An ecological approach to art education: environmental aesthetics

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Art curricula are often linked to the notion of an end product and a prevailing definition and concept of art. These are usually limited by cultural attitudes. This article proposes that a course in environmental aesthetics that gave priority to experiential methods without ignoring theoretical work on relations between aesthetics, culture and nature would prepare students with the necessary sensitivity and awareness towards perceptual, sensory qualities. The author's claims that students' creativity and imagination have to be activated through sensory perception before any traditional art techniques or theories can be educationally effective are based on 30 years of teaching such methods.

Keywords: aesthetics; environment; experimental; perception; sensory; the body

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Middle East Technical University.

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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