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ERIC Number: EJ1002476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
What It Is and that It Is
Cannatella, Howard
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v46 n2 p100-110 Sum 2012
The title of this paper comes from Aristotle's "Metaphysics." It appropriately captures how he understood art education. In what follows, a considerable amount of the author's thinking is indebted to Plato's and Aristotle's understanding of art education as mimetic education. On first view, an art mimetic educational approach may appear worryingly out of sorts in an art world that is rapidly expanding in self-autonomous ways. If so, how valid would it be to ask an art teacher to teach a very traditional idea of art? The author's argument concerns whether mimesis as a traditional concept of art education has the wherewithal for contemporizing cultural transmission and renewal in a fast-moving pluralistic society. As suggested, he believes there are sound educational reasons why the teaching of mimesis in art education should be a necessary feature of the syllabus of art. While it is necessary, he does not imply that it should be dominant. (Contains 52 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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