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ERIC Number: EJ907737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Beyond the Veil: Learning to Teach Fine Arts in a Muslim Culture
Pepin-Wakefield, Yvonne
Art Education, v63 n6 p13-18 Nov 2010
In this article, the author shares her experiences and challenges in teaching university-level studio art classes for Muslim women in Kuwait. In Kuwait, popular interpretations of the "Quran" (the Koran), the Muslim holy book, prohibit the use of nude models. The author describes how she had to find alternatives to Western tried and true teaching methods, adapt her teaching methodologies to students with limited exposure to studio arts, and learn to see through her own veil of illusions about Arab women. As an artist and arts educator the author has learned that teaching studio arts in a Muslim society is like creating a semi-abstract painting--experience, emotion, and perceptions are distilled and projected through the mind's eye, whether on a canvas or in a culture. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kuwait