The Orange Revolution: Children’s Self-Expressions through their Artworks

By Joanna M. Black and Orest Cap.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The Orange Revolution occurred in Ukraine on November 25, 2004. Ukrainian children witnessed this historical event, which was documented through their drawings at the time the revolution occurred. Examining lifeworlds of participants through image based texts revealed important findings including (1) literal and symbolic information of children as witnesses; (2) documentation of remarkable Ukrainian historical events seen through the eye of the child; (3) recording of children’s individual, emotional, and ideological ideas as meaning makers, and (4) fostering understandings of participants’ influences, and collective social worlds. It is recommended that visual imagery of similar historical/political content should be collected as teaching tools to enable understandings of societal influences, participant viewpoints, and political/social forces occurring in times of world crises.

Keywords: Orange Revolution, Art Education, Visual Methodology, Pedagogy and Visual Art Text, Children’s Drawings and Visual Data, Youth Political Lived Experiences, Yuschenko and Art, Lviv Schools and Teaching Art,, Ukraine

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.433-446. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.358MB).

Dr. Joanna M. Black

Assistant Professor of Art Education, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Black is currently working at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education in the area of visual arts and technology education. She has published extensively in the areas of new media and digital arts education. She currently is Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art and Secretary of the Electronic Media Imaging Group in the USA. Professor Black has worked as a museum educator, private art consultant, art director, curator and has worked in the public schools as a visual Art educator for over a decade.

Dr. Orest Cap

Acting Department Head of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum,Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Orest Cap holds a PhD in technical-vocational education from Ohio State University. He teaches and is a researcher in technology and occupational teacher education programs. Professor Cap has published extensively in various national and international journals. Currently, he is involved in several research initiatives with Ukraine.


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