Generating "Creativity" and Provocations through Visual Arts Education: A Major Goal of Twenty-first Century Arts Education

By Bronwen Wade Leeuwen.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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The workshop is designed to encourage preservice teachers to find new ways of discovery through the visual arts by working with a newly developed Chinese Mo-ku-chi model (ink splash drawing with energy). This arts-based research inquiry explores "creativity" to foster critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity (Kao, 2010) particularly in the aesthetic, expressive and emotive domains. It’s a practical-oriented intercultural (Australian-Chinese) workshop employing a discovery learning approach where participants have the opportunities to use a "spirit of play" to engage their imagination and to delight in the unknown in a non-traditional environment. The results of using this Arts-based learning approach have been very positive in generating collaborative and individual "creativity." The findings reveal five levels of "creativity" can be developed through visualisation, meaning-making, and practical experiential knowledge of the artistic creative experience yet it’s potential is often ignored in preservice teacher education.

Keywords: Visualisation, Meaning-making, Intercultural (Australian-Chinese)

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 791.842KB).

Dr. Bronwen Wade Leeuwen

PhD Candidate, Department of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University & Workshop Art Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia