Relational Drawing as Pedagogical Action: Locational Strategies

By Leoni Schmidt.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Drawing in relational mode emphasises process and tends to be propadeutic, incomplete and provisional. It opens boundaries for interdisciplinary visual arts practices and entails the mapping of points in space deployed through locational mapping strategies involving bodies-in-action. The translation from ideas to open-ended materialisation is crucial to relational drawing.

Three case studies are presented and analysed. The projects involved play out in particular contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand where they have geopolitical and pedagogical implications. On the periphery of centres of visual arts production, the projects make their own respective impacts and undermine claims to universality within the larger arena of contemporary visual arts production in the world. Through the provisional register of their relational drawing registers the projects enable ongoing negotation through collaborative action and communal learning.

Keywords: Relational Drawing, Interdisciplinarity, Spatiality, Locatedness, Mapping, Pedagogics

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.27-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.162MB).

Prof. Leoni Schmidt

Academic Leader: Research & Postgraduate Studies, School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Leoni Schmidt is currently the Academic Leader: Research & Postgraduate Studies in the School of Art at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is particularly interested in the pedagogical possibilities of the visual arts, specifically in how contemporary drawing and its theoretical and historical underpinnings can facilitate education in a studio and study integration. Leoni has been responsible for the establishment of the Master of Fine Arts Programme at her current institution, a programme which has earned praise from candidates, supervisors, and international monitors and external examiners for its academic rigour and integration of studio practice and theory. She holds a doctorate from the University of Johannesburg (RAU), an MA (Fine Arts) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a BA (Fine Arts) from the University of South Africa. Her research focuses on contemporary drawing and its relationships with education in the visual arts, design and architecture; its intersections with other visual arts disciplines; and its functions in particular socio-political contexts. Professor Schmidt is currently the Conference Convenor for the Aotearoa/New Zealand Association of Arts Educators Conference 2009.


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