Artfully Learning is an experiential and critical cross-examination of the fine art world and the educational sphere. Through the lens of art historian, curator and educator, I explore examples of contemporary artwork that have symbolic learning capabilities inside and outside the classroom in order to show how art-centered learning has enormous benefits for developing life-long learners.
So why is this important? Why are two seemingly divergent worlds actually more similar and vital to each other than it would seem? The arts within an educational environment are vital because both areas of interest have numerous benefits across our cultural landscape. These benefits, called “habits of mind,” are nicely described by Lincoln Center’s Capacities for Imaginative Learning program:
These criteria are essential for developing an art education curriculum, but they are also evident in most works of contemporary art being made by professional artists. The diverse range of posts will suggest some of the ways we can think of responding to contemporary art using the tenets of educational theory and practice.
Artfully Learning is written by Adam Zucker, a New York based artist, art historian, curator and educator.
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