Call for Papers: Art, for Children’s Sake! On the Crossroads of Making, Understanding and Teaching Visual Art
The title of the forthcoming focus issue of CEPS journal is taken from a commentary article by Jean Hendrickson (2014), paraphrasing the autotelic bohemian slogan ‘art, for art’s sake’. It is now well acknowledged that visual art plays an essential role in the emotional, cognitive, and social development of a child. The knowledge and experiences that young people acquire through visual art enable them to understand better the world in which they live. From a very early age, within their families and through their contact with society, children accumulate and learn to use an increasingly greater body of visual knowledge. The role of the school is to broaden, deepen and structure this knowledge progressively.
The role of visual art in education can be conceptualised from many perspectives. In the focus issue, we wish to address the challenge of visual art education at the intersection of making art, understanding art and teaching art. At this crossroads, the next three topics are of special interest to us: (1) teaching visual art, (2) teaching of visual art and (3) teaching with visual art.
The first topic, teaching visual art, addresses the processes of learning and teaching the practice of art itself. About that several questions arise: What is the relevance of art practice in teaching art? Should an art teacher be a practising artist himself? How can the methods of visual art practice be extended to art education? How should art teachers themselves be educated at universities? What are the competencies that enable one to ‘teach art’?
Key subtopics are:
Artist as teacher, teacher as artist
Research methods for the visual arts
Materiality and technology in visual art education
Developing visual art competences
Future (challenges) of visual art education
(2) The second topic, the teaching of visual art, addresses the problems regarding the role of discourse (theory) in the process of visual art education, such as: What is the role of discourse in understanding art? What types of discourses (theories) are relevant in the process of art education? What is the relationship between art practice and discourse on art (e.g., art theory) in art education?
Key subtopics are:
Visual arts language in art education
Contemporary artistic and art educational approaches to diversity and cultural changes
History of art, craft and design education
Widening participation access to art education
(3) The third issue, teaching with visual art, addresses the interdisciplinary role of visual art, as for how teaching and learning other subjects and disciplines can be art-based. The relevant questions are: How other subjects and disciplines and their competencies can benefit from visual art? What are the risks (of improper use) of interdisciplinarity for the visual art itself? How different strategies or methods of visual art (e.g., visualisations, representations, etc.) can assist other areas of knowledge?
Key subtopics are:
Art and the interdisciplinary curriculum
The value of visual art activities in interdisciplinary approaches
Community and environment education through visual art
Young people and social engagement through visual art
Raising awareness through visual art activities
We would like to receive theoretical and empirical contributions that address but are by no means limited to the proposed topics. Teaching artists’ perspectives on combining their teaching and art practice are highly welcomed.
Hendrickson, J. (December 2, 2014). Art, for Children’s Sake. Education Week, 34 (13).
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/12/03/13hendrickson.h34.html (Published in Print:
December 3, 2014, as Why Not Art for Children's Sake?)
Article submission timeline:
30 June 2019: submission of paper title and abstract [250 words max.]
30 March 2020: paper submission [between 5,000 and 7,000 words]
December 2020: publication of the focus issue in the CEPS journal
Please send the abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly state the title of the focus issue.
When preparing the manuscript, please follow our guidelines, available here: