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ERIC Number: EJ868051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Aesthetic Empathy in Teaching Art to Children: The Work of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis in Terezin
Wix, Linney
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v26 n4 p152-158 2009
This article examines the teaching approach of art educator Friedl Dicker-Brandeis as a historical antecedent to the art therapy profession. Dicker-Brandeis's philosophy and her specific methods of teaching art to children in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia between 1942 and 1944 are described. The influence of the Bauhaus philosophy and teachers such as Itten, Klee, and Kandinsky can be traced through Dicker-Brandeis's pedagogy, with an aesthetic grounded in empathy. Aesthetic empathy was the doctrine that informed Dicker-Brandeis's art education and later, in the Terezin concentration camp, her art teaching. This legacy is part of the history of art therapy and may contribute to shaping future theory and practice. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Czechoslovakia