Why We Need New School Art Styles:
Don’t look at this presentation unless you are willing to discard many old school traditional and modernist projects. Build aesthetic, technical, and conceptual skills through new style projects.
This presentation challenges teachers to analyze the hidden curriculum of old stand-by projects and to consider relinquishing them in favor of new school art styles that teach meaningful making while teaching contemporary understandings of art skills.
“You have to know the rules before you break them” is not a credible argument for maintaining the current curriculum.
An unfortunate consequence of structuring art curriculum on academic techniques and de-contextualized formalist vocabulary is that students learn incorrect ideas about how meaning is generated. Instead of seeing meaning as the result of the play of signifiers in cultural contexts, students tend to learn that there is a simple and direct (not culturally determined) correspondence between form and meaning.
This presentation explores contemporary methods for teaching color, expressionistic drawing and painting, and self-portraits, as well as projects that introduce students to deconstructing contemporary advertising. An example of the Spiral Workshop group, Apparitions: Painting, is provided to give teachers an example of how traditional realist skills, formal approaches to using color, and postmodern investigations can be taught in a semester curriculum.