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ERIC Number: EJ766924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Art Education for a Change: Contemporary Issues and the Visual Arts
Darts, David
Art Education, v59 n5 p6-12 Sep 2006
Throughout the year, students of Contemporary Issues and the Visual Arts class, an interdisciplinary course for high school juniors and seniors at a large Canadian suburban high school, devised and created a number of individual and collective artistic investigations and creative cultural interventions, both within the classroom and the larger school community, which addressed and examined contemporary social issues. This article describes how art education was made more than just simply the production of artistic objects by developing social issue-themed projects and introducing students to socially engaged artists whose work is concerned with cultural examination and social transformation. Focusing the curriculum around the visual cultures of students' everyday lives, engaging them directly in the planning, teaching and evaluation processes, and connecting visual culture and artists to larger social and cultural issues are all critical components of producing a meaningful art education for students. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada