Facilitative Reflective Practice in Art-making: Identifying Elements and Influences

By Deborah Ann Bright.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Reflective practice in art-making is based on journal-keeping and repeated review of a period of art-making. An individual art-maker may be able to keep a journal of drawings and creative ideas but not of written reflections. Facilitated reflective practice can be a means of supporting individual reflective practice by encouraging articulated reflection through repeated one-on-one discussions. In facilitated reflective practice, the facilitator records and transcribes the discussions, thereby creating journal entries for individual art-makers. These journal entries become the base for further reflection and discussion. Through the collaborative processes of such reflective discussions, influences on individual art-making can emerge and be explored. This paper is an outcome of a study involving a feminist participatory approach to research, informed by indigenous peoples’ worldviews. The study concerned reflective practice in art-making among ten adult female solo art-makers in Aotearoa New Zealand. The women identified themselves ethnically as Māori, European, Chinese or immigrant New Zealanders. The art-making areas included dance, painting, photography, pottery, quilt-making, poetry, musical composition and performance, traditional Māori weaving and graphic and digital design. In this context, certain creative, cultural, social, embodied, spiritual and other elements and influences were identified as relevant to individual art-makers. Certain elements and influences were common to more than one art-maker and some were unique. In this paper I outline some of the key findings and discuss facilitated reflective practice in art-making with regard to these elements and influences.

Keywords: Facilitated Reflective Practice, Art-making, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Poetry, Graphic and Digital Design, Collaborative Knowing, Embodied Knowing, Creativity, Culture, Indigenous, Spirituality

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.77-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 768.098KB).

Dr. Deborah Ann Bright

Doctoral Scholar, School of Education, Department of Sport and Leisure Studies, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

I am a mature-aged dance-maker and teacher and an experienced practitioner in Adult Education, with a special interest in reflective practice, learning styles and invitational education. I am completing my studies as a doctoral scholar at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. The title of my PhD is “Reflective practice in creative and performing arts”. I have performed and taught dance in many different countries and have had published a number of papers, either as publications or conference proceedings.

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