would only be possible
inside an anthropological museum, never in a College of Visual Arts, where reigned almost
absolutely the 'high art', with its hegemonic, ethnocentric values around the figure of the
artist man, white and European. To Bastos (2005), 'the study of the art produced locally
has potential to sensitize people for the richness, contradictions and meanings immanent
in their own culture'. Nevertheless, the very authoress warns for the necessity of 'making
familiar what is strange' in order to us could perceive and value an aesthetic which many
times is kept foggy in daily life. Our actions in this project had this objective, to provoke an
estrangement, a reflection about this female craft production, including to the eyes of the
craftswomen who participated in the project. Though the context of art and its teaching is
much 'airier' nowadays, the ideological speeches which sustain historical divisions keep
formatting the curriculums, hearts and minds.
I want to draw myself spinning' - dance play and drawing telling as
semiotic meaning making tools to enhance learning.
Deans, Jan1
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Eisner (2002) notes that the course of children's artistic development is characterized by
the gradual emergence and refinement in thinking. Drawing on data collected from a
recent PhD study that investigated young children’s learning through dance, this
presentation will overview the nature of embodied semiotic meaning making as expressed
through movement and drawing. Beginning with the acknowledgement that children
socially construct their knowledge and understandings through play (Vygotsky, 1986), the
presentation will introduce ‘improvisational dance play’ and reflective ‘drawing telling’
(Wright, 2007) as complementary symbol systems that support transformative thinking,
feeling and enacting. Using examples of children’s dance events and visual
representations, a case is presented to support the idea that early childhood pedagogy
should aim to include programs that expand opportunities for open-ended artistic learning.
Evidence will be provided to demonstrate how, through engagement in a unique dance
program, a group of twenty preschool children, expressed their thoughts, feelings and
understandings at a level beyond what might be expected for their age. Emphasis will be
placed on the analysis and synthesis of recorded dance events and visual representations
for their capacity to promote imaginative higher order thinking and individual and collective
agency. Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of the Mind. New Haven: Yale
University Press. Wright, S. (2007). Young Children’s meaning-making through drawing
and ‘telling’: Analogies to filmic textual features. Australian Journal of Early Childhood,
32I(4), 37-48. Vygotsky, L.S. (1986). Thought and Language. Cambridge: MA:MIT Press.
Mainstream and Marginal: A Framework for Equity Where STEM Meets
Dixon, Kerry1, Kaplan, Abram2
Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio, USA
Denison University, Granville Ohio, USA
[email protected]
This paper presents a conceptual framework for exploring the role of the visual arts in
fostering change agency among diverse participants in the rapidly evolving global
knowledge society. Taking Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions as a
starting point, we propose that current efforts to merge art with wide-spread initiatives in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) require careful attention to the
unique paradigmatic qualities of each domain. Since Kuhn described what later became
known as the “paradigm wars” between qualitative and quantitative research, researchers
concerned with the nature of knowledge have increasingly interrogated what exactly is
contained within a paradigm, and by extension, within disciplinary boundaries (Szyjka
2012, 110). We claim that scholarly examination of the STEM-art interface requires us to
first acknowledge that more than one paradigm exists. From there, we must situate
ourselves in relation to multiple paradigmatic vantage points. Actualizing these first steps
can be particularly challenging when art meets STEM. STEM is a world that often fails to
acknowledge the existence of multiple paradigms. It is a place, too, where foundational
training discourages participants from pondering how they might situate themselves in
relation to diverse explanations of phenomena, because the paradigm explicitly dictates
the pursuit of “right” answers. This is essentially the definition of what Kuhn calls “normal
science.” He explains that in normal science, “the activity in which most scientists
inevitably spend most all their time, is predicated on the assumption that the scientific
community knows what the world is like.” (Kuhn 1962, 5) Participants in arts-based
research are likely to agree that more than one paradigm exists. The objectivist-based,
well funded, institutionally valued STEM paradigm, and the subjective-oriented, historically
marginalized arts-based approach to studying the nature of knowledge are two obvious
examples. The question underlying our conceptual framework is: how might we achieve
equity between the dominant (STEM) and marginalized (art) worldviews? In other words,
how do we diversify the kinds of knowledge that count? In the STEM-art debate, what is at
stake is nothing less than leveling the playing field of access to participation in the
emerging global arena. The framework presented in this paper brings together
collaboration and diffusion theories with the sociology of translation. In defining
collaboration, we look to the literature on authentic participation in multicultural group
settings to account for the power dynamics between STEM versus arts-oriented members.
Collaboration theories explain the longitudinal process of moving from simple co-existence
to coadunation (the authentic integration of dissimilar entities). As such, they provide a
fitting model for the growth of a new STEM-art worldview based on equitable participation.
In the field of “sociology of translation,” the challenge is to construct appropriate tools and
approaches for cross-paradigm communication. As Callon et al. note, each actor in a
translation space “builds a universe around him which is a complex and changing network
of varied elements” (Callon et al. 1983, 193). But the actual translation between art and
STEM can be precluded by paradigmatic blinders. As Best and Walters suggest, “science
and technology studies scholars have examined the processes through which scientists'
observations of various things are translated into claims of fact and forms of expertise that
are so powerfully blackboxed that they are beyond dispute” (Best and Walters 2013, 347).
This imposes an even greater responsibility on arts-oriented researchers to fight through
the barriers of language, epistemology, methodology, and practice. This set of challenges
provides a window for theories about diffusion of innovations. The diffusion perspective
can address translation between paradigms, and the role that change agency plays in
building interest among STEM adherents to adopt art-based practices. Building on the
seminal work of Everett Rogers (2003), we bring to bear perspectives on communication
strategies that foster shared learning, the role of shared social experience, and the value
of problem-solving as integrative techniques to meet the STEM paradigm within its comfort
zone and begin the process of introducing art as a safe passage to diverse knowledges.
(See, e.g., Campbell, et al. 2009) By bringing together these three threads, we seek to
braid a rope that is strong enough to lasso the STEM paradigm and flexible enough to
engage new insights from the visual arts that otherwise are marginalized. With careful
training and experiential practice, arts-based researchers have a tremendous opportunity
to engage the mainstream with new perspectives and a broadened role for the arts in
multiple disciplines.
Authentic Engagement: Art Specialist Roles in Transforming Math and
Science Teacher Education
Dixon, Kerry1
Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio, USA
[email protected]
This presentation focuses attention on the importance of diversifying science and math
teacher preparation by incorporating substantive engagement with art practices and
pedagogical methods. In the United States and beyond, vast resources are currently
directed at investigating and improving the quality of public school teacher preparation. Not
surprisingly, the focus of such efforts is not ”generally speaking”art. For example, in the fall
of 2009, The Office of Innovation and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education
awarded a total of approximately 143 million dollars to 28 schools of education nationwide
through its Teacher Quality Partnership program. The overall purpose of the funding effort
- part of the Obama Administration's American Reinvestment and Recovery Act - was to
improve student achievement by improving the quality of new and prospective teachers.
This involved both pre-service and in-service training. The grant made teacher preparation
programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) answerable to the government for
preparing “highly qualified teachers.”
( Of the 28 program awards only
one, Ohio State University's Project ASPIRE (Apprenticeships Supported by Partnerships
for Innovation and Reform in Education), included a role for the arts in preparing future
urban educators to teach the high-need, hard-to-staff content areas of science,
mathematics and foreign languages at the upper grade levels. That role was to help
teachers foster rich, high-level thinking to drive student creativity, imagination, and
innovation. After a year of capacity building, the arts role came to be conceptualized as an
interdisciplinary endeavor, and ultimately took shape as an “Innovative Curriculum Design
Team” (ICDT). The team was comprised of veteran science, math and language teachers
from high need schools across a major urban school district, along with visual arts
educators and practicing artists from a community arts organization. The veteran teachers
all work with culturally marginalized (predominantly African American and Latino), low
performing, and poverty stricken student populations. At the outset, the ICDT was tasked
with developing model innovative curricula, and in the context of the project, “innovative”
came to be defined as visual arts integrated. From there, the arts educators, artists, and
science/math/language teachers co-taught and co-assessed the curricula they had
developed together. My role in the process was twofold: first, as director of the community
arts organization, I led the ICDT, which involved instructing the non-arts teachers on art
content, arts pedagogies, and interdisciplinarity. I was also a doctoral student at the
university, charged with leading the research for the art component of the overall project.
My doctoral dissertation is part of that research and examines the evolution of the ICDT.
This presentation focuses on one aspect: how the structural components and the nature of
the arts experiences have impacted the ongoing teaching practices of the science and
math teachers on the team. In my work, I use a conceptual framework that draws three
different theoretical foundations. The first of these is situated learning theory (Lave and
Wenger), which postulates that knowledge is socially constructed within a community of
learners by individuals who authentically participate in the “doing” of that knowledge. Thus,
the context is inseparable from the learning. The second area draws on Banks and Banks'
tenets of multicultural education. (1993 and 1995) Specifically, I use the tenet of equity
pedagogy to make visible the power matrices formed among discipline-bound
epistemologies, which exist in interdisciplinary learning communities. Finally, I draw on
New Literacy Studies (e.g., Gee 1992 and 2004 and Street 1984 and 1995) for guidance
on reconceptualizing the visual art discipline as a socially embedded set of practices
endemic to art-specific discourses and “epistemes” (Foucault, 1966/1970). In an effort to
bridge science/math and art paradigms, I use a mixed methods approach involving both
quantitative survey techniques and qualitative focus groups and interviews. The survey
instrument includes a series of Likert scale questions to ascertain attitude, prior experience
and teaching practice among Project ASPIRE participants. Additionally, I use a semistructured interview process to generate participant narratives about the nature of their
experiences both making art and teaching through art in the context of the project. Based
on initial findings, I propose that the inclusion of arts-based pedagogies in non-arts teacher
preparation requires a carefully designed process. Fundamental to that process is the
mediation of the context by arts educators who foster authentic participation in the arts.
This paves the way for non-art teachers to take up high-quality arts-based curricular and
pedagogical practices.
A place for the Arts: Developing an arts education program for young
learners at The Royal Children's Hospital
Domoney, Antoinette1, Sayer, Lauren1
The Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
One does not have to dig too deeply before opportunities to experience Art at The Royal
Children’s Hospital (RCH) readily present themselves. From an architectural facade that
strongly heralds contemporary design, to entering an interior space where intuitive wayfinding is accentuated through the beautiful illustrations of Jane Reiseger, Art, Art-making
and the Art experience is very much a part of the everyday in the context of this particular
place. It is by no means just the physical features that will grab and hold one's attention
on entry to the hospital space. Not just the giant creature that presides over Main Street; a
friendly custodian of children, majestic in size and presence. Not simply the whimsical
floating sky garden or the two-storey reef aquarium, home to ‘Humpy’ the Maori Wrasse.
Stay and observe long enough and Arts events seem to appear from nowhere. One day it
could be the Australian Ballet, on another, a fabulous storyteller holding the attention of a
myriad of listeners, young and old alike. Behind the scenes, elevators vertically transport
clinical staff, teachers, art and play therapists, racing with their trolleys to work with
children both on and off the wards. In this presentation we will discuss the opportunities
and challenges of delivering art education within this unique hospital context - a place
obviously rich in artifacts and where children are presented with opportunities to interact
with art-making outside of the educational experience on a daily basis.
Gender Shift - Engaging Boys in the Visual Arts
Doran, Vincenza 1, Lewis, Steven2
St. Mary's Cathedral College, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
St. Dominc's Catholic College, Kingswood, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Gender Shift - Engaging Boys in Visual Arts The challenge of engaging boys in Visual Arts
education is not a new concept. The presentation examines issues impacting on the
participation of boys in Visual Arts Education in New South Wales’ schools. This
presentation is set against the background of several educational discourses. The issue of
boys’ participation in Visual Arts runs parallel to the prevailing argument that participation
in Visual Arts education is instrumental to increasing students’ motivation and engagement
in learning (Ewing, 2010; Scholes, L. & Nagel, 2010). Similarly, with the focus on quality
teaching and learning in policies such as “Great Teaching, Inspired Learning” there may
be a gap in how teachers are developing boys’ interests in the Visual Arts. Some of these
issues may be reinforced by the alignment of achievement in education with the focus on
testing in Literacy and numeracy, which has the roll on effect of sidelining art education as
an area to be valued. This presentation begins with an outline of recent research, which
indicates that boys are increasingly under represented, underachieving and becoming
disengaged in Visual Arts education. Scholes and Nagel argue that the reasons for boys
disengaging from the study of art include issues such as elitism, misunderstanding of
necessary skills, misconceptions of academic requirements, occupational based learning
and the perceived femininity of the subject. A case study approach is adopted to examine
the practices undertaken by teachers in the two schools to build participation and
engagement in the Visual Arts courses, particularly, elective courses in Years 9-12.
Diverse models of quality teaching and learning practices will be presented. Practical
whole school and classroom based strategies such as how to design relevant scope and
sequences; meaningful programming; as well as motivating lessons and activities.
Examples will be given of both embedded Gifted and Talented and Special Needs
strategies with an emphasis on improving literacy for boys. This presentation seeks
practical ways in which teachers can begin disrupting these ingrained social and cultural
perceptions of the Visual Arts and revising how we position the value of the study art to
different student populations. This is an area requiring further investigation and empirical
Rhetoric, Ideology and Aesthetics: Premodern Fine Art as Popular
Visual Culture
Duncum, Paul1
University of Illinois, Champaign, USA
[email protected]
The primary foci of this paper are the connections and continuities between premodern
fine art and today’s popular culture, and the purpose of the paper is to serve the visual
culture orientation to art education (VCAE). For over a decade VCAE had dominated art
education discourse in the United States. While the discourse takes various forms in
general terms it is informed by the implosion of fine and popular art and a rejection of
modernist aesthetics. Often the approach is focused on only contemporary popular
imagery. This paper seeks to augment the concentration on the contemporary by offering
a broad theoretical basis for including art history as a primary source for VCAE. To this
end the author draws upon the concept of rhetoric, especially the rhetoric of emotion.
Accepting the most common definition of rhetoric as the employment of the available
means of persuasion, the author argues that rhetoric is a key concept for art education
understood as the study of visual culture. Since ancient times the rhetoric of emotion was
one of the principle concepts informing the theory and practice of all forms of cultural
production, including the visual arts, until it was gradually displaced during the 18th and
19th centuries by the aesthetics of emotion. However, rhetoric has now returned to help
conceptualize many kinds of cultural expression. The author discusses the basic elements
of classical rhetorical theory as well as recent developments, showing how rhetoric
stresses how, in a hierarchically structured society, ideological arguments are proposed
through the emotional and sensory appeals of visual imagery. As a key concept of VCAE,
rhetoric straddles aesthetics and ideology.
Baby Steps Towards Change: Visual Culture in the Classroom
Duncum, Paul1
University of Illinois, Champaign, USA
[email protected]
The paper is informed by the visual culture orientation within art education, the dominant
superordinate new approach in the United States. This approach draws upon the
postmodern implosion of the fine and popular arts and both critical theory and playful
pedagogy to address the imagery most characteristic of the 21st century. Believing that art
teachers need specific models to change their classroom practice to include this
orientation, the paper offers many examples drawn from available literature as well as the
author’s own teaching experience. Many cases of classroom curriculum dealing with
popular culture topics are introduced, along with what teachers report as benefits. The
author describes his own activities as part of teacher preparation courses in the United
States that introduce theory-informed practical activities.
Making Movies in Minutes
Duncum, Paul1
University of Illinois, Champaign, USA
[email protected]
Believing that youth’s unsolicited on-line productions offer models for in-class production
and reflection, the presenter describes the YouTube genre of movie-in-minutes. The genre
involves the contraction of full-length professional movies to just a few minutes. These
efforts variously involve life action reenactments, or the use of puppets, Lego, toys, or
animation. Usually they eliminate all but what is essential to tell the basic narrative of the
movie by presenting only a few key scenes as well as overcoming the challenge posed by
the use of high technology, multi-million-dollar special effects with inventive low
technology, low cost solutions. The presenter describes his use of this model among his
pre-service art teachers and shows examples. Each exemplifies students engaging in
considerable planning and organization; learning and reliance upon a complex range of
visual, technical, and narrative skills; and the creativity inherent in translating one cultural
form into another. In the process students acquire knowledge that is basic to reflect
critically upon, as well as fully appreciate, the dominant visual culture forms of our time,
namely, realistic style narrative imagery.
Siwa's Environmental and Heritage Effects Upon Handmade Fabrics
Eldeeb, Nahla1, Abou Elkheir, Gihan 1
Faculty of Spesific Education Alexandria University, Alexandria, EGYPT
[email protected]
Heritage is what has been established in the entity of different peoples, penetrating,
through the ages, in the character of their communities through their customs, traditions,
languages, and beliefs. The Heritage of Siwa has a special character. As it is the largest
Egyptian oases in the Western Desert, and a meeting point for internal trade routes in the
East. However, the societies of Siwa have lived in relative isolation throughout its history
for more than 700 years. Meanwhile; that isolation has allowed to maintain its identity,
language, traditions and customs making the Siwa's community, particularly women, in a
complete lock from the outside world, but they continued their engagement in many crafts
at their homes. That folkloric crafts have been inherited from generation to generation.
There was the fabric of desert sheep wool and camel hair. Also there were prosperous
knitting techniques of dresses and robes (embroidered with silk threads with bright colors).
Siwa's girls used to prepare their clothes, bedding, furniture, and upholstery for marriage,
(including the processing of baskets, shoes and scarves) since childhood. The famous
'kilims' of Siwa ( manual folkloric handmade carpets), featuring severe privacy for the
Siwa's girl, where they grew up and flourished through the special raw materials and
symbols of the desert's environment . Certainly, their privacy is marked by their own
visions and artistic values (highly technical). Research's Issue Is it Feasible to detect
Siwa's environmental and heritage effects upon handmade fabrics, through development
artistic appreciation ( for basic education)..? Research's Objectives 1 -Find new
approaches to teaching through various Egyptian environments, most notably the Siwa's
environment 2 - Establishing a systematic link between Textile handicrafts and art history
through the design of the teaching program. The research design program ( cultural experimental demos )is based on combining the fields of art history and textile , selecting
the appropriate strategy for the application, together with the development of general goals
and objectives Procedure for the program . The program is designed for basic education
levels (preparatory schools) and would be through the following axes: 1 - determine
targets the history of hand made textiles, and to identify symbols and motives of Siwa's art.
2 - Strategy of work in small groups 3 - the Group's Age attributes the program design
depends on the production of handmade textile artifacts.
Supporting creativity for middle school students using fashion design
ElSheikh, Samia1, ElSharif, Dalal2
Helwan University, Cairo, EGYPT
Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, SAUDI ARABIA
[email protected]
Prep school is an important stage in an individual's life. It sets the first milestones the
student s personality. Translating creativity into a practice that is realistic and achievable
needs thinking, emotions and understanding of capabilities. Since Girls at this age give a
lot of attention to fashion and accessories, the idea of this research is to define the
expressive features of fashion design among students and explore their creativity through
the application of collage. Teaching basic design elements and characteristics of collage
could be a way to improve and support creative thinking. General objectives of art
education for prep stage include:
Developing critical thinking skills and strengthening elements of national identity
(belonging to country).
Developing self esteem by encouraging students to experiment and try.
Teaching students the habits and behaviors of art work.
Developing accuracy for creativity.
Developing aesthetic appreciation and artistic tendencies.
Providing students with information on how to react with the environment and its
These aims can be achieved by a program of creative activities in fashion design using all
kinds of collage methods. The research will apply a group of class activities on prep school
students in Saudi Arabia which will help create extraordinary art works.
Curious Schools: Weathering curriculum change with creative
approaches to teaching professional learning
Emery, Sherridan1, Hunter, Mary Ann1
University of Tasmania, Launceston, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
In a context of nation-wide curriculum change in Australia, expectations that teachers will
adapt are high, while the resources available to do so effectively are low. How to
recognise, support and value quality practice in arts education in the midst of such
change? In 2012, the University of Tasmania partnered with Chicago Arts Partnerships in
Education to pilot ‘Curious Schools’, an online professional learning initiative to document
teachers’ creativity in planning, implementing and reflecting on effective student learning
experiences in and through the arts. This project took a constructivist approach to
teachers’ professional learning and provided a vehicle for teachers to document and share
their practice with others. The goal of Curious Schools was for teachers to engage with a
user-friendly online portal, using photographic images, short videos and written text to
explain their processes of planning, implementing and assessing student work. It was
distinct and successful in a number of ways. Firstly, by centring the enquiry (and
documentation process) on teachers’ curiosity, the project circumvented some of the
issues related to teachers’ generally low perceptions of their own practice as being
creative or innovative. Secondly, the pilot project, a Community Engagement initiative of
the Faculty of Education, provided a new lens through which to understand teacher
practice through ‘problem-posing’ as an effective means to enact ‘reflection in action’
(Schön, 1987). And, thirdly, it privileged arts-based modes of reflection, centring on
photography, photo-elicitation and curating multimodal narrative as a means of articulating
and understanding educational practice. Throughout the project, the coordinating team
embraced the notions of change and emergence, providing in-service mentoring to
participating teachers as they used the online platform to articulate their own enquiry
based learning journeys. This presentation synthesises the outcomes of the Curious
Schools pilot, shares the project’s online tools and content, and outlines the future
potential for Curious Schools as a new approach to supporting educators to keep focused
on quality pedagogy in times of curriculum change.
Arts for Sustainability
Emery, Sherridan1
University of Tasmania, Launceston, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Twenty first century societies are linked by a common thread - they all face issues relating
to sustainability. Increasingly, education is regarded as being key to bringing about more
sustainable futures. This presentation asserts that arts rich education has a substantial
contribution to make in understanding and responding to the issues that are relevant in
diverse global contexts. As the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable
Development (2005-2014) draws to a close, sustainability education has become part of
educational policy in the widespread curriculum reform taking place in Australia. The
implementation of the national curriculum in the Arts from 2014 requires educators to
address sustainability as a cross curriculum priority through arts education. “Arts for
Sustainability” is conceptualised as a pedagogical approach for developing arts rich
education that is relevant to the real-world challenges of the many differing contexts in
which education takes place. This approach considers arts inquiry learning through the
lens presented by the UNESCO four dimensions of sustainable futures model, which
encompasses environmental, social and cultural, economic and political dimensions of
sustainability (UNESCO, 2005). Teachers are tasked with developing in their students the
competencies necessary to participate in solutions that address the sustainability
imperative. What roles can creativity and the arts serve in the reorientation of education
towards sustainability? Furthermore, what roles should creativity and arts play in
sustainability education? These debates are problematised, drawing upon the findings of
research conducted with Tasmanian teachers in 2012 and key literature in the multiple
discourses of arts education and Education for Sustainability. It is proposed that Arts for
Sustainability has pedagogical affordances for authentic arts learning that is relevant to
diverse contexts. Arts for Sustainability represents an emergent field at the intersection
between arts education and Education for Sustainability, offering fertile ground for further
research into its pedagogical affordances for education. The implementation of the new
Australian Curriculum in the arts, and the sustainability cross curriculum priority provides
new impetus for researching intersections between these two fields of formal schooling.
Reference UNESCO. (2005). The decade of education for sustainable development at a
glance. Paris: UNESCO.
A Wishing Tree at the Street Games Festival
Erim, Gonca1
Uludag University, Gorukle/Bursa, TURKEY
[email protected]
Street games are generally the games that children play in the garden, on the street,
shortly in open air. Some group games which are played by at least two people have
universal qualities. From hundreds of years ago, many games have the reached the
present and according to conditions of the present they have undergone various changes
and are also played according to different rules. In our culture, the wishing tree is a
superstition which is still continued to be seen in various areas. The roots of this
superstition relates to the North and Middle Asia peoples old religion of Shamanism. After
Shamanism, some superstitions were not neglected and the wishing tree is one these. It is
the belief that a wish will come true by tying pieces of cloth on a tree which is considered
holy. The 'Street Games Festival' project is a research and applied project based on the
remembering of street games which are today replaced by computer games. The project
is about investigating old street games which have been started to be forgotten due to the
speedy development of technology and changing life conditions. The aim is to bring back
to life the street games and contribute to the social interaction between children. The
eighth 'Street Games Festival' project will be conducted in 2014 by the Bursa Municipality
City Museum, where I am a voluntary Arts Education advisor. The main aim of the study is
to discover the toys which the elder city children liked to play with, to see, if any, the toys
which remained from their older relatives, to gain knowledge on toy making and to share
their experiences about toys within a festival environment. Here, at the 'wishing tree'
station, they are expected to describe and interpret their views, in addition to compare the
activities of the previous year through interviews. The present study is important in terms
of children depicting the concepts of old street games and the 'wishing tree,' and also
being able to make toys from waste materials in order to add a different meaning to the
concept of wishing tree. In 2013 project of street games, a total of 45 students were
interviewed about the wishing tree station and toy making. During the making of the toys,
the materials which were used by the children were provided by the project management.
The number of students expected to participate in the 2014 research is unknown.
Keywords: Street Games, Wishing Tree, Toy Making, Arts Education
The Effects of Visual Arts Education Course on the Motor Development
of Mentally Disabled Children
Erim, Gonca1, Aksu Caferoglu, Muge1
Uludag University, Gorukle/Bursa, TURKEY
[email protected]
For children who have typical development and no mental disability, visual art education is
considered a process which further assists; a healthier development of their motor skills,
expressing their own inner world, and becoming more socialized during group work. In
every developmental stage of human history, two dimensional expressions such as
pictures, and three dimensional expressions such as statues have and still play an
important role in a person's life. Especially, children who are mentally disabled and have
difficulty in the area of social skills in daily life are able to use the visual arts lesson as a
tool to express their inner world. The present study, is composed of the results of the 'the
special education teachers' views of art work on the effect of mentally disabled students'
discovered in the 'The Contribution of Visual Arts Education on the Motor Development of
Mentally Disabled Children' titled M.A. thesis presented by Muge Aksu Caferoglu and
conducted on my behalf. This study, aims to discover the difficulties faced by the
teachable mentally disabled students at the first stage of elementary education, during the
motor skills work conducted in the visual arts lesson. The study also investigates the
special education teachers' views relating to the effects that the visual arts lesson can
have on the motor development of the teachable mentally disabled students. The scope of
the study is formed on the basis of administering questionnaires to a total of eighty five
special education teachers working in fifteen special education institutions located within
the borders of the province Bursa, located in Turkey. The results are interpreted and
displayed the forms of tables. According to the findings of the study; there was general
agreement that the visual arts education is influential on the development of the mentally
disabled children and that these lessons enhanced the children's motor skills in terms of
hands-eye coordination. Based on the findings of the present study, it can be
recommended that there should be more place given to arts education which consists of
fine motor activities for the development of the motor skill degrees of mentally disabled
children, that these institutions should have art educators and art ateliers, and finally
special education teachers should also have training in arts education.
Keywords: Fine Arts Education, Fine Arts, Mentally Disable Children, Motor Development
CREMA - Community of Research in Education, Music, and the Arts
Ervasti, Marja1, Tenhu, Tapio1
University of Oulu, Faculty of Education, Oulu, FINLAND
[email protected]
Music and the arts are ubiquitous in human cultures. They affect us and our minds in
meaningful ways, but the mechanisms and the significance of those effects remain largely
unknown. CREMA is the Community of Research (RC) in Education, Music, and the Arts,
that combines the scientific study of learning and teaching, development and education
with research in artistic domains. It is a combination of pragmatism and continental
phenomenology and their approaches to embodiment, experience and processes of
learning where music and the arts serve as an underlying, unifying framework. Among the
larger issues of research are creativity and pedagogy, subject integration in the arts,
experiential and social dynamics of learning, life-long learning, and signification in music
and the arts. Our current research topics include • project-learning as learning method, •
leadership in pedagogy, • pedagogical and artistic micro-history, • auditive analysis of song
interpretation • pedagogy of composing. • meaning of art While our methods depend on
the task at hand, the narrative methods of inquiry has a prominent role in our research.
The members of our research community have a rich background in education, music, and
the arts. CREMA 1. hosts active researcher training, currently of ten doctoral students and
a few prospective ones. 2. gives a chance for a fruitful interplay of applying research
outcomes to music and arts pedagogy, and accessing artistic and pedagogical practices
for objects of our research. our connections 3. “To think by doing arts” 4. The study of
learning and teaching in music and the arts might serve as a window to the study of
learning and teaching in general. Music and the arts challenge educational research in
numerous ways and, as we see it, a suitable cross-fertilization of different research topics.
Our proposal will focus on our theses, the pedagogy of composing and meaning of art
within the Crema focus.
Social inclusion through the Visual Arts: The context of the Margins
Farrell, Lindsay1
Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper reports on a research project which sought to investigate the role of art as a
means of social inclusion. The research project was conducted by a team of university
researchers in art within hospitals, art within prisons and art with homeless, marginalised
groups in Brisbane, Australia in 2011 - 2012. The research demonstrated that arts
education can change lives and promote social inclusion. The ethnographic, qualitative
research was focused on art education, delivered in community settings and explored
notions of social inclusion with a wide range of participants. The research found that
participants were able to gain new understandings of art, art institutions, social
interactions, relationships, arts practice, community participation and futures. It showed
that visual arts education was a powerful way for individuals and groups of people to make
meanings through engagement with arts practice and frame their interpretive personal and
social experience.
A Slovenian phenomenon - painted beehive front panels
Fašmon, Rasta1
Dijaški Dom Lizike Janar, Maribor, SLOVENIA
[email protected]
In the 18th and 19th centuries apiculture was one of the most important economic
branches in Slovenia. Beekeeping in Slovenia has a long tradition. We are very proud of
the native Carniolan bee (Apismelliferacarnica). The excellent bee products and painted
beehives are a Slovenian phenomena. The excellent bee products and painted beehives
are a pride of Slovenia. Painted beehive panels are part of Slovenian cultural heritage. The
wooden panels on the front of bee houses posed a challenge for folk artists. 'Beehive
Panel ' is the name that is used for the painted boards, which close the Carniola bee
hives. Beehive panels were painted by late baroque painters, farmer painters, entirely selftaught painters and occasional painters. Among them were also beekeepers, who painted
their own beehives. Beehive panel painting started in the Slovenian districts of Carinthia
and Carniola. Pictures emerged in the mid-18th Century. Painting on wooden boards was
thereafter extended to the entire territory of Slovenia. The images flourished in the period
between 1820 and 1880. In the early 20th century beehive panel paintings became
increasingly rare. Painting on hives ended sometime after the First World War. Beehive
panels have unusual size in that they have a disproportionate width and height. The
panels typically measure 30 centimetres by 12.5 centimetres respectively. The colours on
the beehive panels are made from durable linseed oil, natural pigments as well as wax
coating. Slovenia ' museums have preserved a lot of original paintings on beehive panels.
The Most valuable collections of painted beehive panels in Slovenia are held at the
Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and the Museum of Apiculture in Radovljica. Over the
150 year history more than 50,000 beehive panels with around 600 different motifs were
painted. They have predominantly figural motifs. Half of them depict religious themes.
Saintly motives on bee houses were painted in order to protect bees. After 1820 the
paintings of saints joined motifs from everyday life and motives of fictional messages.
Painters depicted a lot of historical events and many scenes from everyday life, like
misogynist images, professional hierarchy and satire from everyday life. Many of these
themes are often depicted through animals. The painters also painted the celebrations and
wars. Lots of beehive panels illustrate animals. There are some very interesting designs
that draw attention to human folly along with a few motifs that mocked women. Paintings
are very important because images show the relationship between human beings and the
world. Beekeepers installed beehive panels at honey houses and so visually distinguished
hives from each other. Bee houses became ‘open air art galleries’. Beehive front panels
have been researched by a number of authors. Art teachers are working hard to ensure
that painted beehive panels do not disappear into oblivion, as they are unique in the word.
Slovenia is the only European Union member state to have protected its native the
Carniola bee. Beehive panels represent an indispensable part of Slovenian folk art. Today
it is possible to buy replicas of beehive panels and decorate homes with them. New
beehive panels done in the antique style can be found among the more original Slovenian
tourist souvenirs. Some Slovenian beekeepers still like to adorn their bee houses with
painted panels. Some of them also use modern motifs. In Slovenia some art contests for
children on the theme ‘painted beehive front panels’ have been organised. Some of the
artworks at design contests were extremely interesting. An interesting international project
was also ‘The ax in honey’ where the renowned artists from different countries drew
comics based on motifs from the beehive panels treasury. The result was a collection of
nine books titled 'Honey Talks - Comics Inspired by Painted Beehive Panels’. I will take the
initiative to invite art teachers and children from different parts of Slovenia to enter the
creative Competition ‘Painted beehive front panels - satire of everyday life’, where the
young artists should produce beehive panels using both old and new techniques. Let 's
work together to combine tradition and innovation!
Equally Engaged: Demystifying Tertiary Study in the Creative Arts to
Equity Communities
Felton, Emma1
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
The participation rate of students from low socio-economic (SES) backgrounds into
Australian universities remains low. A three-year nationwide initiative, Higher Education
Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) aims to stimulate interest, highlight
career possibilities and ultimately raise participation rates of Equity targeted groups. The
program also aims to improve retention and completion rates of the cohort. This paper
provides a preliminary evaluation of QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty’s creative
arts/industries outreach programs to low SES school students in Brisbane’s northern
region. In-school programs have been delivered to hundreds of school students over a
three-year period across a range of disciplines including digital storytelling, drama, dance,
advertising and creative writing. Presenting the arts and creative industries as a viable
study / career pathway is particularly challenging with low SES groups. However, the focus
on the creative industries aims to broaden understanding of arts and creativity,
emphasising the significance of digital technology in creative practice and in the
transformation of the workforce. Despite the precarity of work and low-incomes of many
people working in the arts and creative industries, research shows a significant growth in
certain jobs and new career opportunities for creative industries workers in the creative
and non-creative sectors (Cunningham 2012). Many of the Faculty’s in-school programs
have attempted to emphasize the role of digital technologies both in creative practice and
in developing skills relevant to new and emerging career opportunities. The paper provides
data from program evaluation surveys of both teachers and students.
The Innovative Role a High School Visual Arts Program Plays in a
Standardized Test Driven Educational World
Filbin, Deborah1, 2
Bloom High School, Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA
[email protected]
Throughout my career as an American teacher working in the Chicago area, I have seen
firsthand the shift to conservative educational policies that have directly affected classroom
practice. As educators, we are told it is our jobs to prepare our students for a global
society; however, I believe the current American constant cycle of standardized testing is
more stifling and localizing than ever. Repetitive information based testing removes the
possibilities for creative thought and creative problem solving, both of which are imperative
for adaptation to a changing world. As an art teacher, I am continually returning to the
questions, “Why teach art?” and “Why is art necessary for our students’ educational
experiences?” America is experiencing budget issues that have seriously impacted
schools. In a data driven testing culture, we are forced to examine what art teaches and
why art should be kept in schools. Often American schools that are in great financial need
cut the arts first (Ravitch, 2012). I would argue that in areas of poverty, the arts are
tremendously important to the lives of the students they serve. Without exposure to the
arts in schools, many students are at a disadvantage and do not have the personal means
to seek the rich opportunities that arts bring. The arts help students flourish providing them
with successful school experiences that go beyond success on a test. The future of our
world will be determined by those who possess the foresight to perceive problems before
they present themselves, at the same time searching for and finding solutions. Isn’t that
how the most creative organizations thrive? Survival in the future depends on our ability to
solve problems and a good art education program teaches students both problem-posing
and problem-solving methods (Freire, 1970). I teach in a school that is not only one of the
lowest ranking high schools in the state of Illinois when it comes to testing performance,
but also a school that has more than 60% of our student body coming from a home that is
at poverty level. I teach in a diverse population that is mainly minority, but in my classroom
there are no minorities: just students. I know firsthand what it is to teach in a low
performing school that constantly deals with issues related to poverty, and I also know that
I never give up on my students. I do not allow these external obstacles to prevent me from
being the best teacher I can, and I do not allow these obstacles to get in the way of my
students grasping opportunities to experience and learn what creativity and creative
problem solving processes can be. In my presentation, The Innovative Role a High School
Visual Arts Program Plays in a Standardized Test Driven Educational World, for the InSEA
34th world congress whose theme is Diversity through Art - Change, Continuity, Context, I
will explicitly address two of the questions in the Call for the conference: “What are the
implications for the way we teach and what we teach in schools for creative practice?” and
“Should the celebration of diversity be at the core of the visual arts in dealing with these
challenges and opportunities?” My presentation directly examines how I design high
school art curriculum to address the “cultural mix in societies,” which provides students
with engaging opportunities to authentically define what matters to them in a changing
world that often does not honor their voices. In this auto-ethnographic presentation, I
address the personal experiences that shaped me both as an artist and an art educator.
Further, I explore how my experiences extend into innovative curriculum design comprised
of high school art lessons, which students and I co-construct, whose purpose it is to
support student diversity exemplified in its multiple points of view and dynamic exchanges
of the heart. In this presentation, I will examine my journey as an urban art educator who
embraces her students’ diversity, hoping that the creative experiences of my students in
my art education program will serve to collaboratively shape the future. Ravitch, D.
(2010). The death and the life of the great American school system: How testing and
choice are undermining education. New York: Basic Books. Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of
the oppressed. New York: Continuum International.
Current Arts Education Research in Germany
Fink, Tobias1, Kuschel, Sarah1, Hill, Burkhard1, Reinwand-Weiss, VanessaIsabelle1
University of Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Germany
[email protected]
The presentation will recap the current state of research in Arts Education in Germany.
The topic is how Arts Education is being researched in diverse contexts. Current studies in
different subjects like music, theatre, fine arts, dance or circus will be presented.
Furthermore, education in and outside the school context and the discussion of Arts
Education in different academic disciplines and fields are taken into account. In Germany,
an increasing attention towards Arts Education can be noticed in recent years, yet there
are still various scientific gaps and challenges. These include the need of a nationwide
monitoring for standardized statistics in Arts Education as well as an increase of processbased research that is able to trace the different individual processes triggered through the
Arts. Also, a methodological repertoire which offers adequate methods to approach
different research questions needs further development. The variety of subjects, themes,
and disciplines as well as the communication gaps between the fields are causing several
difficulties: - Innovative research approaches of other scientific fields are frequently not
noticed at all. - The results of similar research topics do not refer to each other so that it is
quite difficult to judge their significance for a greater scientific context. - Results have only
little response and use in practical fields, students and junior scientists have barely no
overview of theories and research methods and a lot of desiderata in research are not
visible to the scientific community. The national network “Netzwerk Forschung Fulturelle
Bildung” ( is an interdisciplinary association of
researchers and professionals who work in research institutions, universities or in different
practical fields of Arts Education. The Network organizes Conferences and working groups
for a concentrated examination of Arts Education, different methods of research and
findings are discussed and practiced. One part of the Network is a colloquium of junior
scientists who are working on their PhD thesis in different subjects, disciplines and with
various methods. As we are part of this association, we will also refer to the current
discussions within the Network. In order to fill the gaps stated above, the Network
contributes to a systematization of research. Part of this are two anthologies that deal with
theories and research questions with a focal point on the paradigm of performative
research. The presentation contributes essential topics, questions and requirements
which are currently virulent in Arts Education Research in Germany, and aims for
discussing and contextualizing them in an international context.
Enhancing drawing and learning with new technology: NGA iPad project
- a pilot
Fracaro, Michelle1, Boag, Adriane1
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
In 2012 the National Gallery of Australia invested in a set of iPads to be used for a range
of educational activities in the gallery spaces. Staff were interested to explore the ways a
digital device could enhance, rather than dominate the learning experience and interaction
with the works of art. Initially the iPads were connected to a discreet drawing activity as
part of an annual community event, The Big Draw. The possibilities were immediately
recognised and subsequently, the iPads were quickly utilised for numerous other projects
over a 12 month period. At its core, The NGA iPad project has focussed on the
possibilities for collaborative drawing activities which digital processes make possible.
Learning and Access staff have continued to work with a number of commercially available
apps to create unique drawing experiences for a range of audiences - including primary
and secondary school groups and the National Summer Art Scholarship program, which
involves 16 Year 11 students from across Australia coming to the Gallery for a week. A
variety of community groups, including carers groups, which are made up of a range of
ages and abilities, have also completed iPad programs as have intergenerational groups.
As part of the iPad project, the technology and associated activities were also integrated
the into the exhibition Family Activity Room for Turner from the Tate: the Making of a
Master as well as developing specialised study sessions for secondary students for the
temporary exhibition William Kentridge: Drawn from Africa. This paper will explore some
of the benefits and challenges that have been experienced throughout the project, which
has culminated in the creation of a NGA specific drawing app for the Family Activity Room,
associated with the Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru exhibition.
Teaching that which they already know : cyber media literacy and new
media art
Freire, Manuelle1
Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA
[email protected]
In this presentation I will share a unit of lessons I developed for an undergraduate art
education teacher-training course, on the topic of cybermedia literacy and new media art.
The goals of this unit are to foster awareness about how pre-service art educators
participate in digital, networked virtual spaces, to critically understand the media they
already use, and to further explore ways of making that they already know. As I reflected
on my teaching practice with three groups of pre-service art educators in two consecutive
years, I concluded that although these future art teachers grew up immersed in
cyberspace and use digital technologies on a daily basis, they are often hesitant when it
comes to introducing new media and new technologies in their art teaching. The
technologies and media that strongly influence and shape their social interactions and
visual culture are embedded in their lives in a subtle, almost invisible way. This means that
the knowledge and skills they acquire intuitively as they read, produce and exchange
media, are a form of literacy that is for them hard to deconstruct in terms of how it is
acquired (learnt) and how it can be transmitted (taught). Therefore, the meta-skills at play
in the unit of lessons I developed are the ability to deconstruct these processes, to think of
creative and pedagogical ways of using technologies in the art classroom, and to
incorporate their own creative practices, as well as that of other artists, into personal
teaching strategies and original activities. The curriculum I will present is situated within
current discussions of the implications of cybermedia in art education, and innovative
approaches that are being proposed for pedagogy adapted to our increasingly
technologically mediated reality and new media culture. Central to these approaches is the
idea that the student is now seen as participant in this culture, and as producer of the
media text. This breaks away from the legacy of Visual Culture Art Education, which has
perpetuated a received view about our visual culture that places the student as the
consumer of the media text, and therefore presupposes dichotomies of viewer/viewed,
student/teacher and active/passive relationships. Inspired by emerging models for new
media art education, I advocate that to be consistent inside and outside the classroom, art
education can explore new media culture using the same processes students already
engaged on a daily basis, which are fundamental processes of new media art practices. I
also demonstrate how knowledge transfer can move away from a unidirectional and
authoritative teacher-student relationship by privileging cooperation and exchanges
between learners, teachers and existing communities of new media art practice.
Interfaces: Media Theory and Art Education
Fritzsche, Marc1
Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany
[email protected]
The presentation is based on my dissertation project in which I discuss the link between
media theory and art education. My starting point is a definition of medium as a space of
possibility rather than a means for transmitting information. The interface serves as border
and access point to a medium. This goes far beyond (but still includes) a definition of
interface as in man-machine-interface. I started with a thorough research of publications
and found that there is no comprehensive interface theory yet. For my own media theory of
the interface I drew inspirations from theoretical fragments, historical as well as
contemporary artwork, technical devices and fictional concepts for interfaces. Based on
this interface theory I draw conclusions regarding general education and art education.
Connecting the idea of Bildung and media theory, I propose a definition of learning as
extension of the personal space of possibility. My presentation will give a brief overview of
the aspects mentioned above. After relating my interface theory to current international art
education research, I apply the results to a selection of classroom projects from the
Comenius project “Images and Identity”. It was funded by the European Union and
combined art and citizenship education (Mason/Buschkühle 2013). The interfaces relevant
for my presentation include those between art teacher and learner as well as those
between man and machine. I consider the focus on interfaces to be appropriate in order to
draw distinctions that allow for a new perspective on analysis and design of art education
projects both with and without digital media.
The Scream' in Snow. Edvard Munch as inspiration for exemplary
education of Norwegian teacher students.
Gaardvik, Mette1, Stoll, Karin1, Soermo Wenche1
Nesna University College, Nesna, NORWAY
[email protected]
A practical necessity for survival in the Arctic region has been the ability to build ice caves
or igloos and to utilise snow and ice covered landscape for transport. Constructing with
snow and ice has also been the basis for cultural identity, aesthetics and art in Arctic
regions throughout history, and these practical skills should be transferred to future
generations. This presentation will document a snow sculpting project in northern Norway
with students from the elementary school teacher education program at Nesna University
College that will be conducted in February, 2014. One of the aims of Norwegian teacher
education is to teach “location based” learning, thereby educating a teacher who can
contribute to more active, healthy, engaged and environmentally aware children. The goal
of this interdisciplinary project between the divisions of Arts and Crafts and Natural
Science is to increase the students knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of
snow through the creative processes of sculpting. In addition, the physics of sound and the
physiology of hearing will be a topic linked to elements of performance art. The students
creativity will be challenged by transforming Munch’s 2D painting “The Scream” into a 3D
sculpture of snow and ice. Inspired by performance artist Marina Abramovic’s invitation “to
scream with the Scream” ( a-skrike-med-Skrik--7252745.html) in Oslo / Norway July 2013,
the students will build a frame of snow, then explore expression of the voice by screaming
themselves. Their screams will be filmed and recorded and the sound pressure levels and
frequencies measured. For documentation and evaluation of the project, the students will
keep a blog and photo journal. These will include their project drafts as well as reflections
on learning encounters in natural science and arts and crafts. With a focus on their future
teaching role, the practical and mental challenges they will face during the project will also
be included. The blogs will document the creative process, pictures of the snow sculptures
and recordings of the screams. In addition, the blogs will increase the students oral, written
and digital media skills and visualize the outcome of the project for a wider audience. After
the project, the students will have an internship for a total of three weeks. They will
conduct interdisciplinary teaching assignments outdoors, in the snow, with their pupils and
be responsible for the planning of their lessons. We will follow a select few during their
internship to observe how they plan their outdoor lessons and perform as teachers. An
important research goal is to see how they use the practical and theoretical skills learned
from “The Scream” project. Through interviews after the internship, we will expound on
their experiences with their teaching role in the outdoors. A presentation will be given of
the results from “The Scream” project and the following internship experiences.
Examining the contribution of media arts in childrens learning lives: an
Australian primary school case study.
Goodlad, Nicole1
The University Of Newcastle, Newcastle, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Recent research (Buckingham & Sefton-Green, 2003; Dezuaani, 2009; Jenkins, 2006;
Sefton-Green, 2006) identifies the benefits of media arts learning for children as better
preparing them to contribute to the world around them, as being emotionally engaging,
expanding creative thinking and doing and ensuring digitally mediated experiences. As a
new social practice (Lankshear & Knobel, 2006), the role of media arts is constantly
changing given the increasingly central role of digital media tools across all significant
areas of childrens lives, including education, entertainment and leisure. At the centre of
this social practice are new skills and new ways of producing and distributing meaningful
cultural practice and experiences through digital media code. However little research has
addressed what is relevant to the individual child in their interactions and connections to
media arts experiences. What new potentials does this create between subject disciplines,
between school and home life for childrens learning lives? This presentation will unpack
the literature around childrens media arts learning lives and the discourse on the changing
role of digital media tools. It will also share emerging ideas around the data collection
stages of the study.
Teaching Education: Learning technologies and build identities in
contemporary art
Gouvea Pimentel, Lucia1
EBA/UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, BRAZIL
[email protected]
Contemporary Technology is understood to mean all the tools and equipment that are at
our disposal nowadays, i.e. all the technology embraced by current thinking. Thus, the
teaching and learning of art has to deal with both the construction of aesthetic knowledge
with traditional materials and technology, and the technology that is continually being
developed (and incorporated into people's day-to-day lives). And it needs to be based on
an openness to interaction with anything capable of improving individual and collective
knowledge. It is by means of experimentation and experience that knowledge is
constructed. A wider artistic practice generates and stimulates the exchange of
knowledge. At present, learning is the focus of teaching. When teaching is the main
emphasis in education, content becomes the most important factor; when learning is the
main emphasis, the most important factor becomes stimulating the desire to learn, so that
the student wishes to construct knowledge. It falls to art teaching, therefore, to facilitate
significant experiences that will lead to thoughts about art that can be translated into
positive results - whether objects or the contextualisation and enjoyment of those objects.
The dynamic of artistic production has to do, precisely, with translating reflection and
insight into forms, sounds, colours, movements, gestures etc. Art is thought, and artistic
thought involves imaginative space, not as a random space, but as a space where
knowledge can be constructed. Art is a driving-force: it is a way of organising ideas and
expressing emotions, and it is reflected both in art works and in the enjoyment and
contextualisation of those works. The process of constructing knowledge, together with
ensuing significant advances in knowledge, is linked to methodological rupture:
abandonment, or change of use, of tools; new definitions of the criteria for identifying
phenomena; new ways of analysing data etc. Thus, knowledge about artefacts - tools and
technology - made by people for the purpose of making life easier is a prerequisite for the
emergence of new forms of expression. Technology is a necessary resource in the
construction of knowledge - a resource that is created and transformed into culture in
accordance with historic demands, needs and processes. This has to do with products,
tools, instruments and methods of use created for modifying and planning - and interacting
and playing with - nature. The challenge is to think about the teaching and learning of art
as mediated by technology, and not just by technology as a set of tools, but by technology
as a variety of ways of thinking about art. There are innumerable types of IT at our
disposal that need to be better known by both teachers and students: the web, electronic
games, hypertext, search engines, video art, crickets, scratches etc. The decision about
which is the appropriate facility at any given moment is a continuous task. Contemporary
technology is present everywhere, which makes it especially important that art should not
be treated just as another type of communication. It needs to be remembered that the
triggers of aesthetic experience need to extend beyond 'art gallery art', important as that
might be, to other equally relevant types of art, such as crafts, popular art, electronic art
etc. Teaching, learning and research are always political activities - they are not immune to
the relationships of power in personal and social life. Our social repertory and experience
is not organised on the basis of a single identity and status, but on the basis of social
problems. Teaching with contemporary technology and constructing identity in art is a
challenge that faces us and that demands new ways of thinking and new approaches.
Setting challenges for the art/education research agenda
Gouvea Pimentel, Lucia2, Ribeiro, Mónica1
EBA/UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, BRAZIL
[email protected]
Thinking about teaching and learning art after the first decade of the 21st Century needs to
be set in the global context of, for instance: web-based communications; the presence of
technology in the everyday life of people who live in places that have been privileged by
the media culture; recent neuroscientific discoveries and their application in various
spheres of life, including art education; the permanent threat of economic collapse; the
possibility of collective mobilisation in the struggle for rights of citizenship; positive laws
that give the right to be different; inability to fulfil laws already enacted for the inclusion of
art knowledge in the formal education curriculum; the increase in licentiateships in art. The
text we propose is based on awareness of that context and is intended to discuss
challenges for the art education research agenda. We understand the theme Diversity
through Art as the possibility of constructing a complex epistemological platform for
considering questions about art teaching and learning. The methodological process
includes a literature review, particularly of the ideas about; context put forward by Ana Mae
Barbosa; body-mind continuity; and the interaction of cognition and emotion suggested by
the cognitive sciences; experience, as put forward by John Dewey. The question of
context becomes inescapable when we consider it as a result of dialogues and
relationships established in a given environment, as proposed by the art educator Ana
Mae Barbosa. In this way, context necessarily relates to the diversity of art teaching
activities. Consequently we do not consider that the proposal for an agenda for research in
art is applicable to each and every area of artistic investigation. We start from recognition
of the differences arising from the need for living together amid diversity. Based on
dialectical practice, the notion of context also presupposes that educational activities, and
the relationship between teacher and student, should rather be considered as horizontal,
rather than top-down. The importance of the relationship of the participants in the teaching
process is emphasised primarily by distinguishing the connections in which interest, desire
and affection are basic for the construction of knowledge about art. We reflect on how to
make more flexible the rules in place for reinforcing the status quo, i.e. the method of
constructing knowledge proposed by the teaching institutions on the basis of laws,
parameters and models authorised by governments. We repeat that this does not concern
some sort of utopian rebellion intended to force institutions to 'swallow' our proposals, but
it does concern a study of the friction between art and institution. Nor are we questioning
the presence of art in the formal curriculum, but we do wish to discuss how to maintain the
health of art within a structure based on a priori models; in particular we wish to prioritise
linear models of learning and to establish content with specific and clear objectives
adaptable to each student. We are focussing on the excessive categorisation of artistic
models at a time when preference should be given to inter- and trans-disciplinarity. We
should be able to enjoy visual art in such a way that we are drawn to art galleries, to the
streets and other places for the sort of performance art that was initiated in the middle of
the 20th Century, and to engage with the sheer physicality of dance. Theatre - art
requiring our presence - is now presented on the internet, which raises questions about
presence itself. We are living at a time when the boundaries between different forms of
artistic expression are dissolving. How should we make best use of this situation in basic
education? Based on ideas about art teaching from various researchers around the world,
we propose part of an agenda for research into art in Brazil, in which we set forth
challenges rather than direct proposals for change. 1. Overturning the neuro-scientific (but
actually unscientific) myths that afflict art teaching. 2. Understanding of the relationship
between knowledge and emotion and - as has been mentioned many times - the continuity
between body and mind, together with the practical implications of that continuity. 3.
Discussion about mobilising conceptual and technical operatives to give practical
assistance in formal basic teaching. 4. Reflexion about the disjunction between the time in
which we live and think about art, and the linear, chronological time represented by the
formal curriculum. We should like to emphasise that this is only part of an agenda and
therefore - important as it is - not adequate by itself.
Extreme Theory and Liminal Practice in Art Education
Graham, Mark1
Brigham Young University, Provo, USA
[email protected]
The fundamentals of art education including the absence of pervasive set of rules, goals,
or strategies has been debated for generations (Barkan, 1963; Eisner, 1963; Ecker,
1965; Efland, 1964; Arnstine, 1965; Lanier, 1963). The utility of research in art education
and the disjunction between theory and practice has been a consistent lament of art
educators (Johansen, 1983; Hafeli, 2009; Herman, 2005; Sullivan 1989). These scholars
were all troubled by the lack of a consensus on basic philosophical definitions of art and
art-making. Fifty years ago, Vincent Lanier suggested that art education was in a state of
splintering and diversity that would give way to a new synthesis. Instead, the field
continued into an era where everything is in flux, an unsettled state of perpetual pluralism,
too unstable to allow for a paradigm on which to build a theory (Pearse, 1992). Many art
teachers are skeptical about research and theory, seeing them as irrelevant and esoteric.
Many researchers make little effort to make their questions relevant to practicing art
educators (Erikson, 1979). Theorists often forget the history of art education, in order to
blaze new trails and cast aside older practices. Originality, creativity, and iconoclasm are
rewarded as traditions are abandoned (Halefi, 2009). The debate over the content of
educational research and its subsequent impact, if any, on classroom practice has gone
on for many years with concerns that research has lost touch with mainstream issues
(Chapman, 1982; Day & DiBlasio, 1983; La Chapelle, 1982; Lovano-Kerr & Rush, 1982).
Education theorists often create polarities between the best way things should be done,
and other practices that are considered outmoded, anachronistic or even harmful. For
example, I often hear that students should never copy or make “cookie cutter art” because
these approaches hamper personal creativity. But I happen to be very fond of cookie
cutters and coloring books. Coloring books may have educational and emotional benefits
(Barry, 2010). Instead of best practices, prescriptive theory might usefully be thought of as
a tension between ranges of competing ideals (Jaffee, Barniskis, & Cox, 2013). Some
extremes that define ranges of theory include; absence versus presence, boundaries
versus openness, and process versus product. Other extremes include narrow creative
constraints versus open-ended art-making; no use of visual reference versus direct
copying; or principles of design versus hybrid post-modern structure. They might include
formalist structure versus critical theory; solitary work versus collaborative work; or
originality versus artistic influence. If thought of in this way, the relationship between
theory and practice becomes more nuanced and informed by learning contexts and a
diverse art education practice becomes possible. “The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but
the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth” (Niels Bohr).
Descriptive theory is intended to explain things based on general principles. Prescriptive
theory, on the other hand, argues that there is a best way to do the way things that should
be done and that there is a set of principles on which practice should be based.
Prescriptive theorists like to talk about best practices in education. But the idea of best
practices is illusory, limiting, reductive, and limiting (Barney, 2009; Jaffee, Barniskis, &
Cox, 2013). Instead of seeking the best way to do something, perhaps we should look for
ways to get better at what we are doing (Shirky, 2011). Rather than a striving for a static
state of optimization, a complex system, such as a classroom, is evolving and learning. It
is not static but is vibrantly sufficient (Davis, Sumara & Luce-Kaplan, 2008). Competing
prescriptive theories are based upon different, often oppositional value systems. Art is an
essentially complex and contested concept (Gallie, 1956). Because, as art educators, we
hold different conceptions of art and thrive in different art worlds, agreement upon
prescriptive theory that will lead to universally agreed upon practice is impossible. This
presentation will describe extreme theories in art education and recent critiques of theory.
It is important to consider how theories can limit practice in an attempt to reduce them to
best practice. This presentation describes a more expansive relationship between theory
and practice where theory takes into account a wide range of practices, all of which are
subject to critical examination and improvement. Vibrant and diverse art education
practices will be described within the liminal or in-between spaces of theory. This is an
idiosyncratic methodology of artistry and teaching that accounts for the deeply satisfying
diversity of art and life.
Spytoons, Outsider Art, and the Amazing Case of Brian
Graham, Mark1
Brigham Young University, Provo, USA
[email protected]
Over the course of my career as a high school art teacher, I often noticed the remarkable
achievements of students who were classified with various kinds of learning disabilities.
Their classification as special education students often came as a surprise to me, since
they were, in many cases, outstanding art students. The visual arts were often an area
where these students excelled, and in many cases, their success in art became a
springboard to further academic success. Brian stands out as being particularly
exceptional. Brian is an autistic student, who, in the course of his high school career, was
accompanied by an aide throughout all of his classes. In contrast to his limitations in some
learning areas, he had a rich inner artistic world, which flowered while he was in high
school. This presentation documents how an art class can provide a rich learning
environment for special education students, including autistic spectrum students. The case
of Brian and his artistry will be examined through video interviews and an exposition of his
artwork in the context of autistic spectrum students and other outsider artists.
An art
teacher often gathers unique insights into how schools can fail or fulfill their objectives
through the eyes of special education students. Some of these students develop
sophisticated literacy that extends beyond words and numbers, where they may have
experienced frustration or problems. As a result, they are able to express important
insights into how they learn and how a classroom can facilitate this learning. This
presentation will explore some of these stories, often told in a variety of artistic languages
and examine their implications for teaching and learning for students who are classified as
special education students. It will also examine in detail Brian's story as he navigated
school and how art was able to give him a voice to express a rich world of ideas.
Blended Learning and Art Education : Student participation
collaborative authentic assessment projects
Grenfell, Jenny1
Deakin University Geelong ,Victoria, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper reports on higher education student engagement in blended learning
experiences incorporating located , cloud based (online) and virtual world art education
environments. It focuses on the collaboration between students enrolled in two
undergraduate units, one in art education and the other in public relations to develop and
implement an integrated multi discipline authentic assessment project. It is contended that
immersion in a graphically built, socially networked 3D multi user virtual environments
(MUVES), cloud based (online) and located, real-world settings support the creation of
problem-solving communi¬ties and encourages synchronous and asynchronous student
participation in authentic problem solving and collaborative art practice. Interacting with colearners, students gain knowledge and skills through situated learning, which can be
defined as the application of knowledge, learned in one setting, and transferred to another
and where immersion in a virtual learning experience leads to higher level engagement on
a transfer task, in a real world setting. In this project, collaborative blended e-learning
involved the creation of a collection of digital artworks by art education students using
computer software located in a real world environment. These artworks were curated and
exhibited by the students in a virtual gallery on Deakin Arts Education island in Second
Life. For public relations students, the virtual art exhibition was the focus of a virtual
campaign that was researched, designed and developed by them to promote the Deakin
Virtual Art Gallery on Deakin Island in Second Life. The final promotion for the Virtual
Gallery was presented by the students at a symposium in both real and virtual world
What a difference a Visual Education Makes: preserving visual knowing
in the learning continuum, a must for future teachers
Grushka, Kathryn1, Goodlad, Nicole1
University of Newcastle, Newcastle, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper argues that the continuity and focus on visual education as a core 21st century
skill must be maintained. It critically examines global educational trends that are shaping
school and teacher education policies and curriculum, and how they continue to threaten
the access of students to the very knowledge and skills that will best prepare them for the
new media world. It argues visual education is central to multimodal education and to an
understanding of the semiotic complexity of new technologies. It argues that pre-service
teachers should have the skills to access complexity of the real and virtual visual
experiences and be able to move fluently between metaphoric, abstract and symbolic
representations. 21st century communication will see all learners as visual producers,
able to move beyond the illustrative to more critical, complex and expressive visual forms
of communication employing creative meaning making strategies. This visual proficiency
will emerge from classrooms acculturated with visual pedagogies. While the significance
of images, film and new media within classroom literacy practices has been acknowledged
the focus, in terms of time devoted to studying how images carry meanings, continues to
be skewed at all levels of education, including tertiary education, towards the ability to
access and decode images, rather than their production. Visual education remains
compromised by the amount of time in curriculum devoted to working with images in all its
forms and with the full range of technologies. The paper presents the results of a recent
research pilot study into how pre-service teachers are increasingly engaging with multiple
image forms in their daily lives and the impact of this practice on their perceptions about
the role of images in their pedagogies. Emerging from the survey data (n. 100) of preservice teacher educators at a regional Australian University was evidence that the preservice teachers had limited awareness of the work images do in the semiotic complexity
of contemporary society and that they also had limited insights and skills into how to
produce effective images for communicative purposes. This translated directly into how
they are able to use visual pedagogies in classroom learning. Drawing on an analysis of
pre-service teacher interviews, this tale is further elaborated. It demonstrates the
significant impact of a visual education on pre-service teachers’ multimodal learning
knowledge and visual pedagogies. The data reveals that the study of visual education
beyond the mandatory K-7 requirement in Australian curriculum impacted directly on the
knowledge and skills of non-visual art specialist pre-service teachers and their willingness
to work with images in their pedagogies. It argues that a study of any area of visual
education beyond the mandatory study in secondary schooling makes a difference to the
visual proficiency levels of pre-service teachers and that continued efforts must be
maintained to ensure the place of visual education in the current and future learning
Visual Narrative Identities and Aesthetic agency in an Arts Health
Grushka, Kathryn1
University of Newcastle, Newcastle, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Situated within the fields of visual art, philosophy, philosophical psychology and narrative
inquiry this paper presents the theoretical underpinnings and the artmaking outcomes of a
visual narrative arts health project: artmaking, visual narrative and wellbeing. Drawing on
two case studies it argues how the intrinsic, emotional and adaptability benefits of learning
in the visual arts and through arts participation provides aesthetic agency (White, 2011)
and have affordances for learning in diverse contexts. The paper will describe the research
project carried out by the University of Newcastle and the Autoimmune Resource and
Research Centre (ARRC) at John Hunter Hospital, Australia and how visual narratives
were employed in the project. It will outline the arts-based narrative inquiry processes, the
data sources and the qualitative strategies that were intersected with quantitative medical
physical functionality indicators. The visual narrative inquiry methods employed personal
images and objects, metaphoric meanings and montage methods. This paper will focus
specifically on the analysis on two case studies within the project to demonstrate and
support how narrative identities are closely tied to how we give meaning to our lives for
psychosocial well-being (Bauer, McAdams & Pals, 2008). It will reveal how working with
time and memory to re-image narrative spaces allowed the case study participants to
grapple with the fragility of memory, the events of the past and how they concerned
themselves with illness and matters of humanity. It will argue that time and memory work
explored through visual narratives supported a renewed confidence in their life journey and
that the affordance of aesthetic agency as a dynamic concept implies resilience and
emergence of new narratives. Philosophical and theoretical links will be drawn between
the imaginal (Semetsky, 2011) spaces within arts practice and how they fold experience
through artmaking in becoming other.
Culture, creativity and art education - Parents perspective on
environmental factors that influence creativity
Gulliksen, Marte S.1
Telemark University College, Notodden, NORWAY
[email protected]
Earlier research by the author has shown that the environment children live in influences
their scores on a measure of creative thinking (Torrance test, figural version) (Gulliksen &
Hondzel, in review): This study of 256 Norwegian and Canadian eight year olds showed
that children in cities in Norway scores significantly higher than children in town or rural
areas, while children in rural areas in Canada scores higher than children in city and town
areas. This paper presents a follow up study of these results, asking parents of the
Norwegian children in rural, town or city areas to describe what their children like to do and
how they spend their time outside school. The preliminary results of a similar study of
Canadian parents shows that parents have three primary ways of conceptualizing
creativity in their children: 1)Scientific: building/construction (mostly Lego), inventing
things, 2) Artistic: drawing, painting, doing crafts, and 3)Musical talent or interest: singing,
playing the piano, composing music. Even more interesting is that the interviews of
Canadian parents documented an overwhelming expectation of children living in rural
areas to be more likely to develop creative tendencies than children living in the city. This
is in concordance with the results from the test of Canadian children (Hansen, Hondzel,
Hansen, Schmaltz, Shamley, Smith & Bocazar, 2013). As the Norwegian results were
opposite the Canadian, it will be of utmost importance to see how the Norwegian parents
reflect on the same questions. The method used was individual semi structured interviews
(Clandell & Connelly, 2000; Fontana & Fray, 2001; Kvale, 2010). Parents from each of the
three community types were interviewed, a total of eleven interviews were conducted. The
parents were contacted through the same schools as the previous study, and selected by
their active consent to be interviewed. The interviews were guided by an interview guide,
developed together with the Canadian researchers. Participants were interviewed over
telephone or in person dependent on the informants' preferences, and the interviews were
audio recorded. Each interview lasted 15-25 minutes. The interviews were transcribed
and analyzed from emerging themes in the material (Guest, Bunce, & Johnson, 2006). The
themes were then discussed. Theories on experiential learning, play and theory on
creative learning in the arts informed the discussion (i.e. Catterall, 2009; Dewey, 1987,
2011; Dweck, 2012; Eisner, 2002, 2003; Hetland, 2013; Hartvik, 2014; Huizinga, 1959). As
the analysis is not finished by the time this abstract is due, findings are not included yet.
The study is a part of the endeavors of 'Human ingenuity research group (HIRG)', a
trilateral research group including Norway, Canada and Finland, originating at Western
University, Ontario, The aim of this research
group is to delve deeper into creativity as a human trait using data from different, yet
reasonably similar western cultures. While many previous cross-cultural studies of
creativity have sought to understand creativity through comparing very different cultures,
e.g. western culture vs. eastern culture (Niu, Zhang, & Yang, 2006; Rudowicz, Lok, & Kitto,
1995), earlier research has shown that culture influences the way creativity is defined
(Amabile, 1996; Chickszentmihalyi, 1996; Klausen, 2010; KEA European Affairs, 2009).
This present project therefore seeks to identify the minor differences in comparable
cultures in order to gain deeper understanding of one common definition of creativity: the
individual's ability to think and act in an original way appropriate to the situation leading to
novel and efficient solutions to existing problems, and to provide greater insight with
regards to the ways cultural environments influence the development of creativity
(Gl?veanu, 2010; Hargreaves, Kvalund & Galton, 2009). The knowledge thus generated is
relevant for art education as a so called creative subject, as it generates knowledge on
creativity as contextually-situated reciprocal interactions (Vygotsky 1962; Moran & JohnSteiner, 2003; Dishke-Hondzel & Gulliksen, in review). Further, it informs teachers on
parents' expectations and their interpretations on environmental factors that influence
creativity. It further addresses some of the fundamental basis for creativity and thus
partakes in informing the discussion on some of the factors that may have influence on the
move in creative emphasis in art education and today's transition in visual culture. At the
paper presentation at the InSEA conference the findings from the Norwegian interviews
will be presented and an emphasis will be laid on involving the participants at the
presentation to discuss possible consequences and interpretations of these findings for art
education's context within the perspective Diversity through art.
The February EMPIRE - creating reference systems among peers in art
Gunve, Fredric T.1
HDK, University Of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
[email protected]
We are entering a historical turn, when present time no longer is part of the living history of
the Second World War. The February EMPIRE is an ongoing workshop that proposes new
ways of understanding and practicing art and education in present post-contemporary
time. The EMPIRE began with three initial workshops at three different art schools. The
artifacts and stories created at each site where then presented to the next school and the
students there. The collected material formed its own realm, concentrated by a constant
recreated and historical fictive empire and its three periods: Beginning, Renaissance and
time of Monuments. The workshop, lectures and other forms of blurred artistic and
educational activities that the EMPIRE takes its shape and forms from, both asks and try
to give answers to questions such as: How can we as artists and educators in times of
change protect and develop democratically values? Who write the history of the
contemporary, and thereby also define the future? Can there be other ways of learning
about, and develop the present, without falling into conservative forms of hierarchical built
referential systems? What happens when students begin the educational and artistic
process by hearing and learning from what other students have done before them? 'A
long time ago there was the holy form, the undetermined. Now we live in a world of
structure, we must get away from this. Asymmetry is the right way. It can only be achieved
by contact with others, to share with each other. Our colors and shapes are mixed up and
creates an indefinite shape. The more we learn the more complex we become.' Part of a
text by students from the first February EMPIRE workshop. The EMPIRE is a framework
for various lectures and workshops held at different education and art institutions, and in
other art and educational contexts. It creates a link between different institutions,
participants, places and times, by the ongoing and collective creation of a historical
empire. The participants are invited to take part in an educational performance, where they
discuss and create artifacts and historical facts about the February EMPIREs past and
present by using a variety of artistic and educational practices. With the help of story's, the
uncovering of new story's and artifacts from earlier workshops and meetings, the
participants get involved in and make use of the artistic works created earlier by other,
unknown, participants The mythical, performative and material connection, through the
different story's and artifacts between the groups and individuals that have taken, and will
take part in the workshops, also question common ideas of who are invited and allowed to
write (art-)history. This performative workshop creates and teaches methods and the
power to take part in, and understanding contemporary history and the making of the
future. Fredric Gunve, Göteborg, Sweden May 2014
Place and Identity: Artists insights for Art Education
Hannigan, Shelley1
Deakin University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Taking the stance that if we value art, we must value the insights of artists, this paper
discusses how the insights of artists can make a contribution to art education. It suggests
possibilities for applying findings from research into artist�™s experiences of Place
and Identity, to art education. The research findings emerged from my doctoral research.
This was research into the artistic practices of five visual artists including myself, using
narrative research using a hermeneutic approach. It involved four narrative case studies
with each artist-participant discussing artworks, artistic processes, places where they
work, Places that their artworks referenced, childhood experiences etc. The emphasis was
on the artists storying-themselves in relation to questions about Place and Identity, so as
to gain holistic insights into each artists practice, Place experiences and Identity(s). These
four case studies were also part of a qualitative narrative inquiry that included a written
auto-ethnography. I wrote the auto-ethnography to investigate perception and experience
of Place and Identity that culminated in form and subject matter in my paintings and
sculptures. Underlying considerations of the current paper is the evolution of western
philosophical thought dominated by Space (Casey, 1997). This draws largely on
Heidegger’s later thinking that also evolved transition from the Spatial to Place-based
philosophical thought (see Malpas, 1999, 2006, 2012). A similar evolution is evident in the
“spatial turn” that saw disciplines such as geography accommodate the experiences of
Place to include people, and so expand their spatial understandings of Place beyond
physical topography. Taking on board this evolution of thinking from a “space focus” to a
focus on Place, automatically includes the experience of people (Malpas, 1999). This is
because people create Places and construct themselves through experiences with Place.
This paper explains how and why Place and Identity as explored by these five artists,
could be valuable for art education. This is in keeping with art educators who also value
the unique creative ways in which artists explore Place. Writing from the perspective of
music education Barrett (2012) suggests that creativity research should consider Place
and ecological conditions. Art-based educators such as Ingold (2013) and London, (2003)
each discuss the importance of being in natural environments where they experience
Places and create artefacts from such experiences. They support students being with
Place as part of their artistic process. In addition to these natural environments and
ecologies, Place and Identity experiences, enable the artists (and potentially art students)
to explore and understand the diverse aspects of Place and Identity that come from their
own cultural orientations, languages, communities, and unique identities. Knowing the self
through exploring Places that involve others and/or through artistic processes, enables
artists (and art students) to re-define the self and acknowledge the possibilities of
belonging and of change. Being an art educator and researcher as well as artist, I identify
as an A/r/tographer. I teach pre-service teachers, tertiary level visual art students as well
as art in community-based contexts. I am therefore interested in how the hermeneutic
insights of each artist’s experiences of Place and Identity from my doctoral research could
be transferred into art education activities as teaching and learning tools. Having
conducted a range of learning activities over time, I share samples of student work and
suggest ways of focusing on Place and Identity in art education, as the visual artists in my
research have done. References Barrett, E. (2012). Materiality, Affect and the Aesthetic
Image. In E. Barrett & B. Bolt (Eds.), Carnal knowledge: towards a 'new materialism'
through the arts (pp. 63-72). London, UK: I.B Taurus. Casey, E. (1997). The fate of place:
a philosophical history. Berkeley: University of California Press. Ingold, Tim. (2013b).
Making. London, UK: Routledge. London, P. (2003). Drawing closer to nature: making art
in dialogue with the natural world (1st ed ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Shamballa
Publications. Malpas, J. (1999) Place and Experience: A philosophical topography.
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Malpas, J. (2006) Heidegger’s topology:
being, place world. Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Malpas, J.
(2012) Heidegger and the thinking of place. London: The MIT Press.
Museum Context to New Audience Experiences -collaboration, caring
and sharing
Hannula, Leena1
Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Espoo, FINLAND
[email protected]
Museum context' as a word sounds very professional and leads our imagination to Art
History, to research of pieces of art and architecture. It reminds us of a time when
everything was learned by heart and personal feelings and 'incorrect' answers were
forbidden. Education did not belong to actual museum context though the first thought of
museum education was very positive; opening hours were planned to catch more
audience, pieces of art were bought to teach people etc. This educational pattern lived a
few hundreds of years until the idea of learning started to change and shake the museum
walls. Not going back to history more than necessary; back to sixties caused many
changes in society. 'Baby boom'-generation is also rock and roll generation and in Finland
they have crowded all the cultural institutions, so they say. But is this the whole truth? Do
we talk about audience or audiences? Let us think about how nowadays the word 'context'
is understood at museum professions. We can start either from the diversity professional
staff which work for audiences or of museum audience who know their rights and demand
better services. Babies are crawling along corridors and day-care children want to visit
museums every month…If we think about the staff we notice that almost every respectable
museum has their educational person who is in charge of audience work. All
communication does not happen face-to-face - information of museums must be found
from diverse ways. There are many expectations BEFORE the actual museum visit. How
to find information, how to get there, is it suitable for all ages? What kind of efforts should
we do to become accessible? National galleries are all over the world but what happens to
contexts if you look at them 'from outside'. Finnish Golden age with its realistic paintings
tell actually of mythology unlike the French paintings from the same period. Narratives,
stories have been as necessary as today - we only use different tools. At the moment we
are in a wonderful mess with Tweets, Facebook, iPhones, codes - there are not many who
even try to forbid photographing. Hands on-strategy to Minds-on thinking has a multiple
context; people want to share, tell a story via new technology but how can museum
professionals, 'context people' develop their abilities, their minds to the same level as their
visitors. How can we fill expectations, understand the motivation and needs of our
audiences, update our skills to use technology and still collaborate in a human way to
collect, preserve and share knowledge. Are we even talking about audiences or more of
'users' or 'choosers'? Audience work may be one of the keys; collaboration with colleagues
but also with diversity audiences, using different ways of approaching museum context.
Learning is an interactive process were listening is one of the main issues of maintaining
contacts to audiences. To understand theoretical background of audience work is very
important. There are many good examples to combine audience driven learning, make
community programs, to plan a self-guided tour with professional help. Just to mention one
issue is how to work with volunteers or how volunteers can work with audiences:
somebody has to take care -also of volunteers. They are a very essential part of getting
museums going on. I would like to mention my two mentors and personal friends,
Managing Museum Educator (School and Teacher Programs) William Crow from the
Metropolitan Art Museum and professor Herminia Din who is on the board of the Media
and Technology committee of AAM. I have learned from both of them a lot of about digital
museum - curators, collection managers, educators and security officers must collaborate,
understand and accept much more than before how we can benefit new technology in
audience work. So my main point about the presentation is about caring, listening and
about understanding museum audience in context of museums and education in global,
contemporary society. I will share some good examples and inspirations of my research of
museum audience studies.
The Research of Applying Somatosensory Devices into Sound Art
Applications for Musical Learning of the Visually Impaired
Hao-Weng, Peng1, Wang, Chao-Ming1
National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yunlin, TAIWAN
[email protected]
In recent years, the use of somatosensory devices has become a trend in interaction
interfaces that is widely used in interface research and game operation research. This
study will focus on the combination of somatosensory devices and sound art for visually
impaired musical learning. This study uses the somatosensory device 'Leap Motion' and
the software 'Pure Data' to design a sound device for the visually impaired. The new
somatosensory device 'Leap Motion' will be used to detect and track each finger’s
movement, subtly controlling the sound device. Users do not need to understand any
music theory to carry on with the creation of sound in the initial stage of the study.
According to the study of pleasure, positive emotions increase people’s willingness to
learn. Therefore, this study focuses on pleasure derived from using the interactive
interface to improve the effectiveness of arts learning. In the course of the study we will
use interviews, surveys, and observations to analyze the influence this interactive device
has on the musical learning of the visually impaired and then to make adjustments to the
sound device. Finally, the research will discuss the key elements and future uses of
somatosensory devices and sound art for musical learning and will conclude with how to
apply somatosensory devices to sound art for the visually impaired.
Key Words: Somatosensory Device, Sound Art, Musical Learning, Interactive Design
ART KLASE Art to Classrooms
Hayden Jr., Robert F.1
Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila, PHILIPPINES
[email protected]
This paper is an endeavor at espousing some of the challenges faced by student based
performing arts groups in Philippine schools, colleges and universities to date. In doing
this, the paper identifies and discusses the working conditions and opportunities that go
along with the application of theater in audience development in the academic setting by
bringing short plays in the classrooms though mobile theater shows. This art to classroom
method was developed for a more interactive approach with the audience and with the
characters of the short play. The paper concludes that theater or the performing arts, in
whatever form, has a vital part to play towards creating a strong, responsive and as an
effective representative of the institution in advancing the borders of audience
development in any society, particularly in the academic community.
Curriculum Renewal and the implementation of the Australian
Curriculum; Quality in Arts education practice
Hendy-Ekers, Kathryn1, Champion, Helen1
Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Arts education in Australia is at a crucial point in curriculum development with the
introduction of the Australian Curriculum; The Arts. The Victorian Curriculum &
Assessment Authority has been responsible for implementation of the Australian
Curriculum: The Arts, across the state of Victoria. Recent research into quality Arts
education through the ‘Qualities of Quality’ report (Siedel et al, 2009) has provided the
tools for the development of the curriculum. Quality arts education serves multiple
purposes simultaneously. Broader outcomes can be achieved through an arts education
program that nuture students’ ability to think critically and creatively and the capacity to
make connections in and between Arts disciplines and across other areas of learning. Arts
education assists students to develop skills in perception, aesthetic awareness, visual
observation skills and provide venues for self-expression. A connection is formed with the
General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum. The implementation strategies used by
the VCAA Arts Curriculum management co-ordinators in Performing and Visual Arts are
based on the ‘Qualities of Quality’ report. Schools, faculties and teachers are encouraged
to reflect on their practice, identify elements of excellence in their current school Arts
program and build a vision of high quality arts education in their communities. The quality
of an arts education program is based on the foundational decisions made in the program.
In the process it is important that alignment in a range of areas in curriculum development.
Alignment is sort with the quality of the program and teacher practice. Alignment is also
sought between decision makers at all levels. What is the place of an Arts education
curriculum in the Australian Curriculum, What is taught and how it is taught? Who makes
the decisions in the school community when developing a program? Strategies for the
development of a quality arts education program will be presented using these tools and
the implementation of the Australian Curriculum; The Arts through AusVELS. This paper
will present a series of models and communities of practice that demonstrate best
teaching practice in Arts Education in the delivery of the AusVELS curriculum and its
relationship to the Australian Curriculum; The Arts. The ‘Four Lenses of Quality in Arts
Education Experiences’ (Siedel et al, 2009) are a basis for the presentation including
student learning, pedagogy, community dynamics and environment. By touching on these
four areas the Key Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum including literacy, numeracy,
ethical understanding, personal and social capabilities, creative and critical thinking and
intercultural understanding will be exemplified through Arts education program models.
Maternal craft practices as the foundation for studio arts pedagogy in
Bachelor of Fine Arts programs
Hogan, Danielle1
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, CANADA
[email protected]
My personal master's experience taught me that art was something competitive - and that
the competition existed between university and college visual arts departments, between
their faculty members, between the faculty and their students and amongst the students
themselves, and that it's intense. In many ways this is the most potent lesson that I took
away from my graduate school experience - having been intuitively instructed in the
unwritten 'rules' of the art world, and how to engage with them competitively. A decade
later, I am sounding an urgent alarm. This alarm of mine calls for a richer, more holistic,
thinking with regards to the potential, and I would argue the role, of masters programs in
the visual arts is concerned. I am advocating for a graduate degree curriculum which
places a priority on the matriarchal values of Community and a greater awareness of the
importance of creative living/thinking. I am interested in the relationship between
matricentric sharing of cultural history and social practice. I argue that pigeon-holing the
educational experience of a masters level studio arts degree down to the a competition for
a relative few spots in exclusive commercial galleries misses a fundamental connection
between the privilege of an academic education in the studio arts and the potential to
educate more broadly about the multilayered benefits of creative exploration. Within a
continued patriarchal system of hierarchies, we will never be able to bring about inclusive
forms society that recognize difference as potential. I am arguing that an education in the
creative arts should advocate - at its very core - for this appreciation of distinction and that
a matriarchal -more egalitarian, less competitive - approach to visual arts pedagogy will be
central to its success.
Talking accross the fence: Partners for Art Education
Hooper, Les1, Wright, Natalie2
Kelvin Grove State College, Brisbane , AUSTRALIA
School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane,
[email protected]
This paper explores a model for building and sustaining secondary – tertiary
partnerships in Arts education. It traces the evolution of partner relationships in a
challenging educational landscape, assesses the value of dialogue between educators,
design professionals and community stakeholders, and tells the story of a particular
secondary - tertiary partnership exploring new pedagogy in Art and Design, between
Kelvin Grove State College, the School of Design of the Creative Industries Faculty of
QUT, and the Design Minds program of the State Library of Queensland. Among other
benefits, tertiary and industry partners have brought a myriad of diverse voices into the
classrooms, enabled the direct interaction of learners with tertiary student mentors, and
with art and design practitioners. The working model has also now matured into formal and
informal partner agreements that help guarantee its viability into the future. This paper,
which deals with the opening of new terrain between committed partners, is also the story
of how design has gradually been integrated in the curriculum, enriching and expanding
the repertoire of Art programs, and how one Visual Art Faculty in a large inner city
Brisbane School has adopted design thinking and “metadesign” as a model for future
innovation. From the process of interaction and dialogue among educators and
practitioners over several years has emerged a conviction that both partnering and design
pedagogy are key tools in developing forward thinking curriculum for the Arts. In addition,
hammering out a model that works for students across different year levels and in diverse
settings by putting ideas into practice and micro-managing this process in studios and
workshops has challenged teachers to rethink their own Art pedagogy. Finally, in the
ecosystem of Schools and in the wider systems that are now driving change in education,
survival for the Arts may depend on the networking and affirmation derived from innovating
partners. Our story, the story of committed individuals who have sustained a dialogue
across boundaries, may provide a valuable model for other arts educators fighting to retain
agency in their schools.
100 Futures Now: Designing Sustainable Futures
Hooper, Les1, Wright, Natalie2
Kelvin Grove State College, Brisbane , AUSTRALIA
School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane,
[email protected]
This paper tells the story of an initiative in middle schooling at Kelvin Grove State College
that begins in the Art studios, but reaches out to other disciplines and approaches and to
community and industry partners. It is inspired by the potential of 'Future thinking' to
become a compelling focus in contemporary art and design. Ethically it espouses a simple
premise: every student in our classrooms now has a stake in creating livable, democratic
and creative futures. Every student has the potential to be an active force in making that
future. '100 Futures Now' is a project that envisages creative and imaginative students
working in collaboration with artists and designers to visualize amazing futures and
communicate their vision through art and design. '100 Futures' is one in a series of
innovative curriculum initiatives at Kelvin Grove State College designed to build
sustainable practice in arts education with the support of partners in industry and
universities and with resident artists and designers. The model blends elements of art and
design methodology to focus on the critical and creative thinking skills prioritised in
ACARA and 21st century curriculum. The organisers are developing a sustainable model
for working with resident artists that goes beyond a single arts intervention or extension
experience. In this model artists and designers are collaborators in the design of learning
experiences that support future programs. This model also looks to transfer the benefits of
residencies to the wider school community (in this case to middle schooling curriculum)
and to teachers in other curriculum areas, and not exclusively to the immediate target
group. In 100 Futures, story-making is the engine that powers the creative process. For
this reason the program uses a series of imaginative scenarios, including those of
speculative fiction and science, as departure points for inquiry, and applies the
methodologies of arts and design practice to explore and express student story telling and
story making. The story-making responses of student teams will be expressed
multimodally through visual art, design artifacts, installation, performance and digital
works. The project's focus on narratives and its modes of communication
(performance/installation) are inspired by the work of experimental contemporary design
practices and the speculative scenarios of U.K. based designers Anthony Dunne and
Fiona Raby. Thanks to the support of an Arts Queensland grant in 2014, Resident Artists
and Designers with a diversity of ideas and approaches ranging over science, bio-ethics,
biodiversity, behavior and ethics, ambient sound, urbanism, food, and wearable design,
will work with middle school students as catalysts for deeper thinking and creative action.
All these rich fields for future speculation will become triggers for team inquiry into the
deeper connections between the past, the present, and future challenges such as climate,
waste, energy, sustainability and resilience. These imagined futures will form the platform
for a critical, sustainability/design futures approach that will involve questioning
assumptions and empowering students as agents rather than consumers of change.
Cultural Identity @ Art Education: Ways of effective teaching
Hsu, Yu-Ting1
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, TAIWAN
[email protected]
Globalization has been an inevitable trend invading every aspect of the society. The
spread of different cultures is overwhelming. Because of the special historical and
geological situation, the cultural identity in Taiwan is particularly complex. This project
used action research to develop a visual-culture based curriculum to help students
constructing their own cultural identity. The curriculum composes three instructional
strategies, the first one is “self-construction”; students develop identity by realizing the
uniqueness of their own culture. The second is “establish a sense of belonging”. It will
make students understand the collective memory and then further establish a sense of
belonging in their own culture. The last one is “preparation of the mindset facing
multicultural”. During this step, students will learn that culture is like an organism that can
accommodate and adapt exotic cultural element and enrich the diversity of the original
culture. Several activities were design to investigate students' daily lives, for example,
some questions were asked to find the food that they eat yesterday or recently, common
cultural event near their home or residence, or the issues concerning new immigration.
More specific questions like: “What you eat today?”, “Photographed on your way to
school”, and “Newborn and Mixed”. In these courses, students will be asked to explore
their cultural environment to create images to express and interpret their cultural identity.
Students participate in this project are at 8-grade level. It is a ten-week course and was
held once a week. The course will be evaluated by a survey before and after the classes
and a learning sheet to access different activities. The main results and findings are as the
follows: 1. Student-centered Curriculum is an effective approach for teaching cultural
identity. 2. Three instructional strategies such as “self-construction”, “establish a sense of
belonging”, and “preparation of the mindset facing multicultural” are recommended for
developing multi-culture based curriculum. It is useful to help students to construct their
own cultural identity. 3.Students had positive feedback toward the course. To sum up, the
curriculum contents, students' performances and suggestions for future implementation will
present and discuss in details.
Aboriginal Art Education Embodied in Value Creation of Restaurant
Huang, Chen-Yi1, Peng, Li-Hsun1
National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, TAIWAN
[email protected]
As John Berger (1972) states,'Seeing comes before words'. Since we live in a visually
intensive society, we are affected by visual stimulation in many ways. In recent years, the
brand-related theories had been valued by researchers. It is because the interactions
between visual perception and the brand image may produce diverse ideas which can
further develop into individual aesthetic experiences. Thus, the purpose of this study is to
investigate various aspects of art education embodied in value creation of aboriginal
restaurant brands in Taiwan. This paper focuses on importing art education in the brand
creation of aboriginal restaurants to develop a brand-new idea of art education which
coexists with commerce to achieve a win-win situation. Starting with culture identity and
taking aboriginal restaurants as example, this study took phenomenography and service
design as theoretical basis to gradually deepen the research process. In addition, we hope
to find service gaps and new opportunities for aboriginal restaurants through in-depth
interview and content analysis. The in-depth review followed aboriginals' opinions so as to
conduct profound analysis to infuse art education into brand value creation; the
phenomenography was intended to understand education meaning and endow aboriginals
to achieve it. Furthermore, with the concept of service design, the brand position of
aboriginal restaurants and consumes' emotions can be deepened, and the interaction
between human and environment through art education can be promoted to activate local
space and bring more additional value in addition to realizing the essence of art and
culture. These can also be used as references for establishing restaurant brands of
aboriginal style in the near future. By implementing artistic life and daily education, a
reciprocal system of brand creation and art education can be established. Overall, this
present study constructs a revival design aspect of cultural identification for the aborigines
in Taiwan. We hope the explanations will help aborigines in Taiwan value their
multicultural heritage and preserve their cultural elements.
Keywords: brand image, cultural identity, phenomenography, service design, art education
Exploring the Issues of Aesthetic Education in the Curriculum of
Cultural Creativity
Hung, Yung-Shan1
National Academy for Educational Research, New Taipei City, TAIWAN
[email protected]
For more than two decades, the movement of cultural citizenship has widely diffused and
influenced arts education and cultural policy-making. In Taiwan, the Act of Cultural
Creativity Industry was legislated in January, 2010. In order for cultivating aesthetic literacy
and improving living environment, school provided aesthetic learning and cultural creativity
curriculum; moreover, government also subsidized grade1-12 students to attend and
appreciate arts performance. The Ministry of Education (MOE) also pledged in Education
Report of Taiwan, ROC (MOE, 2011) to implement curriculum of art and aesthetic
education to cultivate the citizens with both the localization-caring and globalization-vision
mindset. Then MOE proclaimed a five-year project for lifelong learning of aesthetic
education in August, 2013. What hinders the implementation of aesthetic education is from
the keen anxiety about the global economic competition and the exam-oriented education
in Taiwan and in many Asia countries. Therefore, it is easy for us to neglect the
transformative power which aesthetic education plays as a foundation of civilizations and
personal and social/cultural recognition and interaction, collaboration, and conflictsoothing. (UNESCO, 2001; Ruiz, 2004; Han, 2004; Hung, 2012) The survey conducted by
International Bureau of education of UNESCO in 2006 concludes a wide consensus that
students are exposed to some form of aesthetic learning during the first nine-year
schooling through arts education, designed in subjects-based or the inter- and transdisciplinary curriculum. Moreover, the aims of aesthetic learning are to cultivate aesthetic
literacy, to promote cultural recognition and creativity, and to accelerate the all-round
development of individuals and the well-beings of society. (Greene, 1994; Ruiz, 2004;
Smith, 2004; Amadio, Truong, &Tschurenev, 2006) However, as UNESCO survey shown,
the problem of the limited resources of aesthetic learning and curriculum perspectives is
still pending. Aesthetic education is not a formal subject of learning in school but is always
implemented in arts learning; hence, it is easy to be neglected due to over-emphases on
pen-and-paper exams, school accountability management and other social bias.
Nowadays, the cultural creativity industry is booming and it is about time to re-emphasize
the implementation of aesthetic education and to overcome the limitations of resources.
Research Purpose and Questions The purpose of the research is to identify the
implications and issues of aesthetic education in the curriculum of cultural creativity. The
research questions are: (1) What are the people's perception of the curriculum? (2) How
educators develop and implement the curriculum? (3) What are the key factors in
promoting the transformative power of aesthetic education in the curriculum of cultural
creativity? Research Methods The research method is a case study in an elementary
school in Taiwan, which has developed and implemented the indigo (Natural Dye)
curriculum for fourteen years. As noted previously, the intention was to understand the
meanings of curriculum of aesthetic education from the perspective of cultural creativity to
the people involved. In the first stage, Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique (ZMET)
was employed because a qualitative methodology uses an in-depth, personal reviews
centered around visual images to enable researchers to explore informants' thoughts and
feelings more extensively ( Coulter, Zaltman, and Coulter, 2001). In this case, I interview
eight participants, teachers, students, cultural workers of the community, and an
administrator, by using ZMET to understand the implications of metaphors and factors of
indigo curriculum development and praxis. To better understand informants' thoughts and
feelings about the curriculum, I conducted cross-case analyses and a narrative analysis of
the stories recorded in the interview transcripts. Then, as a participant observer, I analyze
the factors of improving the Indigo curriculum for aesthetic learning. Research Results and
Discussion The metaphor analyses contribute to a deep understanding of participants'
impressions and the meanings associated with. The metaphors attributed to aesthetics
learning in cultural creativity curriculum reveal positive value, in that it is related to
transformation ( Clay, Magician, landscape, T-Shirt), encourages to try, to cooperate, and
to perform (symphony). It also evokes sensations and attention (media, wine). In addition,
through the cross-case analyses four groups were concluded: the performers, the victors,
the prophet, and time travelers, each of which implies significant implications for schools
and the related institutions of aesthetic learning for cultural creativity. Besides, the
research data in the case study was analyzed from July, 2013 to February, 2014. Three
approaches in the case are concluded: aesthetic education through cultural-creativity,
cultural-creativity in aesthetic education, and aesthetic education as cultural-creativity.
First, in the approach of aesthetic education through cultural-creativity, the essences of
cultural creativity are transformed into learning materials and then to experience and at
last to create living articles. The relationship between local-global and school-community
which is also a cooperative inquiry approach, are necessarily bridged. As to the approach
of cultural-creativity in aesthetic education, teachers and cultural workers in community
develop interdisciplinary curriculum and provide aesthetic milieu for learners. To make
culture visible, learning portfolios are encouraged here. Thirdly, in the approach of
aesthetic education as cultural-creativity, administrators often encourage to trigger the
creativity of school culture and support learning community to be cooperative inquiry
aesthetic education all the time. The contribution of the research is to offer a multitude of
methods to understand the implications of aesthetic education in curriculum of cultural
creativity. The ZMET interview provided the ability to obtain deep understandings for
participants of the case. The findings in ZMET provide the information of participants'
cognitions, emotions and behaviors, which are helpful to go further in interpreting the
meanings and influential factors for references to improve aesthetic education in the
curriculum of cultural creativity. Keywords: cultural creativity, aesthetic education, ZMET,
curriculum praxis
Grey Matters: From a school's vision to a learner's instinct
Hwang, Sawn1
LASALLE College of The Arts, SINGAPORE
[email protected]
In Singapore today, many schools focus upon developing students' skills for the demands
of the current marketplace. For Singaporean arts schools, this approach means that the
curriculum is often tailored towards providing students with relevant skillsets and
knowledge in order to embark upon a career in the arts and creative industries. This is a
pragmatic, market-place driven model, which in the public sector is mandated by the
relevant government Ministries. Education, however, is a wider concept than just
workforce delivery. In order to learn through art, the challenge is to understand the many
ways in which learning is undertaken, and to enhance the quality of the learning journey.
This paper will suggest that the infusion of a learner-centred approach is one change that
could be beneficial to the Singapore arts education landscape. Its premise rests on the
argument that learning is an inherent ability, a behavioral activity, and a natural and
instinctual experience. With the learning journey as a starting point, curricular emphasis
shifts from being an outcome-driven model to that of exploring the students' ways of
learning. This emphasis is particularly important in arts education, for holistic
development is as fundamental to the learner as the development of applied arts skills.
LASALLE College of the Arts is one of the two main art colleges in Singapore. It offers fulltime visual and performing arts programmes from diploma to postgraduate level. For the
visual arts, LASALLE offers a one year-foundation course of studies for students who
embark upon a three year diploma, and a stand alone Foundation Certificate to prepare
students to undertake a degree programme. The Foundation programme's central aim is to
provide a self-reflective journey in order to empower students with the ability to be
responsible for their learning as well as to prepare them with the requisite skillsets and
knowledge in the visual arts. The challenge for the Visual Studies team in the Foundation
programme at LASALLE was to find a way to provide both a learning journey and at the
same time, deliver outcomes needed for further formal study. We wanted to transform
learning from a passive activity into an active and self-critical practice. Our response to
this was to develop a new subject called Grey Matters which has developed into a core
element of our one-year Foundation programme. The subject aims to facilitate students'
exploration of their habits of mind by developing observational practices designed to
enhance their ways of thinking and behaving throughout their learning journey. 'Active
learning' was employed as a methodology in order to equip students with the
understanding that, in their pursuit of learning, they can learn naturally (as opposed to
schooled learning). In particular we emphasized two aspects of active learning: 'doing
things and thinking about the things they are doing' (Bonwell and Eison, 1991). As we
developed Grey Matters, we continually observed traditional schooling practices. Through
the design process of the curriculum and its integration into the formerly traditional
curriculum, a number of fundamental questions concerning conventional pedagogy were
raised. Emphasis was given to the consideration of the re(mis)-positioning of conventional
notions or traditional practice. Such deliberation engendered wide implications. It
examined the validity at many levels of conventional pedagogical practices ranging from its
purpose, accountability to stakeholders, professional behaviors of teachers and the
students and schooled idiosyncrasies etc. We were informed by the view that our
developed instinctual patterns in life predominantly marked our identity. Curiosity, selfconfidence, risk-taking, motivation and thinking criticality are all attributes that define a
learner. We wished to provide our students with the ability to work with a sense of
purpose, especially in tasks that require higher order thinking skills. At its essence, the
intention behind the design of Grey Matters was a response to our teams' view that there
was a need to support active learning. With increasing strictures and controls being
applied to the Singaporean education system, the challenge was to see whether active
learning could be sustained within our curriculum, developed across the sector, and
applied when faculty and students engaged in a collaborative process of learning and
inquiry. Perhaps when education emanates from the ground up and emphasis is placed
on investment in individuals' learning instincts and motivations, we may find a way to
achieve this.
MI theory and Dyslexia: The Concepts of 2E (Twice-Exceptional) for
Using Entry Point Approach for Visually Gifted Child
Ikeuchi, Itsuro1
Saitama University, Graduate School of Education, Saitama-City, Tokyo,
[email protected]
In this study, the combination of spatial intelligence and the dyslexia, it may be
incomprehensible. Howard Gardner explained that spatial intelligence and a relation of the
art are strong by his MI theory. Dyslexia is a disorder of the reading and writing.
Remarkable visual talent is seen in the child with learning disability such as the dyslexia
like famous Film Director Steven Spielberg, Edison and Tom Cruse. Each person has
different combination of 8 kind of intelligences, the combination, e.g., the part of strength
and part of weakness. From a viewpoint '2E(Twice-Exceptional) ' education, student who
have both developmental disorders and giftedness. I suggest a new education system
using through new way of learning. I would like to discuss how we use and take advantage
of 2E study in Art Education.
To do or not to do? Trends in longitudinal data concerning new Visual
Art teachers' art making, including impact on production, quality of
teaching, and employment retention.
Imms, Wesley1, Ruanglertbutr, Purnima1
University of Melbourne,Melbourne, Australia
[email protected]
It is often said that to be a good art teacher we must also 'do'; we must role model our
skills and keep our passion for art alive through having a visible artistic practice. An
alternative viewpoint is that being a successful art teacher does not necessitate exhibiting
and making; such activity is often a distraction and can prove detrimental to good
pedagogy. While these opinions are contradictory, what is common is that little empirical
evidence exists to inform such discussion. Since 2010 the Teacher as Art-maker Project
(TAP) has tracked early career art educators' teaching and art-making experiences. Using
a quasi-experimental design involving survey, interview and group exhibitions, resulting
data has provided valuable insight into new teachers' rate of artistic practice, the impact of
art making (or no art making) on perceptions of quality of teaching, and the correlation of
such activity on expectations of retention in teaching. This paper will not resolve the 'to do
or not to do' issue, it being an over-simplification of a far more complex phenomenon.
However, presentation of trends emerging from this powerful research design will highlight
how some preconceptions concerning the nature of the artist/teacher role are confirmed,
some opened to far more detailed examination, and some new perspectives exposed.
Implications for ongoing professional development of visual art teachers, and for teacher
training programs, will be discussed.
The changing contexts of art and creative endeavours in New Zealand
Primary Schools
Irwin, Michael1
Massey University, Albany, NEW ZEALAND
[email protected]
Teachers have always been expected to produce students with high academic
standards.hieved.Many countries have adopted National Standards, league tables and
complex reporting as a strategy to ensure high standards were seen to be achieved. Since
the beginning of the 21st century achieving high academic standards were deemed not
sufficient and there has been increasing demand for schools to develop students who
have the skills to be adaptive, innovative, creative, collaborative and communicative.
Policy makers and politicians in many parts of the world are advocating for the
development of greater creativity in our schools. This call often has an economic and/or
political agenda; it has been argued creativity is deemed necessary in order for society as
it is, to survive and thrive in this millennium. In New Zealand education this has caused
conflict and tension between the emphasis on National Standards in literacy and numeracy
and a lesser emphasis on the other six learning areas. Since the introduction of National
Standards in 2010, teachers claim there is now less emphasis and time for the arts,
science and technology in their schools. Yet the New Zealand curriculum is built on values
of innovation, creativity, curiosity and inquiry. Lack of time is the killer of creativity in many
New Zealand classrooms along with a teacher’s limited knowledge of the arts, or the
pedagogical skills and understanding to develop creativity. New Zealand’s providers of
teacher education do not teach creativity and have drastically cut the time spent
developing art skills and pedagogy. In the New Zealand context there has been scant
attention paid to the development of creativity from government agencies. There have
been no official reviews or reports such as can be seen in the United Kingdom (All our
futures: Creativity, culture and Education, 1999; Creativity: find it, promote it, 2004). The
New Zealand education focus for primary schools over the last five years has been the
implementation of National Standards, the collection and recording of data, and reporting
to parents and the Ministry of Education. National Standards have brought changes which
have been detrimental to the arts and creativity in many New Zealand primary schools.
The aim of this research was to investigate the impact caused by the introduction of
National Standards on the arts and creativity within the New Zealand primary school
system. There were three phases in the research, the first phase surveyed teachers’
perceptions on the impact of National Standards on the arts and their understanding of
creativity in the classroom. The second phase interviewed teachers on their classrooms art
programmes and development of student creativity. The final phase was observing
teachers’ pedagogy that develops creativity across the learning areas. The research
participants were 124 teachers working in nine primary schools in the upper North Island
of New Zealand. The schools were clustered in three geographic locations and
represented a variety of socio-economic types and sizes. The schools ranged from two
teacher, 40 pupil, rural schools to 25 teacher, 600 pupil, urban schools. The nine schools
selected were not involved in any particular projects to enhance their arts programme or
student creativity. The use of a variety of school types and locations gave the study a
random representative sample of New Zealand primary school teachers. The findings
indicated that the large majority of these teachers now gave less time to the arts in their
classroom programme since the introduction of National Standards. Visual art was the
dominant art discipline in the classroom. All aspects of the National Arts Curriculum were
very rarely taught; most teachers feeling ill prepared to implement the four art disciplines.
The majority of teachers had confusing and/or conflicting perceptions regarding creativity
and the skills necessary to develop student creativity. Creativity was strongly linked to
visual arts, dance, drama, music and literacy. In classrooms where one or more art
disciplines were successfully taught it was largely due to the passion and creative
experience of the individual teacher. These teachers most often had a tertiary or strong
performance background in one or more of the art disciplines. Their classroom
environments were places of vibrant student works and creations. These teachers used
innovative approaches to integrate creative ideas and thinking across the eight learning
areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.
The Unique and Specific Function of the Interaction among Drawing,
Linguistic Activities and Art Appreciation
Ishizaki, Kazuhiro1, Wang, Wenchun2
University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, JAPAN
Independent Scholar, Utsunomiya, JAPAN
[email protected]
When educators are eager to reflect on what abilities children and students should gain at
schools in order to survive in the modern world, the concept of “key competencies for a
successful life and a well-functioning society” provided by the OECD document (Rychen &
Salganik, 2003) has caused some attention. In Japan, all subjects in compulsory education
have been required to promote linguistic activities, and this is linked with the contribution of
constructing alternative competencies as up-to-date abilities. On the other hand, visual
literacy, art competencies and competency-based art teaching should also be considered
in a wide range of views and studies' results. This study discloses results of a current
Japanese research project (2011~2013) on the interaction between drawing and linguistic
activities in the process of art appreciation for children. While children are able to connect
their own pictorial images with linguistic activities, in terms of writing, reading and
evidence-based thinking, the unique and specific function of interaction could be defined
as one important part of art competencies. As many current visual arts have been
produced using the process of interacting visual images with linguistic materials, to
understand the multi-faceted meaning of visual experiences became one part of our life. In
the case of children's meaningful fusion of modalities of expression, this has been named
as “pictorial repertoires” (Kindler, 1999) and claimed as a challenge for art educators. It
also calls for a focus on studies that could offer infinite possibilities for locating meaningful
connections between images and language in the field of art education. This study
investigated 1,332 children from 4th grade to 7th grade, and demonstrated the effect of
pre-defined art competencies on interaction between drawing and linguistic activities. In
our survey, children were required to draw by association with a line in an artwork, and
write stories of their own drawings. Then they were offered a few ways to look at the
artwork and connect with sources of the artwork. We conducted Covariance Structure
Analysis, and established the cause-and-effect relationship between drawings and stories,
stories and the reasons for judgment, but not drawings and the reasons for judgment. It
seems that when children could perform drawings replete with details, they could write with
multiplicity in their stories well, and when they could write complex stories they also could
perform their skills of art appreciation well. However, the index of repleteness in drawings
is declining in consequence of development, while the index of linguistic activities is in a
rising trend. Although there has been a broad understanding of the phenomenon as the
end of the “golden period of children's drawings,” our concern is weather most children
transformed the energy of visual imagery successfully to cognitive abilities as a holistic
literacy. Consequently, a further question we are eager to ask is how meaningful
interaction between their own pictorial images and linguistic activities could occur and
function as a dynamic semiotic system. A more focused approach to the process of
interaction is bound to be qualitative analysis. This study built up detailed profiles of each
case and managed to identify the interrelatedness of 6-patterned drawings with the trends
of verbalizing pictorial images and evidence-based thinking. Apparently, when children
could manipulate the possible links among those different forms of meaning-making
activities, they were able to experience the complicated functions of cognitive, emotional
and communicational processes. As the intermediate steps in the worksheets used in our
survey, visualizing and verbalizing pictorial images played significant roles when the
meaningful interaction occurred and functioned. According to our findings, this study
suggests the benefit of enhancing the function of interaction between pictorial images and
language as a crucial part of art competencies for each individual's meaningful life and a
creative community. Our field should contribute more to equipping children with more
sophisticated ways of thinking and communicating in order to cope with the emerging
challenges in the diverse social context. The role of art educators is not just to facilitate
children's development of art skills, but rather to provide children with sufficient means to
capture their own pictorial images and integrate them into the unique dynamic semiotic
Traditional Leather Puppet (Wayang) Performances as Art Education in
Contemporary Art
Ismurdyahwati, Ika1
Universitas PGRI Adi Buana Surabaya, East Java, INDONESIA
[email protected]
Traditional Leather Puppet (Wayang) Performances have been a part of Indonesian
people's daily lives. It is a complete package ranging from visual arts, music, sound art,
and art movements. They have been using the performances for life lessons and
guidance, as a means of communication, and as an inspirational medium for the
development of contemporary art. This qualitative study investigated how the shows were
performed to reveal life lessons as character education for the puppet lovers. The subjects
were all wayang shows performed in Yogyakarta. The results showed that they were
attractive. This could be seen from the mastermind of the show or director known as
dalang in playing the puppets with gamelan musical accompaniment, a long narrative and
a special lighting called blencong. They were held overnight. The stories were about the
lives of the kings and their families, their comrades and enemies. They depicted important
and useful life lessons. Thus the shows were educating and entertaining as well.
Key word: shadow puppet, performances, wayang, visual, art
Deep listening in the photography of Sarah Jameson
Jameson, Sarah1
Independent researcher, Melbourne, Australia
[email protected]
As a visual artist and art educator this paper explores visual literacy as practice and
informs the current debates and issues around the notion of practice in my field of
photography. I engage most confidently with images and my photographic constructions,
whilst informed by an ethnographic narrative tradition, are part of a newer branch of
narrative research which focuses on image rather than text: an approach which draws on
narrative methods usually concerned with ‘what’ is said or represented in the image rather
than how, to whom or for what purposes. My analysis in this paper draws on family
artefacts, photographs and memory. By tracking back and forth between the archives and
the created images, I contextualise and interpret my constructed photographs in the light
of my own narrative. The photographs made in response to my story and artefacts are
interpreted for evidence of the experience of immigration and the influences associated
with this event. In using visual narrative analysis, I discovered that social scientists were
beginning to analyse images made by subjects themselves in narrative research and that
visual analysis is pushing the boundaries of narrative and narrative analysis. Visual
analysis requires the same degree of break down and scrutiny as the spoken narratives
that are more often used. There are many stories of migration by visual artists, some of
which I explore in the individual works throughout this paper. The choice of camera, film,
exposure, framing, cropping, digital interventions and final output all shape and control the
end image (Rose, 2007). As an individual I use visual narrative to remember, persuade,
engage and even mislead, and in this my narrative does political work: it has a social role
and is connected to the wider world of the social and political. ROSE, Gillian (2007) Visual
methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials, London, Sage
Connecting with boys, how do boys engage in the art classroom.
Jones, Andrew1
St Edmunds College, Griffith, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
The portrayal of boys' education continues to present an image of 'moral panic', due to the
lack of engagement and under achievement of boys in schools (Gilbert & Gilbert, 1998).
Since the mid 1990's the 'problem' of boys has been voiced in the popular media, linking
anti social behaviour, working class values, under achievement and disengagement in
secondary education (Gilbert & Gilbert, 1998) (Mills, Martino, & Lingard, 2007) (Imms W. ,
2011) (Jackson, 2010). Most research relating to boys and the arts comes under the
umbrella of both visual and performing arts, there is relatively little research that focuses
on boys engagement with the visual arts (Imms, 2011). Recent debate on the topic of
boys' disengagement in the classroom has examined the impact of classroom pedagogy
as both a cause of problematic behaviour as well as providing strategies for its
improvement Ainley, Riodan (as cited in Deed, 2008). This qualitative study over two
weeks of interviews seeks to investigate teachers viewpoints, of how boys engage in the
artroom and what influence this has on the teaching and learning process. Three themes
emerged, firstly those pertaining to a teachers perception of boys behaviour, stereotypes
and classroom management, the second focuses on perceptions of how boys' value visual
art, and the third theme focused on teachers perceptions of boys achievement in visual art.
This study revealed perceptions of different levels of engagement with boys in visual art.
The most dominant theme in the data illustrated acute perceptions relating to the
disruptive behaviour and disengagement of boys which impacted negatively upon the
teaching and learning process. The data described a vision of boys that was failing in
comparison to girls, they were unwilling to participate, and only participating fully with
stereotypically masculine activities. Other findings were the many common strategies used
to engage boys across the art teaching profession. The participants in this study provided
data on their perceptions of 'visible' boys within the classroom and how they engage;
future research should be explore the engagement of the 'in-betweeners', or boys that do
not fall into the binary assumption of boys (Imms W. , 2000) further research in this area
may provide further insight. This research is relevant as it may facilitate building versions
of masculinities based on boys lived experiences, exploring their true attitudes and beliefs
as this would help boys form broader interpretations of academic and cultural knowledge
(Imms W. , 2000). This research also provided evidence that studying visual art is a
vehicle for boys to find success and increased self esteem; which reflects the view that
when working with 'at risk' boys an art rich pedagogy has practical applications to
sucessfully enagage boys (Imms W. , 2011) . The process of teaching visual art to a class
that includes boys can be a complex social issue, many of the emerging themes were
often found to interconnect and overlap; and it is these complex interactions that illustrate
the varied constructions of masculinities (Haste, 2013). It would be very simplistic for
researchers to reduce this issue to a narrow version of boys' masculinity and
underachievement (Jackson, 2010); when in fact we should promote curriculum and
pedagogy that is not stereotypically 'boy friendly', but one that is characterised by greater
freedom to express masculinity in different ways (Mary & Mike, 2012).
Social Inclusion as Benign Actions in Neoliberal Art Museum Education
Kalin, Nadine2, Kundu, Rina1
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA
[email protected]
What changes are needed in museum education as it frames our experiences with
culture? In our paper, we will start with a critique of what seems to be progressive in
museum education and will suggest other trajectories for sustained engagements.
Museum education in the U.S., since the 1990s, have been constructing ways in which to
encounter the alienation felt among the public through inclusive activities that are thought
to be equitable and participatory. We have to consider how inclusive programming that
perpetuates sensitivity, respect, and compassion for the other are indeed lofty, yet limited.
Goals of inclusion, often associated with identitarian politics, take place in lieu of the
politics of social justice (Bishop, 2012, p. 25). According to Bishop (2012), a social
inclusion mandate is benign in that it seeks to conceal social inequality, rendering it
cosmetic rather than structural. It represents the primary division in society as one
between an included majority and an excluded minority. The solution implied by the
discourse of social exclusion is simply the goal of transition across the boundary from
excluded to included (pp. 13-14) In effect, engaging with culture through artifacts and art
claims to act as a panacea to racism, inequality, exclusion, etc. As Sholette (1999) warns
us, museums are neoliberal institutions masquerading as serving the public good wherein
“political and economic interests of a global nature appear as dynamic cultural advocates”
(p. 12). This amounts to the spectacle of inclusion under humanist motives, with cultural
display and participation within art museum education acting as a fetish for social change.
We believe neoliberal governments instrumentalize art for social purposes, privileging
participatory art in particular for its promised ameliorative solutions to systemic problems.
With this end in sight, art museums instrumentalize the use of culture for social purposes.
An inclusive museum fulfills government priorities such as social inclusion and belonging
(2009). Just because a minority group’s culture is featured within an art museum does not
mean that we have achieved an egalitarian society. This end doesn’t alter the status quo,
but allows it to stay in place. Here the museum provides a sanctuary for cultural
exchanges that are scarce elsewhere, free from the conflict and antagonism of cultural
confrontation with the Other. Although such compensation for “outsiders” permits such
groups to have access to art institutions and gain a sense of cultural legitimacy, it is done
through a mode of colonialist co-option. It is a post-critical celebration for the purposes of
entertaining cultural participation and inclusion that does not amount to the agonistic
relations required for democratic mobilization. Inclusion in the art museum may in effect
whitewash out the complexities of structural inequities of real world contexts and deprives
it of its political potential toward collective action, while elevating inclusion as an activist
result in and of itself. As art writer Stephen Wright (2008) claims, in its “ongoing
colonization” and “predatory expeditions” of the life-world, how the museum frames
participation with culture can limit and debilitate art’s transformational potency (July, p. 2).
We maintain the same could be stated about the limitations of cultural inclusion within the
art museum. It amounts to a form of colonization. There is a repression of difference, a
simplifying of the other, within this thrust for inclusion of difference. The terms of this form
of inclusion do not embrace upsetting or offending visitors. Cultural difference is treated
patronizingly, normalized so that its edges are smoothed so to not disrupt visitors. The
frustration and fear of difference is passed over so that viewers are funneling into certain
experiences with cultural difference. As Bishop (2012) maintains, “An over- solicitousness
that judges in advance what people are capable of coping with can be just as insidious as
intending to offend them” (p. 26). The paper will conclude with suggestions on cultural
participation through museum education that allow visitors to be confronted by questions
that involve them in thinking about the sorts of activities and subjectivities they are invited
to participate in while engaging with cultural issues that enable democratic mobilization.
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The Occupation of Art Museum Educator in the Time of Occupy
Kalin, Nadine1
University of North Texas, Denton, USA
[email protected]
This paper explores the occupation of art museum educator in the time of Occupy
Museum (OM). I interrogate how these are related and at odds with one another in the
context of the neoliberal art museum. Financial crises and austerity measures
synonymous with this late neoliberal phase of capitalism are framed as providing the
opportunity for the instrumentalization of art and art museums and their educations toward
the demands of cognitive, technological, and cultural capitalism. The participatory museum
aims to make the most of this closure (largely through the use of unpaid and/or scarcely
paid interns, volunteers, docents, and other laborers under museum education
departments). Visitors, like artists, are now characterized as cultural producers essentially art workers in a post-Fordist global economy - establishing a new typology for
productivity in creative capitalism. Occupy Museums (OM) started in October, 2011 in
New York as an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement in reaction to the corruption
of art institutions by capitalist values and injustices. They exist to reclaim the art museum
space for the 99%, interacting with the institution in ways that make it both uncomfortable
and responsive, demanding to know how museums are perpetuating and/or confronting
the imbalances created by capitalism. Protesting the economic disparity in the art
museum, OM perceives the museum as a pyramid scheme with the ownership of culture in
the hands of the wealthiest 1% that are more concerned with profits than the public good.
In the US, the largest museums receive approximately 15% of their funding from the
government with the rest from corporations and donors from the richest 1% of the country.
OM fights for art to become more of the commons so that art museums increasingly both
support and are supported by society instead of private markets. Art museums, like most
institutions, work with their own dangerous blind spots; Occupy Museum surfaces these
blind spots while using the museum as a public space to take action. The international
movement of Occupy Museum is a form of critical participation that aims to use the
museum as a public space in a less convivial manner than most participatory strategies in
order to expose and hold art museums throughout the world under neoliberal logics
accountable to their complicity in economic injustice. While OM may be focused on
bettering the working conditions within art museums that function largely on unpaid and/or
low paid labor including interns, docents, and educators, art museum educators may be
threatened by participatory forms of critical engagement such as OM. Occupy Museums
uses the art museum as a reterritorializing site of dissension, debate, and deliberation. In
this way, the OM movement could be the ultimate participatory strategy in the current
participatory art museum model. In hacking the working frame of hidden and null curricula
at work within the neoliberal art museum, OM foregrounds the contours and boundaries of
participation, revealing contradictions and inherent antagonisms to a system working hard
to normalize neoliberal ideology. In OM’s hijacking of business as usual in art museums, a
situation for self-consciousness and self-education on the part of the institution and
viewers is activated. This begs the following questions: could the art museum become a
lab or think tank for activist tactics to use art and the museum differently, so we might
imagine the world differently while moving our participation into the world of action? How
might we participate in relation to the neoliberal museum operation in ways that highlight
the representational logics and economic injustices aligned with cognitive capitalism?
What if education sought out such occupations to explore their blind spots through
transparency, accountability, equality and open participation? Can educators be activists
within their own institutions against the very inequalities their institutions maintain? In order
to loosen deep-seated, self-interested investments based on neoliberal ideals, museums
might unveil and unframe some of the contradictions and paradoxes they work within, in
an act of self-sabotage to delimit the myths they operate within. But could art museums
and their education sustain this type of contradiction?
Impossible possibilities of community in art education
Kallio-Tavin, Mira1
Department of Arts, Aalto University, Helsinki, FINLAND
[email protected]
Traditionally, in community-arts-based projects the artwork is the outcome of the
collaboration, but the work process itself can also be defined as art, as it is a continuous
performance. Artwork, then, becomes a jointly lived event as well as the event becomes a
shared experienced artwork. Community-based art is considered by many to be a logical
step toward a more intimate and meaningful relationship between the artist and his/her
local audience, or participants, and an efficacious means of shrinking the distance
between the traditionally separate poles of production and reception. As such, communitybased art is often celebrated as an artistically and politically critical and progressive
practice. Community art-based projects, especially as described in art education, rely on
an idea of an already existing community, or presuppose that the act of making art
together would build up a purpose of community. Furthermore, many community-artsbased projects, within the field of art education, aim to develop a stronger community
identity by distinguishing social needs and community relations at a local level. In practice,
the goals are often to improve community relations, to develop feelings of acceptance and
belonging in the community, to support active citizenship and local involvement in
governance, and so on. Through these practices, community is understood as
presupposed, already physically and geographically existing. Characteristic to all
presupposed communities of practice is that their members are supposedly embedded in
some idea of a shared or communal mind. Collective subjectivity is exactly what is offered
for members in community-arts-based projects in art education. In other words, in order to
belong, in order to “practice collectivity,” the only way to remain as a member in the
community is by adopting and holding a position in a collective subjectivity. Community,
however, is not something that one can belong to. Instead, as a presupposed structure,
community rejects all that connect its members and what might offer a persistent essence
to it. The sense of belonging to a community does not exist as “ready,” but can be
composed momentarily in togetherness of its members' sense. But then, immediately, the
community splits up. Community is thus impossible, theoretically. Perhaps it is more
relevant to talk about a sense of community than anything that could be thought of as a
practicing community. Every time, when subjectivity aims to be shared, there is already a
fixed and presupposed program, to run and somebody's politics, where needs and will are
driven. This is, of course, the internal and unresolvable antagonism of “community”.
Perhaps it is important to consider what we can do with the tensions between the potential
collective practices of community-based art education projects, and their theoretical
impossibilities. In this presentation, I will consider what might happen, for example, if a
sense of community is not understood as given, in a community-based art education
project? What are the possibilities when we do nott try to resolve supposed conflicts
between theory and practice, but embrace the knot between impossible practice and
theories of the impossible? Using contemporary philosophical notions of community,
especially ideas of Jean-Luc Nancy, I will consider the impossible possibilities of
community based art education.
The past, present, and future of education for the gifted in art in South
Kang, Joohee1,2,3
Research Institute for the Gifted in Arts, Seongbuk-Gu/Seoul, SOUTH
Society of Art Education of Korea, AhnYang/Gyunggi, SOUTH KOREA
Kookmin University, Seongbuk-Gu/Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
[email protected]
In South Korea, since the Act on the Promotion of Specific Education for the Gifted and
Talented had been established in 2000, the number of gifted education programs has
been increased. In art, the number of gifted education institutes has increased from 61 to
156 and the number of students has increased from 1033 to 1537. Along with this
quantitative growth, it is time to critically review and improve the quality of education for
the gifted and talented in art. Therefore, this research is initiated based on these
questions: what has been done for gifted art education?, how can we qualitatively evaluate
it?, what are the critical issues?, what would be new directions for gifted education in art?
For this purpose, I reviewed the researches and studies on the gifted and talented in art to
define the trends as well as clarify the current issues of Korea gifted education. Then, in
order to gather the opinions of the people concerned, I conducted a survey of the gifted
students and their teachers. Based on the survey analysis, the semi-structured interviews
with focal participants were conducted. This research generated many meaningful issues
and re-conceptualized art education for gifted learners as following. 1) Gifted education
should consider the groups of disadvantaged learners' excellence, equity, troubles, and
struggles that often go unnoticed. 2) We should reconsider the criteria, standards, and
strategies in identifying art gifted learners. 3) In order to make gifted art education more
meaningful and creative, it is needed to link up with higher education. 4) The goal of gifted
art education is not only raising the world-class artists. The talented and gifted in arts could
become creative producers in multiple areas. 5) Interaction with parents and teachers is
required for meaningful art education for gifted learners.
The History, Test Item Analysis, and Admission Effectiveness of College
Entrance Examination Art-skill Test in Taiwan
Kao, Cheng-Feng1, Chao, Huei-Ling2
Graduate School of Visual Arts, University of Taipei, Taipei City, TAIWAN
Art Ed. Graduate School, National Taiwan Normal Univerity, Taipei City,
[email protected]
A major concern in higher education is whether the admission criteria used by universities
are suitable for identifying competent candidates. This issue is especially pressing for
Taiwanese higher education due to a long-term social ideology of credentialism.
Consequently, the admission system and criteria used by universities had roused
numerous controversies. However, this issue displays a more complicated situation for artrelated programs in higher education. Compared to general students, Taiwanese high
school students who want to enter art-related programs in higher education are required to
take two national admission tests - The College Entrance Examination (CEE) and The
CEE Art-Skill Test. The combined scores on these examinations serve as students'
enrollment determinant. From 1954, the first year that CEF was holding in Taiwan, to
2012, every single year there are more than five thousands high school students
participated in the CEE Art-Skill Test in order to enter art related programs in college.
Nonetheless, as observing the changing history and system development of The CEE ArtSkill Test, several unknown issues remain as follows: if the Art-Skill Test items possess
reliability and validity, and if high school students' scores on these examinations are valid
and accurate predictors of their college academic performance. By conducting a two-year
research, this study first analyzed the CEE Art-Skill Test items, and then used inferential
statistical analysis as the research design to investigate the relationships between the
subjects' college GPAs and their CEE and CEE Art-Skill Test scores, gender, and high
school art education background. It was hoped that the results of this study could offer
suggestions for policy makers and art educators.
Reflexive Arts-Based Research: Photography and the Food System
Kaplan, Abram1
Denison University, Granville Ohio, USA
[email protected]
This paper offers a meta-analysis of arts-based research and a/r/tography, using situated
learning and narrative inquiry to tease out the transformational discovery process in a
college art course for students whose training has been firmly rooted in positivism. That
course, the context for this study, is one I developed over the last seven years within the
Environmental Studies Program at a midwestern American college. The field of
environmental studies self-identifies as interdisciplinary, bridging and synthesizing
disciplinarity across our curriculum. We endeavor to maximize diversity in subfields like
environmental justice, urban food deserts, water rights, and indigenous knowledge. These
fields examine diversity in terms of affected populations, including low-income
neighborhoods where environmentally harmful facilities like landfills are too often sited.
The diversity of research modes in environmental studies is surprisingly narrow, however.
What counts as valid knowledge springs predominantly from a post-positivist paradigm,
premised on a commitment to objective truth. This is not surprising, given the disciplines
from which the field has grown, such as biology, economics, and sociology. Certainly,
there are important strands of postmodern research, but the mainstream epistemology
remains largely science-grounded. It is therefore imperative to employ diversity in
knowledge construction to parallel the diversity of people whose lives we study. This is the
central challenge that underpins the current paper. My background matches the dominant
paradigm, with degrees in political science and regional planning. I was taught to distance
myself from my research, and never locate myself within it, to consider myself a detached
outsider. Over the last decade, though, I have embarked on an intensive immersion in the
photographic medium, using the lens of a camera to explore new ways of knowing about
environmental issues. Through both literal and metaphorical engagement with subjects like
the American food system, I have reconsidered my research upbringing and constructed a
new, hybridized research space through visual art - my own a/r/tographic inquiry. The
context of the study presented here is an undergraduate course that grew from my own
visual art inquiry, and therefore brings together the objectivist and constructivist research
paradigms. 'Farmscape: Visual Immersion in the American Food System' began as an
attempt to engage environmental students in the topic of farm-to-table processes and their
verifiable impact on the environment. It has evolved to its current iteration as our
university's first arts-based research methods course. In this paper, I present my initial
findings on the educational and transformational impact this conversion has fostered for a
range of undergraduates. The study examines how students respond to an a/r/tography
research approach that encourages them to re-conceptualize how they understand our
environmental impact. Farmscape develops critical visual literacy skills, first by using fine
arts photogaphs to help students read images and develop individualized lines of inquiry.
They first articulate their lines of inquiry as research topics of interest. These might include
issues like farm labor, chemical inputs, and local food options. Next, through on-going
photography-based explorations, they evolve the topics into big ideas, such as access,
connectedness, and change. Those big ideas then become the core of their inquiry and
artistic expression. Throughout the course, students examine art-making as a research
practice in relation to the traditional methods that dominate the field of environmental
studies. Through contextual inquiry, framed as fine arts photography experiences at
various locations (e.g., farms, meat processing facilities, distribution warehouses, food
processing centers, and grain mills), the course forces students into a reflexive practice
that interrogates the objectivist stance. The course involves photographic instruction and
experimentation, art production, critique, narrative development, and reflection. The
students gain facility with artistic techniques, develop aesthetic sensibilities, and express
their growing understandings through creative means. In other words, the students engage
in their own a/r/tography and arts-based research exploration, and their experience
represents the meta-narrative of this research project. Using narrative analysis of the
students' blogs, photographic submissions, and artist books, this research project provides
insights into their shift from a deterministic quest for answers to a generative process of
questioning. Early findings highlight the various strategies students employ in this
transformative process. The meta-analysis reveals ways that the hybridized space
between the arts and sciences, which I have endeavored to occupy, can be accessed by a
new generation of students. It presents possibilities for multiple and diverse ways of
knowing through visual immersion and offers a hopeful direction for human-environment
Popular culture in the art classroom: Critical media-based discussions
Karaaslan Klose, Elvin1
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, TURKEY
[email protected]
Recent technological developments have lead to a cultural and social life filled with
increasing amounts of visual stimuli. New imaging and reproduction technologies influence
developments in social life and the art world, thereby transforming both the process of art
production as well as its meaning. Imaging technologies become more important for those
practicing in the field of art. An increasing emphasis on visual elements within our culture
has lead to the emergence of the research field of “Visual Culture”. Following on from this,
Visual Culture Education is meant to enable people to better deal with the visual stimuli
they receive on a daily basis. The aim of this research is to implement a curriculum for
active learning, based on the contributions of the students and the guidance of the
educator. In the context of a one-semester-course with final (fourth) year Bachelor-level
students at the Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Çanakkale, Turkey, action research
was used to form, implement and evaluate a curriculum for an “Introduction to Visual
Culture and Visual Culture Education” course. For fifteen weeks, students met for one four
hour session per week in in order to collect, discuss and process their ideas about visual
culture. By letting students do their own research based on magazines, academic articles,
images and media clippings from the internet, the group of students was able to assemble
a wide ranging collection of view points on the intersection of popular culture and high arts.
Classroom discussions were recorded on video and one-on-one interviews were held
regularly with the students in order to analyze the effectiveness of the curriculum and
adapt the methods for the coming weeks. Guests from other departments (a journalist, a
web designer and a media literacy teacher) were invited to promote a higher level of
interdisciplinary thinking. In order to provide a common ground for discussions and a place
to collect students' findings, a collaborative Concept Map was used. While primarily
intended as a discussion aid, the students ended up understanding “their work” as a work
of art in its own right, summarizing the findings of the group and illustrating the
connections between different topics in a multidimensional way. To support the action
research process, data was collected through classroom video and voice recording, semistructural interviews, student and researcher diaries, interpretation of student artworks and
the concept map. Later, these were analyzed and interpreted using the content analysis
The Swedish National Advisory Assessment Tool in Visual Art
Karlsson Häikiö, Tarja1, Wu, Camilla1
Visual and Material Art, Teacher Education Programme, Göteborg,
[email protected]
Key words: assessment, visual art education, elementary school, teacher support
Curricula are based on the idea that pupils' knowledge development progresses from basic
skills to more advanced. It is customary to speak of this as a progression, which appears
to be a key concept in the evaluation context. The purpose of education is to support
pupils' development of the subject and ensure that you can evaluate and assess progress,
so students can go from solving simple problems to more complex problems. Progression
should be within and between school types, both between preschool and elementary
school, and between primary and secondary education. There are national policy
documents and supporting materials relating to assessment in the form of knowledge,
national testing and assessment support. These are designed to support an equitable and
legally secure assessment of pupils' knowledge. Assessment has obviously socio-political
importance as it affects young people's way of looking at themselves and their possibilities
in relation to education, future careers and even their identities as learners. Assessment in
primary schools has in the Western world reproduced the models of higher education
systems. It is written in the national guidelines that assessment practice should be adapted
to different school contexts across the country to guarantee equivalency, but generally
speaking, there is problems in guaranteeing equivalence as well as in the practicing
assessment between the level of policy formulation and implementation level. In this
paper is presented the project, background thoughts and the produced models for
assessment for visual art education in elementary school for 6th and 9th grades. An
Advisory Assessment Tool has been developed by the team at the art teacher education at
the Teacher Education Program at the University of Gothenburg on behalf of the Swedish
National Agency for Education in Sweden. The purpose of this advisory tool is supporting
teachers in their assessment work. The material includes besides a teacher's guide and a
research survey, also proposed matrixes and a film material. The film material, which is
available on the agency's website, is designed to demonstrate teaching situations in visual
art education, show concrete examples of assessment, demonstrate collegial
conversations around assessment and problematize assessment practice. The material
has been developed in collaboration with different schools in western Sweden where all
participating teachers teach the subject of art in years 6 and 9. Conversations and
discussions with participating teachers has been a valuable part of this process. The work
at the schools were observed and documented both in the form of an observational study,
and by filming but also through notes and other material accompanying image and text
data, matrixes, and so on. The aim of assessment is to identify skills, assess knowledge,
provide feedback for learning, enhance visibility of practical knowledge and evaluate
teaching. In the material priorities of the national summative assessment grades are
presented as grounds for the evaluation of school results as well as matrixes for
assessment practice. In the material also is discussed giving and receiving feedback as
part of formative assessment as assessment for learning practice. Students can use a
simple self-assessment matrix for assessment of their performance in dialogue with a
friend or teacher. This can be based, for example on a task, a thematic or a process. In
this way, the pupil's development, progression can be made visible for them-selves and
the pupils can participate in the assessment of peers to enhance progression in learning.
There can be differences in the view of the subject content among art teachers around the
country and from different generations. It is important to be aware of these differences
when our background and our frame of reference affects the interpretation of the syllabus
as well as knowledge. In that case a cross-fertilization between different disciplines and
traditions is needed. Differences can often be good but when it comes to assessment and
grading, it is essential that teachers are discussing among themselves to create a common
frame of reference on what is required. Also, when it comes to assessment of visual art
education, sometimes words cannot capture all aspects of the pupils' art work.
To perform and transform knowledge through artistic methods in visual
art education
Karlsson Häikiö, Tarja1
Visual and Material Art, Teacher Education Programme, Göteborg,
[email protected]
Aesthetic practice is used as potentiality zone and perspective in the art education in
relation to school and society in the art teacher education at the University of Gothenburg.
In the educational practice artistic, didactic and theoretical aspects are combined. Artistic
reflected practice is used as a method for creating a more participatory education as well
as inclusive thinking in education and society. A profile has developed where active
citizenship, visuality and performativity, Socratic dialogue and students co- and selfassessment are parts of the educational practice. In the educational practice visual culture
is problematized in relation to school and society based on socio-cultural theory and visual
culture studies. In the courses the students work with projects in which site-specific,
situated learning in the public space as well as socio-cultural and intercultural aspects are
highlighted (participation in culture, assignments, contemporary art). In the ongoing
development work regarding the methods in which students participate in different ways
with community (sustainable art education), aspects of sustainable development on the
basis of educational and environmental perspectives are included. One of several foci in
the artistic investigations of the students is interaction between art and the environment
which includes for example community art-projects. The aim is to elucidate specific areas
of artistic education and highlight these issues on the research field. The students are
assessed (process and product assessment) and work themselves with assessment of
their creative work based on a special matrix developed for this purpose. In the
educational practice blogs are used to document the progress and development of the
students learning processes and as a means of mediator in the dialogue between student
and teacher, for example as a common base in tutorial conversations. A change has lately
occurred in the perception of and approach to aesthetic knowledge in society, as well as in
teacher education. A previous educational context emphasized 'the knowledge gained
through the senses' and teachers as cultural creators, while in the ongoing teacher
education reform in Sweden the aesthetic aspects of learning are more marginalized and
lessened in importance in different ways. In the arts knowledge is created with and
through various forms of interpretation as well as visual, performative and transformative
activities. What unites aesthetic learning processes and learning from a cognitive focus
point is that learning occurs through mediated actions. The learner can process, absorb
and use information, thoughts and feelings through his or her own creativity, which in turn
can be used as a source of broadening and deepening the learning experience in many
ways. An ongoing discussion problematizes and questions the aesthetics role in relation to
learning from different angles in school subjects (OECD-report, 2013). Research shows
that aesthetic aspects does not have a direct impact on learning in other subject, but
enhances learning in the own field. A central concept in the area of aesthetic learning is
creativity. Learning consists of different dimensions where aspects of creativity and
imagination are included. Imagination and memory are interdependent and interact in
learning. In artistic training creativity is connected to the mastery of an art form. In the
process of artistic practice abilities that are useful on a more general level are included.
Like the ability to handle uncertainty and failures as well as innovation. The aesthetic
languages can be viewed as communicative language forms that are as basic skills in the
design of knowledge from an artistic and aesthetic perspective. The artistic field provides
methods of learning in a tertiary field, where uncertainty, variability and change are
essential elements. The experience of meaningfulness in learning is linked to
transformative quality in the creation of the learning act. An educational approach that
describes transformation as part of knowledge-development combines the arts (art
practice) and aesthetic learning.
Transgender and Transpecies Renderings: The change that is
permanently needed
Kawka, Marta1, Nieddu, Mick1
Griffith University, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This a/r/tographical text captures the process of creating a video performance installation
work in which we co-opted our first year secondary visual arts education class. The paper
pursues an artistic idea from generation to transformation through the encounters with our
students. Our practice-led inquiry attempted to uncover how artist-teacher practice
embodies knowledge and at what point this knowledge emerges. As an a/r/tographical
text, the paper weaves together poetic ramblings, images, video links and theoretical
musings to render a living inquiry of making and teaching as contemporary
artists/teachers. For us this means creating an art experience which 'embraces ambiguity
and improvisation, and uncertainty' and 'articulates what is unsaid, unknown and/or
excessive' (Irwin, 2008, p.71). This paper presents an account of creation beginning with
our deliberations as we plan the teaching activities for a course investigating contemporary
art practice. Our thoughts meander as we negotiate our personal interests in children's
popular toys and representations of gender and sexuality, and the experiences that will be
appropriate for our students. Our unwillingness to separate our teaching roles (censored
containment) from our artistic identities (excessive monstrosities), result in engaging our
students as performers in experimental video works. Our narrative of artist/teacher
reflections rendered in this text, concludes with an abject video performance where
students engage with doll hybrids exploring themes of transgenderism and transpecies
identities. Our work reflects on diversity as a resistance to heteronormativity and how this
plays out in an education encounter with our students. Notions of change are rendered in
the reconstruction of dolls to represent trans-identities. The recutting and repositioning
becomes a metaphor for our artist/researcher/teaching selves, not only in terms of our
commitment to repositionining gender identities in our own lives, but also as teachers
trying to continuously resist categorisations imposed upon us by academic bureaucracies.
These new configurations defy hegemonic categorisations of knowledge and challenge us
to consider contemporary visual arts education practices. Inherently, our artist/teacher
enactments are a way to claim authenticity in an uncertain and ambiguous world.
Reference: Irwin, R.L. (2008). Communities of A/r/tographic Practice. In S. Springgay, R.L.
Irwin, C.Leggo, & P.Gouzouasis (Eds.), Being with A/r/tography (pp. 71-80). Rotterdam,
The Netherlands: Sense Publishers
Experiencing difference - artists residencies in schools
Kelly, Anna1, Clarke, Maree2
Arts Officer, Arts Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet, AUSTRALIA
Visual Artist, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
When students work with professional artists in their own school settings they are
confronted by the notion of the 'outsider'. This outsider brings new perspectives, practices,
pedagogies and an ability to provide a safe space for students to explore their own stories.
The Arts Victoria programs, Artists in Schools and Extended School Residencies, fund
schools to work with artists and arts organisations respectively in school residency
projects. They are designed on a case by case basis depending on the needs of those
students working with the artists and have a focus on supporting rich creative learning
opportunities for all involved; students, teachers and artists. To illustrate this are examples
from at least two: Visual artist Maree Clarke worked with culturally diverse students and
teachers at Heatherhill Primary School through the Artists in Schools program creating
their own Possum Skin Cloak. The theme of Belonging led students to investigate their
family's history's and choose a key image that represented their familial ties and traditions
which was then burnt on the cloak. The students were part of the whole creative process
(apart from obtaining the possum skins from New Zealand!) including learning about
Indigenous protocols. Students who wouldn't normally speak up in class found a voice.
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and Numurkah Primary Schools' Little Treasures Exploring ourselves through clay project, was funded through Extended School
Residencies. Students worked with a pool of artists, each with a very different ceramics
practice and a local indigenous artist, all with a focus on developing a strong sense of self
through their own art making. The critiquing of the artists' work, their peers' and their own,
brought a higher level of understanding and thinking by the students. They were able to
appreciate the differences and similarities between different artworks and people without
judgement. Some of the artists involved were Angie Russi, Vipoo Srivilasa and local
indigenous artist Eric Brown. Again the observation was made that through this style of
project students who wouldn't normally speak up in class found a voice.
Creating Communities: Connecting Visual Arts students with socially
engaged contemporary art and architecture practices
King, Karen1
NSW Visual Arts and Design Educators Association, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Contemporary art events such as the 2012 Sydney Biennale, the City of Sydney Curating
Cities Project, and the Super Sydney urban planning project highlight the significance and
prevalence of contemporary art and architectural practices that actively involve audiences
and communities. Through participation in project based learning programs based on the
innovative Campement Urbain urban plan, Penrith of the Future/ The Future of Penrith
(2011), Visual Arts students in Western Sydney schools have seen the value and
relevance of active involvement with plans for local renewal in learning programs. These
events and programs have raised questions about how these changing practices in the
field are addressed in Visual Arts. As the 2013 recipient of the NSW Premiers COFA
Visual Arts Teaching Scholarship, I will be undertaking a study tour in April 2014. This
presentation will report on my findings from the study tour and consider ways that these
findings can inform new approaches to contemporary Visual Arts Curriculum. The study
tour investigates how artistic practices as collaborative interventions between artists,
architects and communities have provided opportunities for re-engagement, renewal or
regeneration in areas of social and cultural change in Paris and Marseilles in France,
London and Liverpool, England and Echigo-Tsumari and Naoshima Art sites and the
Tohoku region in Japan. Each site provides different approaches to collaborative or
participatory contemporary art practices. These cases provide models for developing
visual arts programs in which students make and understand socially engaged art.
Interviews with key practitioners in each site or city, including artists, architects, curators,
educators and community members as well as research and documentation of site visits
provide an archive of material focusing on three key areas. • Collaborative interventions,
projects or events within each city or region • Physical, social and cultural impact on local
communities • Effective engagement with communities with a focus on schools programs
Based on case studies from each site, this presentation also considers how Visual Arts
syllabuses can address these contemporary changes in the field and provides models for
innovative, relevant teaching programs. Possible areas for further investigation arising
from this study could include extending conventional understandings of artists’ practices
and relationships through the focus on contemporary collaborative and participatory
practices, developing new ways of engaging cultural and social perspectives in making
and explaining artworks and engaging recent theoretical and critical frameworks such as
Nicolas Bourriard’s (2002) writing on relational aesthetics and the critique of participatory
arts by Claire Bishop (2011) study syllabus content.
Crafts at school in Finland. Joyless Work - education or Affordances
and Self-expression?
Kiviniemi, Ulla1
University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, FINLAND
[email protected]
In the national Core Curriculum for basic education (2004) in Finland crafts education in
schools is to develop pupil´s know-how in making, so that the pupil experiences joy and
satisfaction when working. Teachers of craft are supposed to act as tutors encouraging
pupils to carry out structured and self-standing working processes and to use creativity
and self-expression as well in crafts. Both external and internal factors are combined into
the making process. The psycho-ecological concept of affordance (Gibson 1979) refers to
those meaningful environmental conditions which conduct human actions in the
environment the productive actions take place. Inside the person embodied cognition is
deeply dependent upon features of the physical body of the actor, that is, when aspects of
the actor's body play a significant role in cognitive processing (Wilson & Foglia 2011).
Crafting is more than motor labour - it is embodied activity. The activity mixes the inner
pre-conscious and conscious ideas together (Anttila 2010). In the making process
person´s bodily knowing, bodily activity and real materials are processed with reflective
consciousness and the mental ideas are modified into material and visual form. According
to Eisner (2002) the representation is stabilizing the idea within the constraints and
affordances of a material by bodily maneuvers. The external-material and externalimmaterial affordances and factors intertwine with the internal-subjective human
associations, as the maker interprets the stimuli and positions herself in this process. The
maker has the active and central role in making with all the stimuli revolving around. Craft
education should initiate both the design and the production but the focus of tutoring
should also be in generative skills instead of adaptive learning: to give space for training
cognitive strategies - like problem solving, directing the making procedure and selfevaluating activities. (Kiviniemi 2012). The research questions of this study are: what are
the affordances and experiences in crafts education? The data of this small scale research
consists of memoir essays on handicrafts written by teacher trainees (N = 70, average age
20 years, range 19-25 years). The method of the study is content analysis. The writers
were asked how pleasure and joy were present in the school crafts lessons. The writings
were analyzed with open reading: the detected similar experiences formed at first broad
categories that particularised as the reading was reiterated. The focus was in
manifestations of joy, play, good mood and inspiring memories. However from the outset it
was clear that also the reverse side of the same phenomenon was present: the writers
discovered also disagreeable experiences during the lessons. The following themes were
discovered in the essays: Joy and satisfaction. Experiences of joy related to the concept of
'my favourite subject' or experiencing enjoyment in making process. Play. Most of the
writers could not recall any links with play in the classroom in general, let alone in crafts.
Sometimes toys, like dolls and mascots, were made. Work. Crafting was based on readymade templates and the models were to be replicated with the same instructions. Rhymes
and stories. Fairy tales were sometimes involved in crafts lessons as extra awards.
Continuous motor chaining techniques like casting on knitting stiches were sometimes
taught through rhymes and stories. The ambiance of lessons. Craft classes were
commonly sketched as laid back: you could listen to music and chat with friends, but at the
same time you should advance in your handwork as well. Self-directed work: The pupils
had few opportunities to design and administrate their own making: detailed instructions
how to proceed were given. Negative was the endless waiting for help and go-ahead
permissions. Present craft teaching objectives underline pupils' personal objectives,
generative learning and crafting skills as self-expression. For future teachers these
objectives seem to be important for meaning-carrying learning. The brain researchers
show us evidence that manual training (practice) is connected with the development of the
brain (rational reasoning). Subject arts and crafts should be maintained as a school
subject in order to be engaged with the skills and routines of making. Active making skills
might also be valuable when counterbalancing in the hectic and consumer-centric presentday. Craft should become more adventurous and idea-oriented, in order to attract creative
ideas. In Bamford's (2009, 21) words craft education through art implies that art is seen as
a vehicle for learning other subject content and a mean for teaching more general
educational outcomes. Subject selection in the curriculum should develop pupil's diverse
talents: carry out logical operations and common sense, deepen ethical concepts and
interaction as well as recognize emotions and make esthetical decisions.
Songlines of the Yarra
Klarin, Suzana1
The University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Songlines of the Yarra is a short film about a group of preschool children navigating the
stretch of the Yarra River. Their journey was inspired by Maya Ward's book 'The Comfort
of Water': A River Pilgrimage' in which the author 'walked the River' from the sea to the
The telling of this journey became woven into the children's ecological, cultural and
poetical understanding that follows many pathways into the depth of Wurundjeri Songlines.
Songlines are the labyrinth of visible and invisible pathways, which meander across the
land or sky, navigation routes that 'sing' out the name of everything that crosses their path
- and so singing the world into existence. (Chatwin, 1987)
The focus of this long - term study that resulted in a short film is on investigation into
young children's profound immersion in the River's landscape.
This study is framed within the field of Phenomenology. It focuses on children's aesthetical
perception of the world and their conceptual understanding that becomes visible in their
embodied learning through visualisation and action, showing their purposeful engagement
with the world. (Merleu -Ponty, 2002). The children's deep and passionate immersion into
'the 'theatre of perception' (Wright, 2003) reflected multiple ways of belonging to the place
visible through their embodiment of the River.
This film attempts evocative narrative visible through authentic dramatisation, singing,
music making, poetical language, 2D and 3D installations, drawings and paintings,
silences and assembly of actions.
The study applies the 'pedagogy of listening' and uses a Phenomenological language to
'sing' multiple meanings that are crucial to understanding of belonging to time and place.
Cultural identifications and feelings of belongingness in visual arts
education perspective. An artistic research of Finnishness at a
multicultural primary school in Helsinki
Knif, Leena1
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FINLAND
[email protected]
Finland does not have a long history of being a multicultural country. Just in recent
decades, also Finland has received many immigrants from numerous cultures. This
development means that the cultural heritage pupils bring into classrooms becomes more
heterogeneous in basic education settings. Immigration, racism, accepting others and
wellbeing through art are current topics in discussion of today in Finland. Multiculturalism,
cultural identities and intercultural interaction issues are therefore some of the main
themes of discussion in visual arts education. Teachers however still lack tools to deal with
multicultural issues. An ethnographic study of group relations between Finnish and
immigrant pupils was conducted in 2011 (Souto). The results showed that racism in
schools is a fact. A consequence of racism is that membership in the school groups is not
open to everyone. Even though born in Finland and with perfect Finnish speaking ability,
pupils with foreign roots are not accepted to be Finnish. This generates feelings of being
an outsider and that, for its part can cause multiple problems. My perceptions as a teacher
in a multicultural school and findings in my research support these arguments. In my
presentation I will discuss the outcomes of a visual arts project I am implementing as a
part of my doctoral thesis at a multicultural primary school in Helsinki. The purpose of this
project, funded by The Finnish Children and Youth Foundation, is to enhance the cultural
and multi-cultural identities of the pupils and help them find and define their own place in
Finnish culture by making and studying art. This research aims to create deeper
understanding of the subject as well as tools for teachers at multicultural schools,
especially in lower education. The main purpose of my research is to discuss the
possibilities of art-based methods as educational tools in dealing with cultural identity
issues, national and transnational identifications and feelings of belongingness to Finnish
culture in a multicultural primary school group. The other aim is to study visual literacy in
multicultural perspective and study ways to improve the methods of teaching it. Visual
literacy is examined in a context with Finnish national art, especially the Golden erapaintings, that are closely linked with Finnish cultural identity. The aim is to study how
pupils interpret the images and symbols in them, as well as study the ways to teach visual
literacy and study its connection to culture and cultural identity. Since pictures have an
effect on our perception of reality, it is important to learn to read them and their cultural
codes. Art is here understood not only as a part cultural history and visual information but
also as way of knowing and a research method. Multicultural art education is seen as
intercultural communication and a space for cultural encounters.
Storytelling for Social Justice
Knight, Linda1
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper demonstrates how the arts can assist teachers to teach from a social justice
perspective, and how such knowledge is built through meaningful experiences. It
examines how art can work to bring about greater understandings and practices around
social justice and the early years, in the professional preparation of student teachers. How
can aesthetic and creative artistic activity excite imaginations and open up multiple
possibilities for richer forms of educational outcomes for teacher educators, student
teachers, and ultimately for young children? In producing a research-based graphic novel
to explore themes of social justice within a critical theory context, I was prompted to extend
on my own research experiences and initiate a small-scale project with a cohort of my
undergraduate students who were enrolled in a program of study, preparing to be early
childhood educators. The task for them was to also use arts-based research methods to
produce a picture book about a social justice issue of their choice. The perceptions about
childhood, families and education that student teachers bring with them to their studies can
travel with them into their professional careers if unchallenged. Visual works can provide
alternative views about lives and experiences. The arts can connect us with the world of
others, and can stimulate connections in all directions. In their work of engaging student
teachers in critical thinking, via arts-based researching. The student teachers were
required to each produce a picture book, and their work was assessed across two
assignment tasks. For Assignment 1 students researched a social justice issue and
developed a storyline around it. For Assignment 2 they were required to illustrate their
original story in the style of a children's picture book. They each created a complete mockup draft book and one completed double-page colour illustration. As the students
conducted their research, at the same time and with the students' consent, I designed a
study that ran parallel to investigate their critical thinking, and in particular, to encourage
the students to challenge existing beliefs and values about social justice in education,
through arts-based educational researching. The student teachers were introduced to a
process of working that they could in turn take into their classrooms. At the same time,
their engagement with this art form taught them about social justice issues. This
interweaving of agendas is what Irwin and Springgay (2008) conceptualized as
a/r/tography, in order ‘to explore the interstitial spaces of art making, researching, and
teaching. Process becomes intertextually and multiply located in the context of discursive
operations' (p. 106). A/r/tography presented opportunities to research the students'
learning and my teaching by multiple means. It is these in-between spaces that reflect the
generative nature of the project. The process enabled a shifting between thoughts, action,
reflection, and generation, of theory, information, production, and analysis as the research
progressed. As part of the research cycle, data generated from the student's results fed
into the contents of my graphic novel, via story development and sequence. While graphic
novels exist within certain contexts (a politically charged fine art edition or a politically
charged children's picture book), visual storytelling can exemplify a/r/tographic research as
it engages in complicated theory as practice. (Irwin & Springgay, 2008). Visual storytelling
is potentially of great value to contemporary teachers who work in increasingly, culturallydiverse classrooms. The experience of making a picture book enabled the student
teachers to think about a societal group on an individual basis. This is a significant way to
disrupt stereotyping and the dehumanization of vulnerable children. The process of
constructing a character, in a particular context, and with a story, forces the picture book
creator to think about many issues in great detail. This too works against homogenizing
views about particular groups. And this characteristic is especially vital to address in the
context of teacher beliefs. This project enabled the students to explore issues of diversity
and identity through fantasy, metaphor, drawn imagery and sequential narrative. Making a
picture book helped them to deconstruct their assumptions and subsequently their
responses to diverse identities and education contexts. Irwin, R. L. & Springgay, S.
(2008). A/r/tography as practice-based research, in M. Cahnmann-Taylor & R.
Siegesmund (Eds.). Arts-Based Research: Foundations for Practice. New York:
(Im)migrating to Digital Scholarship in Art Education: Trends in the
Knochel, Aaron1, Patton, Ryan2
State University of New York New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, USA
Virgnia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
[email protected]
Migration of scholarship to digital platforms is upon us: journal publishing distributed to
readers as online printable documents; social network spaces for sharing academic and
professional resources; and peer review processes managed through open journal
platforms. Perhaps one of the more striking migrations, due to its relative absence in art
education, involves scholarly activity and publication that is born digital: intellectual
practices that live and thrive as multimodal online digital publications. Our discussion of
born digital scholarship places the emphasis of scholarly practice within networked society
not on whether the researcher is a digital native, but rather explores the possibilities of
research data that is born digital. Digital scholarly activity is not without its forerunners in
various disciplines: notable examples of peer-reviewed digital journals include Kairos
(online since 1995), Vectors, AIGA’s Loop, and the publishing platform Scalar, recently
used for an issue of The Art Bulletin and the book Flows of Reading (2013). However, our
paper makes an appeal to the art education research community to utilize emerging digital
technologies to initiate an art education scholarship that is born digital by exploring the
possibilities of a digital data corpus. Qualities of digital scholarship for the arts and
humanities are outlined as an ecology of research and pedagogy, expanding the scholarly
journal by advancing the possibilities of online publishing. While moving away from paperbased scholarship is the first step, new models of digital scholarship that are multimodal
and interactive allow for real-time effects, reflexive research, reconsider intellectual
openness through a radical sense of accessibility, and broadly (re)define the textual body
in research to one that is transdisciplinary. In this paper, we elaborate on the current
trends and opportunities in digital scholarship presented by online publications as an
extension of research modalities, augmenting what art education research publications
look like, presenting new and rich contexts for scholarship. We explore limitations and
benefits found in the current state of academic publishing by asking how scholarship can
be transformed in a technological ecology. We present trajectories in qualitative research
and digital publication that both inform art education and impact the broader field of digital
Eyes Without a Face: Modest Designers and Visual Technologies in Art
Knochel, Aaron1
State University of New York New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, USA
[email protected]
A proliferation of innovative digital technologies populate classroom spaces, but their
presence is characterized by their instrumentality. This paper presents a shift in this
thinking to one where objects are seen as heterogeneous contributors to learning and
teaching. Student practices within networked computing are changing how they form
connections with peers, perceive boundaries, and negotiate diverse modalities as artistic
creators. The overwhelming visual nature of these various technologies provides
opportunities for a visual culture pedagogy of art education to build critical foundations in
investigations of visuality and may provide insights to participation through these
multimedia platforms. In trying to understand these opportunities, this paper focuses on
developing an analysis of the network ontology of art education through actor-network
theory (ANT) and software studies. This analysis repositions visual technologies,
particularly Adobe Photoshop, beyond instrumentality to a reconceptualization as
collaborators within human-technology interactions to more fully comprehend their
affordances, gaps, and hegemonies. The paper presents an investigation of a network
ontology focusing on bringing symmetry to human and non-human actors in social
formations that involve creative practice. By following closely the interactions that influence
co-creation within human-technological collaborations, or what is called the effects of
translation, art educators may better understand the contributions of Photoshop within the
creative practice of designers, artists, and students in the art education classroom.
Asserting symmetry within human-technological collaborations in the learning space draws
strong parallels to Donna Haraway's (1988) concept of “situated knowledge.” As a part of
her broader feminist critique of scientific objectivity, situated knowledge is a reconception
of objective knowing as embodied, and for Haraway these situated knowledges are
articulated through vision. The embodiment of vision through situated knowledges allows
for understandings “for what we learn how to see” (Haraway, 1988, p. 583). Therefore,
vision as well as visual technologies can be articulated through situated knowledge, and
forces understandings of collaboration within the human-technological hybrids to call out a
“modest witness” (Haraway, 1997) of visual technologies and creative industries.
Haraway's “modest witness” persona critiques the historical trajectory of scientific practices
that barred participation of women and people of color through social inequities and bias,
and in a parallel problematic a modest designer lurks in the development and institutions
of digital computing and computer graphics histories. A full analysis of the gendered,
racial, and classist histories in computer science is outside of the scope of this research,
but there are significant durabilities to the situated knowledge that are repeated in the
network ontology of Photoshop. This paper presents a particularly potent example in the
abundance of gendered retouching and photoshopping that are plentiful throughout the
publication industry that surrounds Photoshop and in the visual culture all around us.
Within digital visual culture, this agencies of the modest designer colonize resources within
these durable translations and ultimately ask a question of sustainability: what resources
within the art classroom are sustained and for whom? This moral question of sustainability
in the learning space makes clear that the role of modest designers needs to be
acknowledged and interrogated in understanding and leveraging the affordances of any
technology. All digital technology is the result of design, and, regardless of its perceived
complexity, cannot be understood as beyond the scope of teachers and learners. The
implications of the modest designer have strategic and political impacts that should be a
part of the full consideration of what students are learning when they work with visual
technologies. In this sense, the modest designer is a collaborator in pedagogy that
performs as a set of eyes with a face and understanding our full participation in the
collaboration must take account of this implied alliance. Haraway, D. (1988). Situated
knowledge. The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective.
Feminist Studies, 14(3), 575-599. Haraway, D. (1997).
[email protected]_Millenium.Female_Man(c)_Meets_Oncomouse(tm): Feminism
and Technoscience. New York: Routledge.
Placeable: Place-based Curriculum and Mobile Learning in the Museum
Knochel, Aaron1
State University of New York New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, USA
[email protected]
This study examines project work from twenty students enrolled in a 400-level required
studio course in interaction design for Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Graphic Design majors
at a public liberal arts institution during the spring 2013 semester. The project developed
from a mutual research interest by Art Education professor Dr. Aaron Knochel and Graphic
Design professor Amy Papaelias’s research in designing mobile learning environments for
place-based museum education. The project, collaboratively taught by both professors,
produced concepts for a mobile application that encourages visitors, residents and
community members to document and share their experiences at the Wassaic Project.
The Wassaic Project, located in rural Dutchess County, New York, USA, is a multidisciplinary arts center that supports three initiatives within its programming: a residency
program for emerging artists, education programming for area schools, and community
exhibitions and events, most notably the Wassaic Summer Festival. The Wassaic Project’s
mission places emphasis on “genuine and intimate context for art making and
strengthening local community” ( Student project
work was aligned with this mission by valuing relationships between local histories and
contemporary arts practices through activities that engaged users in rich media production
using mobile devices. The Wassaic Project’s community is comprised of international
artists-in-residence, children participating in arts education programming, as well as the
local Wassaic population. Although each of these groups engage with the Wassaic Project
and its programming in different ways, there is no method to document the myriad of
simultaneous experiences taking place. Students were assembled in teams and charged
to create concepts and visual prototypes for a screen-based application that encourages
visitors, residents and community members to expand, share and document their
collective experiences at the Wassaic Project. The application was designed to be used on
various mobile technologies such as smart phones or tablets to actively engage users in
place-based learning through art. Emphasis in design planning was placed on
consideration for the multiple users of this application/ game / archive through careful
consideration of various constituencies that would be its users: school-aged children,
artists-in-residence, and local community members. Consideration was also given to the
design problem of how a multi-screen-based approach (mobile, tablet, desktop) will
enhance the interactive experience for the users. The project presented a timely design
challenge and an opportunity for students to consider how a variety of collected memories
and experiences can contribute to a living archive of this vibrant and unique arts
organization. Co-teaching an interaction design project offered new opportunities for
interdisciplinary engagement with interaction design and education technology. These
projects employ a variety of interaction design strategies and methods related to userexperience, visual development, and community impact. User experience strategies
included concept mapping, wireframing, paper prototyping and user-testing. This paper
discusses the activities under the project by examining the participatory design-based
research, game theories of learning, and employing place-based pedagogical discourses
to situate mobile arts learning that is socially engaged within a digital visual culture. The
paper will also present the ongoing research surrounding Placeable: a mobile computing
application that deploys a place-based curriculum.
Reconfiguring the Post-colonial Global - Towards An Ethico-ontoepistemological Approach to Art and Curriculum
Koh, Bee Kim1
Ministry of Education, SINGAPORE
[email protected]
In a Post-colonial globalizing world, we are faced with the simultaneity of the ensuing
epistemological dominance of the former colonial (Smith, 1999) on the one hand, and
tensions in the cultural homogenization and cultural heterogenization in globalization on
the other (Appadurai, 1993). Post-colonial educational systems face challenges in
responding to (neo)colonialist structures in academic content and assessment systems
(Broadfoot, 1996). In art, for example, these can be in the form of seemingly ‘basic' and
‘core' content, skills and evaluative systems that marginalizes the cultures of students and
teachers. In recent years, many Post-colonial societies have opted for an ontological turn
towards the indigenous in their response to these challenges (Grande, 2008; Kovach,
2009; Smith, 1999). However there are also many multicultural, multiracial migrant nations,
like in many parts of Asia, where indigeniety is not a viable option. How then can we
reconceptualize art and art curriculum to take ethical account of past and current
influences within a dynamic globalizing environment? This research explores Karen
Barad's theory of Agential Realism and ethico-onto-epistemology (2007) in the rethinking
of art and art curriculum in Singapore. The research uses grounded theory and comprises
interviews and analyses of the practices of select current arts practitioners in Singapore to
examine the production of boundaries in subjectivity(s), art and practice. Using Karen
Barad's theory of Agential Realism, the research examines the intra-activity, the coming to
matter of art, that is how we come to know, understand and respond to art within particular
(re)configuration of space and time. The research looks at how Barad's ethico-ontoepistemological framework can be used in shifting to a more ethical (re)writing of art and
art curriculum that is also more responsible and responsive towards our knowing and
being in an ongoing becoming of the world. References Appadurai, A. (1993).
Disjuncture and difference in the global culture economy. In S. During (Ed.), The Cultural
studies reader (pp. 220 - 230). London ; New York: Routledge. Barad, K. M. (2007).
Meeting the universe halfway: Quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and
meaning. Durham: Duke University Press. Broadfoot, P. (1996). Education, assessment
and society : a sociological analysis. Buckingham; Philadelphia: Open University Press.
Grande, S. (2008). Red pedagogy - The un-methodology. In N. K. Denzin, Y. S. Lincoln &
L. T. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of critical and indigenous methodologies (pp. 233-254). Los
Angeles: Sage. Kovach, M. (2009). Indigenous methodologies : characteristics,
conversations and contexts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Smith, L. T. (1999).
Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples. London; New York:
Dunedin; New York: Zed Books; University of Otago Press; distributed in the USA
exclusively by St Martin's Press.
Social change through service learning
Koo, Ahran1
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
[email protected]
Education should contribute to social change. The initial step for contributing to society has
to be started in local communities. Service learning is one of the effective education
models based on needs from local communities. Crossing boundaries of school education,
service learning programs enrich students with a better understanding of society and the
real meaning of life, which meets the needs of the 21st century. In many countries, there
are service learning curriculums. Some are mandatory in secondary schools whereas
others are optional. However, the process of service learning is considered as a
meaningless task for many students, parents and teachers. Therefore, students spend that
time as a mere requirement so that community service or volunteer work is carried out in a
perfunctory manner. This detachment is not favorable for the development of communities
and on a broader scale, the society we live in. That creates situations where many adults
do not understand current social issues because of this lack of interest and exposure to
community life during the course of their education. In addition, this amplifies a
disconnection between people and real life, leads to a problem with their integration into
society, and affects their social development. Therefore, it is important for artists and art
educators to understand the accurate meaning and impact of service learning and how to
effectively implement community-based service learning programs in their curriculums. In
the United States, service learning is not a new concept. Indeed, art educators and
administrators in this country have considered how to make a positive connection between
art and local communities for a long time. Therefore, through analysis of the theories,
social reform and development, and practical activities such as American communitybased art education, presenter will provide effective models of service learning for artists,
art educators and art administrators in order to draw from them a set of inferences for
similar art projects and service learning experiences. To encourage these types of service
learning art projects, presenter will describe how the program is beneficial not only for
students but also for art teachers, artists, and community members. The people who are
educated and participate in service learning programs have avenues of thought,
understanding, and expression about social issues. That is, art education should provide
the same mind-set for the people in the 21st century. Art education in the secondary
school should shift away from relying on the contents in formal textbooks or making crafts
for just fun. Through not only an academic approach but also practical practices, art
education should deal many issues of life. This presentation will provide a set of guidelines
that result from presenter's experiences in the areas of service learning and communitybased art programs for many decades. It presents a contemporary version of the service
learning art project model for a field of art education; it is a synthesis of developments that
have taken place over the many years in the United States and other countries. The
significance of service learning in arts education is multifold. Students would be able to
better understand the real meaning of community service and their role in society. Service
learning is also beneficial for individual growth, because students develop substantive
knowledge and practical skills and a sense of power. Through this presentation, artists and
art educators would become more aware of the benefits of service learning, and would be
encouraged in integrating it into their curriculum.
Creating community art projects through global networks
Koo, Ahran1
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
[email protected]
In order to contribute to social development, art educators should promote the creation of
community art projects. Global networks link art educators and students around the world
and promote cross cultural learning and awareness of social issues. Integration of
community art education with emerging technologies and global connections is discussed.
Four art projects from various groups and background in the United States are reviewed
based on their collaborative learning and community art programs. Then how art educators
and artists approached and developed those art projects and the advantages of
community-based art experiences are studied. Then visions of educational leaders
working in non-profit global organizations such as International Education and Resource
Network and TakingITGlobal are analyzed. Visions of global educational leaders working
in the United Nations and non-governmental organizations such as Barefoot Artists are
also analyzed. Finally, a global network specialized for community-based art projects from
personal experience reflections is presented, which promotes the use of online
communities and mobile applications to create community art projects which can be
accessed easily everywhere.
Multicultural Teacher Students studying Culture Identity and
Internationalism by means of Visual Art and Music
Kraft, Marja-Liisa1, Autio-Hiltunen, Marjo 1
University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
[email protected]
A cross-curricular theme cultural identity and internationalism is reached from a point of
visual arts and music. A course ¨In the trails of Finnish Culture¨ promotes the
development of facing multiculturalism and internationalism in interaction with exchange
and local teacher students sharing ideas and learning from each others by doing things
together. Music and visual arts work as a window to contextualize detailed information and
increase understanding and awareness of the past, the present and future. Outlines of the
course have been arranged with cooperation of local ASP-schools since 2007 - 2013.
Themes have been shaped yearly to current national syllabus and UNESCO-issues.
Changes have been result of a post practice reflection of outcomes and course feed-back.
This paper is focusing on the course program examined through a process of six aspects,
planning, purpose, implementation, monitoring, adaption and revision. ¨In the trails of
Finnish culture¨ has arisen in a transitional space of the integration of music and visual arts
with components of English, cultural identity and internationalism. Arts and music construct
a bridge between learners' concrete understanding experienced by doing and cognitive,
conceptual knowledge. Visual arts use images, color and light whereas music is based on
rhythm and sounds. Elements building a work of art are woven together in a musical
texture and find its correspondence in pictorial context in European cultures. A substance
knowledge in visual and aural forms are delivered through separate disciplines at school
and teacher education. Educational aims are laid on engaging students in a process of
making and appraising, describing and reflecting critically. Teacher students' development
of cultural lenses are enhanced contextually by activities. Multicultural integration
promotes a deeper change in attitudes and sensitiveness in ethno relativism.
Keywords: Cross-curricular Culture Identity and Internationalism Music Visual Arts
Bruno Munari's oeuvre as an inspiration for Art Education
Kroupa, Verena1
University of Art and Design, Linz, AUSTRIA
[email protected]
The presentation gives an insight into the multifaceted oeuvre of the Italian artist and
designer Bruno Munari (1907 - 1998), who not only made considerable contributions to
painting, sculpture, film, graphic and industrial design, but also to non visual arts in terms
of writing many enlightening yet entertaining publications about design and art theory.
Munari´s crucial talent of being able to turn his illuminating gaze to everyday objects such
as lamps, forks, posters and typography made Picasso once describe him as “the new
Leonardo”. (1) Over the last decades of his life, Munari pursuited a strong pedagogical
focus through his work with and for children: After the birth of his son Alberto, he designed
various children´s books and additionally developed didactic methods and workshops,
always focussing on multisensory and kinesthetic learning. At the same time, he was
fascinated and inspired by the children´s unspoiled ability to look at the world and the
things surrounding us: 'To keep the spirit of childhood for the whole life at the same time
means retaining the curiosity of getting to know something the pleasure of understanding
something and the desire to communicate.' (2) The fascination about Munari is, that he
knew how to be a child and see the world with all their special capacity for wonder and
curiosity.(3) In point of fact, it seems easier to describe Munari´s career in terms of a
design project for a mode of living than in terms of a profession and an art. (4) His
experimental and creative approach is therefore both interesting for Art Educators and Art
Education of all ages. 1 Munari, Bruno: “Design as Art” , translated by Patrick Creagh,
1971, reissued by Modern Penguin Classics, 2008, p. 226 2 Munari, Bruno: Verbale
scritto, Corraini, 2009, p. 9 3 Moioli in Finessi, Beppe: Bruno Munari, Silvana, 2007,
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Studio Practice and Arts Education in India
Kulkarni, Mrinal1
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, INDIA
[email protected]
This paper will be a theoretical and historical study of the concept of 'Studio Practice' and
its role in the field of arts education in India. Historically studio practice has been a colonial
project of the British Empire in India opposed to the traditional family based atelier art
practice. By 1880 British government had taken over the administration of art schools and
their function was to maintain, restore and improve the application of oriental art to industry
and manufacture in Britain. Main aim of these art schools was to train the traditional artists
of India so that demands of the European design market after British Art and Craft
movement development can be fulfilled. Beside this Modern/European mode of studio
practice the traditional family based artisanal activities also existed in their naturalized
space of village. From ancient times in India there was no distinction between arts, craft,
architecture the Sanskrit word Silpa comprises all kinds of art forms. With the introduction
of the new easel based oil painting and Academic Realism the distinction between art and
craft, architecture developed. In colonial period both these learning practices were pitted
against each other through various art historians and art educators. Art Educationist like E
B Havell Calcutta College of Art strongly felt the need to discontinue the forceful teaching
of academic realism and he made his students to study the traditional Indian paintings and
develop 'Indian Art Style'. There were many art historians, artists were working in reviving
the ancient art forms and developing an national cultural identity through the these
activities. Rukmini Arundel revived Bharat Natyam dance form and established its lost
glory, A. K. Coomarswamy theoretically and historically established the concept of art in
Indian context through his writings. But later on, with the project of nation making where
the cultural identity of the nation was related to design, architecture, art and its
pedagogical issues, the concept of 'Studio Practice' became the major concern. Major aim
of this research paper will be a study of how 'Studio Practice' in arts education after
independence became a contested space/idea for the conservation, preservation, national
identity, cultural identity, cultural heritage, pedagogy, individuation, philosophical, political
concerns and so on. How these issues affect the development of the concept of arts
education and the structuring and development of the curriculum and syllabus of arts
education are other areas of focus in this paper. Thus reflecting upon the concept of art
and artist, the concept of creativity vis-a-vis skill, ideation, conceptualization and critique in
the field of art and arts education will be researched and presented in this paper. In this
paper, I will be citing the examples of artists from different eras, and from the urban and
rural cultures like concept of Sreni, Kula, Silpa, Silpi, sthapati, Karkhana(studio practice in
the Mughal court), Bazaar painters, Kalighat Painters which were existing at that time. This
paper will also bring in the critique on the depiction of 'European artists' and 'traditional
artists' in colonial period photography. Through tracing the history of art practice and the
concept of Studio this paper will discuss about the concept of studio practice introduced by
the colonial period oil painters like Raja Ravi Varma, Pestonji who for the first time
established an organized studio practice amongst the Indian artists, the Santiniketan
artists where Rabindranath Tagore experimented his concept of education as learning by
doing and the moderns. Also, I would be making contrasting citations of the same with the
development of studios in a different way, extending the individual spaces to fabrication
units and a chain of spaces where different kinds of facilitators operate, during the
economic boom time, which in turn influenced the art production and pedagogic practices
both in academies and elsewhere in India. A qualitative study of the concept of Studio
Practice this paper will incorporate development of the different art practice in Indian art
education system where the identity of the nation, the individual identity of its subjects
posited in a given space of studio as a problematic that oscillated between the contesting
forces of contextual urbanization and industrialization, and the tradition of classical and
folk culture. This contestation between these two apparently disparate forces had brought
the distinct definitions of modernity vis-à-vis state, industry and economics, and the
traditions of art, culture and pedagogy.
Inspire: A model for engaging and innovative teacher-led professional
development days that support best practice in art education
Kyriacou, Kathrine1, 2, Leaney, Sally1, 3, Ramsey Wendy1
Visual Arts and Design Educators Association, New South Wales,
Cranbrook School, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Balgowlah Boys Campus, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Professional isolation in the school setting is a challenge that faces many art educators
and one that teachers themselves feel can have a negative impact over time on their own
knowledge and performance and that of their students. Often working in small and
sometimes parochial departments, anecdotal evidence suggests art teachers have few
structured or systematic opportunities to build professional and intellectual bridges with
colleagues, even if they teach in neighbouring schools. Too often, professional
development at the school level reinforces the view that subject knowledge has a low
priority and when it is valued it may still be the case that expert knowledge is legitimized
over and above teacher knowledge in the delivery of new content where teachers are
expected to assume a passive role. To address this perceived problem, in 2012 the
executive of the Visual Art and Design Educators Association of New South Wales,
Australia (VADEA) designed a program of teacher-led peer-to-peer professional
development called ‘Inspire’. This ideas-sharing model brought together art teachers from
non-government and government schools across suburban and rural areas in New South
Wales into a shared professional context. The aim was for us to inspire each other about
programming approaches and to lend support for teaching students from Years 7-12 while
working towards strengthening the bonds of a professional community dedicated to a
shared commitment to similar goals of enhancing their teacher practice and advancing the
subject in schools and communities. Continuing with the program in 2013. Inspire
professional development days have been described as ‘invigorating’, ‘thrilling’ and
‘unique’ by participants. In this presentation, the facilitators of ‘Inspire 2012’ and ‘Inspire
2013’ will describe the origins of ‘Inspire’, outline the strengths of the model and share
specific program highlights from the days including state of the art ideas for programs,
lessons and examples of students’ artworks and critical and historical investigations of the
Visual Arts. In 2014 VADEA is taking Inspire to regional locations across NSW. In
preparation for this development a kit has been prepared to support regional educators
take on, plan for and run an “Inspire” professional development days in their own localities.
The facilitators will share these resources with delegates at this congress and outline
strategies for implementing them in the hope that other art educators might use them to
set up their own ‘Inspiring’ events in national and international contexts.
Training museum docents in the dialogic approach
Lachapelle, Richard1
Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA
[email protected]
For well over half a century, historical paradigms have prevailed as the sole monolithic
disciplinary and institutional model for Canadian and Quebec museums' curatorial and
educational practices. More recently however, some fine art museums' education
departments have started to question the effectiveness of an art historical approach in
meeting the educational needs of their present-day visitors. This uncertainty has come
about as a result of noticeable shifts in the composition of museum audiences. New
categories of visitors, particularly those with little prior fine art training, including young
families and young professionals, are now manifesting considerable interest in their local
museums' exhibitions and educational programming. This newly found interest for the fine
art museum has resulted in significant increases in museum attendance, particularly in the
urban Montreal region of Quebec. Furthermore, growth in new audiences has also
attracted a new generation of democratically-minded philanthropists who, through
generous gifts in support of museum education, have financed new educational facilities
and initiatives intended to better meet the needs of present-day visitors. This rapidly
changing socio-economic context has led some Montreal museums to reconsider the basic
tenets of their educational orientation. These museums' education departments are
questioning the traditional transmission model of learning, as well as variations thereof,
that have so long guided their activities; they are adopting a more populist dialogic
paradigm as a model to guide the planning and delivery of services to visitors. The dialogic
approach begins with the recognition that visitors are knowledgeable and therefore, under
the right circumstances, are able to contribute in significant ways to conversations about
art by taping into their 'hidden creative potential' (Isaacs, 1999, p. 2). Simply put, by using
a dialogic approach, museums hope to engage their visitors in shared conversations about
art that are not only dynamic, but also open-ended and collaborative (Burnham & Kai-Kee,
2011). The museum educator's role shifts from that of expert lecturer to one of true
leadership by the facilitation of a dialogue among all constituents. A pivotal component of
the dialogic approach is the commitment to continual shared reflection about works of art.
In this research presentation, I will examine the features of the new educational approach
now espoused by some Montreal museums. I will identify and address the challenges that
these museums might face in their transition towards a dialogic paradigm. For example,
does this new mission impact how museums will hire contractual professional educators?
What obstacles might these museums need to overcome as they recruit and train a new
generation of volunteer docents? Will educators and visitors alike embrace this new
understanding of the educational role of the fine art museum? Finally, I will talk about my
role as a consultant working on a volunteer basis with one Montreal museum as it
undertakes this transition towards a more open, inclusive, and inviting cultural venue.
References Burnham, R. & Kai-Kee (2011). Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as
Experience. Los Angeles, CA: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Chapter 5. Isaacs, W. N.
(1999). Dialogic Leadership. The Systems Thinker, 10(1) 1-5.
Community-based New Media Arts Programs Engaging At Risk Youth in
Quebec: A Means for Academic and Social Success
Lalonde, Martin1, Castro, Juan Carlos1
Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA
[email protected]
This Oral presentation-Research Stream will present research findings from a study of two
alternative educational programs in Quebec that utilize new media arts to re-engage at-risk
youth with their education. This research is part of a larger Canadian study, The Citizens
of Tomorrow project, that examines the curricular and pedagogical approaches in
community-based new media arts centres. New media practices, not just the digital tools
they employ, directly contribute to the emergence of new learning spaces, education, and
the engagement of at-risk youth. Today's teens interact, engage, and learn differently,
than in previous generations. As a result the traditional educational models have
marginalized a large swath of the youth population. School drop-out rates in Quebec are
extraordinarily high in comparison with the rest of Canada. In Montreal and the outlying
areas there is an increasing number of alternative educational institutions with the specific
goal of reengaging youth who have dropped out of school. In these alternative institutions
we have found the development and implementation of curricular models and pedagogical
approaches that use new media arts to engage at risk youth. In our presentation we will
focus on two new media arts programs. Both programs are offered by institutions serving
at-risk youth in the francophone population of the city of Montreal, Quebec. The first site is
the Maison Kekpart that serves youth aged 14 to 18 years who have dropped out of
school. The curriculum is designed to provide the experiences of a professional internship
in new media arts while pursuing their own creative interests. Within Maison Kekpart there
is also an array of services to support the social, academic and personal dimensions of the
students involved. The second site, CitÉ des arts, is a visual arts program embedded
within an alternative school for youth aged 16 to 20 years. The school's main goal is
developing the social-academic well being of the students in pursuit of a high school
diploma. Our research focused on the educational approaches and pedagogical features
of these two institutions through interviews with teachers, administrators and students,
observation of educational practices, student new media art productions and the forms of
dissemination used to distribute their art works. We have identified common themes
between these two sites. The organizational structure of each educational environment
stands in contrast to the rigid attendance policies, disciplinary goals, testing, and
standardizing course requirements typically found in Quebec schools. These structures
are elements that create barriers to the empowerment of young people who have
experienced academic failure or social difficulties. Instead, the two programs emphasize
student choice making and the independent pursuit of ideas relevant to themselves.
Spaces are created for students to interact meaningfully with educators about their ideas
and projects the students are pursuing. The educators help to refine their ideas by asking
critical questions and providing technical support in using the digital tools to realize the
student's ideas. Finally, the problem of engaging at-risk youth is not only regulated to one
curricular aspect of schooling, rather it is a range of dimensions that also need to be
addressed. In this regard both of these sites have integrated a range of social services
meant to support the health and social well being of each student. Given the successful
new media arts education alternatives for at-risk youth it begs the question of why these
strategies and structures are not being used in support of the regular visual arts curriculum
in Quebec. At the conclusion of our presentation we propose a series of curricular and
pedagogical considerations art educators can employ in their own teaching practice.
Using Mobile Media and Visual Art to Engage At-Risk Youth With Their
Educational and Civic Environments
Lalonde, Martin1, Pariser, David1,Castro, Juan Carlos1
Concorida University, Montreal, CANADA
[email protected]
In this Oral presentation-Research Stream talk we will present findings from an ongoing
research project using mobile media (e.g. smartphones, social media, apps), visual art,
and civic inquiry to re-engage at-risk youth with their education. Mobile computing by teens
and young adults is widespread and is reshaping social practices, learning, and
engagement. One in four teens and young adults now owns a smartphone in North
America. Further, access to the Internet by at-risk youth is primarily through mobile
computing devices (cellular and smart phones, tablets, laptops) rather than computers in
the home or school. The primary activity of teens and young adults using mobile phones
besides texting (sending short messages) is the taking and sharing of photographs
through their phones.We are currently researching a mobile media based visual arts
curriculum called MonCoin. It is geared to at-risk secondary school youth. The focus of this
arts program is to engage students with their community and to reverse their high levels of
dropping out. Central to the delivery of this curriculum is the development of a mobile
phone application that will allow our students to share the images and text commentary
that emerge out of the MonCoin curriculum. The central focus for this curriculum is: “How
can my neighbourhood be better?” New technologies, like social media, are known to be
an effective means of encouraging civic engagement. The combination of mediated social
interaction, civic participation, and art making, provides a compelling approach for
improving educational engagement. In this project we leverage the ubiquitous and
asynchronous qualities of mobile media to shift traditional notions of educational
engagement into a decentralized networked structure of learning. Using their photos and
interview comments as data, we will examine how these youths responded to the themes
of our curriculum. We are especially interested in the ways in which the youth commented
on each other's images through decentralized peer-networks. In our pilot research we
have found indications that visual investigations of civic space supported by networked
peer-learning positively affect educational engagement. In our initial research, we have
gathered some compelling insights: 1) Participating students attribute their levels of
engagement with the curriculum to peer learning through mobile media. As the primary
means of communication among students is via photos, we note that there is a dynamic
circulation of visual styles and approaches among the students. Students and teachers
commented that this fosters an improved sense of identity, feelings of empowerment, and
effective communication skills. 2) There is a positive interplay between the theme of civic
engagement and the formal, technical and aesthetic concerns in students' discussions of
their own and other students' images. 3) We note that one of the attractions of this project
is the “levelling” effect of having both teacher and students collaboratively construct an
engaging and effective curriculum for mobile media. Thus, a non-hierarchical relationship
develops between instructor and students while they address technical as well as
curricular problems. Under these circumstances the student is as much of an “expert” as
the teacher/ instructor. At the conclusion of our presentation having examined the specific
qualities and characteristics of teaching, learning, and engagement with this new
technology, we will consider how mobile phone applications can be used to support visual
art curricula.
The Tale of Two Creatives: The Maturing of Integrated Visual
Layng Rosner, Terre1,2
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb/IL, USA
The University of St. Francis, Joliet/IL, USA
[email protected]
As mass communication and visual art become more intimately intertwined they bear
offspring. This paper suggests that integrated visual communication (IVC) is one of those
“children” and has matured into its own discipline. The study investigates contemporary
research and practice leading to IVC through first hand experience, academic articles,
discipline-based trade magazines and professionally published textbooks—1979 through
2013. The resulting descriptive model constructed from grounded theory methodology,
visually maps the convergence that forms IVC. The model includes a charting of higher
education imaging content instruction housed in the silos of traditional visual arts and
mass communication. Ultimately, technological invention is the hinge on which, the
model’s parts are based. Discussion of this review suggests that IVC is imminent if not
inevitable. Conclusions built on the examined literature reveal that artistic visual
communication (AVC) and media visual communication (MVC) are uniting into a nascent
integrated visual communication (IVC) discipline.
Study on Art Education-Focused STEAM Education Program
Lee, Boo Yun1
Korean Art Education Association, Seoul, Republic of Korea
[email protected]
The integrated curriculum has been studied since the 1800's, and as making good use of
features of each study and all those advantages realized as these studies get integrated
with each other, the curriculum is now being applied to the educational field. In case of
Korea, too, the curriculum has been rapidly practiced in the real field, and since the fourth
educational curriculum in 1981, the integrated curriculum has been constantly adopted,
until today, in textbooks for the lower grades in elementary school.1) However, the
integrated education is still controversial with people being concerned about a possibility of
losing original academic characteristics while others would speak for those advantages
which could be accomplished by this integrated education. Studies on STEAM education
focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics first began in the 1990's
and back then, they all discussed the topic only from a viewpoint of the integrated
education. However, since the 2000's, it has been dealt with as some unique domain
named STEM. In 2006, Yakman in the USA came up with another concept, STEAM, with
arts included to STEM. STEAM education should be considered an education to help
students have comprehensive viewpoints for this education would teach all those subjects
such as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics by associating one with
the other. Regarding how to make best use of this STEAM education, Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology in Korea has once announced a promotional system
and now, with STEAM education being applied to model schools, every possible study for
better education is being conducted from various angles. STEAM education is replaced
with other terms as 'convergent education', 'convergent education to grow highly potential
brains', 'creative convergent education', 'science-art convergent education' and others. By
looking into this unconstrained medium, clay art, which would be capable of both twodimensional and three-dimensional expressions but also maximize the most creative
expression, the study discusses and proposes a science-art integrated STEAM education
program in the science-art integrated curriculum.
Transdisciplinary Learning & the Art of Visual Assessment
Lemeh, Dorotha1, Moore, Jon1
Harriet L.Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, USA
[email protected]
Transdisciplinary learning and engagement, along with the art of visual assessment is at
the heart of this presentation. Assessing student learning is always a challenge, though
more so in team-taught courses containing students, who study in disciplines primarily
outside of the arts. During the Spring 2013, zoologist, Dr. Jon Moore and visual artist,
Professor Dorotha Lemeh challenged their students understanding of the relationship
between art and science, by showing how, such skills as observation, experimentation,
and analysis operate as a vital and active component of visual inquiry and scientific
learning. Based on the scientific illustrations created by John James Audubon, the
renderings of Albrecht Durer, and the watercolors of contemporary artist, Walton Ford,
Professor Lemeh designed the art and science field study course as a way for students to
analyze, research, study, and later, illustrate various known and unknown species in their
natural environment. Dr. Moore conducted on-site scientific lectures about the various
species (local and invasive), residing in our selected locations, introduced the Camera
Lucida as another way to reproduce images, and discussed the Torosaurus sculpture at
Yale and other biological sculptures. For their presentation, Moore and Lemeh will not only
discuss the scope, successes, and challenges present within their multisensory hands on
field study course, titled, Honors Audubon’s Nature, but also the grading rubric designed,
and used to motivate, and measure student outcomes. Additional questions considered:
how does art transform knowledge of and within other fields? How does combining art,
science and technology broaden our pedagogical understanding of students’ capacity to
learn? How can the understanding of science’s relationship to art change and transform
the cultural life of students?
The Art of Representation
Lemeh, Dorotha1, McLaughlin, Amy1
Harriet L.Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, USA
[email protected]
Based on the book by philosopher, Nelson Goodman, Ways of Worldmaking, Dr. Amy
McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and Professor Dorotha Lemeh, Associate
Professor of Art team-taught a Critical Inquiry Seminar titled, Honors Art of
Representation. Dr. McLaughlin designed the philosophy and art course as a way for
students to explore philosophical approaches to representation and its significance in
various contexts. The visual component of the course, initiated by Professor Lemeh,
required that each student interpret the complex philosophical themes and concepts
(regarding representation) in innovative artistic ways. For their presentation, Professors
McLaughlin and Lemeh will discuss the successes, and challenges of examining
philosophical writings on representation, perception, and other forms of worldmaking
introduced in the writings of Goodman and other philosophers, such as, Hegel, Sartre and
Davidson. McLaughlin and Lemeh will also speak to the productive development of their
students who, through trial and error, met the challenges involved with discovering ways in
which to visually represent these philosophical concepts. Transdisciplinary learning and
other forms of engagement are at the heart of this presentation that is centered on
transformative learning. Team-taught instruction, which includes fields from different
disciplines extend a tremendous opportunity to develop visual and knowledge based
literacies that assist students to understand, what Goodman refers to as worldmaking.
Hybridisation of the artistic languages in art classroom context, notion
of art practice
Letsiou, Maria1
Athens School of Fine Arts, Oreokastro, GREECE
[email protected]
Contemporary art production often involves a multisensory experience. Several mediums
are used by artists in order to engender viewers' responses to their art practice. These
multisensory mediums often include visual, kinesthetic, acoustic and tactile sensations.
Soundscapes, which are used for a multidisciplinary approach to research, have been
determined as being a territory in which science, society and art interact. A key focus of
the inquiry is how a location is determined through a multisensory inquiry. What if a
soundscape project could be realized in an art education context? What would the effects
on students' attitudes to notions that are related to contemporary art be? In a junior high
school in Thessaloniki, Greece, during the academic year 2012 - 2013, students were
involved in a soundscape project. The motivation was an international research project,
organized by Teresa Eca, that I was involved in as an artist - teacher. The teaching
procedure and content that was used focused on searching for signification in sound
production as a solitary event as well as a correlation with pictures. Students have
produced soundscapes using different media (recording, producing original sounds with
the use instruments, human voices and noises etc.). These soundscapes are associated
with both natural and urban sounds. Several sounds, in the form of data, were the
inspiration for the art productions. These productions include video art, performances and
interventions. In order to establish the effect of the students' involvement with their
attitudes, a group of students participate in a semi structural interview research that aims
to recover changes in the attitudes of students to several notions of contemporary art
practice. The main research question is related to how student involvement works with
hybrid art practice, and how soundscapes can bring about changes in established notions
of art practice.
The International Friendship Art Project
Letsiou, Maria1, Katagiri, Aya2, Thomas Bernadette3
Athens School of Fine Arts, Oreokastro, GREECE
Kanagawa Prefectural Kamimizominami High School, Machida, JAPAN
Tulla-Realschule Kehl, Kehl, GERMANY
[email protected]
From a sociological, political, economic and aesthetic perspective, globalisation has
deeply affected community function and its cultural products. Multiculturalism, as a
concept, has extended its meaning beyond the meta-modernist context in which the ‘other’
is conceived of as a catalogue of differences in order to support a peaceful coexistence. In
contrast, it is currently critical for different cultures to search for ways of cooperation in
order to enhance the critical stance regarding the notion of identity. Bourriaud’s radicant
aesthetic has considered this contemporary phenomenon (2010). In the academic year
2013 - 2014, a research project is taking place in three schools in three different cultural
contexts, namely Germany, Greece and Japan. Questions concerning differences and
resemblances are placed in new contexts. Artist teachers have participated in a research
project through two curriculum occasions: A. International exhibitions that aims to extent
international understanding through artistic culture. B. teaching / learning exchange with
Mobile movie production that aims to engage students in new media and contemporary
art. Art education and school art education in particular has faced several challenges. One
of the most critical is the use of new media in art production. In order to use the new media
in art classrooms, it is necessary to first connect the learning of art with the students’
experiences in the contemporary, globalised world. An effective teaching tool is the
production and reproduction of videos. The three presenters will reveal their teaching
experiences while working on this project.
Do You See/Know What I See? International/Intercultural
Communication through Art
Liao, Christine1, Hsu, Yi-Chia2, Wang Shei-chau3
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA
Chueiyang Elementary School, Chyayi, TAIWAN
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA
[email protected]
This research investigated the online communication between a group of Taiwanese 6th
graders and a group of U.S. in-service elementary teachers. The Taiwanese children
shared their art on BBS (Bulletin Board System), where the U.S. teachers, as reviewers,
could observe the children's artistic development and discuss art with them. “Acquiring a
Living Space: My Miniature House” was a semester-long capstone project in the 6th-grade
curriculum; during this four-month period, they had to assume the roles of architects,
interior designers, and building-constructors to design and decorate rooms in their
miniature houses. This project involved 2-D and 3-D spatial simulations and model
construction. At the same time, the children had to use English, their second language, to
post their ideas online to communicate with their U.S. reviewers. Teaching materials/units
and photographs of the children's works-in-progress were posted periodically until their
lessons had been completed. Applying their teaching experience and knowledge of
children's language development, the U.S. teachers attempted several methods to interact
with elementary children online and review children's art-making process. To understand
the children's learning experience in a different cultural setting, the U.S. teachers used
efficient communication strategies to work with the children. The objectives of this
research are to study: 1.The Taiwanese 6th graders' artistic capability in 3-D Space,
including their abilities in model construction, interior design, and visual and oral
expression/communication about their design. 2.Patterns of user behaviors in the online
interaction between the Taiwanese 6th graders and the U.S. in-service teachers 3.The
U.S. teachers' observation of the Taiwanese children's creative/cultural ideas 4.Ways of
interpreting different visual cultures in an international context 5.Two groups' evaluations of
international online instruction, assessment, and communication The data shows that the
cultural context, such as language, visual/textual symbolism, instructional strategies, and
cultural familiarity, was the major factor in understanding children's development in art.
The process of this study, the participants' reflections, and an analysis of the benefits and
drawbacks of this online platform will be presented. The cultural understanding achieved
through online communication between these groups from two countries illustrates
Diversity through Art, the theme of the congress. The results of this research indicate
possible ways to change the contemporary art education landscape by 1.Introducing
online instruction for elementary art teachers, 2.Giving children opportunities to use their
second language to learn art and culture from different countries, 3. Exchanging lessons
and creative ideas internationally, and 4. Creating multiple instructional strategies for
diverse student populations.
Touch the Actual Texture, Move the Virtual Objects: Embodied
Contemporary New Media Art Education
Liao, Christine1
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA
[email protected]
Through this embodied new media art project, undergraduate students will explore human
machine interactions through the sense of touch. They will create an interactive new media
art/performance to express their understanding of embodied communication with
machines. Given that technology has become an important part of many students' daily
lives, it must fall to contemporary art education to open ways toward achieving a critical
understanding of technology and communicating ideas through new media. The goal of
this project is to establish a contemporary art education curriculum through which students
can become new media literate in ways that go beyond a noncritical engagement with
technology. Touch connects the human body to real-world objects. It is an important way
to sense our embodiment and to learn about the world. The popularity of smart phones,
tablets, and personal computing devices with touch screens positions touch as an
important way of interacting with technology. Although touch screens provide an intuitive
way to interact with machines, the glass screen acts as an interface between the human
and the virtual world of the machine. We cannot touch the virtual world directly. Touch, by
conducting electricity, connects our bodies to objects. A person's response to touch
depends on context. When a human touches the input device of a machine, whether a
glass screen or a plastic keyboard, the machine gives a programmed response.
Conventional input devices for computers such as mouse devices, keyboards, and touch
screens are ubiquitous so that most people do not think about how they use them to
interact with machines. What does it mean, then, when touching a textured object, such as
a strawberry, that an artist has connected with a computer triggers a reaction from a
machine? This project will begin by introducing undergraduate students to contemporary
artwork and new media artists who explore the role of touch in human–machine
relationships. And, I ask important questions about these relationships, including In what
ways can humans interact with machines differently? What else can serve as interfaces for
touch between humans and machines? How can new media art constitute embodied art?
Students will then explore objects for use as input devices and thereby express their own
ideas of embodied touch with machines. Students will connect everyday objects that
conduct electricity to a computer via an electronic circuit board, and they will control
computer programs through touching these objects. The computer programs could
produce performance art, whether based on making (or performing) music, creating
images, or playing games. The project is interdisciplinary, such that it encompasses
learning about contemporary art, technology, and science, as well as other subjects. This
project sketches a new landscape for contemporary art education, and its aim is to provide
an interdisciplinary educational experience combined with 21st-century skills, i.e., critical
new media literacy and creative problem-solving skills. Students will not only learn how to
create a new media art/performance, but they will also gain practical knowledge about
electronics. Most importantly, however, they will have an opportunity to reflect on their
relationships with the devices they use in their everyday lives.
Youth media as the production of knowledge for community
Lin, Ching-Chiu1
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CANADA
[email protected]
Community initiatives in the intersection of arts learning and digital media are increasingly
recognized as a means of promoting individual growth, civic participation, and community
development throughout the world. The concept of knowledge production through the arts
has drawn new attention and promoted active dialogue within the discourses of
contemporary art and education. This presentation describes a Canadian research project
that explores the implications of youth arts practice as a model of knowledge production.
This research involves groups of socially disadvantaged youth who are exposed to barriers
and risk factors that inhibit their participation in various facets of society. To address this
social challenge, this research takes on a new approach that highlights youth capacity to
be knowledge producers and change-agents through media arts practice in their
communities in an attempt to define youth's role in the rise of global knowledge-based
economy. It provides a theoretical grounding in community inquiry as a pedagogical
means to bring creative technology into community-based educational settings. It offers
empirical evidence on how young people use film as a source for artistic expression and a
tool of empowerment to conceptualize their knowledge. It also examines the challenge and
potential of incorporating media arts for inquiry into all aspects of learning. Questions
address how young people's creative practices inform contemporary understandings of
visual literacy, and how their media arts practices are defined by the network of learning
relationships embedded in the community. This presentation helps us understand how art
can provoke youths' knowledge production and sharing, as well as how youth media arts
practice as a model of knowledge production may lead to more innovative pedagogies in
youth learning programming.
Citizens of Tomorrow: Media arts education and youth engagement
Lin, Ching-Chiu1, Grauer, Kit1, Lalonde Martin2, Castro, Juan Carlos2,
Baird, Jill3
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Concordia University, Montreal, QC, CANADA
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, BC,
[email protected]
As young people's lives are increasingly mediated by digital technologies, media arts, such
as digital photography, film and other technologically supported art forms help young
people develop an understanding of the world and how they fit into it. This presentation
features a Canadian research project: Citizens of Tomorrow, a study investigating
marginalized urban youths' media arts practice in different community-based media arts
programs near Vancouver and Montréal, and how it impacts their engagement around
identity, culture, and civic engagement. Particularly, the paper describes and reflects on
the challenges and the benefits of implementing media arts education outside of school for
urban youth. This research is timely because youth on the margins are important
resources of society, and like other diverse populations in Canada, today they face
competencies that emphasize the capacity for innovation, collaboration, multimodal
communication, and collective problem resolution in a digital environment. We will
showcase community media arts programs, as well as youth made digital artworks in
conjunction with reflection from youth. Our Vancouver research team will present on three
sites; a Native Youth Program (NYP) taking place at The Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
in Vancouver, Canada; an anti bullying film project which was initiated by an island retreat
Film School and an inner city community house that operates a media program for
marginalized youth. We will discuss the impact of media arts practice on these groups
through a program of field observation, interviews, visual documentation, and analysis of
youth learning processes and artistic productions, using ethnography and image-based
research methods. Using ethnographic and image-based research methods, the Montréal
team will examine the curricula of La Citédes Arts and Maison Kekpart arts education
programs in an attempt to understand the relationship of media arts, civic and educational
engagement. By sharing our research findings, we aim to identify the qualities and
characteristics of community media arts learning spaces that encourage marginalized
youth groups to create meaning from arts practice and digital participation. We also intend
to understand the potential and challenge of media arts practices in presenting an avenue
for marginalized urban youth to develop the skills and competencies needed. Our
discussion addresses the role of community arts programming in helping develop
sociocultural identities among urban youth. We also analyse what factors enable, support
and provides infrastructure for civic engagement and how these factors can be embedded
across educational sectors. Our analysis proposes suggestions on new curricula,
pedagogies and policies for policy makers, educational practitioners and researchers to
understand the benefits of a media arts curriculum in economic and social terms.
Implications for teachers and teacher education are examined in a concluding interactive
discussion that explores what challenges are met through community-based media arts
programs and what remains to be addressed within the arts and learning community in
terms of citizenship, democracy and social change.
Visual Arts Education in Early Childhood Contexts: Beliefs, Pedagogy
and Pervading Myths
Lindsay, Gai1
University of Wollongong, Wollongong, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper reports the initial findings of a study that examines both the personal and
pedagogical visual art beliefs and practice of early childhood teachers and childcare
educators. In early childhood settings visual art provisions are considered central to
multidisciplinary curricula that facilitate children's processes of meaning-making,
communication and play-based learning. Yet, many teachers and childcare educators
seem to lack the skills, confidence and visual art knowledge required to effectively support
children's visual art learning and engagement. The scarcity of Australian research in
preschool contexts, coupled with current national quality reforms, reinforced the need for
Australian research on this topic. Few previous studies describe early childhood educator
beliefs and practices about the visual arts, and even fewer studies prioritise the inclusion
of early childhood educator voices in the examination of their beliefs and pedagogy,
particularly in the Australian context. This study is uniquely positioned within a postmodern
constructivist epistemology. The theoretical framework developed to interpret and analyse
the research data synthesises John Dewey's philosophies of democracy, education and art
with the philosophy and pedagogical values of the Reggio Emilia educational approach,
commonly regarded as a world leader in early childhood and visual art pedagogy. Case
study research, utilising Eisner and Barone's concepton of connoisseurship and criticism
within the arts-based qualitative research paradigm sought to respectfully examine the
visual art beliefs and pedagogy of early childhood teachers in education and care services
in New South Wales. The study utilised traditional data collection methods including
observation, environmental analysis, document analysis and interviews to gather dense
data and richly describe the visual art beliefs and practice of the participants. Additionally,
the paradigm of arts-based educational research encouraged the collection of divergent
and visual forms of data to illuminate participants' beliefs, including pedagogical
documentation, photographs and samples of visual art. Initial findings revealed multiple
and often contradictory beliefs about: the purpose of art in the early childhood curriculum;
the role of the educator; written and unwritten “policies” about visual art provisions;
limitations in the environment and materials offered; and, issues of pre-service training and
expertise. Further, the study challenges the assumption that teachers with visual art skills
and knowledge will confidently deliver quality visual art programs, suggesting that
pervasive and outdated early childhood myths and mantras might dominate educator
beliefs and influence practice. The research findings illuminate and give voice to early
childhood educators regarding their visual art beliefs and practice in order to support
professional reflection for both practitioners and pre-service teacher educators.
Community Mural Painting at Void Decks: A Perspective towards
Creative Placemaking in Singapore
Lye, Dorathy1
Singapore International School, Hong Kong, SINGAPORE
[email protected]
Void decks were introduced to Singapore's public housing in the 1960s. Today, these
white public spaces have become synonymous with communal spaces. This paper will
examine how the void deck has evolved in the recent years to showcase travelling
exhibitions that celebrate Singapore's heritage and boast community art such as murals.
The rationale behind this research is that while the number of murals that are being done
is on the rise since its inception in the 1980s, an in-depth analysis of community mural
painting projects in Singapore has not been undertaken before. All this while, murals have
appeared anonymously and were whitewashed when refurbishment or upgrading take
place. Therefore it comes as no surprise that little or no records about the artists, or
communities responsible for the wall paintings are archived for learning. As such, this
paper attempts to investigate this phenomenon and document the planning and creative
processes behind such projects by examining a 35 mural painting project undertaken by a
school as a specific case study to understand if social outcomes are indeed at the center
of community murals. Conventionally led by artists, community mural projects strive to
achieve tangible social outcomes for individuals and communities. The significance of
community mural painting as a community bonding activity to bring about creative
placemaking will be examined through interviews, surveys, press releases, and reflections.
Written or non-written qualitative data such as diagrams, maps, photographs, and mural
designs may also be used as primary data for analysis.
How can partnerships between the universities and schools exploit new
opportunities for pedagogies at the intersection of the arts/design and
the sciences?
Mackey, Kathy1, Wright, Natalie2
Queensland Academies, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Partnerships and pedagogies: Exploiting new opportunities at the intersection of arts,
design and the sciences for highly capable students. Driven by information accessibilityon-demand provided by the internet, education modes are changing from a teacher-led
approach focused on content delivery and assessable outcomes, to a learner-based
approach encouraging self-directed, peer-tutored, and cooperative learning. New
pedagogies are required to extend learning beyond the classroom and traditional subject
areas such as contemporary arts, in alignment with the cross disciplinary priorities of the
Australian Curriculum and values of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. This
research explores how partnerships with universities and cultural organisations are
implicated in the generation of these new forms of pedagogy and contribute to the field of
educational research within the context of Education Queensland’s Framework For Gifted
Education. In particular, this paper explores a new pedagogical framework for highly
capable year five to nine Queensland state school students at the intersection of arts,
design and the sciences, which has arisen from an explicit secondary - tertiary partnership.
between the Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Faculty and
Precincts and the Queensland Academies Young Scholars Program. The Young Scholars
Program offers experiences in the International Baccalaureate and Australian Curriculum
contexts to enhance outcomes via global understanding, unique industry partnerships and
21st century pedagogical innovation based not on “content” but tacit/experiential learning
concepts including immersive/experiential, creative, intellectual and social strategies.
These strategies for highly capable students are centred around authentic opportunities,
primary resources, transdisciplinary learning and relationships with likeminded peers
including tertiary arts, design and STEM educators and students, professionals and
researchers. The paper details two case studies. Second Skin is a hands-on real time
workshop and the Queensland Academies Partnerships Online Program, an on online
learning experience, both involving inquiry based challenges in the arts, design and
sciences, mathematics, history, creative writing and other disciplines, with content drawn
from collections from public institutions, academic research and tertiary pedagogy. Both
programs implicate student collaboration and creative production as methodology /data
capture for ongoing action research, in alignment with the Framework For Gifted
Education’s emphasis on evidence-based practices. They also challenge gifted students
“to continue their development through curricular activities that require depth of study,
complexity of thinking, fast pace of learning, high-level skills development and/or creative
and critical thinking (e.g. through independent investigations, tiered tasks, diverse realworld applications, mentors)”. This paper highlights the strengths of the ongoing
collaboration between QUT Creative industries Faculty and Queensland Academies, which
not only provides successful extra curricular activities for gifted students towards a place in
the International Baccalaureate Program, but also provides mentoring opportunities for
tertiary students in their field of endeavor to assist with their own learning, and unique
research opportunities for the Faculty as it focuses on excellence in arts, design and
creative education and research.
The Hospital: A possible place for Education through Art
Magalhães, Marcos Vinicius1, Hofmann Gatti, Théróse2
Universidade De Brasília, BRAZIL
[email protected]
While investigating the pedagogical processes and the approach to teach visual arts
nowadays, new places of 'doing' education emerge in order to challenge teachers and
students to build knowledge and recognition of capabilities. From this perspective, the
hospital, as a possible development pedagogical practices place, has become an object of
study and interest by concerned teachers about educational reality. In Brazil, the
pedagogical work done in health institutions is an answer for the students who have the
hospital environment as a living place (Arosa & Schilke, 2008; Fonseca, 2008; Rodrigues,
2012). The educational practice in hospital context helps the students not to be in
disadvantage regarding their educational course, preventing the marginalization in return
to school. In this sense, the educational practice in the hospital is articulated considering
the aspects of Brazilian legislation, as well as the characteristics and specifities of the
hospital and the students that are there. From this perspective, how are these art
education practice works in hospital, with views of the context in which the students act
and participate? In an attempt to answer this question, this current study, in a qualitative
methodological approach, is organized by ethical aspects of research in a hospital
environment, in which the case study was adopted to investigate a specific reality, in which
the process of observation and analysis offer important evidence about the education done
in a hospital environment. This work is part of the research that is being structured in
academic course of Masters Graduate Program in Art, at the University of Brasilia (UnB),
in 2013 and 2014. Thus, this present study is built considering the aspects that legitimize
the education made in the hospital. By presenting a pedagogical and artistic practice of a
specific hospital in Brasilia, it was observed that children and adolescents, who are
hospitalized, are, mostly, students applied in regular school systems, therefore, the action
educative structured in this place has the school curriculum as a mediate instrument, so
the student can continue their course at their school of origin. Under this perspective, the
reality found in the research meets the real goals of education in a hospital context,
conform signaling the aspects of the Law in Brazil. The research also considers the need
to establish a collaborative process between various actors of education in a hospital
environment. Through a process of reflection about this educational context, to establish a
link between educative proposals in art education and the education made in the hospital,
it's considered, here, Bastos' proposal (2010), which assigns the connection between art
and everyday experiences as being the base of a democrat art education, in this sense,
the hospital can be considered a context in which a student with special educational needs
can participate, this being a place of meaningful experiences. It's possible to conclude that
the possibility of creating and organizing new teaching practices in visual arts through
educational challenges nowadays proposes not only processes of redefinition of
educational action, but the need of thinking in a formation focusing on the new and
enriching educational dynamics, which conceives the students in the context where they
are, considering their experience and educational, social, artistic and cultural specificities.
Arts Integration as Socially Empowered Learning: Research Proposal
for The Effect of Arts Integration on Student Engagement in the Middle
Martin, Brittany Harker1, Calvert, Ann1
University of Calgary, Calgary, CANADA
[email protected]
National research in Canada shows a drastic drop in intellectual engagement, starting in
grade six and dropping further into high school. This highlights a gap in our knowledge
between current classroom practice and pedagogy that effectively engages students
intellectually. Arts educators believe they have one possible answer in arts integration, yet
there is limited empirical work that actually measures the effect of this pedagogical
practice, particularly in relation to engagement. This research proposal draws upon the
Socially Empowered Learning Framework (Martin, 2013) to inform an experimental design
that compares middle school students who participate in an arts integrated program with
students who do not. In doing so, it contributes to a relatively new stream of research
based on empirical, quantitative measurement of arts education. The arts world has long
claimed that if teachers can better understand how to use the arts as teaching strategies,
they can better understand how to engage students. Although there has been some
empirical research to support these claims (Catterall, 2002; Eisner, 1994; Goldberg, 1997;
Upitis & Smithrim, 2005), it is scarce. Growing evidence suggests that using the arts in the
core subjects (arts integration) can have significant impact on learning (Barry, 2008; Du
Pont, 1992; Moore & Caldwell, 1993; Podlozny, 2000). The process of collective creation
enables teachers to lead students through artistic explorations in a way that students can
contribute original ideas, suggest emergent themes, and express themselves (Thomas,
2007), but they do it as part of a collective whole. This research proposal presents
collective creation as a treatment condition for increasing student engagement. We
propose research that employs a one-way between-subjects, experimental design. The
independent variable is arts integration, the dependent variable is student engagement,
and a mediator variable is also presented in a conceptual framework ripe for testing. Of
interest is whether the treatment group is statistically different from the control group. The
null hypothesis is that using arts integration will show no effect on student intellectual
engagement. The proposed sample will consist of middle school students (grades 5-7) in
the public school system (Willms et al., 2009). Analysis will measure whether or not there
was a treatment effect. Specifically, it will assess whether there is a difference between the
treatment group, and the control group. Participants have already been recruited through
the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Education Partner Research School Initiative, and by
the time of presentation, preliminary data will be available to enhance the discussion. This
research proposal has the potential for impact on a number of levels: 1) For scholars in the
field of student engagement, it will test a relatively new conceptual framework on
relationships between arts integration and student engagement; 2) For teachers in
practice, it will provide empirical evidence of creative ways to intellectually engage
students, 3) For arts education advocates, it will provide empirical data on the effect of arts
integration; 4) For policy makers, it will provide new knowledge on alternative ways of
approaching the curriculum and pedagogical design; 5) Most important, for students in
middle school, it may just provide an authentic way to engage them in their learning.
Community Art, Social & Intercultural Learning
Mateus-Berr, Ruth1, Fetz, Carmen1, Hapt, Christiane1, Kragulj, Claudia1,
Mijsbergh, Lisa1, Schillhuber, Amelie1, Skhirtladze, Tatia1, Várkonyi, Isis1
University of Applied Arts Vienna, AUSTRIA
[email protected]
Students of the department art, design & textile education of an art university in Austria
took part in this community education project in Armenia. Aim of this project was to
develop educational inputs of art and design in the orphanage home 'Fridtjof Nansen' and
the Austrian mother-child hospital-center in Gjumri, capital of the province Shirak of in
Armenia. Objectives were to collaborate with community artists in Armenia, design artistic
workshops in non- formal context, gather experience in out-of-school placements and
develop intercultural experiences. The students aimed to integrate the environment of the
children at these institutions and requested locations of smart protective spirits, which
should be designed as a result. The children were asked to explore positive and negative
areas of their environments and characterize them with post-its. A photography workshop
inspired the children to behave and look like a smart spirit. The results were discussed and
smart protective spirits were designed and positioned at selected locations of their daily
surrounding. Another workshop focused on shadow theatre. Children could use
interpersonal methods to present their fears, dreams and visions by play. Material was to
be used, found anywhere in the environment for acting and costumes, all interpretations
were documented by video and photographs. Augusto Boal developed, based on the
concept of a 'pedagogic of oppressed people' (term created by Paolo Freier) the idea of
'Forum-Theatres', and 'Legislative-Theatres' and aimed to bring back reality into the
theater with the final goal to change reality, especially in view of political questions. The
audience should get out from the passive part as observers, to become active and
constructing. The third Workshop was settled in the mother-child-center and deals with the
fact that the little patients suffer from reduced mobility and have to stay in bed the whole
day -just in their dreams they can escape. 'Dream well Armenia' worked on one hand with
the analog stop-motion technic and on the other with a different angle of the camera.
These made it possible that the kids could dive through open sea, ride on blue horses and
blew out the candles of a larger than life-sized birthday cake. The aim of this project was to
empower children in difficult and reduced life situations through medias of the arts. Issues
of every-day-life, which often are conflict-charged, should become part of the issue, as it is
seen as very important to create references to daily experiences of orphans and children
with diverse illnesses. Keywords: community art, social and intercultural learning, shadow
theater, stop-motion, design, empowerment
Fluid Identities: Changes in Art & Design Education in Austria
Mateus-Berr, Ruth1, Poscharnig, Julia1
University of Applied Arts Vienna, AUSTRIA
[email protected]
The book Art-Lives (planned to be published 2013/14) researched forty (out of ninety)
narrative biographic interviews (Schütze 1983), carried out at secondary schools in
Austria. Graduates in all Austrian Art & Design Universities took part in this case study.
Aim of this project was to question influences on professional, pedagogic and didactical
practice of art and design teachers in Austria and to define necessary changes in art &
design education in Austria. Objectives were to engage in the discussion of artistic and art
educational identity, to involve and motivate students in and for academic research on
various levels (Interviewers, researchers, authors, illustrators, graphic-designer, co-editor).
The antinomy and dichotomy fragmentation and construction of identities was discussed
as well as the power of feedback, the lack of critical reflective thinking, the overemphasis
of praxis, the challenges of future generations and consequences for research and
training. We came to the conclusion that the artist identities ('Crazy Quilts') must decide for
fluid identities, make friend with the 'pedagogic Eros', and come up to decision for priority
identity within the first semesters of their studies to feel comfortable during the academic
studies, professional for their teacher education and receive a long lasting satisfaction for
their work in schools. They should be informed about misunderstandings like that they are
not artists or designers and still novices in their work, but they also should get to know that
it is up to their decision where they might develop and invest time and resources.
Identifications with various identities are possible, positioning necessary. Development of
competencies is closely related to positioning identities. Students have to learn to develop
strategies to change social roles. In art/design education it is possible to gain
professionalism by theory (for example: Biography, Case studies) but also practical work
within the art fields themselves, accompanied by reflection. Keywords: biographies, art &
design education, identity, artist, researcher, teacher, Eros, feedback, Art-Lives, critical
thinking, competencies
Case Study: Social Co-Designing
Mateus-Berr, Ruth1, Bast, Cornelia1, Nalis, Irina1
University of Applied Arts Vienna, AUSTRIA
[email protected]
2013 the Applied Design Thinking LAB (ADTL) was asked to engage with the Women
Shelter´s in Vienna. Vienna's four women's refuges offer women and children protection,
assistance and temporary accommodation. Their nationality, religion or income is
irrelevant. The association was founded in 1978 and offers space for 175 persons.
Students co-designed a textile object as an textile interpretation for shelter and a 'SurvivalKit' with inhabitants of Women´s Shelters. Aim of this project was to approach the theme
semantically, questioning values of textile surfaces associated with shelter and social
impact. Textile is used as material, concept and experience. As women and textile might
speak different languages, the ADTL concentrated on tactile experiences, and developed
a non-verbal 'Applied Design Thinking Workshop' (inspired by open source with
various textiles, icons and reduced language tasks. As methods in this project textile
narratives and associations as research strategy were used. This work posits the centrality
of the border of the 'verbal and nonverbal'. Traditional research methods are not able to
reveal the 'sensory', 'emotional' and 'kinaesthetic', enhance a 'performative social science',
and therefore a different approach through senses was taken. This project even transfers
the narratives into textile articulations. Trauma survivor narratives can be identified by
three major components: coherence, turning points, and replotting. The participants of the
workshops seem to have gone from a victim mindset to a survivor mindset. It was not
aimed to recite the coherence, rather to reset the replotting, focus on positive memories.
Objective was to identify textiles associated with protection. Eight students participated
from disciplines as Social Design, Textile Design, Art & Design & Textile education,
Transmedial Art, Slavic linguistic, journalism and psychology. six women, two men.
General goal was to co-create new textile objects with inhabitants of Women´s Shelters as
Ist-analysis of need and association of shelter, which can be considered as textile archive
for future. Either interior design for inhabitants of Women's Shelters or refugees can rely
on outcomes or designing 'survival kits' for target groups like women who have been
victims of domestic violence, refugees or victims of the global crisis - a situation every one
of us may wake up tomorrow. To take a social and architectural perspective, results of
these design processes can be defined as things, which modify the space of interaction of
the user, which is rich in aesthetics, cultural values and opens up new ways of thinking,
changes and behaviour. Keywords: sensory, design thinking, textile as a social fabric,
survival kit, non-formal learning, non verbal, women, shelter
Using digital technologies to connect future visual arts teachers to sites
of learning beyond the classroom
Mathewson Mitchell, Donna1
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
In this presentation I will draw on a project undertaken in my role as a teacher educator at
Charles Sturt University in collaboration with Bathurst Regional Council. The focus of the
project was on connecting distance education students studying to become secondary
visual arts teachers with places of learning and sites of knowledge beyond the classroom
context. In the project nineteen pre-service teacher education students, located in various
parts of NSW and beyond, collaborated in a virtual classroom environment. In this
environment they investigated one particular site, the Chifley Home and Education Centre,
which is situated in Bathurst, NSW. Students then responded to the site, connecting it with
their own communities, using digital film making, artmaking and text. In the virtual
classroom space they shared their developing responses and also provided ongoing
feedback to each other, effectively approximating the practices of both students and
teachers. This intense work undertaken over seven weeks of a teaching session
culminated in a professional collaborative exhibition at the Chifley Home and Education
Centre that was supported by a range of educational resources. In this presentation I will
focus on selected students and track their path through this experience to illustrate the
online teaching and learning process and identify the significant outcomes for students,
lecturers and the museum. I will also provide an overview of the final exhibition. To
conclude I will explore implications for the preparation and ongoing professional learning of
visual arts teachers in terms of the affordances of community-based places of learning and
sites of knowledge .
From Cabinets to Museums
Maygar, Susan1,2
Wodonga Middle Years College, Wodonga, AUSTRALIA
Art Education Victoria, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Cabinets of Curiosities were first developed during the Renaissance to store objects
collected from antiquity. During the next five centuries the cabinets developed from private
into the Museums and Galleries which became the domain of the general public. The
cabinets were known to by a variety of fascinating terms to assist with describing their
contents such as Cabinets of Wonders. In Germany Kunstkammer (art room), or
WunderKammer (wonder room) The collections contained in these rooms would now be
referred to as being natural history, geology, ethnology, archaeology, religious and historic
relics, works of art, sculpture and antiquities. In fact the Kunstkammer was considered a
theatre of the world. Most often the early collections, belonging the ruling class, monarchs
or the very wealthy. The collections were also a statement of the patrons, control of the
word. The most renowned were rooms magnificently and artistically arranged using every
conceivable space. The cabinets were originally in the homes of the rulers and aristocrats
often spilling over into their garden landscapes as follies. The interior space was for study,
discussion and contemplation. The Cabinets presented a reason to invite the greatest
scientific minds, artist and philosophers to view and study the collection. Rigorous
discussion would assist in the development of ideas and new concepts. With increasing
travel and the development of the sciences, collections were made by the merchant
classes and the scientist of the day. We will explore the development of collections from
the humanists of the Renaissance through to the Golden Age of Exploration and
eventually the establishment of public museums and galleries. We will look in detail at
several of the most renowned collections and the methods utilised to make the collection.
One of the few collections still in existence in its original form was the collection developed
by Peter the Great in St Petersburg. Peter the Great's collection was so large that he
constructed a building specifically designed for the purpose of displaying this amazing
collection. By the nineteenth century many of the best Cabinets of Curiosities formed the
basis of University collections, Museums and Galleries. The Cabinets of Curiosities were
also the basis of many misconceptions and misinterpretation. Having a few small bones;
often led to the development of many fanciful creatures. The legacy of the Cabinets of
Curiosity is vast. They have formed the basis of our society's educational institutions in the
sciences and the arts. The way, artwork and objects are displayed, for viewing and study
in public spaces can be traced back to these collections. The Golden Age of Exploration
was also responsible for the many of the art movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries. The Cabinets of Curiosities also saw the development of a specific drawing
style. Botanical drawing and Natural History or scientific drawing approaches were
developed to fully explain in detail each object in a time before the camera. The most
amazing books of natural history objects were produced by those who spent many
hundreds of hours in amongst these great and fascinating collections . As Art Educators
how can a room full of curiosities develop the way we encourage our students to look at
the world around them and find new ways of expressing their ideas and concepts. Note: If
you would like to experience a method of developing artworks on the objects of the
Cabinets of Curiosities then the Workshop on Natural History Drawing for the 21st
Century to further explores these ideas.
First Literacies: Art, Creativity, Play, Constructive Meaning-Making
McArdle, Felicity1, Wright, Susan2
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, AUSTRALIA
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA
fmcardl[email protected]
In this paper art and play are considered children's ‘first languages', and therefore are at
the centre of a curriculum for young children. Through art and play, children represent
thought and action, which underpins their later understanding of the ‘second languages' of
reading, writing and numbering. Key issues such as image-making, graphic action,
imagination, narrative, empathetic engagement and internalised thought are analysed as
evidence of children's construction of knowledge through art and play. Symbol making is
the essence of being human. In children's art and play, their symbol use captures their
sensory modes in emotional and embodied ways, as children know their worlds and their
place. The paper addresses how children's creation, manipulation and meaning making
through engaged interaction with art materials are precursors to learning to read and write
and, as first languages, should not be discarded nor replaced. The notion of creativity is
explored in relation to pedagogical approaches. In a climate of testing regimes that
emphasise ‘academic' achievements, teachers are encouraged to not lose sight of
imagination, pretence, constructive meaning making, holistic teaching and being a coplayer and co-artist. When young children create art, they can be expressing astonishing
conceptual understanding and imagination, well beyond what they can communicate
through language, even language in narrative form, and much earlier than can be
communicated by them through written language. This way of seeing children and their
communication undermines the more traditionally accepted ways of seeing young children
as ‘deficit' or ‘not yet', on a continuous path of progress, developing as they grow. It is
presumed that as they get older, children acquire more knowledge and skills, and at
increasingly sophisticated levels. In opposition to these views, this paper focuses on very
young children's existing, sophisticated capacities for literacies and their interpretive and
expressive fluency using symbolic forms. It features how the arts are central to a
curriculum for young children. This ideology is particularly relevant given the current trend
where the curriculum appears to be shrinking while, at the same time, it is becoming more
and more crowded. Calls for getting ‘back to the basics' generally relegate the arts to the
sidelines as a ‘frill' or an add-on to the ‘real work' of learning, or something to be set aside
until after the more ‘academic' content has been covered. Indeed, placing the arts at the
centre of the curriculum is anathema to views of curriculum that separate and
hierarchically rank different types of knowledge. This way of thinking challenges the notion
that young children's learning must begin with the simple and progress to the more
complex. Rather, the arts might more appropriately be regarded as children's ‘first
languages' — their primary ways of seeing and knowing the self and the world, and the
means to interpret and express meaning. To be denied one's first language is not without
its consequences. Most significantly, ignoring the first languages of children blinds us to
the complex, abstract and sophisticated thoughts and feelings of children as they work
with ‘first-order' signs or symbolism such as picturing, storying, dancing, dramatizing, and
making music. The paper includes partial accounts from a larger research undertaking that
subjected children's drawings and their processes to close scrutiny and analysis. This
research illustrated that topological and dynamic aspects of children's drawings are
represented through spatial-temporal schema. From this research stem three key
principles that feature aspects of multimodal literacy and the symbiotic relationship
between graphic, embodied and narrative forms of meaning making. The paper concludes
with 4 ‘nudges' for teachers who are committed to creative ways of teaching and learning,
and are working in a climate of testing regimes that emphasise ‘the basics' and ignore the
rest of the curriculum; a climate characterised by a timetable with a finite number of hours
for delivering instruction; and a climate that celebrates creativity but allocates minimal
hours to the arts or creative learning.
Art and young children: preparing quality teachers
McArdle, Felicity1, Wong, Kit-Mei Betty2
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, PR CHINA
[email protected]
In the land that has come to be known as Australia, traces of ochre images have been
found, painted on rock walls, possibly as long as 35,000 years ago. The people who made
those marks speak to us across time. Through their marks, we have learned some things
about one of the most ancient cultures on Earth, a culture that is still alive and flourishing
today. Are those images art? And are the people who painted them artists? Is art painted,
or painting? So what? This paper is an invitation to ask new and different questions - about
art, teaching art, and teaching art with young children. There are those who would call
those ancient ochre images 'rock art', and this would be the result of reading the images in
a particular way. There are those who would see something else entirely - possibly as
records of scientific knowledge, geography, astronomy. How we see and think and speak
'art' is sometimes contentious and always contingent. Why were the images painted on the
rock walls? What work do/did the images do? Who painted them? Did children paint on the
rock walls? The focus of this paper is on preparing teachers who will be working with
young children. In 1999, Paul Duncum listed the things he considered generalist teachers
needed to know in order to teach art well. He listed a number of strategies for making and
responding to art. Now, almost fifteen years later, there is still the pressing need for
teachers to consider the what and the how of the art they teach. This paper is a partial
account of the design and conduct of units of study in Bachelor Degree programs in two
countries, Australia and Hong Kong, China. It builds on previous collaborative research, in
which the 2 authors asked two questions of young children: (i) 'Why do you draw and
paint?' and (ii) 'what does art do?' In that previous research the cross-cultural aspect of the
study added another dimension to our thinking and conversations around art and young
children. In this more recent research inquiry, we have turned to curriculum studies for
preparing early years teachers in one university in Australia, and one institution in Hong
Kong. In both sites, the pedagogical approaches are continuously changing, and will
never be 'finished'. The thinking in this paper draws from some of the data generated, in
various forms, over five years. In Unit X in Australia, the starting point for the students is
the idea that if they are to learn to teach art, art educators must learn to welcome error
(Claxton, 2005), and come to appreciate the learning possibilities that come from making
mistakes. It would be too tidy to suggest a direct relationship but it is possible that, in Unit
X, those who risk most, learn most. The trouble with this is that existing university systems
of assessment and grading fail to recognize much of what is involved in this approach to
teaching and learning. The risk, in this climate of university funding tied to student ratings,
is that teaching becomes more about students' 'enjoyment' levels, and this becomes
understood as the 'fun and easy' factor. Some similarities are drawn between the two
sites. In Hong Kong, in one cohort (2011/12), the focus for the pedagogical approach was
through public art, especially the sculptures in the public area. The assignment included a
group presentation on the students' most impressive artefacts. They were also required to
plan a route for children, and produce an individual reflective report on their collective
experiences. The course was well-received, and student feedback scores were high. For
the 2nd cohort, the pedagogical approach switched to 'artist-in -residence'. A local folk art
artist shared his artwork and skills. This time, students' feedback was not good. The
paper shares some preliminary analysis of this sequence of experiences, and concludes
with a set of provocations for those who are preparing teachers. Ironies abound when a
place must be found for the arts, in a regime that produces standardized tests, national
curriculums, measurements and benchmarks. In the State of Queensland, Australia, the
first national, standardized tests for literacy and numeracy were introduced in 2008, and
2009 was declared the Year of Creativity. Like Lather's (2006) thoughts on research, the
field of arts education is one of 'wild profusion', not a neat, gridded rubric of staged
learning. It is this complexity that this paper attempts to capture and convey.
Learning In, With, and Through the Arts:Partnerships for Arts-Infused
Education (PAInT)
McBrien, Jody1
University of South Florida, Florida, USA
[email protected]
In the United States, elementary and secondary education has increasingly been
homogenized and diminished by a business-style high-stakes and accountability model.
Teachers, tyrannized by fear of losing their jobs, forsake creativity for more time to drill
children in standardized test-taking procedures, and research indicates a reduction of
class hours for social studies, art, music, and physical education as a result (Smith &
Kovacs, 2011; Spohn, 2008). Nearly 50% of new teachers leave the profession after just
five years (Hong, 2012). The latest rhetoric from political policies includes the highly
competitive 'Race to the Top' that has state governors applying for educational awards
from the federal government; STEM, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering,
and math over the humanities and social sciences; and Common Core Curriculum, itself a
boiling pot of political controversy, with its goal of providing 'a consistent, clear
understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what
they need to do to help them' ( The standards, however, currently
address only math and English Language Arts. As one example, by a student's final year
in secondary education, English readings are to be 70% informational nonfiction readings,
leaving only 30% for the art part of English, literature. After pondering ways to help
teachers and children both accomplish the bureaucratic requirements of the current
educational environment and to regain the joy and the depth of learning that have been
lost by high-stakes standardization, faculty in my College of Education unanimously chose
to completely change the ways in which we guide our students by infusing arts instruction
throughout the curriculum. We have chosen 'Learning in, with, and through the arts' as the
emphasis in our mission. By 'in,' we believe that the arts are important as separate
disciplines of study. By 'with,' we use arts as a means to explore other subjects. With
'through the arts,' we encourage our students to use art forms to express their
understandings of educational curriculum. We are sending our faculty for training at
national centres for arts education, such as the Lincoln Center's summer workshop and
the Kennedy Center's program on Changing Education through the Arts to learn how to
reshape our College; and we have engaged with numerous arts organizations in our city the opera, museums, theatres, film society, ballet, and others - to engage our students in
learning through the arts and using them in their own teaching. We have a new artist-inresidence each semester to work with faculty and students. We are also partnering with
local schools to create arts-engaged practices and lesson examples, while also conducting
research to demonstrate the efficacy of increasing children's competencies in required and
tested curriculum through the inclusion of art. This presentation will use some of the
research on arts-based teaching to explain the new structure of our college. I will also
describe some of the new projects and learning units faculty has created with artistic
partners and local schools. Specifically, I will describe changes in my own curricula that
have resulted in heightened understandings of challenging concepts in my courses and
demonstrated to me the power of engaging the arts in all of my instruction. Students who
were complacent from typical techniques of scholarly reading and traditional research
have become excited to attend class and discuss how art has deepened their
understanding of the subjects. They are using artistic methods combined with scholarly
research to frame their major projects, and they are beginning their work early, as opposed
to last-minute, because they are enjoying the learning process. My examples will include
the use of artwork to express social justice, and engaging with poetry and online art forms
(images, music, dance) to express terms and concepts of critical pedagogy. The methods
involved qualitative action research. Students agreed to let me use their comments and
arts-infused assignments to demonstrate the ways in which art deepened their
understandings of course concepts. Their projects demonstrate the power of including art
not only in teaching curricular subjects such as math and science, but also in teaching
core concepts of teaching and learning in colleges of education.
Opening a space for big ideas - collaborative drawing in primary school
Meager, Nigel1
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
[email protected]
This is a very visual presentation centred on examples of collaborative imaginative
drawing in British primary schools. What is going on as children draw together is
illuminated in detail through what they say, do and show as they draw. Children are
situated as participant researchers into their own activity, and what they say about what-itwas-that-was-going-on as they draw together is revealed through the results of auto-driven
image-elicitation. These methods are explained and illustrated. This way of making art in
a social setting in school is set in a critical context with: a) the formal curricula for art in
United Kingdom primary schools and the critique of this as fine-art; b) the still relevant
notion of school art developed through functional analysis by Elfand (1976); c) visions of
contemporary art practice encapsulated in project based art teaching, for example, Gude
(2013); d) pedagogic projects in contemporary art as described by, for example, Bishop
(2012); and c) Dennis Atkinson’s vision (2012) of intellectual emancipation and his ideas
about pedagogies of the event. On a parallel tack, the collaborative imaginative drawings
are set in the context of early years’ pedagogy. For example, Melbourne based educator,
Susan Wright (2014), argues that drawing for young children is a visual equivalent of
imaginative play and graphic speech. She posits that drawing is not apart from play and
speech but is woven into fabric of communication in a way that ‘children’s graphicnarrative-enactive communications reveal children as philosophers, dramatists,
technicians, aesthetes and fantasy creators’. Pedagogy appropriate to collaborative
imaginative drawing, more accepted in early years’ settings, will open older children to the
possibility that significant ideas might run free. This freedom to create and develop ideas,
so notable in the early years setting, is lost as children progress through school. The
presentation continues by drawing out underlying ontology suggested by these
descriptions, explanations and contextualisation of collaborative imaginative drawings.
Two traditions of radical empiricist thought come into play. The first is exemplified by the
work of thinkers such as William James and John Dewey. The second could be centred on
the work of Gilles Deleuze. What is of most relevance to art education is not a
philosophical dissection of each tradition, but rather an account of what each holds in
common. In terms of art education, concepts such as flux (James) experience as
immediate empiricism (Dewey) and immanent becoming (Deleuze) point to resonant ways
of conceptualising thought and meaning-making. The head teacher of an English primary
school, who contributed to research on collaborative imaginative drawing, stated that, for
her, a significant reason for art in school is that primary school children can have and
develop their own big ideas. The presentation concludes by presenting a statement of
purpose for art in school which does not foreground the restrictive, even discriminatory,
practice of individual children making discrete objects, which convey highly personalised
expression in a fine-art tradition. Alternatively, it will celebrate making art in the community
of the class as collaborative communication which opens a space for children to create
and share big ideas in an aesthetic form.
The Practice of Art Education in a Developing Country
Minowa, Kanae1
University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba-shi, JAPAN
[email protected]
For two years(2008- 2010), I was dispatched to the Republic of Maldives, developing
country consisting of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean on assignment with JOCV(Japan
Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) to teach art education in a primary school. In this talk, I
am going to describe what happened in my art class and how my state of my mind
changed during my time there. Initially, it seemed to me that general art education in the
Maldives followed a basic approach of simply having students imitate or copy examples of
artworks presented to them by the teacher. This is a completely different approach from
that in Japan, where art education is recognised as a subject for self-expression and for its
important role in the cultivation of aesthetic sensitivity. I was brought up in Japan and have
worked as a teacher there for several years, and I had difficulty accepting what I
understood to be the educational style in Maldivian art classes. Therefore, at the beginning
of my assignment, I tried to introduce Japanese-style art classes in the Maldives, under
the impression that art education as conducted was not ‘real' art education. I might have
believed that Japanese art education was ‘better' than that in the Maldives, and perhaps
even looked down on the educational methods in the Maldives because of my position as
a person from a developed country. However, I gradually came to realize that I was just
forcing my Japanese educational philosophy on my Maldivian students. Art education in
Maldives remains quite different from that in my country, and I am sure that it would not be
accepted in Japan. But I am also sure that it has strong points which differ from those of
the Japanese approach and which will contribute toward cultivating some pupils' ability,
perhaps more than the Japanese approach. Needless to say, each country or culture has
its own approaches to art education, and nobody decide that some are more proper or
superior to others. We must respect all of them equally. With this mind, we need to
consider how a foreigner, like I was in the Maldives, can help develop art education in
another country or culture. Of course, we have to respect cultural diversity in the practice
of art education, but we cannot be complacent; we must try to contribute where we can,
especially in a development situation. In short, we must respect diversity while still trying to
improve quality and fix problems. That is the most difficult dilemma when we attempt
educational development in developing countries. In my view, we have first to judge what
is essential for all children's learning, regardless of country or culture. For example, as
mentioned above, my students in the Maldives were mostly copying and imitating
examples. That is not a problem per se, because it reflects the Maldivian style of art
education. However, these children also tend to depend on others in class: the teacher,
the friends, and so on. I saw such situations frequently, especially with students who could
not complete their work neatly. I thought that if I did not address this issue, these students
would end up learning nothing. In other words, copying or imitating is not a serious issue in
itself; it is the missed leaning opportunities that it represents. Human beings like to decide
what is right, correct, or better based on their own sense of values. Art education is a
subject which is especially reflective of the diversity of countries, cultures, religions, and so
on. That is why we must keep conscious of our biases. I would like to this presentation to
be an opportunity for all of us to consider our own views on art education, think about how
they relate to our backgrounds, and consider how they appear from outside.
Conjunction or Disjunction: A comparative analysis of Design in the Art
curriculum in Australia and the UK.
Montana, Adrian1
Marymede College, South Morang, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
In October 2011, I was on a Design Discussion Group in the UK as part of the National
Society for Education in Art and Design. The group came together to discuss, ‘What is
design and how is it relevant to an Art and Design course? This paper draws on the robust
debate that ensured and on the author's extensive experience teaching art and design in
secondary schools in both Australia and the UK. Central to this paper is a comparative
analysis of the position and nature of Design in the Art curriculum in both countries. Case
studies illustrate the arguments presented in this paper, raising questions about why and
how we encourage students to think through design in art and explores the fundamental
question: What aspects of design are important to teach in art? The design process and
the fine art development process have clear parallels. Both require students to come up
with options and, after careful consideration and research, develop an idea that can be
refined, completed and evaluated. Design thinking teaches us to respond to the needs of a
client and an audience and is generally commercially orientated. On the other hand, Art is
usually thought of as an activity that the artist under takes to fulfill their own concept or
creative expression. It seems these different intentions of production can make Art and
Design sit uncomfortably together. Art should prepare young people to understand and
appreciate design, to be familiar with different forms of design and gain a wider
understanding of the scope of the design industries and the role new technologies play in
the development of design in art. Generally students are not taught to enjoy the different
forms of design in art and art educators need to see this as part of their domain. Too many
art departments refer to themselves as 'art' and pay insufficient attention to design. By not
including design, they reduce the perception of art to a ‘creative subject and away from the
conceptual and technical. The separation of art and design is simply not true of the
creative industries and it risks misleading students regarding career opportunities. Not all
art courses focus on teaching as much design as could be taught. Instead they focus,
disproportionately, on fine art approaches to the exclusion of design and also media
technologies. We should more equally teach design process stages, to develop
understanding of these stages and make this relevant to all creative activities, but not
slavishly at all. Students need familiarity with these stages and to learn how to use and
talk about them. Finally, the paper focuses on the common perception of ‘value’ across
curricula; the perception of the value of certain types of knowledge and learning vis à vis,
skills in the art curriculum and the role that design thinking though art plays in opening
Displacing or doing similar things with just a slightly different attitude
Morén, Sol1
Creative Studies Umea University, Umea, SWEDEN
[email protected]
In what ways could artistic research be used to complement or challenge traditional
academic research, by using artistic methods in collecting research material? And, what
makes my research methods 'artistic' apart from the fact that I am an artist doing artistic
research in an academically approved form? In this paper for InSEA 2014 in Melbourne
will go deeper into the question of what might be specifically 'artistic' in my methods for
collecting research material, which at a first glance may seem to be just interviewing
people and recording the conversation. As an example I will focus on the methods I use in
my on-going Artistic Phd-thesis 'The art of mastering freedom - a paradoxical quest for
pedagogics of creativity' where the aim is to investigate how artists develop their individual
methods and to take a closer look at which structures are crucial to provide an educational
environment that promotes creativity. What if my artistic methods resemble ordinary
humanistic or social scientific research methods, and differs only in small details, or in the
attitude? Guy Debord talks about 'displacement' and his theory is that if we take
something quite ordinary and thus invisible to us, and moves it into another context, it
suddenly becomes visible. This technique was used and developed by the Situationists,
and perhaps it could be used to reflect upon how artistic methods may resemble, but still
differ from more traditional research methods used in other academic fields. For an artist
to get the idea of displacement, is not really to create something entirely new, nor just to
build on other peoples previous research. The development of an artistic idea, as the
displacement-theory is the creation of an artistic method or structure, that could be further
used in many different cases, by many other people. It is not the creation of an artwork,
but of a 'machine', in the sense that Gilles Deleuze uses the term. As in the case of the
displacement theory, artistic methods might resemble methods of other occupations. For
instance the French artist Sophie Calle imitates a private detective in her work 'Suite
Venetienne'. But in her publication, as well as we are provided with her evidence, we are
also invited to take at a closer look at her process of investigation. Soon it is rather obvious
to us that Calle is not working as would be expected of a private detective at all. Her ethics
is not entirely missing, just a bit 'out of tune', as she is following a complete stranger, not
as a professional detective but as a professional artist. As the story goes on we have a
possibility to learn something about the human nature, and ask ourselves questions about
objectivity and subjectivity, and if there is any person in any occupation or research that
could claim to be objective rather then situated. When I conduct what might look like and
ordinary academic research interview, it is in fact something entirely different. As an artist I
place myself situated in my research, just like Donna Haraway suggests, and I have no
intention of being objective at all. In fact it is not even an interview that I am doing, it is an
'Art-studio talk'. The term 'Art-studio talk comes from tradition in the Swedish Academy of
Fine Arts, where the students choose which teacher to invite into their studio and the Artstudio talk, is expected to be a dialogue on equal conditions between two artists. From
what I understand, other countries have similar traditions in Fine Art education, and I am
curios to get comments on this by the InSEA colleagues in Melbourne. I will present more
examples of how artistic angles on the collecting of research material may differ from the
traditional academic one. For instance concerning the technology of the recording and the
preparation of the environment. What is registered and what is left out? Typically in
academic research we are not very well informed about the research process, but as an
artist you might plan in advance to present parts of your process in the actual presentation.
If you, as a researcher know that you may want to use parts of your process for the final
presentation, you will probably prepare the collecting of the research material in a different
way, than if you just see it as a documentation that later will be transcribed into text.
Collaborative Practice in creative arts and creative arts education
Morris, Colleen1
HE Creative Arts NMIT, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
In our community, there is an expectation that the arts are experimental, philosophic and
historical. They have in the past encompassed a broad spectrum of ideals and outputs in
the social structure within local and global communities. Continuity is frequently perceived
as repetitive, endless and enduring, implying an unbroken chain. A more comprehensive
picture can be presented, one of cohesion, connection, flow, hanging together,
interrelationship and progression. There is an opportunity to address more fully a range of
social, political and aesthetic issues through arts practice and theory. In the context of
continuity, it is important to recall the manifestations and effects that history can impose on
the present, and in a sense, on the future. This is true for most things, no less so for the
arts. Art and arts have a capacity to be proactive; where the work can be didactic, without
subjugating the aesthetic; by promoting both individual action and creating a collective
awareness. The artist as both educator and practitioner can impart knowledge, foster
innovation and maintain identity as creative practitioner. My dual role is to create a strong
creative arts presence and to build knowledge related to cultural and environmental
connections in our community. As a creative arts educator in a leadership position, it
enables me to stress the importance of this interrelationship. In my creative practice I am
able to research, collaborate and produce works related to global awareness and local
responsibility, where my primary focus as creative practitioner is ecology, the environment
and eco- aesthetic. I engage in a visual discourse that has been created between a small
collaborative group of artist/ researchers living in Manchester and Melbourne. This contact
began when I was preparing to participate in the 2009 AAH Annual Conference hosted by
the Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK. In light of my own research
practice that is principally concerned with the theme of water, the eco-aesthetic,
environment and ecology, I was intrigued to discover a like-minded Research Fellow as
part of their MIRIAD research team. I organised a meeting with Dr David Haley. We met to
discuss our mutual interests, our projects and thoughts of possible joint projects. This
dialogue or mapping across the hemispheres began then and it continues to develop in
various iterations and different locations. It is of conversations and imagery, both physical
and virtual, and it is related to the transformative and ephemeral nature of environment
and human interaction. I invited another MMU artist academic, Clinton Cahill and a local
colleague, Stephen Pascoe to join us in this collaborative continuing journey. As continuity
is the focus, I consider that the ongoing visual discourse between the group, enhances
communication and connection in academia, practice - led research and education. It is
building a strong interrelationship and cohesion across the waters. I believe that within an
educational framework that builds on knowledge creation and innovation, creative arts
educators and practitioners have the capability to lead by example. In these roles they can
inspire commitment and awareness, knowledge of community, and develop globally
responsible citizens.
Creative Process ART IN / EDUCATION : Mask Fofão , How Theme
Developed in the Course of Supervised Teaching Practice I - Degree in
Arts Education - Federal University of Maranhão , Brazil
Mota Costa, Isabel1
Universidade Federal Do Maranhao, Maranhao, BRAZIL
[email protected]
The Fofão is a kind of clothe for men and women , typically of street carnival in São Luis ,
State of Maranhão , Brazil. The clothe is made of a cheap fabric printed with flowers ,
very broad, covering the entire body. 'Fofão' comes from the word 'fofo', in this case
something shapeless. A part of these clothese are small metal bells sewn on the ends of
the sleeves and legs of fantasy, but mostly a grotesque mask paper mache , usually with a
huge nose that mimics an erect penis . A cape and an artificial hair sewn in mask , hide all
the person's head . And gloves conceal the skin of the hands , not knowing also the ' racial
' characteristics of the person. The volume of the clothe serves mainly to prevent the
identification of who uses Fofão. Anonymous, the person can act very freely , teasing,
sexually , the opposite sex or the same sex . The Fofão is a very old tradition, in Maranhão
, and its most likely source is the Italian commedia dell'arte , being very difficult to know
how the costume has become a feature of the Carnival of São Luis Changes in individual
behavior can be analyzed masked by cultural and psychological factors . Hiding your
identity , the person can release what Rabelais (studied by Bakhtin , 1993 ) calls the '
downs' of the body, sexuality. Masks of Fofão also relate to cultural dynamics, as they are
inspired by the Modern Age European theater and received new meanings through their
use in another environment and use. Are also important because f its creative and
spectacular visual potential. The great importance of this artistic-visual mask, in the local
popular culture, is because it allows many possibilities to explore your details. And this
was the reason why to use them as a theme to be worked in the discipline 'Supervised
Teaching Practice I' teach in Arts Course of the Federal University of Maranhão. The
technique applied was the production of masks and drawings of Fofão, along with
students. These masks and material was exposed in the Humanities Center at the same
university hall. Paints , paper and glue were used in the construction of these masks and
designs. The purpose of using the Fofão mask in class was to allow students to know the
contents and methodology of the discipline and techniques of making paper mache masks
. Using a theme of local popular culture also means promoting the value of this heritage as
well as the work of the poor folk artists of St. Louis , who manufacture these masks for
sale at the carnival . The methodology was based on masks images and museum
collections. analysis on Fofão, memories, observations and experiences of the students
on the local carnival , not least because many of these students wear clothes of Fofão in
this party.
Messism in Painting
Nafies, Samina1
Bangladesh Sishu(Children) Academy, Dhaka, BANGLADESH
[email protected]
I am using 'Messism'-- which is an artistic style from the hypermodernity. I believe that this
style helps to craft a bridge between my work and the surroundings. 'Messism, often
characterized by non-sense sentences, imagery-inspired rhetoric, unusual grammatical
forms, synthaxis disorders and in some case, dynamic onomatopoeias'. I feel from my
experience that, my surrounding is also very messy. We are destroying our culture,
heritage, and environment and become civilized. For civilization we are without any
hesitations leaving honesty, abusing our power. But still we are living. I collect strength
and encouragement from the bright eyes and smiles of children, from chatting with my
sister who expired recently, but still those memories encourage me to draw. I realized that
I am a human being and feel an urge to do something my very own way. Using this style
reveals a protest against all odds and these messy compositions are perfectly reflecting
my thoughts.
Child Art: Stepping Stone for Childhood Learning
Nafies, Samina1
Bangladesh Sishu(Children) Academy, Dhaka, BANGLADESH
[email protected]
In some society and culture, accordance with ancient rules and traditions the child's first
exposure to the written word is enabled through a joyful event named 'Biddarombho' which
eases the child's introduction to the world of letters and writing. Just as a joyful event of
birthday celebration, 'Biddarombho' event also creates a particular atmosphere of joy and
expectation in which the children learn to respect the process of learning and knowledge
acquisition. A five year old child is considered ideal in terms of taking the first steps
towards the 'fine arts' through her first efforts at writing. First the child scribbles and then
gradually begins to write letters. For writing and drawing children do necessitates the use
of pens, pencils, multicolor crayons and even water colors. It is language or verbal right of
the children to draw or paint something as it is a way to communicate easily to express
their inner thoughts, feelings and emotional values. Every child has its own world to
survive, to observe to express joy and sorrow and also to express its own life. Thus, child
art plays a vital role in the basic development of a child. Research shows that every child
loves playing with colors. The latent talent of a child is expressed wonderfully through the
medium of color. This is easily evidenced by the numerous art exhibitions and
competitions for children that are regularly organized. Developed nations put great
emphasis on' child art' as a medium to ensure the rounded development of the child.
Through the numerous 'Child Art' competitions and presentations in which children take
part they are able to explore their country, environment, culture and learn about critical
social issues as well. 'Child art' constitutes 'the open window' in child's mind. That is why
the drawings of children are considered important indicators of the child's psychology.
Sketches and drawings of a child can speak volumes about her mental state as can her
use of colors. It is important for the child to be assessed on this basis to ensure that her
growth and mental development is as it should be. Research suggests that children need
to be able to express their artistic inclination as freely as possible and be allowed to
choose their own subjects, colors and forms. 'Child art' researcher artist Hashem Khan in
his book 'Rong Rekhai Chobi Aki' stresses the importance of allowing children to draw and
paint as they wish thus fermenting the expansion of the imagination. In his opinion,
children learn and develop cognitive and other skills as they work to beautify their
drawings. This is how children develop creativity as well as a sense of beauty. Children
thus grow in confidence and courage and by the time they turn nine or ten they can
become competent painters. Florence Cain says, 'Every child is born with creative talent
which needs to be identified at an early age and nurtured.' This could well be the gate way
to the child's happiness and sense of self. It is not necessary for the child to become an
artist but it is necessary for her to love and experience art as a form of self expression. In
order to build society and generate beauty it is essential to have creative, innovative and
artistic people. It is considered that in order to nurture the inner beauty of people, exposure
to fine arts is crucial. 'Child Art' has to be appreciated in that context. If well thought
through policies and actions are taken, child art can play a significant role not only in the
development of creativity among children but also in terms of overall human development.
Art Education to Cultivate a Base of the Spirit of Freedom (II): A Case
study of a Teaching Practice in an Elementary School
Nishimura, Tokuyuki1, Fujihara, Nobuhiko2, Aida Takashi3, Taniguchi
Elementary School, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo, JAPAN
Naruto University of Education, Naruto, JAPAN
Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, JAPAN
Kyushu Women's University, Kitakyushu, JAPAN
[email protected]
In this study, we report a teaching practice which is the base of the examination of an art
education to bring up the spirit of freedom proposed by Taniguchi and his colleagues in
InSEA2014. After World War II, an art education in Japan has been developed with key
concepts 'creation', 'child' and 'play'. However, as for today's art education in Japan, there
are not clear key concepts. To grow the spirit of freedom, it is important for children to
think what they want to express and to do decision-making creatively in a class. In this
study, we suggested the importance of 'thinking' in the art education as a specific method
to grow the spirit of freedom.
Knowing Me, Knowing You:Enhancing Emotional Literacy Through
Visual Arts
Nixon, Margaret1
The Dax Centre, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
OVERVIEW This presentation will outline the Enhancing Emotional Literacy through Visual
Arts (ELVA) approach developed by the Dax Centre. ELVA is designed to facilitate the
development of emotional resilience by the use of art to create the time, space and place
for children to reflect on their emotional experiences within a safe and supportive
environment. This approach is unique on three counts: unlike most emotional wellbeing
programs it aims to increase emotional capabilities of children through experience rather
than skills training and behavior modification; it emphasizes the importance of the
relationship between the teacher and the child, and the impact of the whole school system
on this dyad, and it is located within the creative space of existing primary art curriculum.
ELVA is informed by current psychodynamic understanding of the emotional growth of
children, the neuroscience of the developing brain and art therapy perspectives on the
process of art making and the exploration our inner world. This innovative approach to art
education challenges the traditional context and role of visual arts within the primary
school setting. Art education has increasingly been pushed to the periphery of school
activities. In adding a new dimension to art education, this approach offers an opportunity
to reposition it as central to the life of a school at a time where there is a growing
appreciation of the importance of emotional well-being of children for the social
development and learning. Background The Dax Centre promotes mental health and
wellbeing through fostering a greater understanding of the mind, mental illness and trauma
through art and creativity. It incorporates the Cunningham Dax Collection, a collection of
over 15,000 works created by people with an experience of mental illness and trauma. The
Dax Centre is a world leading institution dedicated to the exploration of the interface
between art and mental health. In recent years there has been a growing awareness in
the general community of the importance of the emotional life of children. We now
understand how some childhood trauma can lead to life-long difficulties and, in many
cases, the development of mental illness in adult life. Some children are, however, able to
overcome severe adverse experiences and develop good mental health. Evidence is
emerging that children with emotional literacy are more resilient. Emotional literacy may
be defined as the capacity of a person to understand their emotional experiences. Children
who possess emotional literacy are emotionally aware, alive and connected with
themselves. They are better equipped to develop capacities to engage with and manage
difficult emotional experiences. As a consequence, they are more resilient in the face of
emotional challenges. The importance of emotional literacy as a basis for mental health in
later years is supported by the current understanding of the neuro-plasticity of the brain, in
particular the developing brain of children and the massive changes during early
adolescence. As the growth and reshaping of neural circuits are dependent on their use,
the child that is emotionally engaged in their everyday experiences is more likely to
develop a more robust circuitry for the processing of emotion. This psychodynamically
and neuroscientifically informed approach has been developed by a group of teachers,
child psychotherapists, psychiatrists, analysts and psychologists and art therapists over
the past 4 years. This classroom-based approach, which includes teacher professional
learning, implementation and ongoing support, has gone through an initial trial of 4 schools
and implementation in a pilot program consisting of 9 schools in the first cohort and a
further 9 schools in the second. Involving more than 1000 students. It has been
independently evaluated by the Centre for Program Evaluation of the University of
Melbourne and was found to be highly valued by its participants, teachers and students,
and parents. One of the students, an 11 year old exclaimed during an art lesson based on
ELVA “Now I get it – Art teaches me about me”. AIM OF THE PRESENTATION This
presentation will: review development of the theoretical framework which informs the ELVA
approach; present the unique experiential based teacher professional learning component;
highlight the impact on wellbeing and visual arts approaches at the school; discuss the
potential for whole school teacher training and implementation; report the findings from an
independent evaluation the University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation; and
discuss future direction of the approach
Spiritual Boxes
Nowell, Wesley1, Davis, Diana 1
Mueller College, Rothwell, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Within the box like structure of a church is a worship environment in which the participant
is isolated from the outside world. Typically this environment is one that permits individuals
or groups to engage with the spiritual. Research by Nowell (2011) has explored the
potential of boxes to provide visual and verbal stimulation to worship in creative ways. His
boxes encapsulate the verbal in the visual and prompt interaction by enticing the viewer’s
participation. This presentation is designed to motivate the audience to contemplate the
artistic potential of boxes in promoting thought, knowledge and process and to make or
use small packages/boxes towards a particular end. The presentation commences with a
brief discussion of Nowell's research in relation to the elements of worship and how it
might be intrinsic to the making and reading of packages/boxes along with their contents.
The audience will then be introduced to actual packages/boxes that cocoon a series of
Artist’s Books. As each is opened, the spiritual thoughts, processes and techniques used
to develop the total package are discussed. As a precursor to conceptualizing their own
boxes, the ritual performance elements of unfurling and folding back are emphasized.
Art Practice as Scholarship: Shifting Attention Away from
Conceptualizing Art as a Form of Research
O'Donoghue, Donal1
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CANADA
[email protected]
In this paper, I want to consider what it might mean to shift attention away from
conceptualizing art practice as a form of research, and to focus instead on thinking about it
as a form of scholarship. Conceptualizing art as a form of research and identifying how it
can function as such has, in recent times, preoccupied the minds of artist-scholars working
in fine art departments of universities and other higher education institutions across
Europe and North America; there has been an unrelenting drive to fix art within the
research purpose of universities. Similarly, educational researchers have increasingly
turned to art as a means of doing and reporting research as they seek new ways to make
sense of and represent the educational worlds that they study. Subject to ongoing
criticism, arts-based educational research tends to operate from the position that art has a
capacity to contribute insights of a different type to their understanding of education. What,
then, might a shift to thinking art as a form scholarship rather than research enable? As
discussed in this paper, to conceive of art as a form of scholarship permits other ways of
thinking about what art does to produce and illuminate aspects of the world. One might
say that this shift in emphasis from viewing art and its practices as a form of research to
conceptualizing it as a form of scholarship is insignificant, and hardly worthy of an
extended examination given that at the present time research and scholarship - terms that
are often used interchangeably - exist in close proximity to one another and oftentimes are
subsumed by each other. While this might be the case, research was not, as Ernst Boyer
(1990) reminds us, always part of the vocabulary of higher education. Rather, as Boyer
explains, before research entered the vocabulary of higher education in the United States
in 1906 and previously in England in the 1870s, scholarship was the mainstay of university
work, and it “referred to a variety of creative work carried on in a variety of places, and its
integrity was measured by the ability to think, communicate, and learn” (Boyer, 1990) . It is
precisely this notion of scholarship as creative work - work that provokes and nurtures
thinking and advances understandings while creating conditions for coming to know new
phenomena or familiar things in new ways - that is of interest to me in this presentation.
Specifically, what interest me most at this time are the types and substance of thinking that
are produced when one accesses educational phenomena or situations through making
practices commonly used by artists. Also of interest to me are the types of understandings
that emerge when efforts are made to give an account of these thinking practices. This is
the project that I have set myself for this presentation. Underlying the approach that I will
take is the understanding that scholarship cultivates thinking rather than insisting on
creating knowledge to proving or disproving previous, as research tends to do. The work
of the political theorist and philosopher Hannah Arendt is employed in this paper for
conceptualizing, albeit preliminary, how art practice in the academy might be viewed as a
form of scholarship rather than merely a form of research.
Sculpture and Ceramic Education and Entrepreneurial Potentialities in
Okonofua, Anthony1, Udoh, Enoidem1
University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, NIGERIA
[email protected]
This paper examines instrumental roles of sculpture and ceramics as integral arms of fine
and Industrial arts providing bedrock for entrepreneurial skills development. It derives its
impetus from the fact that many Nigerian fine and industrial arts graduates are
unemployed and constitute larger number among its restive youth. In recognition of
government's efforts to provide employment for its teeming youths, to meet the global
challenges of job creation and self-reliance among its youth, the paper advocates the need
for review of the existing fine and Industrial arts curriculum in Nigerian universities. This is
with a view towards empowering the youth for wealth creation, self-reliance and nation
development through the fine and industrial arts educational program. The paper engages
survey inquiry on few graduate artists who own and operate personal galleries and studios
to determine the efficacy of Fine Arts education as instrument for entrepreneurship and
self-reliance. The survey instrument further evaluates the accessibility of graduate artists
to entrepreneurship support from government and private agencies. The research findings
reveal that fine and industrial arts program can become an effective instrument to facilitate
entrepreneurial skills development for self-reliance and youth empowerment. It therefore
supports change through integration of entrepreneurial study into tertiary education
curricula for fine and industrial arts. A recommendation is especially made for early
legislative policy mechanism in Nigeria that will facilitate budgetary subsidy to fine and
industrial arts education with emphasis on 3 dimensional designs at tertiary institutions.
Keywords: Instrumental roles, entrepreneurial skills development, global challenges, selfreliance, tertiary education curricula and 3 dimensional designs.
School subjects undergoing change - digital applications in creative
work in art and music subjects in lower and upper secondary education
Örtegren, Hans1
Dep. of Creative Studies, Umeå University, Umeå, SWEDEN
[email protected]
In this project environments in Swedish schools are studied where the elements of digital
media are important, i.e. embedded, in art and music. These subjects are characterised by
special forms of media and by products such as musical works, pictures, films etc. The
project aims at elucidating young peoples treatment of digital media in school
environments and at relating to their use in leisure time too. The focus is on studying the
interaction between pupils - teachers and digital media. The project will examine young
peoples treatment of digital media in the school environment and also their use in leisure
time. The project will analyse the content and expressions of art and music production
where digital tools are included. The entry of digital media into schools is accompanied by
a need for thorough understanding of the integration of media in our school subjects, and
the changes that are taking place in the content and practice of the teaching. Two upper
secondary schools and two lower secondary schools will be selected in each of the
subjects of art and music in order to investigate media specific digital applications in these
subjects. Work processes and productions in the subjects of art and music will be studied.
Some more school environments with embedded teaching will be studied through visits.
Research on the use of digital media in schools shows that conceptions of school subjects,
teachers' and pupils roles, and learning and teaching change or must be renegotiated
when digital media are introduced in the classroom. This is taking place in the subjects of
art and music according to recently finished research projects where teachers and pupils
subject conceptions were studied in relation to digital media. Identified problems in
occasional cultural efforts in schools are that active external cultural workers are assumed
to influence implicitly passive teachers. Evaluations of both international projects in school
environments with external stakeholders and project owners stress the needs for the
pupils using the medium on their own conditions in order to attain lasting results and
accomplished communicative processes. A concept that came to emphasise new forms of
familiarity than those based on long practical handling and application (mastery) implies
that the user uses the tools on her/his own conditions (appropriation) (Wertsch 1998). The
researchers will follow a couple of classes in each environment during parts of a school
year. Participant observations will take place so that areas of work involving digital
treatment of art production and music production will be followed from the introduction to
the final report. Qualitative studies will be further conducted in the form of observations
and interviews with teachers and pupils. Music and art analyses will focus on both
technological and aesthetic aspects. Lecturers in aesthetic subjects will be attached to the
project and together with teachers and pupils in selected schools test and apply pupils
participation in their artistic creations. Some extra supply of resources will be allocated to
the selected school environments in order for them to further develop their own digital
applications. In Swedish education it is argued through Skolverket [the Swedish Agency
for Education] that all subjects are oriented towards establishing common basic values,
contributing to comprehensive democratic fostering and personal development and in
accordance with pupils' age changing to an increasing degree from general to more study
and vocational knowledge. These aspects may be deepened through studies of the entry
of digital media into the subjects, not least in the democratic perspective and in the relation
between boys and girls fields of interest in the subjects. It is important to study the pupils
own driving force to improve themselves in digital media and the support they can be
The Relevance of Contemporary Art Education: Following Rhizomatic
Model of Artistic Practice as the Survival Strategy for the Art Educators
Orzelski, Izabella1
University of Alberta, Edmonton, CANADA
[email protected]
The visual art education is on a verge of becoming obsolete as many students view it as
an inflexible archaic 'tyrant'. The question: 'How to make art curriculum more relevant to
students?' has been intensively debated by scholars and art teachers arguing that
fundamental changes need to be necessitated in Art Education Program. Such changes
would require: 1) De-construction of the present art curriculum in terms of its subjects'
compartmentalisation; 2) Validation- corroboration of its most valuable and relevant
elements; 3) Neo-construction of the curriculum, as a visually conceptual melange of 'the
best from the past' with 'the new - contemporary' ideas and approaches. Such curricular
hybridisation would allow the introduction of a new aesthetic paradigm into the art
classroom, while simultaneously embracing conceptual underpinning of art assignments,
which, on their part, would heavily rely on the incorporation of new art forms and
techniques. As a result, new art projects will be introduced in the art classroom, that are
more compatible with the students' current patterns of thinking and interests. As of now,
the majority of the scholarly perspectives, however valuable they may be, have not
adequately addressed in the classrooms the methodology issue to properly implement a
new and updated art curriculum. My paper addresses the subject of Deleuzian rhizomatic
mode of acquiring knowledge as a plausible antidote to art education's stagnation and
inflexibility. It is concerned with the special attention to the translation of the art education
into a multidisciplinary art project approach, and with a strong conceptual base.
Specifically, my research looks into how the unique nature of rhizome eliminates the
reliance of teacher's binary choices in the art classroom, and thus initiates the formation of
multiplicity within the multimedia and multidisciplinary connections without relying on any
clearly established end result. Based on rhizome's aversion towards any organizational
and chronological structure, as related to students' visual perception, technical skills, and
conceptual abilities, acquired while working on art projects, I try to examine its influence
upon the contemporary methods of art teaching, which and the appeal to their interests,
and which reflects the reality of the present. In my paper, I argue that the conceptualization
of the rhizome is the only plausible solution to positively invigorate The Art Education
Program by introducing students to various aesthetic sources rooted in the contemporary
art practices. In summation, by closely examining the effectiveness of Deleuzian rhizome
as a platform to introduce necessary changes to the contemporary art education, my paper
will shed a new perspective on the not yet adequately acknowledged issue, of establishing
a New Art Curriculum, based entirely on Postmodern Principles, where the synthesis of
visual and conceptual art practices may become a dogma.
Museum Family Programs: A Pedagogy based on the Principles of the
Art of Tea in Japan and Implications for the Development of Democratic
Otaka, Miyuki1
The Open University of Japan, Chiba, JAPAN
[email protected]
Art museums are significant sites where multigenerational people can learn about art,
other people, and themselves. Family programs, which have been popular in museums
worldwide, can provide an excellent model for democratic education in any form. Based
on her studies in art-museum family programs and their participant families' daily lives in
the United States since 1997, the presenter will discuss the significance of both intrafamilial education and museum education for the family, with examples of her own recent
practices as a family-program instructor at an art museum in Tokyo, Japan. The presenter
has developed her own pedagogy for art appreciation and creation programs based on the
four philosophical principles of the traditional art of tea in Japan: “harmony” (wa), “respect”
(kei), “purity” (sei), and “tranquility” (jaku). According to tea pioneer Sen Rikyu (15221591), these are the essential of brotherly and orderly life. Rikyu invited a small group of
his guests from different social classes to his tea party or tea ceremony in a small room
where, with no discrimination, each individual appreciated a scroll painting and flowers
displayed at an alcove, the subtle smell of incense, the sound of boiling water, the texture
of a tea bowl, and the color and taste of sweets and tea. Also, all participants enjoyed
talking with each other about their thoughts. Thus, in the art of tea, “harmony” (wa) reads
as the gentleness of spirit, while “respect” (kei) is sincerity and the wish not to insult
others. “Purity” (sei) is to cleanse one's mind by cleansing the five senses, and
“tranquility” (jaku) connotes a simple, quiet, and peaceful atmosphere that is prerequisite
for reflective activities. Based on these principles, the Japanese tea ceremony enables its
participants to appreciate art individually and together. Hence, the process of the tea
ceremony invites each participant to understand art, others, and her/himself more in depth.
Inspired by these principles, the presenter will discuss how museum educators can
provide everyone, young and old, with several opportunities to experience art through art
appreciation and creation activities in an enjoyable and democratic atmosphere enriched
by each individual's senses and thoughts. The goal of this pedagogy is for diverse
participants to experience art and participate in a dialogue based on their own art
experiences in an inviting atmosphere so that they can utilize this pedagogical framework
for other educative occasions in their own lives anywhere anytime. This pedagogy is
particularly effective for current families here and there in the world. This is because the
results of the presenter's previous studies indicate that, today, family members do not
often understand one another due to the lack of conversations in their busy daily lives
even though adults are enthusiastic about the education of their children. Still, in any form
of education, the process itself is educative and important. Education within the family
often takes place through the process of interactions, particularly conversations among
family members. Adults do not often recognize the significance of conversations in intrafamilial education or the educative value of the process of conversations. This
presentation will urge a paradigm shift concerning the concepts and process of both intrafamilial education and art-museum family programs. Museum family programs should be
a site where museums and families learn from each other through a democratic dialogue
in a welcoming atmosphere. Through open-ended dialogue concerning both art and
participants' everyday interests, art-museum family programs should enhance both
personal and interpersonal education within the family, in which everyone is a learner,
learning from others and by her/himself. In this sense, the new pedagogy inspired by the
old principles of the art of tea in Japan can be applicable to the development of democratic
communities everywhere.
Visual Literacy and Mondrian School as Icon in Nowadays Art
Paeglite, Dace1
Pardaugavas Music and Art School, Riga, LATVIA
[email protected]
Research represents the story and bright visual materials about the Art Education project
and exhibition 'At least 28 and more…' realized in Latvia from 2012-2014 in Pardaugavas
Music and Art school, Riga. It was story about Mondrian school and abstractionism in
nowadays. The topic was activated at school mainly because stylization, abstraction and
harmony were viewed not only as a culturally historical category, but as a structured, lively
and present system that is seen in many basic forms of contemporary design and
architecture. Moreover in 2013 Daugavpils Mark Rothko centre was opened in Latvia
which is a multi-functional complex of contemporary art, culture and education. This fact
has motivated our school to research the abstractionism and its manifestations in the art
lessons. The research of the abstractionism is happening in the following ways: 1.The
getting acquainted with and depicting of the structure and elements of the geometrical
abstractionism; 2.The visualization and creating the time line; 3. Acquiring knowledge
about the school of Mondrian as the icon of abstractionism art; 4. Acquiring knowledge
about the meditative and emotional character of the abstract expressionism. It is
surprising, we discover in our conversations with children, in how many parts of our daily
lives we can discover things where we can recognize the influence of Mondrian school.
Then we start to be conscious that the word 'Mondrian' as such symbolize the discoveries
of a whole period of art history and has become an icon of terminology. We can prove the
connection to nowadays by calling, writing, grouping by topics, comparing and analysing
different words - terms, personalities, images and design products that sort of belong to
the modernism, but have not lost their currency today. Keywords: Mondrian school,
Methodogical examples, |Icon, Structure.
Places and Ways of Artist Teacher
Page, Tara1
Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK
[email protected]
The landscape of 21st century art education is one that is ever-changing, no matter the
country you live in or the language that you speak we will always be fighting our corner as
governments and politicians insist on playing with art education like children with toys; and
like toys we can be the favourite one day and then tossed aside the next. But how, within
this big picture of globalisation, GDP and economics, do we, Artist Teachers, not lose
ourselves; how do we develop, explore and sustain our ways of being Artist Teacher.
Thirty fellow Artist Teachers were invited to participate in a practice-based research event
to collaboratively map and critically reflect on their ways of Artist Teacher. These Artist
Teachers were those who have an established praxis and those who are at the beginning
of conceiving their theoretical, artistic and pedagogical practices as one. Through this
event a collaborative community of praxis evolved where questioning and disruption were
key to the ways Artist Teacher is performed and constructed and how within this knowing
and subsequent learning, an embodied sense of place and belonging, in both local and
global constructions of art education, is constructed. This research demonstrates that
these diverse places and ways of Artist Teacher are key in addressing the challenges and
opportunities we face as art educators but are also essential in pushing the what and how
of contemporary art education.
Diversity in the design education - Action research, examples from the
praxis, based on extensive international experiences
Pataky, Gabriella1
ELTE University TOK, Budapest, HUNGARY
[email protected]
The subject is a kaleidoscope of methods, themes, techniques and challenges. The
encounters of different cultures and ethnicities, as well as major models of design
education in the international history of education, form the basis of our project. Recent
research in educational studies help us, with reference to the achievements of teachers of
art working in the most diverse locations in the world, to optimize the development of
visual skills exercised in arts education. Children must be prepared for the challenges of a
world which changes at an ever increasing pace. Diversity also marks the social conditions
of children. Valuable practical experiences are particularly important in a consumer
society. While the title may suggest merely the presentation of the local peculiarities of a
small country, the presentation seeks to integrate diverse international experiences in its
account of object construction. Since 2003, the Hungarian National Core Curriculum has
prescribed the development of competencies. The essential aim of arts education is to
effect the reception or experience of works that belong to different fields of art through
action or hands-on activities. In the framework of visual education, this development is
carried out in three fundamental fields: expression-creation, visual communication, and
material and visual culture. It is in the latter that design education (the design and
construction of objects) is used most extensively. Its content and actual activities are
derived from traditional or folk craft techniques and the findings of reform pedagogy,
making it possible to develop special competencies in a complex manner. As part of a
European survey, (a survey of diversity in several European countries) of visual
competencies, we studied the construction skills of children aged 6-12. Within visual
education, we looked at the development of abilities that are utilised in object design and
construction, and made a diagnostic surway to define the minimal and optimal levels of
development that can be attained in the target age group. This inquiry is part of the
coordinated effort of the international ENViL research group. ENViL is a European
research group which aims to explore the different concepts of competences within
European Visual Art Education. The group's work is focused on differences and
commonalities in competency dimensions in European visual arts curricula. ENVil
operates in institutes, responsible for curriculum development, and in teacher training
colleges. It focuses on the issue of visual competences which students can learn in art
lessons. (ENViL is an acronym, meaning 'European Network for Visual Literacy'.)
Multicultural Art Education Diversity Visual Education Design Education Object design
Curriculum Competencies Construction skills Elementary school ENViL
Contested space between policy and pedagogy: teaching-artists in the
third space
Paterson, Rosalind1
Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University, Melbourne,
[email protected]
Artist-teachers model the process of authentic learning underpinned by pedagogy theory
and demonstrated by problem-based and project based collaborative learning. Research
evidence shows teachers that share developments in their practice, and model techniques
and tenets inherent in their discipline are in a strategic position to nurture learning potential
in their students. Increased survey testing, accountability measures and auditing
surveillance of pedagogy practices and schools impacts negatively impact on the arts.
There is mounting research evidence that the collaborative learning and experiential
learning has had to give way to teaching to the test to compete for ‘top tier’ status with
OECD, PISA, PERLS, TIMMS and NAPLAN scores. The arts are not tested in
international league tables on in NAPLAN surveys, and this adversely affects the status of
the arts pushing them further to the margins of curriculum. The in-visibility of the arts in
international test scores and Myschools surveys has had a tendency to mark the arts as
anti-productivity; a nation’s potential for prosperity appears by definition of testing for
numeracy and literacy competence, does not look to the arts. The datafication of education
leads to increased funding and support for math and science subjects and and associated
career paths. Curriculum theory research queries the neoliberal agenda on the direction
that education is being influenced by policy by numbers. Historically curriculum policy and
pedagogy theory have engaged in debate about what comprises an education. Capitalism
and democracy have conflicting aims regards equity and access to education. While neoliberal informed curriculum policy presents education as a commodity, and each student
an individual competitor, pedagogy theory has long dedicated itself to social equity as a
democratic right. Increased national survey testing, and international league tables
comparisons, means increased competition in classrooms; in society; globally. Neoliberal
policy agendas promote productivity and profitability on a global scale. I contend that the
domination of neo-liberal education policy over pedagogy theory and practice is a path to
the impoverishment of both powerful knowledge and Humanistic values from the
curriculum, hence the community. The artist-teacher is in a strong position to educate for
life-long learning and formal engagement in community debate demonstrating studio
habits of mind that align with authentic experiential pedagogy. Research shows that even
when the arts are mandated to be core-curriculum and when research indicates that
cognitive thinking advances standards scores, hence results on international tables
improve, employment prospects increase, and well-being is secured, the arts remain at the
margins of the curriculum around the world (Ewing 2010; Alexander 2012); Leonard &
Stewart 2009; Rabkin 2012; ) This paradox is a perplexing one which continues to fuel
age-old debates about what and why one gains an education: is it to gain employment
only, or is it as Socrates queried ‘to know thy self’. In a democracy both aspects of being
comprise a holistic education. As a post-graduate of fine-art from the University of Western
Australia, I remain deeply spirited on behalf of all my students to Seek Wisdom (UWA
Latin motto) and by Socrates’ salient insight chiselled into the walls of Hacket Hall. Artistteachers are a living example that a life-long education has always considered the
aesthetic of experiential learning and that this makes provision for equitable access to
discourses by which we come to ‘know thy self’, with respect to epistemic boundaries and
ontological possibility.
Art Education Programming(?): Computational Thinking and Making
Patton, Ryan1, Knochel, Aaron2
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, USA
[email protected]
When students play a video game or show each other their favorite smartphone app,
typically they are only able to discuss how the computer program appears or interacts with
the user, unable to describe or articulate how these programmed objects function. On the
other hand, art students can articulate firing processes in ceramics, how light and chemical
reactions work in darkroom photography, or how mixing of pigments affect the hue, value,
and chromatic intensity of paint. All of these are forms of technical knowledge that are
imperative to developing the skills of 20th century artists. However these are not the only
forms of technical knowledge that a 21st century artist might need. Art education research
has begun to include critique and analysis of digital objects through visual culture and
digital literacy, yet the field has stayed away from investigating how computer code can be
included in the art education curriculum. We believe that within the continuum of art
education's role in critically investigating the creation of objects (primarily visual), art
students should develop critical digital literacy that includes habits of computational
thinking, especially the ability to code as artistic practice. The inclusion of computational
thinking in art education curriculum is an attempt to harness digital materiality as both a
contested field of performative sociocultural meaning and a malleable substrate
foundational to critical digital making. This paper will investigate ways to understand digital
art more comprehensively, providing examples of how K-12 art students may develop their
digital literacy to include computational thinking and computer code. By recognizing how
early literature in art education and the learning sciences advocated for the creative use of
computer code, we argue coding is not just a technical practice, or a series of steps that
implement mathematical algorithms, but rather a process of design that is informed
through the habits of mind articulated as computational thinking. We warn that bifurcating
the digital arts into the media arts and visual arts, reinscribes resistance to computational
thinking and embrace the work of creative coding by negative perceptions of digital
immateriality and artistic agency. This resistance takes form by perceiving a material
absence and the nonuniqueness of digital objects and methods of making. This resistance
rooted in a material cynicism: the notion that physical touch is more authentic and
impactful for learning and experience. The digital materiality of something like software is
not tangible matter, but rather its material agency to interact with its human counterpart
accounts for certain character of materiality. Performativity is then a part of digital
materiality: a multiplied intersection of bodies and agencies that compose a substrate for
digital making. Finally we will highlight innovations in programmable media such as open
source and inexpensive electronic hardware (Arduino), 3D printing (Makerbot), and coding
languages that cater to artistic expression (IE: Scratch, GameMaker, Unity, Max,
Processing, Cinder, Open Frameworks) indicating a growing field of digital craft that is
shaping a new generation of creative makers. By focusing on the programming
environments Scratch and Processing, we will show how these forms of creative code
serve as examples for exploring computational thinking and programming for art educators
and art students at any age.
Ecodesign and Visual Arts: Bridges between university and ecological
Pedrosa Vasconcelos, Flávia1, Guimarães, Ricardo1, Pianowski, Fabiane1,
Vasconcelos, Danilson2, Rocha Ana Emödia1, Almeida Paulo, Vinöcius1,
Félix, Jamisson1, Souza, Kathianne1, Alencar, Renan1
Federal University of San Francisco Valley - UNIVASF, Juazeiro/BA,
Militar Police School of Petrolina - PE -CPM, BRAZIL
[email protected]
This works intends, using visualities of experiences at Ecodesign and Visual Arts :
Creative Industry in the Production of Sustainable Furniture at the University Project,
funded by the Dean of Extension at Federal University of San Francisco Valley - PROEX /
UNIVASF. Based on observation of the need for some furniture in spaces related to Visual
Arts course , the project was articulated purpose of creating furniture with recycled
materials and reusable that were found in university storage. Since March 2013, the
project team has been dedicated to studying, researching and designing objects that
combine utility, design and environmental concern . One of the concerns from the
preparation of this project was to develop sustainable furniture that can be used in
educational environments. As educational activities, the project aims to provide elements
that contribute to the training of teachers/artists/researchers anchored in contemporary of
visual arts teaching issues, with the articulation of theory and research processes of
creation and the teaching /learning. As methodological basis, are used the principles of
Research -led Practice in Creative Art (Cahnmann-Taylor; Siegesmund, 2008), the Multi ,
Inter and Trans ( MIT ) Proposal (Vasconcelos, 2011) , in addition to ecodesign. Researchled Practice in Creative Arts proposes readjust discarded materials redefining them in a
new product from the research and production of knowledge , dialoguing with the concept
of Ecodesign. The Internet was an important tool being used to search for product images
and design project , and for sharing data, such as a Facebook page and on Dropbox which
were made available texta and images to and from the project. In addition , research is an
important part in the development of new products, including that of shapes, textures,
colors. The trial cuts, shaping, bending, composition is beneficial in developing design
products . Thus, language acquisition is given by the ecodesign production sketches,
mockups and prototypes made with the material researched and collected by staff. During
the implementation of project activities in the first half were concerned with choosing
materials that provide durability to the pieces produced. All material used for the
production was ruled by the university funding or donated by the project partners. In the
first case are the wood , nails, tools, cardboard etc. In the second, are paper tubes, tissue ,
PET etc. Given the actions taken and the methodology used, it is possible to see that the
project has contributed to improving techniques and visualize the three-dimensional
design, expanding the participants' learning in the field of Visual Arts and Creative
Industries. The study has contributed to the construction of an ecological conscience,
including on the use that is made of recyclable materials and non-recyclable. While the
work has contributed to the understanding that an ecological attitude is feasible in
everyday life of ordinary people, It has contributed to reducing environmental degradation
in the region to demonstrate how materials discarded by a large institution, as an
university, can be reversed in a well with the production of mobiliary furniture.
Visual Image Analysis and Teaching Research on Innovative Realism
Peng, Li-Hsun2, Lai, Yi-Chen1
No.529, Zhongzheng Rd., Yongkang District, Tainan City 71002,Taiwan
Creative Design,123 University Road, Section 3,Douliou, Yunlin 64002,
[email protected]
With the advent of the era of knowledge-based economy, creativity is considered a
priceless and precious asset. Thus, it is necessary for todays teachers to create a highly
efficient integrated learning program that would enable students to develop independent
thinking, problem solving skills and innovative thinking. A sketch is a design basis for
creative activities that will help acquire keen observation skills and solid performance
techniques. However, traditional sketch teaching techniques are often limited to an
“additive form” of creative expression. As Michelangelo Buonarroti says, “One paints with
the head and not with the hands”. Based on the above information, it can be learned that
rational thinking can also be adopted in the painting process besides emotional thinking.
Therefore, this study aims to explore and bring innovation to teaching fast realism
sketching and to rethink the relationship among substrate, paper, sheathing material and
dry pigment. Using the latest painting techniques, the paint is initially applied on blank
paper to create and present texture instead of traditionally overlapping additive strokes
and scrubbing for highlighting display. The application of this new material enables
students to change the typical and traditional painting model while enjoying the process of
creating an innovative and realistic sketch using new techniques and materials. The
innovative painting processes are as follows: I. Creators should explore and consider the
texture of the painting to be copied and check the tools and materials available such as
like sharp, rough and special textures, to ensure in advance whether they are suitable for
creating a concave texture on blank paper which is similar to the painting to be copied. II.
Grind pencils into powder and apply on the paper with completed concave texture to
highlight the bright part and reverse type patterns of the painting. III. When the painting
shows a light-colored pattern texture, draw details using pencils to display light, shadow
and shade variations. Based on the study, the innovative teaching process does not only
give importance to students independent creative thinking but also enhances selfexploration and innovative thinking. In addition, innovative technique does not only change
students invariable copying of the theme, but also allows students to challenge the typical
creative process and bring flexible and innovative concepts to delicate and realistic
sketches using existing tools and materials. We, as teachers, should deeply reflect on the
importance of innovative teaching through this attempt and update of teaching.
A Research on Investigating the Modules of Innovation in Fashion
Design Education of Taiwanese Women Designers under the Influence
of Western Culture
Peng, Li-Hsun1, Hsueh, Chia-Hsin2
Graduate School & Dept. of Creative,NYUST,TAIWAN
Graduate School of Design Doctoral Program, NYUST,TAIWAN
[email protected]
Cross-Cultural design is a recent phenomenon that can be understood as design targeted
at a global audience, which aims to be consumed by different cultures. This paper
engages in a series of questions arising from the potentials of using innovation in fashion
design education in Taiwan. We will take Anna Sui, Anna Hu and Isabelle Wen as the core
cases to analyze and collaborate. As we know, these three women designers are too
important to represent different styles in contemporary design history. Hence, this study
realizes the in-depth implication and culture recognition of three women designers. In
addition, this study will analyze their work and their accomplishments using our personal
experiences as a cultural amalgam of East and West and referencing theories that include
Visual Literacy and Hybridity in the context of the times. It is the historical cause that
merged these divergent cultures and formed this exceptional culture over time. In addition,
this paper will be using documentary analysis and Phenomenography as the main
methodologies. By identifying us as a cultural hybrid, this research will focus on the merge
of divergent cultures through our retrospective accounts of our identity transition.
Furthermore, we believe that this present study, which investigates Anna Sui, Anna Hu
and Isabelle Wen will help us maintain a positive attitude in transforming the experience of
cross-culture into our unique asset. Finally, it concludes by suggesting possible
approaches fashion design students might pursue in acting globally, aiming to define
future directions for more professional and ethical design practice. Keywords: Innovation
in Fashion Design, Eastern Women Designers, Hybridity,Glocalization, Lobalization
Artificial-Life and emergent art practices: Changes in life, culture, and
contemporary arts education
Pérez Miles, Adetty1
The University Of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA
[email protected]
In the first decades of the 21st century, technology's prosthetic devices, from
communication technologies to emerging practices in social networking to cyber art and
activism permeate almost all aspects of society. The melding of human and machinesystem and the presence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or intelligent machines and Artificial
Life (A-Life), have provoked new philosophical debates about almost every aspect of life
and culture. Christopher Langton coined the phrase “Artificial Life.” Langton (1988) proffers
that A-Life is the study of human made systems that exhibit actions typical of natural living
systems. In the words of Mitchell Whitelaw (2006), A-Life researchers consider “aliveness” and “life itself, re-embodied in voltage and silicon” (Whitelaw, 2006, p. 5). In this
article, complexity theory is used to explore key concepts in Artificial Life research. Select
ideas and metaphors used in A-Life research are juxtaposed with the work of artist and
curator Arcángel Constantini (Mexico) in order to explore and analyze artistic practices
that create significant points of access to understand changes brought on by rapid
technological advances in society, for example, the entanglement of human and machinesystems, nature and artifice, Real Life (RL) and Artificial Life (A-Life), virtual reality in
cyberspace(s) and the “real” in the material spaces of the physical world, or the reality of
the Virtual ((Žižek, 2004). This article suggests that emergent art practices, such as
Constantini's art promotes, responds to, and creates new forms of A-life that are
connected to complex system. This intersection can help educators explore issues
surrounding new technology for its impact on the ways in which individuals conceptualize,
embody, and interact with art, the environment, and every day life. Inspired by Paolo
Freire's theories of critical pedagogy, it is further contended that Constantini's work is
useful to explore the tensions between theory and practice in art and pedagogy. The
invitation here, to artists, scholars, and other learners is to explore complexity, A-Life
research, and emergent art practices to link research and practice. These explorations can
lead to important insights about complex teaching and learning that result in critical
awareness and action. The dream of critical consciousness and of this research is that art
and pedagogical theories of practice forge viable spaces for shared reciprocity and
response-ability, i.e., the ability to respond to one another ethically. References Whitelaw,
M. (2006). Metacreation art and artificial life. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
ON TRACK #off_the_wall - Change as a method of renewal in
conference formats
Phillipson, Nicholas1, 2, Tofler, Sharon1, 3, Profilio, Karen1, 4
Visual Arts and Design Educators Association New South Wales, Sydney,
St. Patrick's College Strathfield, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
St. Clare's College Waverley, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
North Sydney Girls High School, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
What does it mean to be 'on track'? Is being on track about travelling on familiar
pathways? Or are we on track when we explore new terrain, new ideas and new
technologies? In 2013 the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association (VADEA) NSW
changed their traditional conference format. Breaking the boundaries of the walled
conference venue and VADEA encouraged participants to choose one of 8 tracks,
instigating a change in their mind set. The day involved visits to 3-4 venues per track,
which included stopovers at artists' studios, large and small-scale galleries, public spaces
undergoing redevelopment, high school art departments and an interactive interdisciplinary
theatre. Participants were challenged to move off track, out of their comfort zone and into
the zone of a much more active conference participant. Throughout this presentation we
will investigate one of these tracks, Off the Wall, in depth. This track was designed to
enrich art educator's knowledge of the contemporary artworld - its practices, preferences,
and priorities. The track focused on juxtapositions that we encounter in the 21st century
and in one way or another need to reconcile, even if for a short time. Traditional vs
contemporary art, Eastern vs Western aesthetics, skills vs concepts! Our Off the Wall track
began with a contemporary printmaking demonstration at the National Art School,
Darlinghurst, complemented by a tour of the working studios and the convict built prison
spaces. Next was a private studio and stencil and poster work tour led by Mini Graff, an up
and coming Sydney based street artist who ‘transforms an anonymous repetitive urban
landscape into a unique and personal aesthetic experience'. Building on these practical
experiences we then moved to investigating artists' works in the studio spaces in which
they work. We then visited two galleries, White Rabbit Gallery, a privately owned collection
of contemporary Asian art, viewing their latest exhibition 'Smash Palace'. The other, a
public owned contemporary gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in The Rocks
Sydney, where our focus was on Jeff Wall's engaging large-scale backlit cibachrome
photographs. In this particular session you will also learn how the track leaders adapted
and converted their track experience into innovative classroom programs. The presenters
reference the context of their own teaching environments, three very different High
Schools in Sydney, along with the agencies of the world, artist, audience and artwork into
the programs to challenge their students. Resulting programs focused on building practical
skills and working collaboratively while simultaneously enriching the students' knowledge
of contemporary art inter connections. ON TRACK #off_the_wall is the presentation for
you if this sortie into this world of opposites and your interests, go beyond the predictable
and into the aspirational.
The Artist in the Museum: drawing research and learning through
Poland, Amanda Andlee1, Curran, Tony2
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, AUSTRALIA
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
From the parallel perspectives of artist and museum, the authors discuss the development
of a recent art project by Tony Curran created in-situ at the National Portrait Gallery in
2013. The role and value of the artist in the museum is considered alongside the
relationship between art making, research, drawing and learning. As Long As You're Here
was a participatory portrait project hosted by the National Portrait Gallery in 2013 for the
duration of 33 days. In 2013 members of the Australian public were invited to sit for a
portrait for as long as they liked. The subject's level of participation determined the quality
of the outcome. This project built on a series of participatory projects by Curran conducted
as part of his studio research into portraiture and contemporary art. In addition to
participation, As Long As You're Here prompted revisiting of the pedagogical and research
potential of drawing in an increasingly deskilled contemporary art world. Drawing is a
signature element in many NPG programs which aims to encourage everyone to draw and
highlights the power of drawing to help people see, think, invent. NPG's approach raises
the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement The
initial proposal to engage visitors expanded organically, to extend to educators, students
and National Portrait Gallery staff. The integration of public and education programs is
considered in this paper as a way forward to working with artists in the Gallery context.
This project demonstrated that through careful aesthetic consideration participatory
projects can create new value for the institution, participants, and non-participating
audience members. Driven by the desire to create new value and transformative
experiences the goal is to design programming that has a deep and lasting engagement
with those it engages. Education/learning is at the centre of Portrait Gallery activities and
the Collection and temporary exhibitions are at the core of programming. Designing
compelling, valuable and accessible learning and public access program experiences is an
ongoing challenge. Working in-situ in the museum context, Curran's project aims matched
the Gallery's purpose to increase the understanding and appreciation of Australian people
‘ their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity’ through portraiture. Simultaneously
an artwork and public learning program, As long as you are here provided an experiential
learning engagement in the Gallery that enabled participants to engage in the project in
multiple ways with multiple roles with varying levels of commitment. Experiencing the
negotiated space between the artist and the sitter provides, as technologist Clay Shirky
argues for, “a plausible promise, an effective tool, and an acceptable bargain with the
[participants].” This kind of programming responds to a growing trend in contemporary art
towards event-based participatory art practices. While art has become increasingly
dematerialized and deskilled in the wake of conceptual practice, the development of oneoff experiential art forms has paralleled an institutional hunger for ever increasing public
engagement. Recent critical theories have bolstered this turn to discursive, relational or
participatory art forms with theorists Grant Kester, Nicholas Bourriaud and Claire Bishop
using these respective labels to describe socially oriented practices. Artists like Marina
Abramovic, Rikrit Tiravanija and Olafur Eliasson reflect these trends by staging process
driven works as live unfolding events where the audience's participation as co-producer is
the criterion on which their work can be judged. However these contemporary works
depend on images for documentation and demand a skill base for producing and
designing visual images. By incorporating drawing into participatory art practices As Long
As You're Here bridges a divide between traditional and contemporary art forms and it's
findings can be diversely applied in art practice, research and educational contexts.
Art education: A portrait to preserve
Power, Bianca1
Griffith University, Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
A quality education involves education in and through the arts. The benefits of
engagement in quality arts education for primary school students are substantial.
Research suggests, however, that the arts are taught infrequently and when they are
taught it is often to a less-than-quality standard. What is missing are accounts of what is
actually happening when the arts are taught, and what is working – what we should
preserve. This research begins to address this gap, reporting on a PhD study investigating
the practice of arts education in Australian primary schools. The findings in relation to
visual art will be presented here. Bamford & Glinkowski's (2010) Effect and Impact
Tracking Matrix (EITM) was used to frame and organise data derived from the research
questions according to nine effect and impact domains (personal; social; cultural;
educational; ethical; economic; innovation; catalytic; negative loss). Utilising the sorted
data, portraits were written detailing the nature of quality arts education professional
practices in the participating primary schools. Using portraiture methodology, this research
began with the assumption that quality arts education experiences are there to be found. A
dual-site case study was conducted in 2012 involving two distinctly different Australian
primary schools. The first was in a small, rural community in Victoria, a school with 83
students from Prep-6. The second, a large school of over 700 students from Prep-7,
situated in the Gold Coast's Hinterland, Queensland. In the Victorian school it was the
generalist teachers who were primarily responsible for teaching art, while in the
Queensland school, the 'specialist' art teacher was primarily responsible for students'
learning in art. Discussion is provided of what is happening, and what is 'working' in terms
of art education in these schools, concluding with recommendations for what is important
to preserve amidst arts education in primary school settings.
Touched by the Earth: Engaging in the arts through biodiversity and
environment in context at Bundanon
Preece, Mary1, Gray, Tonia2, Birrell, Carol2
Bundanon Trust, Bomaderry, AUSTRALIA
University of Western Sydney, Penrith, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
The experience of arts education beyond the four walls of the classroom is often limited for
regional communities, who, through economic and geographic disadvantage, are unable to
participate in arts enrichment programs. Bundanon Trust seeks to address this anomaly
through its regional schools programs. Located near Nowra NSW on the Shoalhaven
River, Bundanon Trust is a national cultural organisation, gifted to the people of Australia
by artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne in 1993.In 2010, Bundanon Trust piloted a
unique cross-curricular education program, Touched by the Earth, in the context of its rich
environmental, historical and cultural heritage. In 2013, this program has extended to three
regional high schools. Touched by the Earth is an immersive enrichment program for
gifted and talented secondary students. The year-long program, involves cross-curriculum
studies and research in geography, history and science enabled through the arts. The
students engage in the rich context of the properties, the Collection and the landscape of
Bundanon Trust over several visits, during different seasons of the year. The journey
through the property includes learning about bio-diverse ecosystems through visiting and
documenting different locations and vegetation communities. Using place-based
methodologies, students study flora and fauna during the day and night. They engage with
the Shoalhaven River, Arthur Boyd’s muse, through a kayak journey and overnight camp
at Bundanon with poetry and drawing activities culminating in the production of an artist’s
book and an individual project. Collectively, these unique educational experiences, allow
students to reflect on their connection to place and develop an appreciation for
Bundanon’s Genius Loci, expressed through artworks. In the wake of concerns about the
plight of the environment, schools are expected to provide students with the knowledge
and skills to cope with and act on the changing world around them. Touched by the Earth
provides the context for this to develop. A longitudinal research study by University of
Western Sydney, commenced in 2012, is monitoring how these unique experiences of
place and context impact student learning. There are implications for the students’
understanding of sustainability and global environmental issues developed through art
Professional diversity of early childhood educators in the field of visual
arts education
Pusa, Tiina1, Rusanen, Sinikka2, Mäenpää, Seija3
Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa, FINLAND
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FINLAND
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, FINLAND
[email protected]
In our presentation we focus on professional diversity in visual arts education in early
childhood education. As researchers and senior lectures we reflect our current research
project which creates co-operation in the field of arts in three organizations: Laurea
University of Applied Sciences, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the
University of Helsinki. In Finland the generalist educators who work in early childhood
education with children in age 0-6 are called kindergarten teachers. One may get the
qualification of kindergarten teacher through two routes: BA studies in pedagogical teacher
training at the universities or BA studies of social services at universities of applied
sciences. Our research problem is: how do the different professional backgrounds of
kindergarten teachers effect on their arts education practices? Our research questions are
i) what is the current visual arts education in early childhood education like and ii) what
kind of meanings do the different educational backgrounds bring to early childhood visual
arts education. The object of our research project is to reflect current pedagogical
practices. Our data is collected during the fall 2013 as case studies in six day care centres
in metropolitan area of Helsinki. Methods are observation, theme interview and reflection.
The interviewed kindergarten teachers have worked at least two years in day care centres
and implemented the national document ‘Curriculum Guidelines for Early Childhood
Education and Care’ (Stakes/THL 2003/2005) in their work. The reliability is guaranteed by
making interviews crossed: we do not interview our own ex-students. We analyse the
research data through five context layers which are connected to the expertise as visual
arts educators: personal professional identity, educational background, applying of the
national curriculum document, practices of certain day care centre and conception of child
in the visual arts education. We ask what kind of variation can be seen in the professional
identity of kindergarten teachers as visual arts educators. And further, how is the
conception of child constructed in visual arts education practices? And lastly: how do the
philosophical values and background of different kind of professional education effect on
the practices? The inspiration for this research project is a current survey, complemented
in Spring 2012, and focused on kindergarten teachers who work in day-care centres and
preschool classes in the metropolitan area of Helsinki. According to the study the
kindergarten teachers with pedagogical teacher education founded the definition “as
implementors of children’s culture and arts education” as an essential part of their
professional identity. There was a statistically significant difference between them and the
bachelors of social services. Less than a half of the BAs in social services found this
description suitable for them selves. The aim in our research is to critically reflect and look
behind these results. Critical reflection on practices of visual arts education in early
childhood education will construct better understanding in developing the national curricula
for early childhood education. Results of our research help also to make better curricula for
BA studies in arts education at universities. On the road we will face the question what is
high quality in arts education in early childhood education.
Lending a helping hand: Lessons to be learnt from young children's
home-based art experiences
Richards, Rosemary1
Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
During my doctoral research I was fortunate to be involved in four young children's lives,
and to develop an appreciation of their art-based interests as they shared their
perspectives on art experiences across diverse contexts. Over approximately one year, as
the children took and discussed their photographs of art experiences in their homes, early
childhood centre and schools I regularly visited them in each of these contexts. With
access to the children's perspectives I came to see how two boys and two girls (aged four
to five years old) sought and received support from their siblings and parents, in ways that
opened up possibilities for artistic growth rather than closing it down. I also saw
connections and disconnections between home, early childhood and school contexts and
the sorts of support they had at home and that which they had in educational settings. In
this presentation, using the children's photographs and comments, I will provide glimpses
into the ways the four children interacted with others through their art. This discussion will
prompt a consideration of roles teachers might take when actively engaging with children
through art experiences and how they might maintain closer connections between
children's family-based arts education and that which is experienced in school and early
childhood contexts.
Making connections: Visual arts programing in an interdisciplinary
precinct environment
Robinson, Pia1, Williams, Megan1, Leong, Jacina1, Coombs, Courtney1
Queensland Universtiy of Technology , Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
QUT Precincts provides management and development of QUT's public precincts across
two geographically separated sites - Creative Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove and
Gardens Point Precinct in Brisbane’s CBD - to maximise outreach activity. Over the last 12
years QUT Precincts has expanded considerably in terms of infrastructure and outreach.
What began in 2001 as Gardens Cultural Precinct at Gardens Point and included QUT Art
Museum and the Gardens Theatre, was added to in 2005 with the opening of the Creative
Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove. In 2009, further additions were made at Gardens Point
with the opening of the newly restored Old Government House including a gallery
dedicated to the work of William Robinson. In 2013, the renamed Gardens Point Precinct
opened its newest addition, The Cube in the Science and Engineering Centre - one of the
world’s largest digital and interactive learning environments. Outside of an annual
program of visual art and new media exhibitions, theatre programs and digital media
projects, QUT Precincts delivers a very active program of engagement activities for a
diversity of stakeholders including the immediate QUT community (staff and students),
school age students (P-12), industry and the broader community. The visual arts have
always, and continue to be, a focus for public programming. This paper will look at the way
in which the small team responsible for developing and delivering these programs have
collaborated and responded to the changing infrastructure of QUT Precincts to develop
innovative programs for school age students that embrace the diversity of contemporary
visual arts and new media practice, explore intersections with the fields of science and
technology and that place inquiry and creative thinking at the core of the audiences'
learning experience.
Cubic Reflections: An interactive cartography of the sensory, spatial
and ontological dimensions of tertiary learning environments
Rousell, David1
Southern Cross University, Lismore, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Cubic Reflections is a participatory arts-based research project that explores the sensory,
spatial and ontological dimensions of learning environments through mapping and creative
reflection. The project was initiated at Southern Cross University in 2013, when twelve
site-specific cubes were created and installed in locations across the disciplinary domains
of the Lismore campus in Northern NSW. The cubes were designed to form a network of
reflexive objects that could connect both human and non-human modes of existence within
an interactive cartography. Participants were invited to both activate and modify this
network, by mapping and reflecting on their own movements within and between the
twelve learning environments. The arts-based methodology developed for this project was
informed by recent work in the anthropology and geography of the senses, as well as
ecological philosophies associated with speculative realism. The research began with the
siting, creation and installation of cubes in specific locations, taking into account the
sensory and spatial dimensions of each site. Photographs were taken from the five faces
of the cubes in each location, then reversed, printed in high resolution, and adhered to the
respective faces of each cube. In this way, the cubes were literally used as surveying
instruments for reflecting the non-human elements of different learning spaces. The cubes
were then re-installed at each of the twelve sites, and a campus map was modified to
illustrate the cubes’ locations. Following this, staff and students from the university were
invited to participate in the project by navigating between each of the cubes, reflecting on
each site through words, drawings and photographs, and transcribing their movements
across the campus on the map provided. Participants were not primed in any way as to the
implied meaning or significance of the work, but were rather encouraged to reflect
creatively on their own experiences of the spaces through which they traveled. As a result,
each participant interpreted and modified the project in a different way, providing
responses that were personal and authentic rather than predetermined by research
questions. One participant wrote a poem for each of the twelve locations, tying together
observations of the surrounding flora and fauna with snippets of conversation overheard
through classroom windows. Another created a virtual map of the project using a
smartphone, replete with GPS coordinates, photographs and reflections on each cube and
location. Yet another participant produced a complex drawing of her movements around
the campus without lifting her pencil from the paper. In this way, the project successfully
generated a multi-layered cartography of learning environments across the campus, as
well as a deeper awareness of the relationships between humans and non-humans within
those spaces. A significance finding in the varied responses is that they fit closely with the
original intentions of the project, even though those intentions were never made explicit to
the participants. This suggests that the outcomes were achieved not through linguistic
elicitation, but rather through a vernacular of design that was embedded in the artwork
itself as a form of pedagogy. This presentation provides an overview of the Cubic
Reflections project through examples of the various texts, images and artifacts that make
up its cartography. An analysis of the sensory, spatial and ontological dimensions of the
project is also presented, including the implications of the project as ‘applied philosophy’.
The significance of these findings is then posed and offered to the audience for discussion,
with a view to informing subsequent iterations of the project.
Meyerhold, Myth and Truth in Acting: Sustaining Drama Education
Roy, David1
Universityof Newcastle, Newcastle, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper argues that there is a need to rethink perceptions of representation, meaning
and identity in performance and education of the dramatic arts in western society; for
drama education to be sustainable in a modern multicultural society. The paper will focus
on the perceptions of truth in performance and the basis upon we structure such objective
truths. The American adoption of Method acting; the most powerful ideal of acting
personified by Hollywood and tertiary acting schools, with a basis in post-Stanislavski
style; is challenged through a qualitative exploration of recent publications on the
resurgence in physical theatre styles such as Viewpoints, Meyerhold and Theatre
Anthropology, These texts take their position of theatrical performance and training with
greater emphasis placed upon ritual and world theatre rather than purely the white,
paternalistic, western tradition. Through the analysis of performance systems, the myth of
what acting means will be discussed; and the connections between performance, ritual
and truth. The implication is that we must move our curricular thinking for secondary and
tertiary drama education to a more diverse and flexible interpretation of ‘successful’ acting
skills if drama is to remain sustainable in the modern multicultural world. Key words:
drama; education, representation, ritual
Community Perceptions of School Students' Art Work
Ryan, Maureen1
Victoria University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper will tell some of the story of Gallery Sunshine Everywhere, a small not for profit
organizaion that has been exhibiting the art work of pre, primary and secondary school
students in a western suburban cafe in Melbourne since 2007. During that time, over
seventy curated exhibitions have been held. The exhibitions combine the formality of
framed work and opening events with the accessibility of the cafe space. All work is
photographed and included in the Gallery section of the web site
There are two phases in the research which will be reported in this presentation. Members
of the Gallery Sunshine Everywhere email list have been invited to view the Gallery
section of the website and to complete a questionnaire covering aspects of the context of
Gallery Sunshine Everywhere and of a range of research findings around perceptions of
school students' art work. As well, visitors to the cafe will be invited to complete a similar
questionnaire in relation to the exhibitions held between March and June 2014.
In describing five ways in which art projects can improve struggling communities, Borrup
(2009) lists the following : promotion of interaction in public space, increased civic
participation through celebrations, engagement of youth in the community, promotion of
the power and preservation of place and broadening of participation in the civic agenda.
Others like Matarasso (1997) and Merli (2002) have problematised issues around
"enjoyment", "telling stories", "active engagement" as familiar phrases used by artists who
work in community settings.
As well, debates continue about the value of the arts in relation to higher school
motivation, engagement in class, self-esteem and life satisfaction.
This study attempts to extend documentation of the story of Gallery Sunshine
Everywhere while contributing to research about perceptions of school students' art within
the broader framework of community art.
Experiencing becoming through filmmaking in the digital age
Ryoo, Anna1, Grauer, Kit1
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
[email protected]
The aims of this research were to further gain understandings in the benefits of a new
media arts curriculum in economic and social terms and to further contribute in creating a
discourse on how it can potentially encapsulate many of the aims of arts education and
literacy education as young people's lives are increasingly mediated by digital
technologies. This case study examines new possibilities and understandings experienced
by the youth participants and their mentors during their two-week long Director's Program
at The Gulf Island of Film and Television School (GIFTS) in Canada. One of the unique
qualities of this research site is that the students and their mentors live and work together
for the entire duration of GIFTS' programs, teaching, learning, and sharing from one
another, a condition that is similar to that of residency for professional artists. As a result,
GIFTS provides a place for the emergence of new understandings and artistic possibilities
for the youth participants and mentors in ways that sets them apart from most other
community-based media production learning sites. This presentation will discuss how
every stage of collaborative filmmaking process, from brainstorming to final editing, as well
as the seemingly insignificant moments in between played a vital role in not only the youth
participants' but also mentors' understanding of their own identities in this unique
pedagogical site. An analysis of one of the productions is offered in this paper to provide a
further insight on some of the potentials and limitations of looking at youth production as a
representation of their voice. The complexity we discovered within the findings of this study
reminds us as educators and researchers that inquiry into the lived experiences of youth
participants and mentors refine understandings of teaching and learning and offers an
understanding of how such collaborative, creative engagement influence their
conceptualization, negotiation and participation around issues of identity and culture. The
data for this study was collected through field observations, interviews, pre-production
texts, such as storyboards, scripts, and screenplays, visual documentation, and postproductions. Dr. Kit Grauer, an associate professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the
University of British Columbia, has worked and published extensively in the areas of art
teacher education, community-based art education, and images-based methodologies,
and has considerable experience in interviewing, data analysis, and video production.
Central to this study is her work on place-based education and a series of studies on
adolescent identity and place (Grauer, 2002; Grauer & Irwin, 2005), as well as her
expertise in how new media influences the construction of student and teacher identity
(Grauer, 1999b, 2003; Castro & Grauer, 2010). Grauer's research on new media and
community-based sites of learning and the implications for art education will underscore
this proposed study. Anna Ryoo, a graduate student of the Department of Curriculum and
Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, is also a secondary school visual and
media arts teacher and an artist. This paper is co-written with Dr. Kit Gauer based on the
research conducted over the summer of 2013 as a research assistant for Dr. Kit Grauer
who is the Principal Investigator of SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada) funded research titled, 'Citizens of tomorrow: Investigating the Impact
of community media arts practice on marginalized urban youth.'
Program Framework and Strategies for Student Artist Formation: The
De La Salle University Model
Samodio, Glorife1
De La Salle University, Manila, PHILIPPINES
[email protected]
The De La Salle University Culture and Arts Office in Manila, Philippines, was established
in 1988 as the university’s response to formally recognize and harness the various student
arts-related organizations. The Office dedicates itself to promoting a well-balanced nonformal education of culture and the arts for the Lasallian community. It envisions itself to
be a pioneering academe-based culture and arts development resource championing
cultural stewardship and artistry as catalysts for social change. It commits itself to the
holistic formation of Lasallians, integrating faith-life, leadership and community
engagement towards social transformation. The office cultivates the talents of artistically
inclined Lasallian students through its different cultural organizations in the field of dance,
music, theatre, film and broadcast arts. It provides cultural and artistic programming,
including artist development, formation and promotion, developing student artists and
future role models who imbibe the Lasallian guiding principles. It advocates the
engagement of the community, through meaningful activities, to help promote the deeper
importance of humanities in everyday life. It also commits to develop culture and arts
research and technology development in the academe through developing a rich body of
literature in Filipino arts and culture, with the end goal of strengthening nationalism and
fostering peace and understanding. The office champions the principle of CULTURA, as
one of the institutional values. CULTURA is defined by the institution as man’s regard for
humanity, manifested through the promotion of pluralistic culture, appreciation of art, love
of Things Filipino and genuine care for the environment. This value aims to be instilled to
its students to eventually fulfill the vision of achieving Lasallian excellence in the arts. In
DLSU, the Culture and Arts Office (CAO) serves as the managers, caretakers and
promoters of the arts in the campus. Under its wing are the several performing arts groups
and production/administration volunteers. Moreover, the office is in charge of ensuring that
all its programs are geared towards achieving a good balance of artistic excellence,
audience development and public accountability/financial stability. It teaches these
concepts to its student artist groups for their further development in sustaining their
organizations and their craft. Likewise, arts management is treated as an integral part of
the development of its artists’ well-being. In the course of the formation program, these
concepts are intended to be established among artists: 1) that the arts is not just their endall and be-all; 2) that artists should be beings grateful to its Creator for the talents
bestowed upon them; and 3) that these given talents should be honed to achieve artistic
excellence. The concept of social responsibility as citizens of the nation and as brothers
and sisters to the poor are also harnessed, for them to find a deeper meaning of how their
art functions in a bigger scale by affecting the society. The holistic formation program
framework for the student artists was conceptualized to incorporate and contextualize the
Lasallian guiding principles in the practice of its homegrown artists, while introducing the
valuable concepts of arts management in CAO’s student formation programs. Strategies
and activities particular to each facet of formation: the artistic orientation, organizational
orientation and social orientation, shall also be shared in the presentation.
Innovative Program for Teachers' Training in Cultural Education
Samson, Lourdes1
Miriam College, Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
[email protected]
The process of preparing teachers for their teaching profession is significant. A training
program for teachers is more than the acquisition of skills. It involves as well an attitude
that values continuing education. It allows a receptivity to change especially in a milieu
when the very nature and purpose of formal education as a preparation for livelihood and
the real world adaptability is in question. This program on culture education is an
accredited art/culture curriculum for thirty (30) selected public schools art teachers in
Metro Manila. The program consisted of seven areas on art and culture namely: Philippine
Arts, Culture and Society, Arts Appreciation 1 & 2, Philippine Music with Pedagogy,
Philippine Visual Arts with Pedagogy, Research in Art and Culture and Cultural Resource
Management. Focus of this research paper is on training of elementary art teachers in
cultural education curriculum. The teachers' training program runs for two summers and
covered both subject mastery as well as pedagogical techniques for teachers. It consists
of curriculum development, pedagogical skills enhancement and technology integration
into curriculum through lectures, art /dance workshops and cultural mapping field activities.
The proposed program design seeks to be responsive to change, especially in the
diminished role of cultural education in the curriculum priorities. Enhancing the value of
culture as a must know component of basic education and its possibilities in improving
learning skills provide a new paradigm for teachers' training program. The concept of
continuous learning even in a profession one already performs is a way to achieve
excellence. Continuity in upgrading and enhancing skills provides a competitive
advantage in art education especially in the context of challenges to its relevance as an
area of learning.
The value and meaning of craft at home
Sato, Maho1
Chiba University, Chiba, JAPAN
[email protected]
This study explores the value and meaning of craft activities at home in Japan. The main
aim of this research is to understand what, how and why something is made by nonprofessionals at home. In this research, craft is defined as creating objects skilfully and
beautifully through the manipulation and control of materials, tools equipment and
processes. Japan has strong traditions in craft education at schools as well as in the
society. However, it is changing. The educational comparative research identified the
decline of craft education at primary and lower secondary schools in Japan and England
(Sato, 2010). In both of countries, there was a strong emphasise on developing children's
creative thinking skills rather than making skills in policies. The research identified some
practical problems to conduct craft education at school, for example, lack of authentic
materials and tools, and shortage of time. The research concluded that formal schooling
might not be the best place for craft education. However, hobby crafts (making at home)
are in fashion in the society. According to Williams, the numbers of craft consumers who
are willing to do Do It Yourself (DIY) in England was increasing in 2008 (Williams, 2008).
From my experience this is also the case in Japanese society. They do DIY for pleasure
and to express their identity, not for economic reasons. This kind of craft is essentially both
made and designed by the same person who typically brings skill, knowledge, judgment
and passion to their work. There is a need to investigate craft activities at home so as to
explore the meaning and value of craft at home. The research method is case study. The
main data collection instruments are semi-structured interview and observation. Three
people who are engaged in making at home (sewing and knitting, photography, cooking
and farming) were interviewed and their practices were observed. The significance of
home-based craft in a contemporary arts education will be explored and discussed. This
study is at the stage of data collection. I am going to present some tentative findings from
this research.
Community pedagogy: (Re)contextualizing the narrative of teaching and
Schlemmer, Ross1
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA, USA
[email protected]
In the United States, we often consider art education through a narrow conception of the
artist. University art education programs continue to rely upon departments of fine arts for
providing pre-service art teacher content knowledge. This purpose of this study is to
explore the diverse purposes of art education and to consider effects of (re)contextualizing
practices within culture and community. It examines what role the visual arts can play
within this context and ultimately it explores the implications for the way we prepare art
teachers. Emphasizing a social and ethical aesthetic, critic Suzi Gablik suggested that the
community artist is an example of an artist that has resisted the values of the marketplace
and used his or her skills in the service of the community, arguing “any artist in
contemporary society who sets out to create values must engage actively with the outside
world” (2004, p. 63). Rather than to maintain the privileged voice of the artist, Giroux
advocated for the construction of diverse critical public spheres through a revitalized sense
of pedagogy; “this means understanding pedagogy as a deliberate attempt on the part of
cultural workers to influence how and what knowledge, identities, and social relations are
constructed within varied sites of learning” (1995, p. 8). A community pedagogy
reconsiders the role of the teacher as well as that of the artist. Education in the United
States is characterized by testing and standardized outcomes, and bears little relevance to
the culture and the community that surrounds both students and teachers; “The structure
of these schools encourages pedagogy that is efficient, predictable, and detached from
student and teacher interests. [As a result] schools are often uninteresting and uninspiring
places for both teachers and students” (Graham, 2009, p. 85). Community art provokes a
deeper understanding of the purposes of art, and how it can be utilized as an effective tool
to catalyze social change. A community pedagogy connects the philosophies of art and
education to the larger sphere of social justice. Consequently, the contextualization of the
arts within culture and community has distinct implications for what we teach and the way
we teach it. Art education through a community context can help teachers and students
develop relationships through which we come to understand ourselves and others
(Anderson & Milbrandt, 2005). Consequently, learning experiences can be created for preservice art teachers that focus not only on the creating of art, but rather upon the
experience of collaboration between people. In this context, the teacher is no longer the
only one who teaches, but rather is also one who is taught through interaction with the
students and with the community. This study examines the reflections of pre-service art
teachers—who are predominately fine arts majors—and how their experiences within the
community may have (re)shaped their conceptions of teaching and learning. Informed by
Service-Learning and contemporary artistic practices that emphasize participation and
collaboration, the knowledge and understanding of community arts practices for these preservice teachers was constructed through experience and interaction with the community
that encompasses prevailing societal and cultural influences. This study initially is based
upon observations, reflections, and interviews of pre-service art education students. This
presentation also proposes a subsequent longitudinal study to determine which roles are
reflected in their classroom practices. Addressing issues of social justice and
empowerment are significant not only in the U.S. but across the globe. Communities and
organizations have the potential to benefit from Service-Learning and the community arts
through enhanced educational opportunities on local, national, and international levels by
helping students to become civically engaged. This presentation also suggests a model for
informing cross-cultural understandings of community pedagogy, participation, and
collaboration. It presents the opportunity to develop socially relevant programs for use in
the teaching of art that include community, social justice, democracy, collective
responsibility, activism, and equity - amongst others - that challenge our perceptions of art
education. References Anderson, T. & Milbrandt, M.K. (2005). Art for life: Authentic
instruction in art. New York: MacGraw Hill Companies, Inc. Gablik, S. (2004). Has
modernism failed? (2, rev ed.). New York, N.Y.: Thames & Hudson. Giroux, H. A. (1995).
Borderline artists, cultural workers, and the crisis of democracy. In Becker, C., & Wiens, A.
(Eds.), The artist in society: Roles, rights, and responsibilities. Chicago: New Art Examiner.
Graham, M. A. (2009). How the teaching artist can change the dynamics of teaching and
learning. Teaching Artist Journal, 7(2), 85-94.
Art as social practice
Schlemmer, Ross1
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA, USA
[email protected]
Artists have assumed a variety of roles in society and directed their work towards
divergent purposes. Critic Suzi Gablik (2004) argued “the more closely we examine the
pursuit of freedom in modern society, the more we come up against an unacknowledged
split between our ethical and our aesthetic standpoints” (pp. 90-91). This new terrain of
consciousness refers to the intent of the artist shifting beyond a narrow focus on creative
self-expression or conforming to the aesthetic demands of the marketplace, to emphasize
the greater needs of others within a social context that gives such art its meaning beyond
traditional aesthetics. Art as social practice emphasizes a new sense of consciousness
that is both socially responsible and ethically sound, and goes beyond merely promoting
aesthetic quality to contribute to the quality of life. One of the myths about the artist is that
his or her role is separate from ordinary human activity, and that “artworks are things that
do not have a function, except, perhaps, to give aesthetic pleasure” (Van Laar and
Diepeveen, 1998, p. 2). What matters more with contemporary views of the role of the
artist is to be critical rather than to be ideological. Emphasizing a social and ethical
aesthetic, Gablik suggested that the community artist is an example of an artist that has
resisted the values of the marketplace and used his or her skills in the service of the
community, arguing “any artist in contemporary society who sets out to create values must
engage actively with the outside world” (2004, p. 63). The community artist demonstrates a
greater critical awareness of his or her social role that is not the result of an autonomous,
self-contained individual focused on self-expression, but rather upon a dialogical structure
that results from collaborative and interdependent processes. The artist in a community
context seeks to connect to their constituent communities through practices that create a
critical consciousness and provide ideas, solutions, and structure for change to establish
political, social, as well as artistic validity. Particularly in the context of the classroom, we
should examine the social roles that characterize how artists function in society. For
example, one of the goals of the community artist is to ‘transform society,' while others
may choose to ‘investigate the formal properties of color.' These divergent views of the
artist are grounded in different cultural discourses, and each “constructs the artist as an
individual in a particular way, and each view of the artist corresponds to specific
institutions that mediate the role of the artist in society” (Gaztambide-Fernandez, 2008, p.
235). The various roles of the artist cover a diverse range of human activities,
consequently it becomes difficult to uncover one universal characteristic that can define its
conception. It thus becomes critical to examine the construction of the image of the artist in
culture by institutional and discursive formations. This “revisoning” of the role of the artist
has profound implications for art education on local, national, and international levels.
Even when art teacher education programs prioritize this model of artistic practice, the
reality is that public schools in the United States do little to support the integration of these
practices; art teachers who become teachers in public schools are often expected to
adhere to an existing curriculum model that represents a more traditional view of the artist.
Through a more critical form of pedagogy, Giroux suggested that the role of the teacher is
to defy “the specialized, parochial knowledge of the individual specialist, sage, or master
ideologue” (1995, p. 12). At issue is the necessity to develop a collective vision that
articulates the relationship between the artist and the teacher. McCall & Simmons (1966)
argued that the individual might be the primary author of his or her own identity, yet
conceded, while “personal elaborations of these conventional contexts are exceedingly
important they represent, in most cases, variations on culturally established themes” (p.
70, cited in Zwirn, 2002, p. 37). What I am suggesting through this presentation is a
(re)articulation of the roles through a more complex representation of identification that
reflect a broader vision of both the artist and the teacher. The challenge becomes how to
help pre-service art education students develop a sense of identity that critically examines
the values, beliefs, and ideological construction that confine the role of the artist and the
teacher in society and in education.
The meaning of meaning in art education
Schönau, Diederik W.1
[email protected]
What makes ‘art’ in school special that we have made it a school subject and have
products we like to call ‘art’, not just a ‘product’, an ‘illustration’, a ‘sign’ or a ‘visual image’?
In this presentation the issue of ‘meaning’ in work made by students will be addressed,
and suggestions will be given how to learn students of all ages to make studio work that is
‘meaningful’. When inviting students to make studio work, many instructions can be
formulated, including criteria on which the work will be assessed. The assignment can vary
from executing work according to strict prescriptions of the teacher, to making work in
which the students have all freedom to make their own choices. Both extremes reflect
educational positions with regard to what we wish students to learn when they are working
in the art lesson at school. In most cases it is the teacher who decides on the assignment,
as the assignment is exemplifying the curriculum and the vision of the teacher with regard
to learning in art. On the other hand the motivation of the students is crucial to make their
learning efficient and effective. But motivation is not the only reason to pay attention to
how students will be addressed by their teacher. What is more important is personal
involvement of the students. This relates to more than to please the teacher, to work for
good grades or to understand the relevance of what is learned. What really matters is art
education and in art in general - is to learn students how to give form to meaning.
Teachers can think of many ‘meaningful’ tasks, but meaningful to whom? And what do we
mean with ‘meaning’? In art education, as a school subject, to become relevant, the
individual interests, qualities and feelings of students are addressed – or should be
addressed. This approach is the unique potential of the arts as educational subjects. But to
develop those interests, qualities and feelings the content of what is done should be
‘meaningful’ to the students. Assignments in art education should therefore relate to
meaning that is personal and relevant for students. What students have to learn in the arts
is to give form to personally relevant meaning. These meanings can relate to personal and
social issues, to feelings, to experiences, to sensory experiences, etc. This approach is
most close to what artists do in their artistic life. Like in the art profession, basic skills and
knowledge are essential, but only as neutral means that can be used to give form to
meaning. At the same time the art making process is more than executing an assignment
according to prefixed, externallly administered guidelines. To arrive at art education that is
more meaningful to students, the students should learn to take the lead in deciding what to
make, how to make it and how to assess the results of their work. This approach includes
two notions: learning as an active way of students to develop their own artistic skills, and
the ability of the student to think ahead about the criteria that match the goals students
have in mind. Based on these notions the theory on developmental self-assessment is
taken as a point of reference. A fundamental aspect of this theory is the notion that
students have to learn to work with the concept of ‘meaning’. It relates to their personal
point of view or reason to make a work, and their choice with regard to what and how they
wish to visualize this meaning. When connected with the inborn tendency of students to
investigate, compete and compare, the learning to give form to meaning can be connected
with the learning to improve. Is this theory and approach reflecting a continuity in our
thinking on art education, or is it a change with regard to many current practices and ideas
in art education?
Are we stifling their creativity? Provoking arts learning conversations
with educators
Selkrig, Mark1, Bottrell, Christine2
Victoria University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Abelle22: Research Evaluation Learning and Development, Albury,
[email protected]
Arts education provision in schools is often cited as one of the casualties of the Global
Education Reform Movement (GERM) (Sahlberg 2012, April 2) and assertive learning
paradigm (Clough 2010). These perspectives dominate current educational discourses in
many parts of the world and are premised on hierarchical, compliance regimes which
focus on performativity, targets, standards, and reductionism, where knowledge/ skills
transfer is gauged through measurable outcomes. The increasingly entrenched focus on
such processes and perceived ways of learning, along with what is considered worthwhile
knowledge and intelligence continues to narrow, particularly within educational systems
(Gilmour 1986; Robinson 2001). The diverse ways in which understanding and knowing
emerge through Arts learning are not so easily contained within parameters of managed
outcomes. Consequently the learning that occurs through and in the arts is often held in
less regard to other knowledge, which is perceived by decision makers and those who
implement policy as more worthwhile. The time dedicated to arts learning in school
curricula across many education systems at best remains static or contracted, and at worst
has been removed completely from the formal part of a school day. While a justification is
often provided that more time is required to focus on the ‘essentials’ and meet literacy and
numeracy outcomes, a body of evidence continues to build around the impact the arts and
arts rich learning environments have on the development of young people. Arts rich
learning has been shown to benefit young peoples’ capacities; ranging from active
engagement in the school environment through social and academic achievement to
positive impacts on learning across discipline areas of the curriculum (Deasy 2002; Ewing
2010; Fiske 2000; Hunter 2005; McCarthy et al. 2004; Vaughan, Harris & Caldwell 2011).
As the space remains increasingly fragile for arts learning in school settings with
education becoming more GERM-like, Hargreaves (2000) has identified that educators are
required to develop new skills and teach in ways they are not necessarily familiar with. In
the current climate educators are also increasingly expected to consider concepts such as
partnerships, engagement, curiosity and creativity in their teaching and learning
approaches with young people. Curriculum documents emphasis creativity and creative
learning, although creative approaches to learning and teaching, and in particular what
creative learning is, continues to be unclear for educators. With mounting pressures and
perceived time constraints teachers struggle to address certain curriculum elements.
Educators confidence to teach curriculum areas such as arts can also be low (Bottrell
2000; Caldwell & Vaughan 2012; Oreck 2004; Russell-Bowie 2012). In this paper we
report on an innovative methodology that was developed and implemented for a project
based on connected understandings of creativity and creative learning. The project
explored how teachers of Arts education and the principals in a large P-9 school in
Victoria, Australia described and understood creativity, creative learning and Arts learning.
This research was conducted as a pilot study, and the methodology was designed to be
responsive to the views and ideas of participants. Along with exploring understandings of
creativity, creative learning and arts learning an aim of pilot project was to also trial the
(usefulness) efficacy and replicability of the design for research in other school settings.
Data collection involved survey, collegial conversations, email prompts and reflective
journaling. Throughout the project careful attention was paid to establishing, weaving and
maintaining respectful relationships, clear protocols and communication between all
involved. Amongst the findings from the project most of the educators involved in the
study described how the methodology was effective in allowing them to respond in both
diverse and personal ways - creatively. The participants also recognised that there is no
ideal time in a school environment for ongoing data collection, and in order to gather rich
data good communication is required and the time and ongoing energy from participants
and researchers is vital to success. The methodology, adopted for this project in
summary, was succinct and efficient yet allowed for the gathering of abundant, meaningful
data. As part of the methodology teachers were encouraged to share aspects of their
journals with each other in collegial conversations which resulted in some staff at the
school wanting to initiate ‘creative planning time’ together. This distinct “outcomes free”
planning time appealed to many involved in the project as the ultimate in professional
development. Our presentation will examine and reflect on the methodology used in this
study. In order to explore future creative possibilities for this methodology we will be
encouraging discussion and feedback from the audience.
Researching the role of popular iconography and of the book form as
text in contemporary Indian art education
Sharma, Manisha1
The University of Arizona, School of Art, USA
[email protected]
This presentation describes a community-based artmaking project in northern India,
questioning: How can art making be used as an alternative model of communication that
subverts the perceived superiority of the written text in a worldview that continues to focus
on the 3 Rs -reading, (w)riting, (a)rithmatic- in education? The project also asks: How does
such a dialogic process reflect on and allow deconstruction of contemporary Indian visual
culture? Framed as a critical ethnographic study, this project is presented as an
investigation of how the production of art and crafts might be successfully employed as a
tool for promoting critical reflection and dialogue among Indian populations whose voices
are excluded in history and opinions omitted in mainstream cultural production.
Specifically, the study looks at the form of the book as text, and as a form of craft in
traditional Indian education systems. The project also looks at the use and of iconography
-a powerful tool in traditional Indian aesthetics - in promoting visual literacy in
contemporary education. The study is framed within critical pedagogy and postcolonial
theory, and references contemporary craft education programs in India in re-thinking (art)
teacher education and preparation. The project described in this presentation engages
largely with informal education, but the presenter will draw connections between traditional
and emergent approaches to teaching art and craft in both formal and informal venues,
and in implications for visual social literacy. In presenting the outcomes of the workshop,
including its limitations, the researcher reflects on how Cultures of Silence (Frieire, 1970)
might be recognized within existing educational programs and teaching practices, both in
terms of potential audiences, as well as art and craft educators. As such, the presentation
addresses all three of the conference's themes: Continuity (of traditions) within Contexts
(of craft, literacy, and social agency) of Change (in approaches to teacher preparation, and
teaching of traditional craft practices and belief systems).
Been there, not done that yet: Rethinking popular themes in
multicultural art education
Sharma, Manisha1
The University of Arizona, School of Art, USA
[email protected]
In this presentation, I recount my revision of a high school photography curriculum, based
on a requirement to teach high school students in Mexico City about Frida Kahlo on the
occasion of the Frida Kahlo Centennial. In describing my construction of a critical
photography curriculum, I describe a strategy of engagement that allowed my students to
approach standard content in art history within contexts relevant to them, both personally
and socially. In considering critical thinking about locality of context, the curriculum drew
upon aspects of multiculturalism, civic engagement, and feminism. In employing an
amalgamated approach to curriculum building, the project allowed students a broader
sense of ownership in decision-making regarding concept and technical execution. In
describing this project and sharing student work and responses, I clarify my own thoughts
and questions as an art educator, about ideas of place and space in inter-nationally and
multi-culturally relevant topics and histories in art and education.
The Case Comparison of Figural Forms and Creative Roles of ATTA in
Taiwan and Finland
Shen, Tsui-Lien1, Ruokonen, Inkeri2, Lai, Jiin-Chyuan3, Tsai, Ming-Chang4
National Formosa University, Yunlin,TAIWAN
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FINLAND
Transworld University, Yunlin,TAIWAN
National Chiayi University, Chiayi, TAIWAN
[email protected]
It has been widely recognized that creativity is the vital ingredient that needs to be
cultivated if we are all to survive and flourish in this 21st Century. One of the best ways to
nurture creativity is through arts education. The study is aimed to compare the differences
of Abbreviated Torrance Test for Adults (ATTA) for figural response results and creative
roles from the undergraduate and graduate students in Taiwan and Finland. ATTA is a
standardized test to measure adults creativity competence, including one activity of verbal
form assessment and two activities of figural forms assessment. There are 120 students
selected as the research samples from Taiwan and Finland (60 students from each
country). After the standardized test is conducted, four experts will be invited to assess the
ATTA test results. The SPSS statistical software will be employed to conduct the statistical
analysis. The research findings will be accomplished by means of quantitatively comparing
the differences of received scores by the students in terms of the 10 figural criterionreferenced tests for creativity from two countries, and qualitatively analyzing the creativity
performance in terms of openness, unusual visualization, different perspective, movement
and/or sound, richness and/or colorfulness of imagery, abstractness of titles,
articulateness in telling story, combination/synthesis of two or more figures, internal visual
perspective, expressions of feeling and emotions and fantasy. Based on the results from
ATTA test of Taiwan and Finland, the three kinds of creative roles, collaborator, contributor
and accelerator, the associated differences will be analyzed and compared. Keywords:
ATTA, assessment of creative thinking, art education, Taiwan, Finland
Gangnam Style and Global Visual Culture
Shin, Ryan1
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
[email protected]
In this session, the presenter will analyze and discuss the viral Gangnam Style music
video as an example of global visual culture, sharing emerging characteristics of global
popular culture that has blurred and obscured geographic, national, and cultural
boundaries. GS and global culture contrasts with flow and movements of conventional
popular culture as Western media products under the influences of the marketing
strategies of multinational corporations, which often dichotomize popular cultural either as
creators/distributors or consumers. Many traditional popular visual culture products such
as television programs, music videos, and films have been produced for the sake of
economic gains under the control or regulations of distribution and copyright laws.
However, we are now witnessing the new wave of global and popular culture. Gangnam
Style is an epithet evidence of this cultural movement. The analysis of GS could offer
some implications that extend current art and visual culture teaching practices, envisioning
new visual culture pedagogy to teach about new global media and popular culture. GS
music video itself was not only fun, engaging, and creative popular culture, but also
inspired creativity among fans in the forms of parodies, mashups, and remixes, making his
dance steps as one of the most dance movement in recent popular culture history. U. S.
media features GS at entertainment television programs, as seen in ABC's Good Morning
America, Dancing with the Stars, Saturday Night Live, and Britney Spears learning GS on
Ellen DeGeneres Show. They helped situate Psy and his dance as a world icon. Chinese
dissident artist, Al Wei Wei, danced to GS and even Noam Chamsky, the philosopher and
father of modern linguistics, appeared in MIT students' GS music video, parodying “Oppan
Chomsky style.” The diversity and popularity of GS music video have reached people of
different ages, races, social classes, and political views. The analysis of GS and spin-off
versions in terms of production and distribution as a creative and cultural product
highlights several characteristics of visual culture and media drawn from the consumption
and creation of new global culture. First, with the advent of new media and social
networking technologies, popular culture has been shifting from a consumer-based end
product to participatory and user-created content. Typical audience as passive recipients
of cultural message has transformed into creative individuals or groups who can produce,
contribute and participate in the cultural production with the development and assistance
of new media and technology (Jenkins et al, 2005). Second, Gangnam Style indicates the
transnational popular culture, the changing paradigms of the flow of culture from
unidirectional to multidirectional, and from cultural peripheral to center, facilitating cultural
goods and creations of peripherals for global markets beyond local or regional markets.
This shows a new movement - “the transmission of pop culture from unidirectional to
transnational.” (Kim, 2012). Third, the multidirectional flow of cultural goods around the
world (Jenkins, 2011) and their consumption by the global generation brought forth
cosmopolitanism in pop culture and entertainment. Artists face the changing and
challenging role of creating global culture, and participatory audience crisscrosses national
and cultural boundaries, seeing their audience beyond local and national levels. Now more
than ever, people are equipped and have enjoyed media and visual culture through social
networking and web, beyond conventional media of film, television, and radio. Fourth, GS
make a strong indication that visual culture is not just a cultural phenomena, but exercise
economic and political power beyond entertainment products. Gangnam Style has been
recognized as Korea's biggest cultural export, and it is believed to have boosted the
national brand. It creates and exerts cultural influences in the political relationship in
globalized world. Visual culture has been recognized as new site for economic and political
power, resulting in the increased influence in the global markets and international
relations. This development of global visual culture, as seen with the analysis of the GS
music video, demands art educators to consider the globalization of visual culture,
challenges art educators to revisit art and new media curriculum from the lens of artists
and meaning-makers for globally connected world. This urges us to envision the pedagogy
of global visual culture, which will extend art teaching paradigm from consuming,
criticizing, and jamming visual culture, in which teachers and students challenge
mainstream and Western visual culture, towards participating, contributing, and
convergent visual culture. New pedagogy is to create art and visual culture for this global
and networking based world, in which students create and communicate for the global
world embodying strong participatory culture.
Report from the 2nd Conference on Arts-Based Research and Artistic
Research Granada Spain
Siegesmund, Richard1, Torres de Eça, Teresa2, Irwin, Rita3, Marin-Viadel,
Ricardo4, Roldan, Joaquin5, Freedman, Kerry6
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, UNITED STATES
Research Group in Art Education - nEA, Viseu, PORTUGAL
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CANADA
University of Granada, Granada, SPAIN
University of Granada, Granada, SPAIN
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, UNITED STATES
[email protected]
The 2nd Arts-Based Research and Artistic Research Conference will take place in
Granada, January 27-29, 2014. The conference seeks to further a fine-grained discussion
on the points of intersection between scientific research and artistic creation. The panel
session is composed of members of the Conference's Scientific Committee. Richard
Siegesmund, Rita Irwin, and Teresa Torres de Eça will be present at both the Granada
conference and in Melbourne. They will speak to their personal perspective on Arts-Based
and Artistic Research and place their viewpoints within the broader context of the
conference. Ricardo Marín-Viadel and Joaquin Roldán from the University of Granada
will not be able to be physically present in Melbourne, but their paper speaking to their
experiences will be read on their behalf. Kerry Freedman— a member of the Granada
scientific committee, but who will not attend the Granada conference—will serve as a
discussant to the session. Dr. Freedman will also have access to the conference
proceedings in preparing her comments on the overall issues the conference addressed.
The 2nd Arts-Based Research and Artistic Research Conference will be divided into two
parts to allow greater focus. The first part, will give priority to Master and PhD thesis
projects that are in process or were recently finished. The second part, will give priority to
research and projects by teachers, professors and professionals. Thus, there is an
opportunity to allow novice arts-based and artistic researchers to receive feedback and
guidance while retaining a portion of the conference for more in-depth and fine-grained
discussion The Conference call for proposals lists three main objectives: explore and
debate the present development of Arts-Based Research and Artistic Research in the
different artistic disciplines: visual arts, music, literature, performance, theatre, etc.
explore the intersections between quantitative, qualitative and artistic methodologies of
research in arts and in social and human sciences. 3. to identify tendencies and problems
in the development of research strategies characteristic of Arts-Based Research and
Artistic Research such as in A/r/tography, Art Practice based Research, etc. Of major
importance is clarifying that Artistic Research does not mean traditional methods of artistic
practice, such as color theory studies, histories of an art making method, museum studies,
or just time in studio. The conference seeks to cut through the confusion that any kind of
art practice must be artistic research. To make this distinction, criteria for Arts-Based
Research and Artistic Research must be established. The conference seeks to find where
disciplined artistic inquiry overlaps, extends, and perhaps diverts from scientific research.
Papers for the 2nd conference have come from throughout Europe, and North and South
America. We believe the papers and the discussion that comes out around them in
Granada will be of interest to InSEA members attending the World Congress.
The relationship between technology, theatre and education in the ProDegree in theatre teacher training
Silva, Marineide1
Universidade Federal Do Maranhão, BRAZIL
[email protected]
This research addresses the relationship between technology, theatre and education in the
Pro-Degree in Theatre teacher training program from the Federal University of Maranhão
and the University of Brasilia. To this end, we developed a qualitative study that aimed to
contribute to a reflection of their formative processes in relation to the use possibilities of
contemporary technologies. In order to substantiate the study were considered theoretical
proposals that characterize the relationship between technology and theater, teacher
training from the perspective of TDICs and teacher theater training in contemporary
theater primarily to issues pertinent to the advent of contemporary technologies. Following
the literature review, analysis of official documents, the political pedagogical project and
curricular guidelines for teacher training in contemporary theater, we infer that the ProDegree in Theatre, in the case of UFMA and UnB, despite the context of difficulties in the
initial phase of the course covers the requirements for teaching in contemporary theater, to
appreciate the local culture and consider the possibilities of TDICs to expand the
possibilities of reading and production of various theatrical forms.
Developing culturally-diverse and culturally-sensitive approaches to art
education: lessons from the museum sector.
Simpson, Moira1
Independent Museum Consultant, Scott Creek, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Art and anthropological museums hold collections of art and artefacts from cultures around
the world. These represent some of the most accessible and valuable resources to support
the teaching of a culturally-inclusive art curriculum that reflects diversity of aesthetic
expression in different cultures and times. Studying these artefacts can provide students
with insights into other cultures, encouraging the appreciation and understanding of the
diverse forms and styles with which humans express the sacred, visualise deities and
spirits, and create objects of ceremony and worship. Comparison of historical and
contemporary artworks, or artefact and art, can provide insights into continuity and change
within Indigenous and minority ethnic communities who are negotiating cultural
preservation and renewal in the face of continuing marginalisation by dominant cultures.
Discourse within the fields of anthropology and museology provide examples of artefacts
and art works that have been used to negotiate identity politics and open avenues for
cross-cultural communication (Morphy 1982; Phillips 2012; Simpson 2010). Such artefacts
can be used to enhance cross-cultural learning by exploring visual arts in the broader
contexts of anthropology, comparative religion, and intercultural and anti-racist education.
However, objects which are classified as ‘art’ or ‘artefacts’ in museums and regarded as
interesting artworks for educational use, may hold sacred or ritual significance within the
cultures of origin and some may be subject to restrictions on who can see and handle
them and how much of their meaning can be conveyed (Clavir 2002; Price 1991; Simpson
2010). Lack of understanding of the original functions and meanings of such artefacts can
lead to inappropriate educational activities that are insensitive or offensive to traditional
owners or religious adherents. This demonstrates the need for teachers to understand the
original functions, cultural contexts, and spiritual significance of artefacts before including
them as educational resources. In this paper the author draws upon developments in
museums which reflect changes in practices resulting from interactions between museums
and indigenous peoples, who have been challenging the ways in which their cultural
materials are displayed and interpreted in museums. Increased dialogue and
collaborations between source communities and museums have led to recognition of
spiritual and intangible forms of heritage that give meaning to objects: the beliefs, values,
stories, ceremonies, and performing arts associated with artefacts that give them meaning
as part of living culture (Clavir 2003; Simpson 2010). These changes have much to offer
the art education sector and emphasise the need to study the functions and cultural
meanings of objects as well as aesthetics and formal elements while ensuring that content
and activities are culturally appropriate. References Clavir, M. 2002. Heritage
Preservation: Museum Conservation and First Nations Perspectives. Ethnologies 24 (2):
33–45. Isaacs, J., C. Dettmann, A. Blake,W. Stubbs, R. Marika, D. Marawili, and M.
Ganambarr eds. 2000. Saltwater: Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country: Recognising
indigenous sea rights. 2nd ed. Neutral Bay, NSW: Jennifer Isaacs Publishing Ltd in
association with Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre. Morphy, H. 1983. Now You Understand:
An analysis of the way Yolngu have used sacred knowledge to retain their autonomy. In
Aborigines, Land and Landrights, edited by N. Peterson and M. Langton, 110–133.
Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. Price, S. 1991. Primitive Art in
Civilised Places. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Simpson, M. G. 2003. Introducing
Ethnomuseology: Issues in the Management of Culturally-Sensitive Artefacts in Museum
Collections. UNCOVER. Vol. 1 Proceedings 24th May 2002, edited by L. Kelly and J.
Barrett, 109-117. Sydney. Simpson, M. G. 2010. The Spirit of Change in Museums: a
study of the influences of Indigenous cultural and spiritual beliefs and values on
contemporary museum practice. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Flinders University of South
Australia, Australia. Unpublished PhD thesis.
'The same but different': Exploring cultural diversity in visual arts
Simpson, Moira1
Independent Museum Consultant, Scott Creek, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This illustrated presentation looks at ways in which an inclusive approach to art education
can be enhanced through the careful selection of artworks from culturally diverse sources.
I will discuss strategies that can be used by art educators to create authentic learning
experiences for students using artefacts and artworks from a variety of cultural sources to
illuminate commonalities in artistic expression in different cultural contexts. Teachers can
help students to understand both similarities and differences between their own and other
cultures by selecting examples of art works from different cultures that address themes such as identity, communication, environment, and sustainability - that are common to
peoples in all cultures and which are explored in art curricula in Australia, the United
States, the UK, and elsewhere. Using examples of art works by Indigenous Australian,
Maori, Native American and First Nations artists, I will provide examples of ways in which
students can be given opportunities to consider how humans deal with common issues in
their lives, regardless of location, and how this is expressed in visual culture. At the same
time students learn about the stylistic and technical characteristics that are unique to these
cultural groups. In addition, the selection of both historical and contemporary artworks
provides students with insights into continuity and change within Indigenous communities.
This helps to overcome problems that can arise when viewing museum exhibitions of
ethnographic materials which were often collected many decades ago and which can
therefore convey to students an inaccurate picture of cultures as unchanging and still living
today as they were when first encountered by western collectors.
The Collaborative Creation Learning Process in Art Education
Slor Futterman, Shira1
Beit Berl College- Midrasha School of Art, Beit Berl, ISRAEL
[email protected]
This research explores the possibilities presented by a collaborative creative community
as an alternative to the image of the individual artist working alone and the implications of
this approach for art education. In order to promote collaboration, art education will need to
consciously address and overcome its own bias favoring the traditional image of the
individual artist/genius working in social isolation. In the art world today interesting
explorations of collaboration are taking place. But in art education the collaborative art
process is rare. The inclusion of collaborative pedagogy in teacher training in art education
would represent a radical change from the current norms. It is important to research the
concept of a collaborative creative community in teacher training because art educators
impact the construction of their students’ perceptions of what art is, and what constitutes
the artistic process. Impacting art education by introducing collaborative values and
pedagogy into art teacher training, may, in turn, impact the values of the art world and
culture. In this research an attempt is made to describe and understand how a creative
collaborative learning community works; to describe the collaborative creative-learning
process; to highlight those values and behaviors which promote collaborative creativity
and to identify obstacles to this process. This research shows that students who begin the
process with suspicions and doubts learn to understand, appreciate and enjoy
collaboration in art. This qualitative research documents and analyzes the experience of
participants, in nine different creative groups comprised of college students, and myself,
who participated in four courses of collaborative art, over four years. From the analysis of
the nine groups in this research, a model of collaborative creative process has emerged.
The process has two main parts. The first is the process of searching and finding an idea
or image for the creative project, a process comprised of four steps or sub-stages; idea
flow, idea processing, agreement, development of images and thinking of materials. The
second part is the physical creation process, a process comprised of six steps or substages; transition from discussion to creation, experimentation, crisis and doubts, product
evaluation, decisions regarding completion, completion and final evaluation. The entire
model is thus a ten step process. The duration of each step or sub-stage and the rhythm
of the process varied among the different groups. The groups fashioned a new approach
to its collaborative work, spontaneously adopting specific and novel roles for its members.
Several of these roles - documenting, advising, encouraging, modeling, taking charge of
materials and supplies, were not always directly involved in artistic creation or creativity. It
is interesting to note that the roles which were not directly creative were not seen by
participants as subordinate to the process, but as providing equal contributions to those of
the participants who were more directly involved in the actual creation. These roles were
not fixed but dynamic. Two crisis events recurred, one in each of the two main parts, and
each of which was followed by a turning point. The first crisis is a creative block in the
search for ideas leading to a temporary feeling of doubt bordering on despair about the
possibility of going forward. The second crisis comes near the end of the process, after the
high of creating, when the group cannot quite envision the finished product and again feels
overwhelming doubt about the possibility of moving forward. Again, however, the groups
were able to rally, and continue. The acceptance of shared ownership of the developing
product and interdependence as the process advanced promoted greater commitment and
diffused skepticism and distant judgmental stance. There was a sense of solidarity and
pride at the end of the collaborative creative process. The groups went through a learning
process and came to value this alternative approach to the creative process. Even in the
most individualistic or competitive groups, such as the first group considered in this
research, participants wrestled with their needs for independence, autonomy, and
territoriality, but ultimately a sense of shared mutual collective responsibility did emerge.
By the end of the creative process, in all the groups, collaboration was perceived as
positive, fruitful and inspiring.
Linking research and pedagogy: Empowering pre-service visual arts
teachers to be culturally inclusive in thought and action
Smith, Jill1
The University of Auckland, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
[email protected]
The intention of this paper is to draw attention to findings from visual arts education
research and how these are being used to inform pedagogy in the Graduate Diploma in
Teaching (Secondary) one year pre-service teacher programme in visual arts education at
the University of Auckland. The research and pedagogy are framed within my role as a
teacher educator in the secondary school sector. The aim of an initial research project, a
year-long qualitative study with ten art teachers in five secondary schools, was to discover
how their understandings of the ethnic diversity and cultural differences of their students
were reflected in pedagogy, and the extent to which those practices were shaped by
personal and professional influences. The study was underpinned by three educational
contexts: a marked increase in the ethnic and cultural diversity of students in secondary
schools, the widening gap between a predominantly European art teacher workforce and
the changing student population, and official policy relating to teaching, learning and
assessment. A second research project, a small-scale study with twenty participants of
Asian ethnicity, was informed by findings from the first; to discover why an ‘Asian
dimension’ was notably absent in visual arts programmes despite the growing multicultural
population, including an increase in Asian students. The findings from both studies
highlighted a range of issues about the intent, extent and quality of culturally responsive
practices in visual arts education. This prompted me to develop a scaffolded approach
using five theoretically-informed strategies, requiring ‘reading’, ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’, to
empower pre-service visual arts teachers to engage in ‘being’ culturally inclusive. The first
strategy, “locating themselves”, is informed by research findings which showed that the art
teachers’ curriculum choices reflected their own experiences within a dominant European
culture, and that cultural awareness of ‘others’ was downplayed in visual arts programmes.
This strategy begins with a personal construct of self to gain a clearer sense of pre-service
teachers’ own ethnic and cultural identities and to reflect on their personal and
professional states of cultural knowledge and awareness. The second strategy is a
“critique of national curriculum policy”. Although ‘cultural diversity’ is cited as one of eight
principles that embody beliefs about what is important and desirable in education for
students, the research showed that art teachers, regardless of their ethnicities, placed far
greater emphasis on the bicultural partnership between Maori and European. The aim of
this strategy is to alert pre-service teachers to the relationships between curricula and the
politics of culture, education and schooling, to locate cultural references and to ascertain
the embedded meanings in documents and what they purport to say. The third strategy,
“developing a pedagogical stance”, challenges pre-service teachers to consider whether
they are sufficiently willing to be held accountable and face up to the responsibility of
catering for cultural difference in classrooms. This strategy is informed by findings which
showed that while every art teacher professed awareness of curriculum aims to encourage
positive attitudes towards cultural diversity, and to recognise the differences of individuals
within particular cultures, this dimension was largely absent in planning and teaching. In
the fourth strategy, “acquiring knowledge of culturally inclusive pedagogies”, focus is upon
understandings of differing theoretical positions underpinning pedagogy, including
assimilationist typologies, critical multiculturalism, and postmodern conceptions. This
strategy is in response to the professed lack of knowledge of multicultural pedagogies by
the majority of research participants and a preference for practice over theory. The final
strategy, “applying theories in visual arts education practice”, requires pre-service teachers
to put informed planning into practice in the design and trialling of programmes for
secondary school students. Visual arts education is an ideal vehicle through which art
teachers can provide opportunities for all students to find their voice, and gain
understanding of the voices of others. Linking research and pedagogy in pre-service
education can potentially make a difference and empower pre-service teachers,
individually and collectively, to be culturally inclusive in thought and action when they
become visual arts teachers.
More than just an art exhibition
Smith, Anne1, Peck, Brian1
Independent Schools Victoria, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Independent Schools Victoria is demonstrating that student art exhibitions sustain arts
education in diverse contexts. Student art exhibitions within the school’s community, in
public galleries, public and private office space or online are authentic learning contexts,
supporting development of students’ artistic competencies and allowing students,
teachers, school communities and host organisations to step into wider learning domains.
Exhibiting student artwork is an essential part of arts education that in turn contributes to
enhanced academic, social and cultural development of young people. Real benefits for
schools include widening broad-based community, professional and business connections,
raising the school’s profile, explaining learning programs and identifying potential
resources – teaching, financial and in-kind. There are three areas where student arts
exhibitions contribute to the maintenance and sustainability of arts education in diverse
contexts by providing specific benefits. 1.Benefits for students -Celebration of personal
achievement and excellence -Participation in building contemporary culture -Establishment
of a personal voice -Power to communicate visually -Peer group awareness and
appreciation -Ability to mentor and inspire across age ranges and contexts -Exhibition
experience as a creator of artworks and an audience member -Improved social and
emotional wellbeing 2.Benefits for teachers and schools -Alternate settings for learning Wider education network -Connection with community -Greater profile for school, teacher
and arts education -Supporting key competencies for global learning -Establishing
opportunities for positive school engagement -Supporting students social and emotional
wellbeing -More evidence to support advocacy for arts education and broader learning and
school priorities 3.Benefits to Community -Celebrates diversity and multiple perspectives
-Raises profiles of all stake holders -Allows opportunity for connection with youth and
education priorities -Provides access to creativity, and visual language overcoming
linguistic barriers -Builds opportunities for lifelong learning Fact-based treatise The
Independent Schools Victoria Arts Education and Exhibitions program began in 2005 to
showcase the artistic achievements of students attending Independent schools in Victoria.
The schools follow different cultural, religious and pedagogical affiliations. Independent
Schools Victoria supports choice and diversity in education – values that underpin the
exhibitions program. The association is committed to nurturing and promoting all forms of
the arts. Exhibitions: -2006 Annual Exhibition, Telstra Building, opened By Bill Henson 2006 Year of Cultural Exchange, Australia/Japan, Forum Gallery, NAB Docklands, opened
by Consul General of Japan -2007 Muses and Mentors, an exhibition of artwork created by
teachers in the Independent Sector, opened by Professor Field Rickard -2008 Image to
Object, an exhibition focussing on Visual Communication and Design -2010 The Tree
Project, a bushfire memorial exhibition -2010 Student Film Festival, celebrating moving
image projects from all areas of learning -2011 RAISE Central, regional exhibition hosted
by Latrobe University for schools in the greater Bendigo area -2007-2013 Annual Student
exhibitions, hosted by Shell Australia, Spring Street, Melbourne Case studies To be
presented: -2011 RAISE Central, regional exhibition hosted by Latrobe University for
schools in the greater Bendigo area -University of Western Sydney (permission pending) United States of America, Education Department (permission pending) Case studies are
supported by statements from students, teachers and principals about the value of the
exhibition and from community host organisations and other stake holders. Practical
advice To be presented: - How to build a student art exhibitions program at your school or
organisation - How to begin your student art collection -How to locate a gallery space Modes and methods of presentation -How to identify and build community partnerships Using an online gallery to extend the exhibition experience/ audience
Change for the Better: Overcoming Visual Arts anxiety in preschool
Smyth, Jane1
Australian National University, ACT, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
There is compelling research evidence in the National Review of Visual Education (Davis
2008) that many generalist primary teachers experience anxiety and a lack of confidence
in teaching the Visual Arts. This paper reports on a three stage project which explores the
extent of a similar pattern pertaining to preschool teachers. Following an initial survey of
preschool teachers (Stage One), interviews were conducted to examine these issues
(Stage Two). Three teachers were then selected to participate in an intensive case study
(Stage Three). This was based on the premise that, using only existing resources and
available materials, it would be possible for these preschool teachers to gain confidence in
the teaching of Visual Arts in their preschools during a three month mentored program.
Drawing on their considerable skills and existing expertise, the teachers overcame feelings
of inadequacy in presenting drawing, painting, construction and modelling. They
developed increased confidence in their overall abilities to plan, to teach and to document.
Children responded with joy and spontaneity to wider exposure to the Visual Arts and an
increased Arts focus developed. The teachers found the children learnt in all domains
when they participated in daily, sustained and meaningful Visual Arts activities. The
program has not only inspired participants but has attracted encouragement and support
from school principals and executive teachers. As it moves into Phase Two in 2014, its
potential as a model is being further explored as are the possibilities of wider application.
Indigenous learning through art: Ecologies of practice
Snepvangers, Kim1,2
The University of New South Wales, COFA, Paddington/Sydney,
College of Fine Arts, Paddington/Sydney, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This research paper addresses the concept of educational change. Drawn from a series of
video extracts, I investigate teaching and learning practices experienced by a sample of
Indigenous Alumni and Preservice art teachers. Video interviews with Indigenous
graduates and current students in a university art education program in Sydney are
presented as case studies. Each extract reveals practices that are significant in individual
stories of change, as participants move from being a novice student to an independent
professional. Respondents reflect on the importance of Visual Arts being central to both
their own stories and the potential for success in professional settings. Engagement and
learning in visual arts and educational systems opens a dialogic space within which to
present relationships, networks and events to anticipate collective change. Ecologies of
practice as revealed by the Indigenous respondents in these interviews articulate the
mechanics of how meaning is produced and patterns of behavior are mediated. The
concept of ecology applied here uses networks of interconnected processes and events,
which may influence behavior in educational environments. Social networks and localized
ecologies of practice are particularly salient for the Indigenous respondents in this paper.
Perceptions of success and catalysts for change in respondents' developing sense of
themselves as a professional educator are entwined with people, events and stories that
impart a social and critical edge to their daily interactions. The way that artistic content is
presented and ideas articulated in a learning encounter are significant to the Indigenous
respondents in this study. An individual's key educational and everyday involvement of
family and community are juxtaposed with snapshots of other experiences that made a
significant difference to individual conceptions of identity. Their capacity to visualize and
‘see' themselves in a university context, in a large urban environment, as a visual arts
educator is made possible through a range of curated experiences. Curated means
carefully chosen and articulated learning experiences, first in the formal aspects of
schooling and subsequently university experience. Respondents were asked to reflect on
significant moments in their educational journey, including informal learning experiences in
terms of relationships and events. The importance of visual arts to each respondent,
personally and as a practitioner, is articulated in some cases for the first time.
Respondents reported on important familial relationships and experiences alongside
interventions by teachers and community members, which influenced their capacity to
engage in new learning. Experiences that foster the capacity to visualize yourself into a
professional learning environment include: various ways of participating in formal and
informal learning encounters; how to facilitate interaction with teachers, tutors and external
agencies; the art school and learning environment; and the role of artist, curator, educator
in solo and group exhibitions are pivotal in developing implications for practice. In arguing
an essential place for the influence of art education on those who succeed in professional
educational settings, the application of social ecological theories in this paper focuses on
the pursuit of several investigative scenarios: • Individual to environment interface: to
explain the person-environment interaction; • Individual to relationships: to dialogically
increase people-environment transactions; • Individual to localized knowledge and
community: to nurture change within particular environments; • Individual to system: to
expand environments so they support expression of an individual's systems dispositions.
The argument for change revealed in these scenarios of practice is that recognizing and
then utilizing social and cultural markers is an important strategy in assuring successful
learning experiences amongst Indigenous university students undertaking art education.
These undergraduates receive some additional support through their UG studies but if the
system does not understand the student's motivation because it is not valued or even
identified, then progress for Indigenous professionals will continue to be patchy. The
implications for practice outlined in this investigation are a preliminary step to
understanding the role and place of self-organising pedagogies through initiating
conversations with a sample of successful professionals. Greater emphasis on the
ecological dimensions of interaction to mediate patterns of action in the learning
environment may explain the overlooked role of the contingencies that affect achievement.
Placed within the context of the 2012 Creative Australia policy the learning experiences
portrayed in this paper have implications in investigating the options and role that
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's cultural, artistic and education play in
contemporary debates on identity, equity and the transformative potential of education.
Transformative learning: Ecologies of practice in art and design
Snepvangers, Kim1,2, Bannon, Robyn1, 2
The University of New South Wales, COFA, Paddington/Sydney,
College of Fine Arts, Paddington/Sydney, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
The research informing this paper, Transformative learning: ecologies of practice in art and
design education, is part of an evolving suite of innovative sites of practice for visual arts
educators. This investigation focuses on the quality of engagement with knowledge. A
series of case study snapshots of preservice art educators (PAE) perceptions of learning
reveal an enhanced capacity for deepening teachers' work. Teachers' work is considered
from the perspective of both the PAE and the supervisory teacher mentors engaged in
industry/professional experience placements. Teacher case-based knowledge is
significant as the primacy of the relationship between preservice and supervisory teacher
facilitates transfer of wisdom and practice. In visual arts education the concept of
transformation also suggests a movement from one place/site to another, implying an
enhanced capacity, for imagination, innovation and creativity. The principle of ecology
used in this framework forms a network of interconnected processes and events that
unpack the learning environment, and recognises the complex nature of learning within
visual arts and design classrooms. The network of interrelated processes and events
examined in this research include the particular contribution and potential of coursework
programs and professional experience in a final year course at the College of Fine Arts
(COFA), UNSW. This innovative research presents an understanding of the combination of
coursework and industry experience and makes concrete the unheard voices of preservice
visual arts educators. Personal, professional and contextual factors that contribute to
conceptions of transformation within the learner are represented as teacher case-based
knowledge. The inquiry examines the diversity of these factors and of industry experiences
that PAE perceive as transformational, through analysis of survey responses and
interviews. The research was conducted with final year students at COFA upon the
completion of their professional industry experience. The interconnected processes and
events contributing to conceptions of transformational knowledge are set within a student's
developing set of ‘practice architectures' within specialised sites of practice, enabling
novice teachers to understand complexity. This complexity is essential in understanding
what mechanisms are at work in social dimensions of learning and acquisition of teacher
wisdom in visual arts. The relationships between the learning acquired through
coursework at university and the contextual learning of the industry professional
experience are explored through a two-stage research project: a survey at the completion
of their final industry professional experience, and interviews with a smaller sample of
students. The central research questions addressed by the survey and interviews are:
•What constitutes transformative learning during coursework? • What constitutes
transformative learning during industry placement? • How can learning in localised
contexts be approached in a meaningful way from the perspective of PAE's? The
research examines two significant interconnected procedures contributing to
transformative capacity of professional industry experiences for novice PAE. The
mentoring role of the supervising cooperating teacher is investigated with a close focus on
types of guidance and mentoring strategies that PAE identified as valuable in coalescing
their transition from undergraduate student to novice teacher. The capacity for a
transformative mentoring relationship is best characterised as a synergy through
purposeful selection of dialogue by cooperating teachers who model practices supporting
judgement and curation of student artworks. The second set of examined procedures
surround the particular teaching and learning of artmaking practices evident in the
development of a Body of Work (BOW) by visual arts students in the Stage 6 NSW Visual
Arts syllabus. The changing role of PAE from university undergraduate to classroom
teacher, to facilitator across Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) is evident as senior students
develop a BOW. Preservice teachers observe and participate in this process, learn about,
and enact transformative teaching practices in two ways: as an undergraduate teacher
mentored by a cooperating teacher and as a novice teacher working to learn about and
provide transformative teaching practices with senior school students in the visual arts
classroom. The particular conceptual ‘practice architectures' supporting transformative
learning in art and design education outlined in this paper, have implications for new
understandings of teacher work. Teachers' case-based wisdom of practice and
interconnectedness of learning revealed here highlight the importance of contextualised,
specialised learning in visual arts education as a key marker of quality engagement with
knowledge. The implications and significance of the context of learning in this research is
that valued measures can be signalled within the ecology of art and design education.
Using the Past to Inform the Present: The Intersection of the Kondoa
Irangi Rock Paintings and the Twiga Women's Group Tanzania
Snyder, Jennifer1
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Tennessee, USA
[email protected]
This paper explores the connection between the Kondoa Irangi rock paintings and the
Twiga Group of Mnenia, TZ via their affiliation with Warm Heart Art Studio of Arusha, TZ
and the Rock Art Conservation Center. The relationship includes training for the
production of fuel briquettes, making natural local paper and the construction of a small
store in the village center in which to sell their papercraft ( Warm Heart Art
studio owner Seppo Halivanio uses the sale of screenprints of the rock art images on the
same handmade paper to help fund the conservation of the rock paintings. The Kondoa
Irangi rock paintings number between 150-450 and were first reported by missionaries
working near Bukoba in 1908 ( With the publication of
Africa's Vanishing Art: The Rock Paintings of Tanzania by Mary Lackey in 1983 the
Kondoa Irangi rock paintings were introduced to a world-wide audience. The Twiga group
was formed as a cooperative to develop income streams and improve the standard of
living for the women of Mnenia and their families. Currently the Twiga group is partnering
with the Rock Art Conservation Center. Twiga group was introduced to the Rock Art
Conservation Center through the efforts of Seppo Halivanio and Warm Heart Art Tanzania.
The Rock Art Conservation Center of Tanzania (RACC) located in Arusha, is a non-profit
organization created to locate, preserve, protect, interpret, and promote central Tanzania's
rock paintings. Their goals include the advancement of scientific knowledge and public
education at the local, regional, and international levels and the alleviation of poverty in
communities associated with rock art sites. The collaboration between the Twiga group,
RACC and Warm Heart Art is the basis for the artist-in residence program sponsored by
Warm Heart Art which brings in international artists and educators to continue researching
the ways we address conservation and progress in diverse cultures and how that can in
turn impact art education.
Transition : Exchange. Establishing a visual Arts practice based on
personal Pedagogy.
Stevens, Karen1, 2
Queenland University Of Technology, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
Queensland Academy of Creative Industries, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
While there is much research available related to the role of the artist as teacher or the
artist becoming a teacher, very few studies have examined the art teacher as an artist or
indeed, becoming one. Specifically, research needs to examine the influence of pedagogy
on the teacher's transition to becoming an artist and the subsequent work that is created.
The lack of such research may be due in part to the difficulty of maintaining the dual roles
of artist and teacher, which can be diametrically opposed, and the sense of identity each
role imparts. As Hall (2010, 107) found, ‘the relationship between making and teaching art
remain[s] ripe for exploration'; however, ‘negotiating a new identity that integrates the
teacher self or persona with the artist self is not a straightforward or always comfortable
process'. This study investigates the expansion and transition of my role as art educator to
that of artist (and teacher) with an authentic, emerging arts practice. The study seeks to
answer several questions: To what extent can an art teacher use pedagogy to develop an
authentic, personal arts practice? What criteria can be used to assess the authenticity of
the practice, and indeed how can authentic practice be defined? And what conditions allow
for the highest degree of success? To explore this transition I have used a hybrid,
practice-based research methodology that comprises autoethnographic research and
creative practice as research. Through self-reflection, I have explored the inner and outer
practices of being both teacher and artist over a period of two years, and the relationship
between personal pedagogy and the creation of contemporary art.
The Art of Research
Sullivan, Graeme1
Penn State University, State College, PA, USA
[email protected]
The purpose of this presentation is to make the argument that when viewed as mutually
supportive processes of inquiry, art and research has the potential to put the agency of
educational change within reach of artists and art teachers. As researchers well schooled
in studio practices of many kinds artists and art teachers understand that as we grow we
learn different things, but as we grow artistically we learn things differently. Research and
art share a long tradition as forms of inquiry. Human curiosity, creativity and the capacity to
solve problems in an inventive way have been crucial at every historical moment.
Research is defined in many ways, but in essence we do research to find out new things.
We conduct research to create new knowledge and then use that knowledge to improve
our understanding of how our worlds work—our physical worlds, our feeling worlds, and
our imagined worlds. This has always been the case as artists are quick to adopt and
adapt any image making technology that might be useful in searching out the improbable
and the impossible. Translating research into forms that enable information to be shared
with generalist audiences has long been an issue in the academy. This tension has been
an issue in art education ever since we have been publishing research and is mostly seen
as a problem of translating theory into practice. The problem is not only about
disseminating information and making it more accessible. This assumes that merely
sharing knowledge with interested audiences will be sufficient to have them use it in some
way to enact change of some sort. Bringing new evidence, no matter how convincing, into
an argument may not change someone’s point of view. Accepting that new information can
cause us to change our beliefs is not an easy thing to do - points of view are hard to realign. So merely putting the emphasis on making information ‘accessible’ to others is only
half of the story. The distinctive forms of art experience and knowledge that comprise the
processes and practices of art education serve as a basis for multiple modes of inquiry art
education researchers develop and apply. This description locates the impulse for
research in curiosity and change, and an approach that adapts media and methods from
an array of sources as a means to “bring theory and practice into a purposeful
relationship.” What is ‘distinctive’ about visual arts and design? The media of art include a
diverse array of texts, images, objects, events, and technologies. Art is always made
‘about’ something. Artists produce art for a purpose, be it for expressive reasons, to
communicate with others, to provoke reactions about issues of the day, to celebrate our
achievements as individuals, communities and cultures, and much more. Similarly, art
teachers want to excite others about how art does all these things by assisting students of
all ages to realize their potential as visionary ‘thinkers and doers’ who appreciate how
visual arts and design can improve our lives. As well as understanding what knowledge
can emerge from art experiences, it is important to be aware that there are distinctive
methods of art that help us understand how we create new knowledge. Artists and art
teachers use a myriad of methods, techniques, approaches and strategies in making art
and this is how we create opportunities for others to be affected by art. When artists create
artworks they create an opportunity for all of us to learn something new. When art is
presented in public, art teachers, art writers, historians, cultural theorists and others
respond and take the lead to introduce many new ways to interpret art and to help guide
us in making meaning from our experiences of art. When we actively participate in
discussions and debates about the outcomes of art we are opening up new possibilities for
thinking about, and acting upon, our new insights.
Why do Japanese children color the sun red?
Sumi, Atsushi1
University of Toyama, Toyama City, JAPAN
[email protected]
This study is focused on the fact that children in Japan often color the sun red and
intended to find out its cause, in comparison with artworks of children in other countries.
Categorizing of artworks by children worldwide reveals that the ratio of Japanese children
depicting the sun in red is significantly higher than that of children in North and South
America, Europe and Africa. On the other hand, a large number of the suns drawn by nonJapanese Children are colored yellow. Looking into textbooks, a Spanish art textbook for
second-grade elementary students has a coloring page 1) with instructions to color the sun
yellow. Fine arts textbook for Japanese second-graders, however, shows a child's picture
2) in which the sun is colored red. In attempt to solve this question, literature studies have
been made with following approaches: External Factors (mainly focusing on visual
influences) Physical condition in East Asia where higher humidity makes the sun look
more like red than it does in other countries. Influence of the depiction of the red sun in
Japanese national flag. The sun in picture books for children is more often colored red.
Internal Factors (mainly focusing on linguistic and literary influence) There is a theory that
the Japanese adjective akashi meant not only “red” but also “bright.” It has been also
pointed out that a large number of waka and tanka poems written in ancient Japan refer to
the sun, especially descriptions of the morning sun or the evening sun. The research
attempts as above suggest that many causes could be supposed for Japanese children to
color the sun red and therefore it turned out impossible to derive one conclusion. In his
picture book titled Drawing the Sun 3), Bruno Munari introduces a wide variety of “looks”
and “depictions” of the sun, and concludes, “In truth, it is best to draw it in a way you like.
What's wrong with drawing it like a slice of orange?” leaving it to the self-initiative of
children. He seems to see the culture in the “looks” and “depictions” of the sun. With these
“cultural” approaches, a supposition could be formed that Japanese children have a
culture of coloring the sun red. Since the culture is regarded as “the fruit of the physical
and psychological forms in which humans have modified nature,” 4) and especially
because it is regarded as something “which affects humans' emotional lives”, a tentative
conclusion could be reached that children unconsciously become to “color the sun red”
more often by growing in Japan. 1) EDUCACION ARTISTICA 1 “Dibujo y Pintra”,
Santillana PRIMARIA 2) Japan Research Association for Children's Art, Zuga k´saku 1/2
nen j´. Nihon Bunkyou Shuppan: 2011, p. 17. 3) Munari, Bruno, trans. Atsuko Suga, Taiyô
wo kakou. Shikosha: 1984. Disegnare il sole, Edizioni Corraini, Mantova: 2004 4) K´jien,
Sixth Edition
Heralding Changes in Abstract Art
Tabulo, Kym1,2
University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, AUSTRALIA
Pacific Lutheran College, Meridan Plains, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
A renewed understanding of abstract art will bring about a needed change in
contemporary arts education. Abstract art survived the onslaught of post-modernism and
then it prospered. Coinciding with the demise of post-modernism, at the dawn of the third
millennium, was the birth of an art era. It remains unnamed but not unnoticed and during
its embryonic years a new popular form of contemporary abstract art emerged. A reason
for its appeal is the adaption and extension of effective post-modern compositional
principals by twenty-first century abstract artists. This conference presentation is a pictorial
précis of a chapter of my Creative Arts Doctoral exegesis which documents the status of
contemporary abstract art, based on recent international studies such as Karmel and
Pissarro's Conceptual Abstract Art (2013) and Nickas' Painting Abstraction: New Elements
of Abstract Painting (2009). On display will be examples of artworks that use the six
recurring themes of twenty-first century abstract art as identified by Karmel, as well as their
effective compositional principals. These principles relate to two dimensional picture
planes more than three dimensional forms. They are based on Gude's Principles of
Possibility: Considerations for a 21st Century Art and Culture Curriculum (2004) and
include: all-of-wall; appropriation; fragmentation or juxtaposition; gazing; grid or pseudopolyptych; horror vacui; hybridisation; inset; irregular picture shapes; layering or overlay;
re-contextualization; repeated motif; and representing. The six thematic categories are
relevant to two and three dimensional artefacts. There are three that respond to nature:
anatomies, cosmology, and landscape; and three that respond to culture: architecture,
fabric, and signs. This pictorial analysis of current abstract art themes and principles is
important because thematic discussions about the genre are generative and advance
visual arts knowledge and therefore arts education practice. Another development in
contemporary abstract art is a new twenty-first century form known as abstract sequential
art (Tabulo 2013). This presentation will introduce it and display examples of several subgenres. These include: abstract comics/graphic novels; abstract polyptychs/pseudopolyptychs; abstract gallery comics; abstract artists' books; abstract mini-comics/zines; and
abstract webcomics. Documenting these advances in abstract art is current research and
this presentation is an entree into its essential theory, which is useful to art educators,
artists and researchers. It will be a visual feast celebrating contemporary abstract art.
Abstract Comics
Tabulo, Kym1,2
University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, AUSTRALIA
Pacific Lutheran College, Meridan Plains, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Teaching abstract sequential art will bring a needed change in contemporary arts
education. Abstract sequential art is a new advancement in contemporary visual arts that I
am currently researching, creating and teaching. I wrote a twelve week course entitled
Abstract Comics which I teach to Year 9 students. It is based on Molotiu's (2009) theory of
abstract comics and my new abstract sequential art research (Tabulo 2013). Abstract
Comics is one of several different forms of abstract sequential art that I have identified and
it is possible more remain to be found. This conference presentation will provide an
entirely pictorial introduction to those that have been identified which include: abstract
polyptychs/pseudo-polyptychs, abstract comics/graphic novels, abstract gallery comics,
abstract artists' books, abstract mini-comics/zines and abstract webcomics. Following this
introduction I will show examples of my students' work and present the highlights of the
Abstract Comics short course. The multi-dimensional nature of abstract sequential art
provides my students with the opportunity to create their own visual language. This form of
self expression requires them to think about presenting abstract images in a sequential
order that generates ideas concerning: cause and effect, time and space, and aesthetic
appeal. These higher order thinking skills enhance the students cognitive development as
well as their emotional and social intelligence. These skills can include self-discipline,
non-verbal and verbal communication, accountability, problem-solving, analytical thinking,
forward planning, decision-making, creativity, resource management and evaluation.
Through a hands-on problem solving approach students are encouraged to creatively plan
abstract sequential artworks which make a personal statement. The goals of the process
are about creating independent and creative thinkers who have the skills to execute
accomplished artworks. In this instance each student produces a folio of abstract comics
and abstract pseudo-polyptychs using various media, including lino-block printing.
Creating abstract sequential art helps students identify some of their own personal beliefs,
values and cultural constructs through the use of abstract signs and symbols. This course
information is presented as a visual feast of student work which will be of interest to art
educators, artists and contemporary art researchers.
Finnish Basic Arts Education in crafts: contemporary crafts for children
Takala, Päivi 1
University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, FINLAND
[email protected]
The Act on Basic Arts Education in Finland was passed in 1992 (424/1992) and renewed
in 1998 (633/1998). The nine art forms included are: music, dance, literary arts,
performing arts (circus and theatre), and visual arts (architecture, audiovisual art, fine art
and crafts). Thus, in Finland crafts is one of the arts in the basic arts education. Basic
arts education is an extra curricula activity for children and young people. Children and
young people mean here any person between the age of 6 and 18 years of age. In my
master's thesis (2006) I used discourse analysis as a wide theoretical framework to study
how crafts became a member of the basic arts education structure: how it became art.
One consequence of this change is that children and young people face crafts more
often as art and art education than for example as work or utility oriented phenomenon as
they did decades ago. Thus the content of crafts and the motive to make crafts has
changed. The other discourse were the problematic relationship between feminine and
masculine dominated crafts. Additionally, contemporary discussion about ecological
changes have defected the contents of teaching crafts. Nature and the environmental
matters , an interrelationship between humans and nature have long been a part of
Finnish traditional crafts: for example recycling, re-use of materials and the use of
natural materials are old crafts values. In my paper I am arguing that the view towards
environment has now became even more conscious and the values are changing. To
begin with the society is worried about children's and young people's attitudes and
relationship with the environment. Arts education, also arts education in crafts, is seen
one method to deepen the relationship. For example lessons are taught outdoors: both in
urban and natural environments. In other words arts education is seen as a meaningful
tool to gain direct experiences of urban and natural environments and experiences are
used then in artmaking. One other change is that the concept of environment is used
more often or instead of words like nature or natural environment. My on-going PhD
research focuses on the relationship children and young people have with the
environment around them. The theoretical framework comes from environmental
aesthetics (Arnold Berleant), aesthetics of everyday (Yuriko Saito), child study's (Pauline
von Bonsdorff; Liisa Karlsson), contemporary arts and aesthetic theories. Arnold Berleant
uses the term engagement, by which he means participation, a continuum between
environment and human being, when one is experiencing and functioning in the world.
Human being is not a separate part of environment but as an integral factor. (Berleant
1991, 102.) Yuriko Saito continues that environment, whether natural or built, rural or
urban, surrounds us all the time, and as such, it can never be dissociated from the
everyday life (Saito 2007, 3). Theories from Pauline von Bonsdorff and Liisa Karlsson
give tools to interpret children's engagement in culture and artmaking. The methodological
approach of the study comes from phenomenology and hermeneutics. Ethnographic
methods were used to assist in documenting the research materials: the material
consists of interviews, participant observations, a document collection, a research diary
and were collected between the years 2007-2013. The primary research material was
gathered from seven different visual arts schools (crafts, fine arts, architecture) in Finland.
In these schools environmental related art lessons were observed (twelve classes, one
double lesson), and seventeen teachers and twenty seven pupils were interviewed.
Textual and pictorial information was collected from different environmental and nature
related art projects. Thus, in my paper I will discuss about the changes that have
happened to the subject contents of crafts during the last thirty years in Finland. What
are contemporary crafts in basic arts education in Finland? How crafts has changed when
it has been taught as visual art, with environmental view and what are the continuities
from the past?
Practical Study on the Role of Traditional Japanese Ink Monochrome
Painting in University Lesson: Teacher Training based on the MEXT's
Government Teaching Guidelines
Takeuchi, Shimpei1
Nara University of Education, Nara, JAPAN
[email protected]
Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has
revised its Government Teaching Guidelines approximately once every ten years since the
end of World War II. The latest MEXT guidelines were announced in 2008. Among the
descriptions of each subject in the guidelines, several revisions were related to 'arts and
handicrafts' in elementary schools and 'fine arts' in junior high schools. This study focuses
on one of these revisions, 'respect for traditional culture,' which is based not on
nationalistic ideology but on promoting education that respects all cultures and fosters
children's understanding of their own identity. I believe that this concept can be used to
cultivate in children a deeper understanding of Japanese and other cultures. With regard
to this concept, specific learning activities include appreciating historical Japanese works
of fine art or discovering and enjoying 'traditional culture' in the form of household
handicrafts or local architecture. Presumably, this is not only limited to art appreciation but
also involves learning traditional Japanese artistic techniques and incorporating them into
self-expression. Introducing the Japanese concept of traditional culture into the abovementioned arts and handicrafts or fine arts classes requires teachers possessing special
knowledge and skills. (Sumi 2009). I believe that, as overseas cultures and lifestyles now
permeate Japan, the visibility of Japanese traditional culture in everyday life is continuing
to diminish. Japanese traditional culture does not hold a central position in children's or
teacher education. Therefore, this study develops methods to introduce traditional culture
in university classes and build skills that future fine arts teachers can apply in their classes.
More specifically, this study focuses on 'Advanced Studies in Art Education 1,' a university
class taken by students majoring in art education at a teacher training college. In this
class, the present author used ink monochrome paintings as the learning material for
building the knowledge and skills necessary to introduce traditional Japanese painting
techniques. Ink monochrome painting is a traditional Japanese painting method that
entirely utilizes the shade of the ink and creates effects such as bleeding by regulating the
amount of water used. Originally developed in China, ink monochrome painting surfaced in
Japan during the Kamakura period and became popular among artists in the subsequent
Muromachi period. Since the Edo period, the traditional techniques of ink monochrome
painting have been passed down by generations of Japanese painters (Takeuchi 2010).
Many ink monochrome paintings are not used much color. Therefore, a sense of color is
represented through the shade of the ink and its bleeding effects, mainly black ink. There
are numerous techniques of ink monochrome painting, and its introduction into the school
curriculum would enable children to learn traditional Japanese painting techniques and
styles. To promote art education based on 'respect for traditional culture,' as listed in the
teaching guidelines of MEXT, I believe that it is necessary to incorporate traditional
techniques as learning materials in university classes. In this study, the effects of teacher
training using traditional culture were clarified through the following two methods. (1)
Analysis of consciousness through stimulated recall procedures During 'Advanced Studies
in Art Education 1,' students first watched a video of schoolchildren in an arts and
handicrafts class while learning ink monochrome painting. Through their own reflections
and comments about schoolchildren's learning after observing this video of an actual
lesson, the students could clarify their own impressions and opinions about the effects of
fine arts instruction that focused on traditional culture. (2) Effect analysis of teacher
training through text mining After commenting on the video, the students concentrated on
their own representation of ink monochrome paintings to build the knowledge and skills
necessary to introduce these painting techniques as future fine arts teachers. The effects
of their practice in the 'Advanced Studies in Art Education 1' university class were
analyzed by examining the ink monochrome paintings that the students created and
performing text mining of their follow-up descriptions using IBM SPSS Text Analytics for
Surveys 4.0.
A Lighthouse and Halcyon Sea
Talve, Tõnu1
Laulasmaa School, Harjumaa, ESTONIA
[email protected]
Ants Juske (Ph.D) art-curator, has observed: ' There is a great amount of
subconsionsness in Tõnu Talve´s personal artworks. As an art-teacher, he has also
inspired the students to be as wild with paints, as he is. His method while ignoring the dry
academic approach of a realistic painting, of perspective and of composition, helps to
enhance the child's natural openness. It takes the pupils back to their early childhood
where they took a pencil, a brush or clay and expressed themselves. Talve´s favourite
objects are lighthouses and different imaginary seas , spaces, even surreal environments
with figural extras'. 'Like visual fairy-tales, almost dreamy visions. With his live-painting,
Talve has created a unique performance. Music as an additional engine. For the viewer, it
gives the opportunity to perceive the elements of painting and see the birth of a picture,
inspired by live music at the same time' - writes Viktor Kaarneem, art-critic and adds:
'Sources of visual ideas go back to history and art history of Celtic, Greco-Roman nature
and landscapes, native Egyptian, African, Asian styles, etc'. 'And of course, Estonia Tallinn Old Town, has been at one point in Talve´s creative career, a spiritual source of
inspiration. Lines from that area of architecture can even be drawn to his Dance of Life
inspiration source, as parts of B. Notke´s Dance Macabre for Tallinn/Reval, saved in St.
Nicholas' Church', writes Berit Freivald, AW2 Architects. Main task of a lighthouse, a
teacher, is to motivate the students and pupils to become aware of their presence in this
huge sea of information. To understand history and the present time, use empathy and
imagination to forsee even the future. Give adequate ratings to wars in certain parts of the
world. Take initiative, understand basic rules of marketing and practice art - as much, as
they can. Not only virtually, but in real. Pupils´, students´ and their teacher´s artworks
coming from piercing visual ideas - that is the content of my presentation, called
Lighthouse and Halcyon Sea.
From Action Research of A/r/tography to explore a teacher's teaching
designing and implements
Tan Ying, Li1
National Taiwan Normal University,Taipei,TAIWAN
[email protected]
This study is mainly about a process of how a researcher conducted a teaching program-”The aesthetics of corners on campus” from designing to implementation. Through the
interaction with varied levels of school staffs, including principal, directors, art teacher,
other subject teachers, administration staff and students, the researcher gradually made
adjustments on the teaching contents and methods in order to implement the whole
teaching program. Meanwhile, the researcher recognized that as a contemporary art
teacher shall think from multi-dimension angles, and consider the values of change and
reserve. This research is aim to explore: 1.What factors regulate or influence a teacher’s
teaching plan and implementation? 2. To deal with the aforementioned factors, what
strategies are needed for a teacher’s self-growth? 3. What difficulties a teacher may face
when he/she implements the strategies? The results are revealed inductively based on the
reflective journals of A/r/tography, a self-exploration for personal growth and effective
teaching. The research results show that reflection is a drive for a teacher’s growth and
cooperation is a force for a teacher’s improvement. By implementing the teaching
program, a teacher may recognize the meaning of teaching is learning and also have a
belief in the implementation of art education is indispensible for a better school.
Key words:A/r/tography, action research, aesthetics
Discussion on Design and Practice of Teaching through A/r/tography
Action Research Theory
Tan Ying, Li1
National Taiwan Normal University,Taipei,TAIWAN
[email protected]
To put the plan of Aesthetic Teaching around Campus Corner into practice, the researcher
of this study has gradually adjusted the teaching content and approach by interacting with
school principal, director, other art or non-art teachers, administrative staff and students
throughout the whole implementing process of the plan. Thus, the entire teaching plan can
be accomplished step by step and the multi-dimensional consideration of where the need
to change or keep the value is will be recognized by whom as a contemporary visual art
teacher. The main discussions in the study are: (1) what are the factors that specify or
impact the proposal and implementation of teaching content by teachers during the
teaching activities? (2) what kind of self-growth factors and concrete growth strategy is
needed in response to these factors? (3) What contradiction and confusion do these
strategies bring to teachers? As A/r/tography discussion is quiet introspective in nature,
this study sum up solutions for the research problems by use of the discussion as well as
the introspective diary records so as to probe into the feasibility of teachers’ self-growth
and effective teaching through self-exploration. Results show that self-reflection is the
driving force for teachers’ growth and cooperation is the progressive power for teachers.
Through the implementation of the plan, teachers perceive the meaning of teaching is to
learn from it and are convinced that the practice of promoting art education is the
indispensable element to improve the campus whether in software or hardware.
Art Education to Cultivate a Base of the Spirit of Freedom (I): Its History
and Contemporary Issues in Japan
Taniguchi, Mikiya1, Aida, Takashi2, Fujihara Nobuhiko3, Nishimura
Kyushu Women's University, Kitakyushu, JAPAN
Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, JAPAN
Naruto University of Education, Naruto, JAPAN
Elementary School,University of Tsukuba, Tokyo, JAPAN
[email protected]
The purpose of this study is to consider how to grow the spirit of freedom in an art
education in Japan. 'Education through Art' proposed by Sir Herbert Read had a significant
impact and was a starting point of the contemporary art education in Japan. However, its
significance has become obscure today. In this study, we did text analysis of private art
education movement in Japan after World War II, that is, in 1950s -1970s. This analysis,
with considering the change in Japanese society during the period, revealed why
education to grow the spirit of freedom has been stagnant. Also, it clarified what should be
improved in order to foster creative and democratic people. As a conclusion, we suggested
the importance of 'thinking' in the art education as a specific method to grow the spirit of
freedom. It was located on the extension of 'play' which is the center of the art education in
Japan. The discussion has major implications for the art education in the world as well as
in Japan.
Developing an international masters program between four countries:
Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)
Tavin, Kevin1, Kallio-Tavin, Mira1, Christensen-Scheel Boel2
Department of Arts, Aalto University, Helsinki, FINLAND
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, FINLAND
[email protected]
This presentation provides an overview of the development of an international master's
program in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA). The programme takes place
in four different countries, through four different universities. The schools are in Helsinki,
Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Oslo, Norway. The project is
discussed through three phases of development and implementation, and challenges and
opportunities are shared. Below is a short description of NoVA and the three phases.
Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) is a three-phrase project leading toward a
joint, Nordic Master Programme (120 ECTS) with a strong Nordic profile in contemporary
art and education, digital communication, and visual studies. NoVA brings together
through Nordic synergies these three areas that have traditionally been studied more or
less separately. NoVA emphasizes Nordic values and products through visual studies,
including learning about the exceptional visual art, architecture, and design developed in
the Nordic region. These forms of Nordic visual culture accentuate egalitarian values and
ecological sustainability. Connected to these core Nordic values, NoVA focuses on
pedagogical studies for teacher education that is built upon the unique social democratic
context of Nordic societies. This includes participatory and collaborative methods of
teaching and didactics, and practical work focusing on human rights, in and outside of
schools that generate research and theory. The area of digital technologies taught through
NoVA is tied tightly to Nordic values through a focus on quality, commitment, and
democracy. The Scandinavian challenge of workplace democracy, for example, is
embedded in NoVA studies of digital technologies, where participants pool their expertise
and share design responsibility for a project. The general aim of NoVA is to educate art
education, and communication professionals and researchers to achieve knowledge and
skills of the best Nordic values, research, and practices in art education and visual studies,
and give relevant competences and pedagogical interaction skills for working in crosscultural and international educational and communication situations and environments.
The partner universities and departments in this joint project are, The Department of Visual
Arts Education at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (SE) (later in this text
Konstfack), Department of Art, Design and Drama at Oslo and Akershus University
College of Applied Science (NO), Department of Art at Aalto University School of Art,
Design and Architecture, and the Department for Communication and Psychology at
Aalborg University Copenhagen (DK). Competences the different institutions offer connect
1) Critical pedagogy with social and cultural awareness; 2) Contemporary art didactics with
digital technologies, ICT & learning; 3) Project oriented teaching and collaborative
learning; 4) Problem based teaching and participatory based learning; 5) Sustainable
development and inter-cultural and social entrepreneurship; and 6) Theory and practice
through double perspectives. The first phase of the NoVA project includes the
development and design of collaborative master studies. The second phase includes the
piloting of the collaborative master studies through specialization tracts at Oslo and
Akershus University College of Applied Science and Aalborg University Copenhagen, and
a dedicated masters degree program at Aalto University. In addition, the second phase
includes the further development of collaborative master studies to transition into a joint
Nordic Master Programme, with a joint degree. The third phase includes the acceptance,
implementation, and continual running of a Joint Nordic Master Programme with a joint
Toward stupidity: When visual culture runs up against itself
Tavin, Kevin1
Department of Arts, Aalto University, Helsinki, FINLAND
[email protected]
Art education is driven, in large part, by what is best described as a 'will to see.' This is
understood as a supposed natural desire to see; to see things in particular ways, and to
know things through specific practices of looking. The 'will to see 'is inherently selfjustifying and tied tightly to the presupposition that the more we see, the more knowledge
we gain. But what happens to the field of art education when students do not see?
Despite the good intentions of art educators to help students see deeper, further, closer,
and so on, dominant practices of looking always reveal that there is something else going
on between us and the world. This is one point where the radial Otherness within us
emerges. In Lacanian theory this is known as 'a Stupid.' This notion of stupidity does not
to signify a position on the scale of intelligence, but is a universally familiar moment of
inversion, when, for example, vision and thought encounters itself as something Other,
runs up against itself, or blocks its own progress. Being stupid, then, signals the very
impossibility of being fully aware of what we see and know. In this presentation, the
promise of visual culture studies in art education is advanced and at the same time made
problematic. Using concepts from psychoanalytic theory, an argument is made that art
education is stained by the unconscious where the world looks at you and not you at it,
and thus by the forces of its own negation in stupidity. In the end, I suggest we support the
frustration of stupidity, of 'not seeing' for art education. Through stupidity, as a supplement
to a critical hermeneutic approach of visual culture, the subjective refinements of the 'will to
see' are understood as perpetually unsatisfied.
The state of play: Do young children visit art museums in Aotearoa New
Terreni, Lisa1
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
[email protected]
In a contemporary early childhood arts education landscape change is needed so that
teachers are encouraged to look for opportunities to enrich young children’s visual art
learning experiences beyond the confines of their early childhood centres. Research
literature suggests that many diverse educational experiences take place in art museums
and galleries and that these have value for young children’s learning, particularly in
relation to the development of museum literacy. Art museum educators and teachers who
participate in art museum/gallery visiting experiences with young children can play an
important role in fostering successful encounters with visual art in this context. This paper
discusses some of the findings from my current PhD research. The research has several
aims. Firstly, to determine the extent of art museum visiting by the early childhood (EC)
sector in New Zealand and to investigate both the facilitators and barriers to their access.
Secondly, to investigate existing practice that occurs between art museums and early
childhood centres (that do visit). Finally, to examine the ways in which art museums and
early childhood centres can work together effectively to create meaningful visual art
learning environments for young children. This presentation examines some of the
findings of a national online questionnaire, sent to over 2000 EC centres throughout the
country, about excursion destinations and the use of art museums and galleries. The data
indicates that most of the EC teachers who participated in the questionnaire believe that
excursions make a valuable contribution to children’s learning. Whilst parks, libraries, bus
rides, and the local shops are the most common destinations for trips, art museums and
galleries were also popular destinations. Nonetheless, teachers identified barriers to
accessing these institutions. Also discussed is a survey conducted with museum directors
and/or lead personnel from 17 art museums and major galleries throughout the country
about EC participation. Findings from this survey suggest that all of the institutions
surveyed support the ‘idea’ of early childhood centre participation and that early childhood
centres do, sometimes, visit them. Self guided visits are always an option open to EC
centres, and museum personnel generally supported this type of visiting. However, the
survey highlighted barriers in relation to EC groups having access to and use of the
education services and resources available in most art museums and galleries in New
Save the date! Diversity is our treasure - so let's start with preserving
our personal art educational stories right now...
Thomas, Bernadette1
Tulla-Realschule Kehl, Kehl, Germany
[email protected]
In 2014 we are going to celebrate the 60th jubilee of InSEA. 60years of Insea - 60 years of
personal, exciting, diverse and multicultural art educational moments. So why don´t we
start collecting these stories, but not in an academic way: more narrative, I mean like to
focus on each art teachers personal way and character. Imagine every art teacher writes
her or his story like: Art education with (name of the teacher)... At the end we will have so
many different stories of art education! But in all that could be different is a common base:
we all teach art. And as art teachers we are involved in the cultural life and cultural
traditions of our countries. So the idea to start this collection of art teachers - tales/stories
could be seen as a documentation of cultural work. This documentaion must be protected
as a cultural treasure: for our children, grandchildren and for our art educational followers!
This collection should be done in different ways: as a digital memory for all, as a collection
of bocklets, as a hand-written story and all notes, drawings, sketches and photos should
be included. The digital memory: today we have the opportunity to use
to start our common collection. Perhaps there will be another possibility in the next years
but actually I think we should begin on Mydocumenta because as InSEA - Members we
can login for free. Then it is important to structure the different stories by countries or
regions. If there are other members of InSEA who want to support the collection and the
organization of it: they are invited to get in contact with me at the congress.
The advantages of a Realist framework for art and art education: the
teaching and writings of Neil C. M. Brown and his impact on research,
curriculum development and teaching in art classrooms in New South
Wales schools
Thomas, Kerry1, Maras, Karen2, Jones, Susanne3
College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Australian Catholic University, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Department of Education and Communities, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This presentation offers a thought-provoking account of the influential writings of the
Australian based realist philosopher, researcher, and teacher, the now Emeritus Professor
Neil C. M. Brown. Through his teaching and writings Brown fosters a highly intelligent
engagement with opportunities for research in art, design and education and has built
ground breaking approaches to curriculum design suited to C21st art education. This
presentation focuses on Brown's key concepts that have radically influenced the shape
and directionality of art education in New South Wales, Australia. These key concepts
challenge orthodox assumptions but offer hope for art educators nationally and
internationally. Brown explains that coming to an understanding of art entails a recursion,
however tacit, to some belief about what art is, a position that is largely ignored by current
nationally or state based curriculum frameworks. And yet he accepts that curriculum is
always constrained in its development. Brown resists dumbing down of authentic
expression in the visual arts. He inverts popularist assumptions: artworks are opaque
rather than transparent; practices conceal how they function but can be explained through
systematic inquiry; practical and social reasoning is critical to creative performances rather
than the creative process; and psychological processes of knowing in art are refuted in
favour of students' theory building and other cultural functions. The presentation then
showcases three examples of empirical research that have stemmed from his writings and
teaching. The first outlines a study that maps children’s conceptions of artwork identity
during middle childhood. Understanding how ontological bases underscore developing
children’s theories of critical meaning enable art educators to know how and on what terms
their advance toward critical autonomy can be supported in the classroom. The second
investigates how a photograph is an everyday taken-for-granted event, yet there is little in
the literature that explores students’ cognitive processing in relation to an understanding of
aesthetic discrimination in photography and the resultant impact on photographic
origination. The importance of teaching photographic theory and procedure in Visual Arts
education is signposted. The third by Kerry Thomas reports on a study of creativity in art
education and focuses on what teaching and learning to be creative implies Creativity is
conceived of as a kind of inferential social reasoning that is transacted between art
teachers and students in the social context of art classrooms.
Don't reinvent the square wheel - tradition and continuity in typography.
Thorn, Benjamin1, 2
University of New England, Armidale, AUSTRALIA
Museum of Printing at NERAM, Armidale, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Modern typography can be exciting and funky and can be used to create intriguing art
works. Most typographic design, however, is still used to communicate - both specific
information (what the words mean) and meta-information (which tells us how we are meant
to think about that information). Getting the balance right between these two aspects, and
ensuring that they don't conflict is a key to good design and is an important aspect of
visual literacy that needs to be taught. A simple example would be an cafe sign “Ye Olde
Teahouse” using an Old English font - it gives a you a nice fuzzy glow and suggests
Devonshire teas with scones and cream and that you wouldn't go in there for a hotdog.
The same font on “Pete's Punk Cafe” would be very confusing since the form conflicts with
the content of the message. The principles of good typographic design are not new.
Typography has developed but there is an underlying tradition that continues. What is
disturbing, however, are how some attempts to reinvent it try to discard tradition and
almost invariably fail. They don't reinvent the wheel, but rather they reinvent the square
wheel. This presentation looks at how typography has been used both artistically and in
design. What works in art doesn't necessarily work in design, and what fails in design is
invariably caused by ignoring traditional principles. It includes brief analyses of examples
of both art and design and suggests that the negative example, where design fails, is a
powerful tool in teaching traditional design principles.
Contemporary Art in the curriculum and practice in Sara Hilden
Tiainen, Heli1
Sara Hildén Academy, The Art School for Children and Young People,
Tampere, FINLAND
[email protected]
Basic education in the arts in Finland differs from compulsory basic education.
Participation is voluntary and the education providers may charge moderate fees. Basic
education in the arts is goal oriented, gradually progressing education in different art forms
given mainly to children and young people. It provides them with the skills needed in
expressing themselves and in applying for vocational and higher educational institutions.
Basic education in the arts is regulated by act and degree and the national core
curriculum, which may include syllabuses of different extent: basic syllabus or advanced
syllabus. The Finnish National Board of Education decides the objectives and core
contents for nine different art forms. Basic education in the arts is given in music
institutes, arts schools for children and the youth, dance institutes, arts and crafts schools,
circus schools and other institutes maintained by local authorities, registered associations,
foundations or private businesses. There is about 134 000 students enrolled in basic
education in the arts. Sara Hilden Academy/ The art school for children and young people
in Tampere, Finland, was established in 1982 and today it gives basic education in visual
arts based on the advanced syllabus. The number of students is about 400 and their ages
7-17. The syllabus is divided into basic studies (540 hours) and advanced studies (760
hours) as regulated by the national core curriculum. In SHA the basic studies are carried
out in 6 years (2-3 hours weekly) and the advanced studies in 5-6 years (3-4 hours
weekly). The main general objectives in basic education in visual arts are: developing the
pupils' creative ability to solve problems, teaching the pupils ability to express themselves
and to work with different materials and techniques, developing the ability to evaluate and
value high quality in a visual environment. The compulsory basic studies include drawing,
painting, graphics, ceramics, sculpture and some architecture, comics, photography and
animation. In the advanced studies pupils choose their workshops according to their own
interests. The last year of the studies, the 11th grade is dedicated to the students'
independent final projects. Some years ago when reforming the curriculum of our school,
we decided to emphasize the methods of contemporary art in the studies. The focus of
contemporary art based studies was established in the 10th grade in our school, when the
students are 16 years old. The students are given a new approach to art-making after their
technique based workshops in 7th-9th grades. The main principles are: student-centered
pedagogy, interactive working, process orientation, presentation of opinion and community
art. The pupils must decide on the message they want to convey, the media and the
audience. At the same time we participated in a European co-operation-project with 7
schools, the aim of which was to study integrating contemporary art and art education. We
also started preparing for an exhibition of contemporary art for young people held in
Tallinn, the cultural capital of Europe in 2011. These had an important impact on the
pedagogical discussion in our school. In the contemporary art workshop there are about
20 pupils tutored by 2-3 teachers working together for the whole school-year. The
substances are chosen by the students, the methods and techniques are derived from the
substances. The teachers and the students together find ways of expressing the students`
visions. Working in groups raises more discussion, different visions and opinions.
Different techniques are combined more freely than in the earlier workshops and the
students make installations, wall-paintings, performances, community art and public art.
Some projects are carried out outside the art school with different partners. The
requirements for teachers in the contemporary-art-workshop are: ability to teach different
techniques, good knowledge of contemporary art, co-operating skills and patience for
working in an open process. The teacher's role changes and becomes more like the role
of a manager and a co-operator. The benefits gained are: deeper pedagogical discussion
between teachers, new ideas and collegial support. The students are challenged to
discuss their opinions more deeply, to make decisions and compromises, to develop their
co-operating skills and to widen their concept of art. They benefit by getting new
opportunities and audience for their art, by learning more from each other's work and by
becoming more conscious of their own thinking and ideas. Emphasizing contemporary art
in the studies of 10th grade in our art school has been a good choice. This method has
encouraged the students to start their independent final projects the following year.
Searching for good methods of contemporary art education for younger pupils is still in
Making learning visible using Asia and Australia's engagement with
Asia as the basis for authentic visual art pedagogy.
Tickyj, Tania1
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Using the Australian Curriculum cross curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s
engagement with Asia as the focus, this presentation will use authentic visual art
pedagogical practice alongside Visible Learning Tools such as learning goals, success
criteria, student self-reflection and assessment, the SOLO Taxonomy and feeding forward
to demonstrate the depth of learning achieved by students in Year 9 during an
interdisciplinary project undertaken over 4 weeks. The body of work that I will show
demonstrates how students have employed their creativity, critical thinking, cultural and
aesthetic knowledge and understanding about diverse arts practices in Asia, to inform the
making of their own artwork.
Culture in Context: Conversations to engender a deeper sense of
thinking and knowing.
Tooke, Alma1
Methodist Ladies' College, Kew, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
We all come from different backgrounds and have different meanings for the word culture how do we incorporate this into art education especially when required to have an
intercultural understanding? From my own experience I have grappled with ways of
working with EAL students in terms of their understanding of the language of the Visual
Arts. This can be technically complex, it can be difficult to comprehend as it has a
multitude of different terms. We also need to make sure they understand their culture and
bring this into their work and not enforce on them just one style of Art. I also teach
International Baccalaureate Visual Arts students and their first criteria for assessment is
about Culture, this is an assessment criteria we spend time making decisions and talking
through to unpack what it actually means to each of us. The student: ‘Analyses and
compares thoughtfully most of the time art from different cultures and times, and usually
considers it carefully for its function and significance’ (IB Visual Arts Criteria for
Assessment) Living in a multicultural country and a very multicultural city we are
personally challenged to be open-minded and curious about other cultures. With the ever
expanding digital world we can access cultures readily but do we really understand the
work they produce. In Australia do we understand the culture and art of our Indigenous
people? Some of the barriers, we have created about Culture can be broken down by
looking at the way others work, discussing what others produce and this can enable us to
make our students art works more meaningful. How do we engender a joy of discussion
and how does this broaden our understanding of culture in Art and improve our own art
making? By using thinking routines and other processes we can engender metacognitive
discussion and get students looking at the harder questions of culture which can trigger a
more creative and thinking based process in their own art making. In this session I will be
using some of the techniques I have used with my students to hopefully breakdown some
of the barriers which may exist. I will also be using work from my College Project (which all
staff undertake at MLC as part of their Professional Development programme), where 4
teachers have been working on a design initiative of an Indigenous Garden and
developing this into a learning resource for the College and the Community. This will look
at the involvement of students and teachers and an Indigenous artist on the production of
ceramic boulders, totems and a mural. This work will take its influence from the plants in
the garden and the local stories.
Intrinsic Motivation and Flow Condition on the Music Teacher´s
Torres, Gabriela1, Méndez, Luz Marina1
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, NUevo León, MEXICO
[email protected]
The challenge of the present teacher is that he needs to take awareness of his perception
and some beliefs that could limit him on the understanding and management of the
classroom and the decisions that he or she takes during teaching-learning process. If a
teacher shows passion for knowledge and apprenticeship, students most likely will have a
focus oriented to get an objective. The present music teachers must demostrate this to
transmit a high self motivation, and apply the domain of self-efficacy to relate with the
performance or the goal. Researchs suggests that if the teachers facilitate the flow
experience for students, it will be possible to increase their motivation in the classroom
and the result will generate a higher satisfaction (Ak ?entürk, 2012). The Studies done by
Csikszentmihalyi (2013) show that an optimal experience is associated with intrinsic
motivation and during the presence of something that gives us pleasure. Csikszentmihalyi
(2013) compares this optimal experience of flow condition when a person is in a flow
condition. The status mention above results in a high degree of satisfaction when the
person is motivated enough and does the work regardless of the external reward, even if it
requires to invest a high cost of energy to reach the desired goal and to get a quality
experience. This research has the purpose to assess if the teachers of a higher education
school music are intrinsically motivated, and thereby develop the flow condition which
could be reflected on their teaching performance that could be a result of a higher quality
teaching. The research question is: What is the relationship between intrinsic motivation
and flow condition in the performance of music teachers in a high educational school
located in North East of Mexico? The selected sample was a group of 96 high grade
educational teachers, the total school population. A non probabilistic intentional procedure
was carried out, under non-experimental design, transactional and descriptive . The data
was collected through the use of two instruments adapted from Lopez-Torres (2007) for
the assessment of intrinsic motivation and flow condition. The Instruments were applied
individually in their own classroom. A statistical analysis of the data was done, comparing
the media of the groups with the best and the worst performance in relation to their
motivation and flow condition, using t-tests and ANOVA analysis. It was expected that the
higher intrinsic motivation group would get a better result of flow condition and therefore a
better performance. This can lead us to conclude that if the teacher has a high level of
motivation and can transmit it to his or her students, a feeling of creative joy can be
reached by the students. This will allow them to live moments of active concentration and
absorption in what is being done and to get an optimal experience, subsecuent to the
development of the flow condition (Csikszentmihalyi, M. , 2013). Finally it will be advisable
to continue with the works that link intrinsic motivation and flow condition in both
participants: music teachers and students.
InSEA Research Board Report
Torres De Eca, Teresa1, Freedman, Kerry1, Õzsoy, Vedat1, Guimaraes,
Leda1, Paatela-Nieminen, Martina1, Kennedy Milbrandt, Melody1, Wang, LiYan1
InSEA Research Board
[email protected]
During 2011-2014 the members of the InSEA Research Board (IRB) appointed by the
World Council have worked together to achieve a number of organizational goals. Â In
their vision InSEA IRB members envisioned that theory and practice of arts education
should be underpinned by a strong research evidential base, so we tried to establishÂ
steps to promote such a vision during our term. In this presentation, we will reflect upon
the actions we initiated to promote cross-cultural and multi-cultural research in art
education. We will also report on related research initiatives, such as the InSEA Doctoral
Award and the InSEA Research Blog. The InSEA Doctoral Award was established to
recognize and promote international doctoral scholarship in the field of Art Education. The
Research Blog was established to facilitate interaction and the exchange of information
among InSEA members engaged in research.
Potential of Hyakki Yagyo Emaki (a picture scroll depicting one hundred
spectres strolling at night) as a Teaching Material for Art Education
Uda, Hideshi1
Nara University Of Education, Nara City, Nara Prefecture,JAPAN
[email protected]
This study intends to develop and verify the usefulness of practical study content which
enables pupils to understand the value of traditional Japanese arts by casting a spotlight
on them against the background of art education in Japan where learning is heavily biased
towards Western arts. This study deals with an “Emaki”, long picture scroll. An “Emaki” is a
long picture scroll which can be appreciated by rolling out from right to left and may carry
explanatory sentences. As it is rolled out by hand, the viewer can freely control the time
and space for appreciation. It originates from the Chinese art of picture scrolls which is
believed to have arrived in Japan in the mid-6th Century along with Buddhism. It gained
popularity among nobles together with a rise of chronicles in the age of the spreading use
of “kana” characters. From the “Kamakura” Period (1285-1333) onwards, “Emaki” became
a prominent tool used by Buddhism as well as Shintoism preachers, developing a strong
fondness for “Emaki “among the general public. There are two standard ways of
appreciating an “Emaki”. One is firstly to spread it at shoulder width to appreciate the
scene and then to roll it up from the right, followed by rolling out to the left to disclose the
next scene. This is a gentle way of appreciation. The other is continuous appreciation by
constantly rolling up and rolling out the scroll on the two sides. A scroll employs unique
techniques, including “fukan zuhou” (view from above drawing), “fukinuke yatai” (rendering
of a building without a roof or ceiling), “tsukuri-e” (involving outlining by ink first, followed
by the application of thick, opaque colours to the entire painting and finally redrawing of
the outlines and important details of the faces and figures in ink), “hikime kagihana”
(portrayal of men and women with full cheeks, the eyes in straight lines, the nose in a
hooked line and a small dot-like mouth), repetitive drawings, “iji dozu” (a compositional
method to show successive events within a unified background) and scene changes. The
teaching material chosen for this purpose, was “Hyakki Yagyo Emaki”, a picture scroll
depicting one hundred spectres strolling at night. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll has no
explanatory sentences, allowing pupils to express their own ideas without relying on
existing concepts and to share such ideas with other pupils. As such, the author believes
that this scroll has the potential to make collaborative learning possible. In other words,
teaching based on a social constructivist approach can be achieved. For the actual
teaching of third year primary school pupils, a real size replica of the scroll (approximately
33 cm wide and 735 cm long) was prepared for appreciation and a sequel to be drawn by
pupils. The reactions and activities of the pupils were recorded using a digital voice
recorder and were also observed by an assistant and their comments and contents of their
drawings were subsequently analyzed. Such observation and analysis confirmed several
points. (1) Some comments made during the free observation period indicated awareness
of the transformation of familiar devices and pieces of furniture to spectres
(personification), allowing pupils to conduct a deeper investigation depending on how their
focus shifted to other items. This reaction was exactly one of the aimed outcomes of this
particular lesson. (2) The last scene of the scroll depicts the appearance of something like
a “red ball” making the spectres run away. Making the pupils think about what this red ball
is useful exercise to make them think about the principal theme of the scroll. (3) At the
stage of the pupils drawing a sequel to the scroll, various ideas emerged in different forms,
including the reappearance of the spectres and ogres and the use of cartoon techniques.
These were also helpful to make the pupils infer the principal theme. (4) One problem
found was that teaching will not progress smoothly unless possible questions and their
answers are well prepared in advance because of the numerous characters appearing on
the scroll. Another important point is to determine when the accepted interpretation of the
scroll in the history of Japanese arts should be explained to pupils.
Development Project for Contemporary Art Education Art Navigator 2
Urpo-Koskinen, Marketta1
Lohja Art School for Children and Young People, Lohja, FINLAND
[email protected]
The development project for contemporary art education, Taidenavigaattori 2, started in
autumn 2012. The project is followed by eleven Art schools all over Finland. The central
issue of this development project is student-centered pedagogy. Our mutual theme is
Public Art with the participation of whole community (teachers, students and local people).
In recent years both Public and Community Art have increasingly expanded in scope and
application. Our project has reacted to this moment. The student-centered pedagogy is
considered important but the main question is how to apply more of it in the art education.
One of the main aims of this project is to find the possibilities for teachers and students to
work together. Teachers have certainly a lot of experience from Public and Community Art,
but how to get this experience as part of school's program? Teachers and students form
working groups where they together study, discuss, create and realize diverse public art
projects. Teachers are not offering any ready-made concept; students are taken into
process right from the beginning. The projects are documented during the process and the
description of the project is done together at the end of the process: What was done and
why? What happened was the result successful? What could be done in the future? This
project is also developing the activity of the school itself: it gets more awareness in the
local area. The development project is followed by eleven Art schools all over Finland. The
results of this project can be seen on the project's own webpages The partners of the project will organize in autumn
2014 an itinerant exhibition, a magazine presenting the final projects will also be
published. The aims for the project -to develop the methods of contemporary art teaching
in co-operation with other art schools, to present the possibilities of public art and to
introduce the methods of student-centered pedagogy -to document systematically the
progress of the project -public art is not smudging, it is playful, experimental and
interactive art which is realized by the whole community The aims for the teachers - to
reinforce the significance of play, joy and fearlessness in teaching. Interactive working
together with students, teachers and local community - even a small art work can be
locally surprising and stimulate discussions - to be experimental in daily routines and to
inspire creativity The aims for the students -art has a positive impact and touches people art works can be done together The light art festival 'Light wins over the darkness' is held
on 14th of November 2013 in nearly ten art schools in Finland. The goal of this project is
to have spontaneous public art projects also in the future. Public art is an excellent
possibility to expand the knowledge of art, to increase community participation in cultural
life and to encourage our sense of social connectedness. The Ministry of Education has
given a support of eur 40.000 to our Art Navigator 2 project. Lohja, 28th October 2013
Coordinator: Lohja Art School for Children and Young People The Art schools
participating in the project: Vihti Art School for Children and Young People Espoo Art
School for Children and Young People Helsinki Art School for Children and Young People
Hyvinkää Art School for Children and Young People Aimokoulu, Hämeenlinna School
of Fine Arts for Children and Young People Sara Hilden Academy, Tampere Kokkola Art
School for Children and Young People Rovaniemi Art School for Children and Young
People Pori Art School for Children and Young People Vantaa Art School for Children and
Young People Lohja Art School for Children and Young People
Identity Mediation in the Secondary Visual Arts Classroom
Vietgen, Peter1
Brock University, Niagara Region, St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA
[email protected]
This research presentation will explore the art of teaching and critiquing conceptual
photography as a vehicle in understanding diversity through image creation. Forty senior
secondary visual arts students were involved in a three-month research study. The
research goals were for students to acquire the central principles of conceptual
photography and visual mediation, and to transfer these understandings of photography
and visual mediation into written narrative reflections. Combining visual arts with a
multimodal approach to meaning making and the comprehension of diversity through
imagery, I as the researcher, worked closely with two secondary visual arts classes from
two different schools in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. The students were
introduced to the project by viewing examples of photographic works by the American
artist/photographer Cindy Sherman. Known for her interpretative photographic works over
decades exploring themes such as identity and role-play, students were presented with a
series of Sherman images from throughout her career. After deconstructing Sherman's
unique mediation of identity through the medium of photography, students created their
own conceptual photographs around their personal understanding and interpretation of the
themes of self-identity and role-play. Students were then asked to articulate their images
through the production of written or digital narratives which were presented alongside their
photographs in a gallery exhibition. At the Exhibition Opening, three students from each
school were invited to participate as part of a panel discussion. This panel discussion
enabled a selection of the students to share their voice as participants in such a research
study which involved the creation of photography and text as an exploratory tool in identity
representation and understanding.
Indigenous Spaces of Learning of the Wharenui
Waititi, Cheri1
Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND
[email protected]
This paper will discuss an indigenous space of learning within the context of a wharenui
(indigenous meeting house) in a tertiary institution. The considered indigenous space of
learning discussed here is Te Kore (the nothingness, the void) or “the infinite space of
potential” enabling praxis to pass on cultural, artistic and historical knowledge, skills and
understanding. The wharenui enables a context where Maori language, culture and
historical and cultural artistic works exist and are used to teach Maori, to learn about Maori
and for those who are Maori, to be Maori. Through this context Te Kore creates spaces
that allow for artistic diversity, reviving awareness of the indigenous traditional and
contemporary art forms. Te Kore is used to inspire students to an inclusiveness of the
indigenous artworks and design of the wharenui to inform them of their own artistic
developments, evolvements and resolutions towards their own creative endeavors and
To use comics and graphic novels as educational media for intercultural
learning in a multicultural context.
Wallin Wictorin, Margareta1
Linneaus University, Växjö, SWEDEN
[email protected]
Migration is one of the main global issues influencing daily life for people all over the world.
Some people even call it one of the big traumas of today (Wiman 2013). At the same time
as migration is related to shelter and new possibilities for refugees, it also causes distance
from cultural roots and need for adaptation. The newly arrived have much to give to the
new cultural context in which they settle down, but they also need to understand the new
cultural context and also make themselves understood. When newly arrived immigrants
and local residents meet, both fruitful discussions and problematic confrontations may
occur. One multicultural meeting place of great importance is the school, where young
people can learn about each others way of life and construct intercultural understanding.
Comics and graphic novels have in recent years gained a rising interest as media for a
great variety of stories. They have often been autobiographical (El Refaie 2012). Famous
examples of this phenomenon are Marjane Satrapis Persepolis and Aya from Yopougon
by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubreire. These stories also tell their readers about
the culture they come from, and they can be studied in schools with an intercultural
purpose. Pupils in schools can also learn from drawing and writing comics themselves, to
tell about their lives and what is important for them. I have studied the use of educational
comics in Senegal, West Africa, where students from my university have been staying for
field studies in art education, and in Sweden where I live and teach. This presentation will
show how comics and graphic novels can be used for educational purposes. I will argue
that comics and graphic novels are well suited to be used as educational media in the way
that it helps the reader to construct intercultural understanding.
Intercultural Art Education Exchange between Finland and Taiwan:
Constructing Glocal Places through Social Media
Wang, Li Yan1, Paatela-Nieminen, Martina2
National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, TAIWAN
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FINLAND
[email protected]
This presentation presents a methodology, a research project and selected outcomes from
an inter-cultural art education exchange in 2013. Two university faculty members share
their experience of engaging students in an exploration of intercultural ideas about their
local places. They do so through an intertextual art method to enable students to
reconstruct their places open-endedly as a space of plural meanings. Participants of this
project include student teachers studying an art education minor in the department of
teacher education at the University of Helsinki as well as graduate art education students
and secondary school art teachers studying within the art department of National
Changhua University of Education. This is our second collaboration between these two
universities. The content and structure of this intercultural exchange are based on the
findings from our collaboration last year and earlier participants' input regarding
refinement. We studied how students explored local and global places to create “glocal”
understanding, and in this experiment, we focused on student's collaborative,
intersubjective processes and outcomes. The participants were asked to apply an
intertextual art method developed for art education, pursuing the following steps: 1)
Students studied their interest in the chosen place as a text and linked the place to its
history and context through their subjective questions. Participants were instructed to take
photographs of a local place (text) that is significant to them personally. They chose places
that evoke private childhood memories, cultural significance or ways of living and show
glimpses of contemporary life in Finland and Taiwan; 2) Students linked their place as a
text within a continuum of other texts of related sites. Stories and photographs of the
places were shared in class, related one to the other and shown on Facebook. As the
intertextual continuum (photos) is studied palimpsestically (reading from the newest to the
oldest text), it is possible to produce a subjective cultural difference of most importance; 3)
When the difference is studied as a rhizomaticly as a mosaic of texts, it is possible to
discover plural meanings connected to cultural memory. That and the unconscious of the
subject and cultural memory are strongly involved in the process. In this way, students
explored the plural and hidden meanings of a place; and 4) All students remixed parts of
their photographs from their intertextual processes, and they created intersubjectively new
intercultural meanings. Participants were divided into groups. Each group included two
Taiwanese and two to three Finnish students. They introduced themselves on Facebook.
Students raised questions and provided comments and personal observations about
cultural similarities and differences. This was followed by a Skype video conference. The
small groups first greeted each other and then engaged in a series of collaborative artmaking processes. Students remixed parts of their photographs and made a collage using
free software (Sumo-paint, Gimp) and programs (Corel Paint, Photoshop). These
intersubjectively remixed collages showed imaginary and glocal Taiwanese-Finnish sites
that reflect traces of the students' visual representations of local places. The Finnish
students also produced new meanings through their three-dimensional model that remixed
their image continuum and in which they added a Taiwanese object. Taiwanese students
raise questions about Finland and created individual artwork using different mediums of
their choice. Portfolio and reflective essays included writings and images that are used to
document participants’ learning and reflection on this intercultural collaboration process.
Sites and culture form one's identity. The researchers explored how students shared their
intersubjective art-making processes. The researchers also studied how students played
out, changed and remixed their social places and identities. The uniqueness of a place
turned out to be a plural space of intercultural meanings. By applying the intertextual
method, students learned more about and understood each other's cultures and pluralities
embedded in a place and identity; traces from an image continuum; and rhizomatic
connections to the intercultural memory, condensed meanings, a process of employing
social media and image processing and intercultural collaboration. Suggestions for ways to
increase participants' interests and learning in intercultural collaborative projects will be
discussed; students developed more sophisticated understanding about cultures, gained
understanding about plural meanings in addition to information sharing, and engaged in a
process of self-examination and awareness based on a specific theme that will help to
improve their intercultural sensitivity. As students acquired knowledge that reflected their
personal experience, they began to notice and even question their taken-for-granted
beliefs and behaviours.
Art Teaching and Learning inside the After School Art Studios in Taiwan
Wang, Li Yan1
National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, TAIWAN
[email protected]
Art educators in different countries have long advocated the importance of art learning in
schools. In addition to finding ways to gain public awareness and governmental support,
art educators continue to investigate and debate how art should best be promoted in
different contexts. Today, more and more art learning is taking place outside schools;
museums, cultural centers, and local government organize events and offer new art
learning opportunities to the public. The act of paying fees to attend after-school art
programs is also becoming popular. Yet, what goes on inside the after-school art program
is an area not fully researched. The presenter argues that the specifics of the after-school
art programs constitute an important research topic that requires further attention. For
example, in Taiwan, private art learning outside the school often takes place in art studios
led by individual or group artist-teachers. Studio Atelier has demonstrated a long history in
European art education. It started out as a place for artists to work, and at times provided
a place for young apprentice to train or for the fostering of a younger generation of artists.
Today, many private art learning institutions in Taiwan label their programs as studios and
provide a diverse range of art learning opportunities in the late afternoon or early evening
or during weekends. Some parents send their kids to the art studio to provide them further
chances to explore their artistic potential. Some students attend intensive art studio
courses with the goal of gaining basic skills, meeting friends with similar art interests,
preparing their art portfolios, and preparing for art exams to get into top art programs at the
next academic level. To help realize such goals, some exam-oriented studios teach
students art-making “formulas” or exam tips to help them obtain good grades on drawing
and painting competency exams. From a historical perspective, the establishment of art
association, art interest groups, and art studios in Taiwan during the 1920s was important
because, at that time, modern school systems were just beginning to be set up, offering
limited art courses and programs in the school. In the earlier days, the number of students
in a studio was small, tuition was often free or very low, teacher-student relationships were
close, and a lot of training focused on still-life drawings and painting human figures.
Today’s studio art programs offer a much more diverse range of art experiences and
opportunities to utilize different art mediums. On the one hand, some studios remain small
and intimate, utilizing a student-centered approach to inspire art learners’ creative
potential. On the other hand, some studios operate with a corporate management mindset,
using marketing strategies and advertisements to attract a large number of participants.
These programs focus on helping junior and senior high school students prepare their art
portfolios, obtain good grades on the competency art exams, and win art competitions. In
the case of studios that focus on helping students gain admission into art programs and
schools, could the “formula”-type training hinder learners’ unique creative potential in the
long run? Negotiating between efficiency (demonstrating observable educational
outcomes) and personal philosophies of art education, how do studio art educators define
their roles, and how do they teach? To what criteria do students aspire while deciding
which art studios to attend? From a learner’s perspective, what did students learn from the
after-school art studios? This research study utilizes interviews, participant observation,
and document analysis to understand the teaching and learning taking place inside art
studios in Taiwan. In addition to investigating studio art teachers’ self-identification of their
roles as well as their teaching philosophy and teaching content, this study also analyzes
students’ perspectives and raises issues that need to be explored further in future
Our Museum in the Diverse Social Context: A Participatory Action
Research Study of Art Museum Project for Lifelong Learning
Wang, Wenchun1, Ishizaki, Kazuhiro2
Independent Scholar, Utsunomiya, JAPAN
University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, JAPAN
[email protected]
While visitors have become the center of educational endeavor for art museum educators,
the museum's responsibility to community is also being focused on, especially in local
museums. In recent decades, the dramatic aging of the population in Japan has driven
educators' attention to lifelong learning, and the borders among job, voluntary work, and
hobby are becoming increasingly unclear in our modern world. We would rather explore
beyond traditional art museum education and art appreciation to be able to reflect the
diversity of individual interests and our own community. The purpose of this study is to
investigate a participatory project at a municipal art museum that recruited citizens as
curators and offered a 6-month training workshop to arrange an exhibition of schools'
collections. The viewpoints of our discussion are based on the standpoints of the art
museum, participators, and an outsider. The goal of this project was set to offer practical
experiences of art museum curators, and participants were expected to have the desire to
engage with holding an exhibition. The 24 participants included 9 males and 15 females
with a wide range of ages from their 20s to 60s, and 17 participants reached the end of the
workshop program, namely holding the exhibition of schools' collections in June 2012.
About 600 art works and crafts at 93 public schools (elementary and junior high) in the
510,000-population city had been recorded by the local art museum. Most of them were
created by local artists and displayed somewhere at schools, for instance an entrance for
guests, a principal's office, and a gymnasium. As an original concept of the art museum,
the schools' collections should be not only as decorations at schools, but also be
accessible to children and revalued as a source to reinvigorate the community and its
culture. Then, the question here is how the art museum project brings diverse age groups
together for the community- reinvigorating event through arranging an exhibition of local
artists' works. The workshop program provided a wide variety of activities, including
investigating art works and crafts at schools, receiving experts' lectures, practicing making
exhibition plans, individual study of an art work, making contact with local artists, practicing
gallery talk and so on. Participants often worked in groups, and were divided into the three
groups of exhibition design, educational affairs and publicity information from the middle
stage of the program. The art museum intended to enable and empower each individual
participant to be engaged in holding the exhibition, while at the same time interactions
among one another, in terms of group activities, discussion and shared feelings, were
expected to bring people together and create meaning for reinvigorating the community.
Another important question that we wanted to ask from the standpoint of participants is
how and what residents learned from the workshop by getting practical experiences of art
museum curators in six months. In fact, the participants have a wide range of interests,
knowledge and cognitive abilities in art and community, making it difficult to firmly establish
shared goals and strategies in a promising way. Apparently, the participants learned
diversity from one another, and constructed individual meaning through different ways, in
terms of personal expression, social interactions and identity development. Those precious
experiences have been added to enhance museum literacy. The third focus of this study is
a review of the art museum project by an outsider. It is important to emphasize what a
culturally connected city is like, and why its unique connection among citizens, local artists,
schools, and the municipal art museum is important in our modern world. In many cases,
adults have a wealth of knowledge and experiences. Therefore the event could respond to
their mature life, diverse age groups, and multifaceted thinking to make meaningful
connections between different people and places through culturally shared activities. A
creative and effective program is rooted in the collaborative interaction of group members
who embraced interdisciplinary thinking, narratives of “being a curator” in approach to
interpretation of art works and engagement with holding the exhibition. The connections
and bonds have been reconsidered to be more significant in our aging society while we
are facing a changeable and uncertain world.
How teaching Visual Art addresses the cross curriculum perspectives
and 21st century general capabilities as presented in the Australian
Wassell, Nicole1
Art Education Victoria, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This presentation will use real and authentic classroom practice to demonstrate how Visual
Art in the Australian curriculum, will, along side best practice teaching, address the
Australian curriculums cross curriculum priorities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
history and culture, Asia and Australias engagement with Asia and Sustainability and also
21st century general capabilities including critical and creative thinking, intercultural
understandings, ethical understanding and personal and social capacity. It will illustrate
how Visual Art by its very nature as a discipline can impact on and enrich the diverse
contexts and skills necessary to prepare a learner for the 21st century whilst maintaining
and deepening content and contextual knowledge. I will demonstrate this, through the
presentation of a body of current student work that explores and responds to the
colonisation of Australia from an Indigenous perspective and its impact on Indigenous
culture. I will present and demonstrate the depth of learning achieved by my students
through the exploration of contemporary Indigenous art, the dialogue that this exploration
generates and the visual responses the students produce when analysing and
synthesising that learning into a considered and critical visual response.
Extending the dialogue: Tracking a generalist primary teacher's shift in
practice over a year long art-based intervention process
Watkins, Marnee1, Grant, Gina1
Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne,
[email protected]
This conference paper presents a visual arts-based case study we undertook in 2013
following a graduate generalist primary teacher through a year long intervention process.
The study tracks and interrogates the participating teacher's evolving perception of herself
as teacher and artist, and the changes in her pedagogical practice when offered an
intensive collaborative learning experience followed up by continued learning and
professional dialogue with us as her arts mentors. Not unexpected to us was this teacher's
increased openness to the inclusion of visual arts-based pedagogy within her generalist
teaching, however what did surprise us was the extent to which this shift happened and
gained momentum over a short period of time. Her willingness to embrace the new role of
artist in her classroom, beyond merely being the facilitator of the artistic practice of her
students was a radical shift in practice and warranted deeper investigation. Through
research insights, examples of documented practice and analyses of the data we drill
down into the intervention process at play here, and we briefly look at the outcomes of this
case study in relation to others we undertook in the same study to attempt to get closer to
understanding why this particular intervention worked the way it did. With the introduction
of the Australian Curriculum primary generalist teachers are working within a curricular
landscape that advocates for an interdisciplinary approach to classroom teaching and
learning, and for a range of reasons this presents challenges for teachers particularly from
the perspective of how the arts are represented within this approach. Irwin, Gouzouasis,
Grauer and Leggo (2006) contend that generalist teachers experience struggle when
teaching the arts if they do not consider themselves to be artists, and that ‘the arts content
being presented often lacks integrity and/or pedagogical expertise' (p.1). These
contentions, resonating with our own observations and findings, inform our current
research project. The case study featured in our conference paper here forms part of our
current larger project funded by The CASS Foundation to address a number of issues
related to the take up of the arts in the primary school through intensive professional
learning and continued support and mentoring beyond this learning. The aim of this
integrated study is to implement three parallel interventions one in art, one in music and
one in drama targeted at early to mid-career primary and middle school teachers and to
track the efficacy of and the impact of these on teachers' application of arts rich practice.
Participants spent two days in an intensive immersion program focussed on discipline
specific arts pedagogies and approaches to get in touch with their own artistry, and to think
of themselves as artists. This component was led by artists and arts practitioners with an
understanding of the classroom context. The program was also pedagogically driven with
participants provided with models and experiences of classroom implementation, focussed
on integrating their chosen arts discipline in other curriculum areas, negotiated content,
reflective practice and documentation of activities. The immersion program was followed
up by sustained support by us via mentoring and monitoring.
Developing a theoretical basis for a modern handicraft education
curriculum in Austria
Weiler, Anna1
University of Art and Design Linz, AUSTRIA
[email protected]
In Austria, textile art and technical handicraft education have historically emerged as two
distinct subjects - the former for girls, the latter for boys. Although students and parents
are these days free to choose which subject to pick, traditional gender patterns live on.
Recently policy makers have decided to merge the two subjects into a single one.
However, the changes are not the outcome of a debate within the pedagogic academic
community of art education, but are the result of wider educational reforms. Against the
backdrop of austerity budgets, there have been adverse reactions of teachers and
academic circles alike. This is understandable as the merger is being pushed through
without a thought-out concept, simply adding up the curricula of the current subjects. The
debate about how to modernize has yet to start in earnest. Mainstream handicraft theories,
from both the textile and technical perspective, have so far been defending the status quo,
which at the end of the day is tantamount to a perpetuation of today's de facto gender
segregation. I will critically look at these theories, explaining their inner logic, which has
prevented them from thinking outside the box. The challenge is to develop a new
theoretical basis of handicraft education.
Art as a Medium for Change through the Vitality of Positive Psychology
Wheatley-Dawson, Christine1, Johnstone, Anne1
Seymour College, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
The presentation will explore how Positive Psycologu can be introduced to schools
through Art which in turn can be used to enrich the Visual Arts curriculum and, thus,
promote poitive self-concept and a powerful 'strength focus' for students. Positive
Psycology and Positive Education are new and exciting fields of research that have
attracted global attention across multi disiplines. Utilising ground-breaking research and
the principles encapsulated in these fields. Art can serve as unique vehicle for the
communication of valuable and life enriching messagesand act as a catalyst for change
through begining the dialog about the nature of values and strenghts in action. Students
can reflect and focus on who they are from the perspective of what is 'right' with them. This
thematic approach, highlighted and outlined in Seymour College pilot programs, provides a
deeper conseptual understanding while aiming to bolster student well-being, so that they
can harness their strengths to serve a cause greater than themselves. This focus
embraces a positive ethich in learning and can demonstrate how art can transform and
expand understanding and personal awareness. Creative implementation and integration
into the Art curriculum of recent neuroscience and Positive Psychology research has
enormous potential to positively change the culture of a school and its community. This
presentation explores how this process can begin.
Art based-methods for young talent coaching
Wienk, Janeke1
ArtEZ Expert Centre Arts and Education, Zwolle, THE NETHERLANDS
[email protected]
This presentation reports the results and follow-on questions of the unique cooperation
between the Centre of Expertise in Art Education (ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Holland), its
master programme and the Kunstbende, a Dutch youth organization that stimulates active
cultural participation among youngsters. The master programme provides continuing
professional development for experienced arts educators. Kunstbende organizes several
activities to achieve their aims, the most appealing and successful is the national
competition for young creative talent whereby youngsters from 13 - 19 participate in eight
artistic categories (Fine Art, Dance, DJ, Fashion, Film & Animation, Music, Spoken Word,
Theatre & Performance). Beside the competition Kunstbende offers a wide range of
projects, including workshops for, and coaching of, talented youngsters, a national tour of
the young talents’ work (Best of Kunstbende Tour) and the International exchange project
‘Move Your Art’. Background At the end of the 1980’s, Holland, like many European
countries, was experiencing a gap between the established cultural offer and young
peoples’ interest in the arts and culture. Common ground between these two groups was
difficult to find. This problem motivated the Dutch Minister of Culture to initiate a project to
bring these two groups together. ‘Kunstbende’ was born in 1991. Kunstbende, the
competition, has been going for 20 years with pre-rounds in every Dutch province. The
winners of these pre-rounds compete during the National finals. Talentcoaching and
research After the competition Kunstbende offers the winners a course to develop their
talents, and this is where the cooperation with ArtEZ master students starts. Together with
the winners the master students design a talent-coaching trail to accomplish their personal
goals and to get an answer to their personal questions and doubts. Some of the winners
only need help to find good creative studies. Others really want to develop their talents and
need help in making the decision to become an artist, or not. The master students try to
create a specific course for each of them, partly individual partly in peer-group sessions.
The master students are experienced experts in the first place, since they themselves
have travelled the long way from young talent in the arts to become a professional in Art
Education. They are able to use their own experience-based expertise in their talent
coaching. From this starting point they have developed an interesting range of art-based
methods for talent coaching. Parallel to this talent development route ArtEZ Centre of
Expertise in Art Education has started up a longitudinal research monitor to gain more
insight into the crucial elements and needs in the development of young talent in the arts.
Aesthetic Understanding Viewing Art Museums and Educational
Williams, Betty Lou1
University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
[email protected]
The main purposes of this presentation is to identify frequently included position
statements encountered in the polemics of art, regarded as the essence of aesthetic
debate inseparable from the study of material culture. Before I lay these statements out, it
is important to understand the current climate of art museums and visitor experiences in
this setting. Although there are many types of museum visitors and reasons for their visits,
the ways in which their aesthetic experiences are shaped are largely determined by the
interpretation of collections and exhibits through presentation and educational delivery
including wall text panels, catalogs, audio lectures and guided tours, as well as the
entrance narrative/s visitors bring in with them. Many exhibitions and the interpretations
provided I see in art museums are steeped in art history and formal concerns while
educational methods of delivery rely on lecture or interactive discussion, avoiding the topic
of aesthetic insight or artistic debate altogether. Most art museums fail to address
audiences of all ages and types concerning two perennial questions: Why is something
considered to be art, or not art, and what constitutes good art from bad art? If art museums
who are suppose to be in charge of making critical decisions about what gets shown at
their institutions and the aesthetic merit of objects and collections, plus educating
audiences about that very subject are not consistently doing this, then who is, or better yet,
who could or should be doing this? I know that art museums showcase esteemed objects
but why are things seen there considered to be noteworthy and is that regard for status
commonly understood by the majority of visitors? In response to this challenge, the
responsibility of teaching about these issues often falls back to the art teacher to educate
students about aesthetics in conjunction with art history, material culture, art criticism and
art making combined. The importance of teaching aesthetics is self evident to most artists
and museum staff. How to go about accomplishing this task in terms of greater
understanding that will have retention, application and long-range benefits appears to be
the challenge for art museums. In my presentation I will lay out 10 concerns for aesthetic
understanding related to art museums that are vague in terms of museum interpretation
and also propose suggestions for ways that this gap in terms of understanding and
education of audiences can be overcome and connected.
Cultural Heritage as Scene of Public Interventions and Cultural Conflicts
Wirilander, Heidi1
University of Jyväskylä, Department of Art and Culture Studies, FINLAND
[email protected]
Cultural heritage has been regarded as representing both the collective memory of a
society and its self-image (Welburn et al. 2009, 2-3). Yet what kind of societal or individual
memory or self-image is a result of definition- and evaluation-based processes that
canonize cultural elements as common heritage and a shared vision of the past? This
paper presents an analysis from a Finnish perspective on contemporary Western society's
cultural changes and conflicts in association with the concept of cultural heritage. The
topic is approached and analyzed through five Finnish cases wherein institutionally defined
cultural heritage collections or cultural heritage sites have been scenes of public
interaction. These actions have contested both the memory institutions and the societies
whose defined heritage these sites and collections represent. The cases analyzed in this
paper occurred in Finland between the years 1990 and 2010. The cases are as follows: 1.
Saint Nicolas, the Orthodox Church of Kotka: public interactions at church buildings
outside environment in 1990s and 2000s; 2. The Orthodox Church of Christ's
Resurrection, Jyväskylä: public interactions at church buildings outside environment in
2010; 3. Saint Jacob, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Finnish-Swedish
congregation of Lauttasaari in Helsinki: public interaction involving designed sacral objects
and artwork in 2007; 4. Museum Centre of Turku, the Turku Castle, and the Historical
Museum of Turku: public interaction involving artwork in exhibitions in 2008; and 5.
Ancient castle ruins in Vartiokylä: public interactions at the archeological site and its
interiors in the 1990s and 2000s. Public interactions in a cultural heritage context provoke
many questions: Has cultural heritage become a contested issue for some people or for
groups of people in contemporary Western societies? Has the perception of acceptable
forms/locations of public interventions also changed in contemporary society's cultural
heritage context? What kind of value statement is established when a public intervention's
target is institutionally defined as a cultural heritage site or collection? Are these
interventions signs of political statements against institutionally defined heritage and
collective memory or against creativity, discussion, graffiti art, vandalism, or cultural
barbarism? Is the objective of these interventions to destroy cultural diversity or to
increase it? Do cultural diversity, democracy, and multiple cultural perspectives of the past
exist in the contemporary concept of cultural heritage? This presentation tries to provide
some perspectives to these questions. References WELBURN, William & PITCHFORD,
Veronda & ALIRE, Camila & BROWN, Malore & DOWNING, Karen E & RIVERA,
Alexandra & WELBURN, Janice & WINSTON, Mark 2009: Memory, Authenticity and
Cultural Identity: The Role of Library Programs, Services and Collections in Creating
Community. Pages: 2-3. IFLA. World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General
Conference and Council. 23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy. Available at:
Artworks in Residence: How young children respond to adult created
Wren, Julie1
Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
Artworks in Residence: Young children’s responses to visual artworks This study
investigates how young children explore, construct and communicate meaning when they
are responding to adult created artworks. A range of 2D, 3D and 4D (temporal) artworks
sourced from prominent Western Australian artists were displayed in the classroom five
times for a week each time. This provided children with an extended time in which to
explore the artworks. Six case study children in a kindergarten were observed and videorecorded during their regular classroom activities by the researcher and their teachers.
Parents also reported instances where their child made references to the artworks at
home. The data collected was analysed for the way in which the children’s responses were
embodied and transmediated across their modalities; how socio-semiotic mediation
enabled meaning-making; and how the children’s responses changed over time as they
regularly interacted with the artworks. This is a study in progress. To date, results indicate
that young children’s meaning-making is a creative process. Children respond to artworks
through other art forms such as dance, drama, creative stories and music. They also draw
from scientific, historical and mathematical concepts which include the need to talk, read,
write and use technology. Responses are largely a social endeavour and children work
together to scaffold each other’s understandings. This study is significant because it
potentially provides new evidence for the value of first-hand experience in learning and
detail of the processes by which young children learn about, and from, art. It may provide
educators with insights on how to support and shape learning in visual arts, reemphasising the importance of learning through play, and challenging pedagogical
approaches which may be overly formal and restricted.
Children's Graphic-Visual-Embodied Narratives: The Role of the
Interlocutor in Surfacing and Enriching Meaning Making
Wright, Susan1
University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This presentation describes the importance of teachers and/or researchers taking on the
role of interlocutor when engaging with children during one type of artistic experience,
namely, the co-creation of visual narratives. Such encounters enrich and extend these
playful experiences, where the child's voice is surfaced through three modes: graphic,
narrative and embodied. Of particular interest, and a unique feature of a selected sample
of 5-to-8 year old children's visual narratives, was the way in which children's meaning was
enhanced by these three modes working in harmony. The visual narratives were
spontaneous improvisations which unfolded in real-time on the page, where the children's
imaginations liberated them to not only tell themselves, but tell who they would like to be.
The cross-over of modes was seen in the embodied way in which the children used
expressive vocalisms and gesture to dramatize the narrative, physically enter the artwork
to act out the spatial-temporal qualities of drawn events, draw whoosh lines and other
graphic devices to animate the action, and use body-based metaphor and aesthetic
properties to symbolise emotions, abstract concepts such as the conservation of forests,
and physical-spatial-temporal relationships within the surface of the page. Profound
examples children's thinking illustrate how many modes and forms of representation help
us see children with new eyes and listen to their voices with deep and respectful insights.
The see-saw of visual arts in early childhood education: are we up,
down or somewhere in-between?
Wrightson, Helen1
Unitec Institute of Technology Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka, Mt Albert,
[email protected]
The see-saw of visual arts in early childhood education: are we up, down or somewhere
in-between? Visual arts have the potential to contribute to one’s learning and
development when provided opportunities for open-ended engagement with a variety of
media and resources. In today’s global society children are constantly exposed to visual
images in their homes, their communities and early childhood settings. Visual arts
contribute to the multiple languages children experience, providing affective and visual
languages to encode. Through their own encounters with visual arts media children play
with concepts, develop aesthetics, create and communicate. So where does the teacher
fit? A literature review into early childhood teachers’ visual arts pedagogy resulted in
exploration of numerous contexts. Firstly, investigation of the early childhood context to
understand what children may encounter then consideration of teaching scrutinising
influences on visual arts education within the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Historically, visual arts opportunities have been evident in early childhood settings but how
children experience these has been highly influenced by teacher pedagogy, changing
discourses, theories, values and beliefs favoured over time. Identified dichotomies have
led to confusion for many early childhood teachers adopting a pedagogy that both
addresses and maintains visual arts education in the diverse contexts in which they work.
The question is to wait for development or thoughtful guidance of learning possibilities? In
attempting to understand and contextualise current visual arts pedagogy in Aotearoa New
Zealand required exploration of a range of theoretical perspectives and recognition of
historical, social, political and cultural influences. A selection of influential theories
including the pragmatist philosophy of John Dewey; Lev Vygotsky’s relationship to
pedagogy; Loris Malaguzzi’s view on culture and education and Elliot Eisner’s relationship
to visual arts curriculum were explored. However what must be acknowledged in applying
these theories to the context of Aotearoa New Zealand is the critical place of Te Tiriti o
Waitangi and commitment to bicultural perspectives. In the context of Aotearoa New
Zealand early childhood teachers are guided by the mandated curriculum, Te Whāriki
(Ministry of Education, 1996), requiring recognition of indigeneity with Māori as tangata
whānua (the indigenous people of our land) and adoption of bicultural practices. My
colleague and I contest that Māori visual arts (ngā toi ataata) have the potential to
transform understandings of the world together with recognition of a cultural fusion
becoming evident in the artworks of our nation. We acknowledge the important place of
visual arts as they “engage our senses, capture out imaginations and record our memories
across generations” (Wrightson & Heta-Lensen, 2013, p. 13). Te Whāriki (Ministry of
Education) urges teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand to demonstrate commitment to
symbolic, visual and oral literacies of Māori. The question for teachers is Aotearoa New
Zealand is what pedagogy to adopt and how to teach both visual arts and Māori visual arts
to infants, toddlers and young children in their diverse early childhood contexts. Te Whāriki
(Ministry of Education, 1996) has often been criticised as non-prescriptive and lacking
guidance in both teaching practices and implementation instead requiring responsive and
knowledgeable teachers. While some teachers find this challenging requiring development
of their skills and pedagogy others have been proactive in seeking ongoing professional
development. Praxis is challenged when teachers discover inconsistencies between
theories espoused and those informing their actual teaching practice. This presentation
addresses my discoveries to date from the literature review and collaborative research in
writing a chapter for a visual arts text that is situated in the early childhood context of
Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ca-r-t: changing through acting-reflecting-teaching artistically
Wu, Dai-Rong1
Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, TAIWAN
[email protected]
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to
change the world”. As an art educator, I believe that teaching is the most radical and
artistic way to change the world. And the praxis of Ca-r-t, changing through actingreflecting-teaching, is my pedagogical experiment to embody this belief among student
teachers in the field of art education in the context of a university of the arts in Taiwan.
This research presentation will further explore how Ca-r-t drives the student-teachers to be
more aware of their curriculums and pedagogies. It will also demonstrate how artistteacher journals are used to document their organic teaching-learning process and
ultimately make some change in students and themselves. Ca-r-t is a homophone of cart,
signifying a vehicle for change. The ultimate goal of it is to change, in a broad sense. Yet,
my teaching experiences have taught me that not only do curriculums need to carry out
the goal, but student teachers executing curriculums need to bear the goal in minds and
accordingly make change happen. In my opinion, awareness becomes critically important
because student teachers need to be aware of what they teach in their curriculums and
how they teach through their pedagogies. I therefore propose Ca-r-t as a cyclic thinking
framework for student teachers to document their artist-teacher journals. In doing so, the
whole process leading toward change will be materialized and visible. In other words, once
student teachers begin to execute their lesson/unit plans, they start the first page of their
artist-teacher journals and simultaneously acting for change on their social practice.
However, without reflecting, acting for change can still lead nowhere. Being able to reflect
is thus following the act of acting. Student teachers document their reflections in their
artist-teacher journals, suggesting conceivable means to modify their impending teaching.
This act of reflecting will contribute to their teaching, making change happen gradually as
the way they expect it is. Journals or cases of learning will be shown in this presentation,
as well as a discussion will take place to facilitate the dialogue on the impact of Ca-r-t. In
this changing through art, it is without a doubt that art is placed in the heart of each
curriculum. Since student teachers will be located in the field of arts and humanities in
educational context in Taiwan, they need to be creatively and practically artistic.
The Construction of Taiwanese Aesthetics Through Arts and
Humanities Textbooks
Wu, Hong-An1
Univsersity of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA
[email protected]
This study examines the dominant view of aesthetics in Taiwan as it is presented in the
state approved Art and Humanities Textbooks. Western discourse on aesthetics has
recently returned to the original meaning and focuses on all forms of sensory stimulation.
However, aesthetics is translated as the study of beauty in Chinese. We are inevitably
constructing the ideology of beauty when using the term aesthetics in Chinese. Thus,
Taiwanese aesthetics in this research is understood as the specific style or appearances
of any given aural or visual form to be associated with the construction of the ideology, the
idea and beliefs, of what is beautiful, worthwhile and artistic within Taiwan's context. By
having to be approved by the national government, art education textbooks, known as the
subject Arts and Humanities, are key demonstrations of the national curriculum regarding
arts. I employed content analysis as my research method, for which I looked closely at the
Art and Humanities textbooks from grade 3 to 9 published by Kang Hsuan Educational
Publishing Group. By looking at how the artworks and artists are framed, where these
artworks and artists are from, and which traditions influence the construction of art, I want
to find the elements constructing Taiwanese identity through Taiwanese aesthetics
presented by these Taiwanese textbooks. With the constant interactions and dialogs
between Taiwan and other cultures, I find what has become is this fluid state of a
Taiwanese identity. In the Arts and Humanities textbooks Taiwan is constantly searching
for something to declare as uniquely theirs but the search often results in showing how
Taiwan is a hybrid of cultures. Taiwan's complex history and relationship with China,
Japan, United States and other European countries all left physically visible traces. We
have architectures from all these different “inhabitants” of Taiwan. These various cultures
all inhabit Taiwan through embodied presence or discursive interactions. All these traces
are a part of Taiwan. They become part of Taiwanese' embodied experience. Taiwanese
identity cannot be clearly defined, because this identity is constantly being lived,
experienced, and practiced through deconstruction and reconstruction of Taiwanese's
relationship with all these other cultures. Taiwanese aesthetics observed in the textbooks
is a clear demonstration of that complicated relationship. In the end, I conclude that
hybridism is the essential quality of Taiwanese aesthetics. Taiwanese aesthetics is not a
static form of knowledge. Instead, it is the ongoing construction, building and reappropriating of the values concerning arts from various disciplines and cultural traditions.
Through examining the Arts and Humanities textbooks, I have come to the realization that
their content is itself being constantly reconstructed through each students' own personal
re/creation of artworks. Its fluid and changing quality makes it impossible to define
Taiwanese aesthetics; it can only be constructed through living and doing by individuals.
The Research for Teaching and Curriculum of Art in Secondary School
for the theme of Image Culture
Xu, Yunchun1
East China Normal Universty, Shanghai, PR CHINA
[email protected]
This thesis emphasize that, though the art study .Students can be capable to understand
the various symbolic function and meaning of images, also the transmitted information and
the role it plays image in social life, improve the capability both of interpreting of the visual
image, and communication and expression skills. Then thereby learn to thinking and
analysis on visual images and art phenomenon, also the judgment for its value for the
culture. The thesis analysis the current situation of the teaching and Art Curriculum in the
Secondary School on the topic of image culture, utilizing the literature study and
comparative approach. On the basis of this, the author developed the curriculum of art
appreciate and creation with the topic “the Color of the City, Jingan District in Shanghai” ,to
guide the student to discover the culture and society change in the process of the city
development, though the fading and change of the color of city of image. Then to require
of the student to put forward their own views on the topic of t sustainable development of
city and society, also the culture inheritance and innovation.
Protecting the specificity of image-based art forms in visual culture
learning and teaching.
Yaginuma, Hirotoshi1, Mills, Jane2
Faculty of Education, Niigata University, JAPAN
University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
[email protected]
This paper addresses the importance of teaching visual culture and visual literacy in ways
that preserve the specificity of the visual art form (e.g. art, sculpture, installation, film art,
etc). We argue that the very term 'literacy' tends to invoke the idea of the letter and the
word, and that this often reinforces the primacy of the word and denigrates the image. We
note that education policy in many nations today promotes a concept of literacy narrowly
defined in terms of grammar and punctuation. Further, an emphasis on a semiotic
approach to analysing most communicative forms has spread to the arts and this
reinforces a long-standing distinction between print and 'non-print' texts. Drawing upon our
experience of teaching and learning in the visual arts (in particular, painting and the
moving image) in Japan and Australia, our argument is that a linguistic framework for
teaching visual literacy neglects the specificity of the different forms of art and thereby
neglects the cultural education of young people. It not only ignores the visual arts central
to the learning and everyday life experiences of our students, it also fails to result in the
cultural literacy necessary for young people to participate as culturally competent citizens
at either national or global level.
The value and relevance of collaborative processes in Contemporary art
and how such processes support experiential learning
Ye, Shufang1
[email protected]
This presentation examines how collaborative processes in contemporary art practice
provide a platform for the experiential learning of art. Through referencing original artworks
exhibited in Asia and Europe from 2001 to 2007, the presentation discusses the value and
relevance of collaborative processes for the artist and the audience. The presentation
explains the impact of such processes on the development of art practice. The
presentation then examines the responses of participants and audience and discusses
how the experience, interpretation and learning of art have been differentiated through the
collaborative act. The presentation concludes with the identification of key factors in
collaborative art processes that contribute to the experiential learning of art.
Inclusive Art Education in Primary Schools; Perceptions of Pupils with
Special Educational Needs and Their Teachers in Turkey.
Yige, Munevver Meltem1
University of Reading, Reading, UK
[email protected]
The main purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions of pupils with special
educational needs (SEN) and their teachers about art education in general primary
school’s inclusive classroom settings in Turkey. This study took place in the school term
2010-2011 and research sample consisted of 6 students with SEN, and 8 teachers from
two different schools. Methodologically the research has been based on the constructivist
ontology and an interpretivist approach to the findings was used. Therefore, the data has
been collected via semi structured interviews and observations are utilised in order to
access art teachers’ and students’ with SEN perceptions. According to pupils’ perceptions,
art education was considered as an entertaining subject, yet not regarded as a favourite
subject by most of them. This might be a result of their teachers’ perspectives towards art
education during the term, since some of the instructors stated that they consider art as a
leisure time activity. Participated students were eager to show their ability to read and write
since teachers also stated it is school’s main focus. One of the difficulties was to keep
students focused throughout the interviews because they frequently change the topic to
speak about how they improved in their current classrooms. According to education policy,
visual arts education is taught by classroom teachers for the first three years and from
fourth year art specialists starts to teach. Therefore, most of the participated teachers were
classroom teachers and not art specialists. They stated that they do not feel qualified
enough to teach art in their classrooms; therefore, during the interviews it was revealed
that there is a need for source books for these teachers. They also stated that they need
additional training or more focused in-service training for art teaching, thus, suggested
students to receive their art education from an art specialist from the beginning. One of the
important issues raised by most of the teachers was the difficulty of teaching in
overpopulated classrooms. It was also stated by most of the teachers that, there is a need
for nurturing teacher awareness about the benefits of art education in inclusive classrooms
in Turkey. It is revealed in this study that inclusive art education is a systematical process.
It is accepted by the majority of teachers that if students with SEN are encouraged and
receive sufficient support to reach the targeted behaviours, the outcomes inevitably will be
A Tentative Creative Silk Painting Experience Inspired by Indigenous
Diamond Textile Patterns from Taiwan
Zhang, Xiuyue1, Li, Chaode1
Soochow University, Suzhou, PR CHINA
[email protected]
Silk painting is a unique and expressive art form, which can arouse inner comfort and joy
among people with different backgrounds. Coming from Suzhou (a place famous for its
profound history of silk culture) to Taiwan as an exchange student, I'm deeply touched and
attracted by the culture and art of Taiwan's indigenous people, especially their textiles,
which are featured by different diamond patterns weaved through various warp and weft
structures, representing the strong belief and devoted faith to their ancestors and a
prosperous life. Owing to my textile design education background and interests towards
those diamond patterns, I wonder whether it is practically feasible as well as visually
comfortable to apply indigenous diamond patterns into silk painting. This paper aims to
explore different possibilities of the application of these indigenous diamond patterns into
silk painting in a harmonious way, and tries to find approaches to make the final work
useful in daily life. Comparison method is used for data interpretation; Rudolf Arnheim's
aesthetic and artistic theories guide the silk painting creation process. The tentative silk
painting proceeds in five steps: 1) Assemble and categorize the diamond patterns from
indigenous textiles as many as possible; 2) Extract and record the identical structure and
color combination of diamond patterns; 3) Test and compare the final effects of
monochrome extracted diamond patterns in three categories of silk (chiffon, satin, crepe);
4) Apply extracted color combination into silk with certain diamond patterns; 5) Change the
composition and color of diamond patterns to make silk painting suitable for daily use. The
study is still being carried out, the current findings are: 1) Diamond patterns achieve a
delicate and subtle color performance in chiffon; 2) Diamond patterns appear to be more
luxurious and glamorous in satin; 3) Diamond patterns represent a beauty of peace in
crepe. Through the current findings, it can be concluded that: 1) The nature and property
of silk is crucial to the final effect of diamond patterns in silk painting; 2) The indigenous
diamond textile pattern should change the composition and color combination according to
specific silk and intended usage in contemporary society. Further study will continue to
explore the possible application of silk painting with transformed diamond patterns into
daily life.
Combining Appreciation with Expression of Preschool Creative Art
Zhang, Lin1
Shanghai EZ ART Institute, Shanghai, PR CHINA
[email protected]
Prior to 2012, preschool education in China followed the model of primary school
education where the Chinese language and Mathematics take up most of the school day.
In 2012 the Ministry of Education issued new guidelines for the teaching of 3 to 6 year
olds. Now preschools should offer more in the way of teaching of the arts, for example
dancing, playing the piano and painting. However, the vast majority of classes being
offered are drawing lessons where the student simply copies an example of work. There is
no creativity involved and student engagement is low. Addressing the above problem, the
author of this paper in conjunction with the national Juvenile and Children Publishing
House in China has launched a project entitled “The Research on Education of Preschool
Art on Theme Background” which primarily focuses on creativity whilst also addressing
Chinese traditional culture. This project aims to increase student appreciation of high art
and at the same time boosting student creativity through the production of original art
works. The EZ Art Institute and the Juvenile and Children Publishing House are currently
trialing four forms of lessons; Lessons in museums or galleries viewing original art works;
Family art salons where parents are encouraged to express their creativity side-by-side
with their children; Art lessons in Kindergartens; and on-line art classes. The program aims
to promote and improve China’s present preschool Art Education and hopes one day to
make an international contribution to preschool children’s creativity.
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