Emergent Interdisciplinary Art Curriculum: A Constructivist Approach

By Cynthia Bickley-Green.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This presentation reviews emergent studio occasions that suggest how creative, interdisciplinary projects and knowledge from biometrics, nanotechnology, and geography can be integrated into basic design, art education, and art studio projects. In the United States, students from a variety of disciplines take basic design studio courses to fulfill Fine Arts general education requirements. These students often see unique connections between their home disciplines and visual art. By attending to students’ perceptions of interdisciplinary relations, art educators can create relevant curriculum for broader populations and by doing so enrich the visual art curriculum. Using this approach, interdisciplinary visual art education can be integrated earlier in students’ academic programs. A constructivist strategy for developing this new curriculum is to take note of the connections the students perceive.
In education, 21st century academic silos have replaced C. P. Snow’s Two Cultures. Academic structures (silos) divide and isolate experience and knowledge to construct and define academic epistemology within a discipline. The academic structures are intended to replicate the disciplines. However, students who are not yet experts in a particular academic area sometimes perceive exciting new areas for exploration.

Keywords: Emergent Pedagogy, Interdisciplinary Basic Design, Constructivist Education, Academic Silos, Domains of a Discipline

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.323-338. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.654MB).

Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green

Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

As an artist and art educator, I have an interest in understanding how visual processes and experiences enable us to create and interpret visual culture. I have made presentations about art and human biology for the International Society for Education through Art, Osaka; International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Paris; International Froebel Society, Boston and Dublin; Innovations in Education, Doha, Qatar; and the National Art Education Association. My articles have been published in Leonardo, Studies in Art Education, The International Journal of the Humanities, The Journal of the National Art Education Association, The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, and other publications. My artwork is exhibited in the United States and internationally. I particularly interested in relations between visual design and biology. My book, Art Elements: Biological, Global, and Interdisciplinary Foundations (2011) has been published by Kendall Hunt.

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