Post Elements & Principles, Post-Studio, Post-Media: Imagining Credible 21st Century Curriculum Planning Frameworks
a presentation by Olivia Gude based on the curriculum research of Spiral Workshop
first presented at the National Art Education Association conference in 2013
Contemporary curriculum ought to introduce students to diverse aesthetic practices (artistic ways of making meaning) and encourage students to deconstruct, reassemble and utilize these practices for their own research agendas.
Continuing a series of presentations and papers on reimagining the content of everyday art education—Postmodern Principles, Principles of Possibility, Why We Need New School Art Styles, and Evocative & Provocative Pedagogy—this presentation addresses the difficulty of establishing structural frameworks for art education in today’s multi-cultural, globally aware, aesthetically diverse postmodern culture.
This formulation eschews the notion of foundational curriculum, instead advancing a conception of “comprehensive” curriculum that introduces students to a wide variety of artistic methodologies—not defined only as techniques related to a particular medium, but stylistic, aesthetic practices such as expressionist painting, DIY collage, or California Funk Pottery. This enables students to comprehend a wide range of meaning making strategies. Students would study aesthetic practices, not as historical reenactments of past ways of making, but would instead engage in making things utilizing “living” aesthetic practices— methodologies that real contemporary artists utilize to make meaning.
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