ERIC Number: ED248153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Visual Arts in Multicultural Education. Occasional Papers VIII.
Loeb, Helga; And Others
Three papers considering multicultural art education work progressively through the problems inherent in an ethnographic approach to art education. The first paper, "A Color Conscious Art" (Nick Stanley), focuses on the construction of a serviceable philosophy for art in a multicultural society. Hidden cultural references in such an apparently value-free term as "color" are explored and two models of multicultural education are presented. In the first model, multicultural education is directed to minority ethnic groups using elements from students' own ethnic cultures. The author advocates a second model in which there is exploration of transcultural aspects of the arts, giving the student competence in multiple cultures. A technically based approach is suggested as a proper foundation for a wide-ranging art and design syllabus. The second paper, "The Missing Dimension" (Helga Loeb), addresses the problem of supplying a conceptual basis for curriculum work in ethnographically informed art and design education. Three key ideas are presented. The final paper, "Process, Object and Context" (Phil Slight), suggests an approach to the use of a wider cultural reference that assumes a double context. The first considers the original context of the art studied, while the second involves the new context within which this knowledge or awareness is handled. The document concludes that reference and attention to both contexts provide conceptual structures for experiencing in terms of the imaginative, the inventive, the aesthetic, and the emotional. (LH)
Descriptors: Art Appreciation, Art Education, Concept Teaching, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Models, Multicultural Education, Visual Arts
Extramural Division, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Malet St., London, England WC1 (1 pound, 2 sterling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). School of Oriental and African Studies.
Note: Papers originally presented at the Visual Arts in Multicultural Education Conference (London, England, June 16, 1983). Produced as part of the Ethnographic Resources for Art Education project.