Children’s Artworks after the Orange Revolution: Self Expressions of Political Instability

By Orest Cap and Joanna M. Black.

Published by The Arts Collection

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For this study, art works were collected from Ukrainian children in 2009 during Yuschenko’s presidential term with Yanukovich in opposition. These children experienced the Orange Revolution and are experiencing its aftermath. The authors collected drawings from children in a small village near Lviv about their perceptions and feelings towards life now, five years after the Orange Revolution. Through these image-based texts, the lifeworlds of children are expressed revealing key findings. These include documentation of (1) their personal, emotional reactions to the political situation as seen through their perspective; (2) ideological concepts as makers of meanings; and (3) authentic, straightforward, and symbolic data of children as witnesses. Lastly, the authors address the volatile, ever-changing political situation in Ukraine and how this impacts on the children’s visual viewpoints. It is recommended that image-based texts are important data (Eisner, 2002) for educational usage and research purposes in order to comprehend lifeworlds of children in times of turbulence.

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

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.253-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 909.886KB).

Dr. Orest Cap

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

Dr. Orest Cap holds a PhD in technical-vocational education. 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 regarding mobile technology and Ukraine. Dr. Cap is currently the Director of the Imperial Oil Academy for the Learning of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Dr. Joanna M. Black

Associate Professor, Department of Curricula, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Joanna Black is currently an Associate Professor of Art Education in the Faculty of Education and is cross-appointed as an Associate Professor in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She teaches visual arts education and new media education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests and published works are on the subjects of the virtual visual arts classroom, new media, visual research methodologies, social issues in art education, and digital visual arts pedagogy. She has previously worked as an art director, curator, museum art educator, art consultant, and K-12 teacher for close to twenty years in public and alternative school settings.


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