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Beyond Lucian Freud: Exploring body representations in children's culture

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In this article we show how theory of Visual Culture Studies can be put into practice in schools. We report on a collaboration between the Department of Art Education in the Fine Art Faculty of the University of Barcelona and an urban primary school. It took the form of Inquiry-based Project Work focussing on alternative ways of understanding and implementing Visual Art Education. Specifically, we investigated a traditional Art History topic (the life and work of the artist Lucian Freud) and explored this from the perspective of Visual Culture Studies. Three aspects of this work are presented and discussed: (a) how art historical representations fix discourse about the body in everyday situations; (b) how Lucian Freud represents people's experience of their bodies and how this affects them; and (c) how pupils experience their bodies given the way the body is represented in media culture and everyday life.

Keywords: Body representation; Education; Interdisciplinary; Visual Culture

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Barcelona.

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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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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