BANISHING THE EXEMPLAR
Providing models to follow is a practice often taken as granted at all levels of arts learning – from art lessons for young children built around the imitable practice of a particular artist, to the presentation of various ‘best practices’ for pre-service and in-service art educators to aspire to. Voke is seeking proposals for research that explores and questions the role the exemplar plays in arts practice and its instruction.
Must art education rely on the presentation of master works as a framing device? What alternative shapes might practice take? Can students be trusted to create without having seen a teacher-made model of the desired product? What is the impact of the proliferation of lesson-plans-as-exemplars in the education of pre-service teachers and in the practice of teachers in the field? Is the use of exemplars in arts pedagogy reflective of the artistic practice of contemporary fine artists? How are practicing artists’ relations to the work of other artists similar to or different from the relations student artists have with the work they encounter in an educational context? Could contemporary arts practices of parody, appropriation, satire and homage act as processes that ‘flip’ the exemplar? What are the possible ramifications of using exemplars as visual benchmarks for assessment, in place of, or in concert with, textual criteria (“This is an A project…” “This is a B project…”)?
Voke is interested in new voices within art education, presenting their ideas in unorthodox ways. We hope that this call for our second issue will encourage submissions from artists, researchers, and educators working in K-12, higher ed, or outside of conventional school contexts.
Full details on proposal requirements may be found at http://www.vokeart.org/submissions
Wondering “What exactly is visualized research?” Check out our brief overview at http://www.vokeart.org/?page_id=143#whatis
Interested contributors may use the proposal submission form linked above, and further questions can be directed to us at email@example.com.
This issue includes five new pieces of visualized research by educators, artists, and academics in the field exploring a variety of issues and employing myriad modalities to do so.
If accepted, your proposal will be assigned to two members of the editorial board, who will provide initial feedback on your proposal and ongoing support in the realization of the project and its integration into the site. Your final textual literature review, and a draft version of your object, will be due by July 1st, 2013, and your assigned board members will provide feedback on the piece. The final version of the project will be due September 9th, 2013.
What is Visualized Research?
By emphasizing the art in art education research, a field historically characterized by written scholarship, Voke aims to engage a diverse audience and facilitate dialogue among researchers, artists, teachers, and students. Our goal is to present fresh ideas in artistic forms that reflect and inspire provocative thought. Contributions require two main components: a citation-driven literature review, and a visualized research object articulating and expanding upon that body of research. These pieces take full advantage of digital media to offer readers alternative means of encountering information. Short films, interactive documents, procedural artwork, podcasts, screencasts, poetry, games, and photography are all possible examples of visualized research; they creatively represent research in an effort to challenge surface-level interaction with ideas.
For examples of visualized research projects, look at some of the projects on the Voke frontpage, or at the examples on Kairos, a technology and rhetoric journal which presents similar work of a different disciplinary bent.
What is Voke?
Voke honors emerging voices in the field of art education by providing an online platform that encourages dialogue, poses provocative questions and reevaluates the boundaries of academic thought and its presentation.
Our aim is to provide a versatile digital platform for provocative research by emerging and experienced art education professionals, presented in a visual way that reflects the field’s engagement with contemporary media culture and takes advantage of the breadth of expressive forms art practitioners can employ to present research. To this end, Voke is interested not only in soliciting visual research but in scaffolding traditional researchers’ development of heterodox modes of presentation of their work, and fostering productive partnerships between traditional researchers and art practitioners to develop engaging visual articulations of pertinent research.