Is What You See What You Get? A Postmodern Approach to Understanding Works of Art

September 1st, 1996 | RESEARCH

The contemporary approach to art education focuses on content that is derived from a broad range of the visual arts with an emphasis on what can be learned from works of art. This is a significant departure from earlier aesthetic approaches which led to purely formalist criticism in the classroom. Based on the work of Arthur Danto, the author proposes that teachers develop student abilities to go beyond the visual level of artworks and enable them to gain access to the complexity of meanings that works of art possess. To exemplify this practice, an analysis of Adrian Piper's work entitled I Embody is presented.


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Anne Wolcott, Author, Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Publication: Studies in Art Education
Volume: 37
Number: 2
Page(s): 69

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs