Midnight at the Museum: Museums and Authentic Arts Learning Experiences

By David Bell.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Museum education programmes can offer unique opportunities for engagements with art: tours, sleepovers and hands-on experiences. Museum educators draw on rich potentials, and face unique challenges. Teachers enjoy, and increasingly rely on, those resources for informing their own arts learning programmes. This paper discusses some successful practices from New Zealand museum experiences in the field. It draws on analysis of observations of teaching sessions in art museum settings and extended interviews with educators to identify a range of potentials, challenges and strategies for museum educators.

Keywords: Visual Art, Education, Museums, Community, Schools

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.57-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.782MB).

Dr. David Bell

Senior Lecturer, Department of Curriculum Development and Teaching, University of Otago College of Education, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

David Bell is the Subject Leader in Art Education at the University of Otago College of Education. He teaches the secondary art education programme there. His research and teaching interests also embrace the theory and history of art in Japan. He has drawn on these complementary interests to develop a number of presentations on art learning, aesthetics and culture. Recent book publications include Explaining Ukiyo-e and Hokusai’s Project, both investigations into the aesthetic phenomenon of ukiyo-e ‘floating world pictures’ of Japan. He is currently researching the potentials of exemplary practice in museum, art education programmes for generalist and specialist arts teachers in school contexts.


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