An Art Pedagogy for a Changing Art world

By Howard Riley.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper is an attempt at answering one of the Conference theme questions addressing the future directions of art education, the question which is the third leitmotif of Documenta 12, a question first asked in 1902 by V.I. Lenin in a pamphlet addressing another social context in need of reform: What is to be Done? Lenin’s answer to the question is paraphrased in terms of the Conference theme question. The author’s terms conceptual intrigue and perceptual intrigue are introduced and explained as criteria developed from a Hegelian notion of art. It is argued that these criteria are of paramount importance to the assessment of quality in visual art practice. Finally, five premises are proposed from which a revolutionary pedagogics for contemporary visual art might be elaborated.

Keywords: Art Pedagogy, Conceptual Intrigue, Perceptual Intrigue

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.63-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 440.949KB).

Prof. Howard Riley

Head of School of Research, Dynevor Centre for the Arts, Swansea Institute, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea, Wales, UK

Dynevor Centre for Arts. Howard Riley trained at Hammersmith, Coventry, and the Royal College of Art. He has taught drawing and the history and theory of art in Australia and Malaysia, as well as the UK. He has published widely in the areas of art pedagogy and visual semiotics, and his drawings have been exhibited in Australia, Finland and the UK, most recently in the Wales Drawing Biennale, 2007.


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