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Applying intertextual method in museum pedagogy: studying portraits as cultural texts at Sinebrychoff Art Museum

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Abstract:

The power of images today lies in their relations with other texts. I have designed an intertextual method for use in art education research that enables texts, understood as denoting both visual and verbal signs, to be studied in relation to each other (Paatela-Nieminen 1996, 2000). The aim of the experiment described in this article was to determine whether this method could be applied to art education with young children at a museum. An educational curator at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Helsinki tried out the method and primaryschool children studied portraits subjectively in relation to other kinds of cultural texts. The findings suggest that a simplified form of intertextual method can be applied with young children.

Keywords: art; intertextuality; museum pedagogy; young children

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/etar.1.3.199/1

Affiliations: University of Art and Design, Helsinki.

Publication date: December 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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