Embedding Drawing, Art History & Theory in an Art School Curriculum

By Leoni Schmidt.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

This article investigates a process through which Drawing and Art History & Theory can be embedded in a tertiary art school curriculum functioning in transdisciplinary mode. It sketches a particular background for such an attempt and then provides a ‘slice’ from a course outline as an example to focus on. The example includes four related and integrated streams in table format: an art historical context, an art theoretical field, a drawing idea and a drawing activity. The article provides related content for these through a brief exploration of the art theoretical field of phenomenology as expounded from Maurice Merleau-Ponty in 1945 to David Abram in 2007; it moves from there to an art historical context in the 1960s and 70s which was heavily reliant on ideas about phenomenology;and it then connects the text with relevant examples of contemporary drawing practices as exemplars for student drawing in art historical and -theoretical context.

Keywords: Drawing, Art History & Theory, Curriculum, Embeddedness, Contemporary Visual Arts, Transdisciplinarities

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.95-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 937.529KB).

Prof. Leoni Schmidt

Research Professor and Head of of School, School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Leoni Schmidt is currently Research Professor and Head of 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 art history & theory and their relationships with education in the visual arts, design and architecture; their intersections with other visual arts disciplines; and their functions in particular socio-political contexts and case studies.


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