This volume has been brought together to generate new ideas and provoke discussion about what constitutes arts education in the twenty-first century, both within the institution and beyond. Art, Artists and Pedagogy is intended for educators who teach the arts from early childhood to tertiary level, artists working in the community, or those studying arts in education from undergraduate to Masters or PhD level.
From the outset, this book is not only about arts in practice but also about what distinguishes the ‘arts’ in education. Exploring two different philosophies of education, the book asks what the purpose of the arts is in education in the twenty-first century. With specific reference to the work of Gert Biesta, questions are asked as to the relation of the arts to the world and what kind of society we may wish to envisage. The second philosophical set of ideas comes from Deleuze and Guattari, looking in more depth at how we configure art, the artist and the role played by the state and global capital in deciding on what art education has become.
This book provides educators with new ways to engage with arts, focusing specifically on art, music, dance, drama and film studies. At a time when many teachers are looking for a means to re-assert the role of the arts in education this text provides many answers with reference to case studies and in-depth arguments from some of the world’s leading academics in the arts, philosophy and education.
Reframing fundamental, enduring issues in arts education, this collection of papers on the arts, artists and pedagogy is fresh, timely, insightful, at times provocative, always compelling.
— Liora Bresler, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Professor in the College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and the School of Art and Design
I find it a useful text for masters students studying early years music as it questions the accepted and challenges us to think about the underlying and often unspoken aspects of arts education in society today… The book calls us to think about our work as music educators as pedagogical artistry…encouraging philosophical discussion and reflection on the role of music education; thereby helping individuals clarify for themselves their role, purpose and identity as music educators.
— Jessica Pitt, Honorary Research Fellow University of Roehampton, Music Educator and Researcher
"This is a good book. It should be archived in your collection and you should come back to it often. Actually, there’s no other way to be with it. You must come back to it repeatedly. You must read it sequentially sometimes and you should also read it from its last chapter to its introduction."
— Jorge Lucero, International Journal of Education & the Arts
"…those interested in Deleuzian theories of art, advocacy for the arts in education, and the pedagogical philosophy of Gert Biesta will surely benefit from reading this collection."
— Anna Ryoo, University of British Columbia and Samuel D. Rocha, University of British Columbia
"Art, Artists and Pedagogy: Philosophy and the Arts in Education invites readers into a lively discussion of current issues in arts education, offering a philosophical ground on which to consider, or re-consider, broad policy questions concerning the nature and purpose of the arts to education and twenty-first century life."
—Marissa Nesbit, Arts Education Policy Review
List of Contributors
Chapter 1. Philosophy and pedagogy in Arts Education
Christopher Naughton & David R Cole
Chapter 2. What if? Art education beyond expression and creativity
Chapter 3. Dicing the Meat: Bacon in the middle of an arts-based sandwich –
David R Cole
Chapter 4. Artists, Presence and The Gift of Being Unteacherly
Mary Ann Hunter
Chapter 5. The implications of ‘percepts, affects and concepts’ for Arts educators
Chapter 6. Jazz Departures: Sustaining a pedagogy of improvisation
Chapter 7. Bodily Connectedness in Motion. A philosophy on Intercorporeity and the Art of Dance in Education
Nico de Vos
Chapter 8. Thinking school curriculum through Country with Deleuze and Whitehead: a process based synthesis
David R Cole & Margaret Somerville
Chapter 9. From the Artist to the Cosmic Artisan: The Educational Task for Art in Anthropogenic Times
Chapter 10. Towards ‘grown-up ness in the world’ through the Arts as critical, quality pedagogy
Robyn Ann Ewing & John Nicholas Saunders
Chapter 11. Authentic teaching assessment in graduate teacher education: becomings of pedagogical artistry and leadership
Julianne Moss & Anne-Marie Morrissey
Chapter 12. Beyond Belief: Visionary Cinema, Becoming Imperceptible and Pedagogical Resistance
Jessie L. Beier & Jason J. Wallin
Chapter 13. Flight from flight: Composing a pedagogy of affect
John Roder & Sean Sturm
Chapter 14. Weak subjects: On art’s art of forgetting – an interview with John Baldacchino by Gert Biesta
John Baldacchino & Gert Biesta
Chapter 15. Walking the museum: Art, artists and pedagogy reconsidered