A Methodology of teaching fundamentals of art and design

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dc.contributor.author Srouji, Hanibal
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-11T10:54:05Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-11T10:54:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-08-11
dc.identifier.issn 2321–2454 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13924
dc.description.abstract The focus of this paper is to present a methodology of teaching fundamentals of Art & Design course base on analysis of artworks, mainly paintings, aimed at supporting art & design teaching practice at the foundation year level. The main argument is that this kind of analytical research and its application has not (always) been comprehensive and may not have been guided by sufficient assessment of teaching of the fundamentals of composition. The cases here are derived from my teaching practice and research in design studios of the Foundation Studies courses at the School of Architecture and Design and are supported by the students’ outcomes in these related studio courses. The conceptual background of the program puts forward that design develops its theory from practice through the iterative creative process of “thinking through making” as it was demonstrated by the teachers in the foundation courses at the Bauhaus. (Lecanides-Arnott, 2014; Ranjan, 2005). As a teaching methodology in question, this paper argues in favor of a direct teaching approach to core ideas relating to composition at the foundation year level of Art and Design. This may question educational methodologies concerned with the teaching of the fundamentals of art & design in general, where students are to discover compositional core ideas, processes and application within rather intuitive and indirect learning processes. Although in other teaching methodologies, the elements of composition may be referred to and may be demonstrated in lectures, analysis, projects, processes and critiques, little evidence remains to show how students are consciously aware of their significance and use. The methodology presented in this paper urges for a more direct process of discovery and assimilation of the core ideas related to composition by the students: as firsthand research and development on their behalf. This research maintains that when core ideas are presented, synthesized and applied at an early stage in art & design teaching, students forge a deeper understanding of composition that empowers their visual thinking processes, analysis capacities, synthesis, self-critique and application. This research considers the transmission of core ideas related to composition as a fundamental objective in art and design learning and practice. It looks at ways of expanding the findings acquired through the analysis of artworks to notable applications in art & design, where core ideas become the basis for explorations of more complex or rather different compositional structures in diverse media. The paper also argues that most “significant” artworks are based, whether it be intuitive (visual) or intentional (rational / mathematical), on a relative and proportional relation among the “parts” that constitute the “whole”. When examined, the compositions demonstrate an inherent structural complexity comparable with a mathematical relativity among their visual constituents. Core ideas are presented within an itemized framework of an analysis process. A case is made that the breakdown of an artwork to its essential components will help to produce essential compositional outcomes [regarded as "schemas"or blueprints] that can be used in further design applications and developments. Then it looks at methods on how to reinvest the outcomes of the analysis in projects that would carry further the understanding and the applications of the acquired concepts, thinking processes and approaches. Based on the notion of de-construction / re-construction, a case is made of certain possibilities of the use of the outcomes of the analysis as systems to produce novel art & design exercises and projects [new outcomes]. Such a methodology can be developed into a well-grounded and rich set of open art & design teaching approach appropriate to the needs of instructing students at introductory undergraduate levels in art, design and those in preparation for architecture schools; particularly in countries where undergraduate students have had little creative training or insufficient art education at secondary and high schools. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title A Methodology of teaching fundamentals of art and design en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAD en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201004400 en_US
dc.author.department Art And design en_US
dc.relation.journal Asian Journal of Education and e-Learning en_US
dc.journal.volume 5 en_US
dc.journal.issue 4 en_US
dc.article.pages 113-140 en_US
dc.keywords Fine Art research and approach en_US
dc.keywords Foundations in art & design en_US
dc.keywords Art composition analysis and development en_US
dc.keywords Teaching methodology en_US
dc.keywords Theory en_US
dc.keywords Teaching groundwork & practice en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Srouji, H. (2017). A Methodology of Teaching Fundamentals of Art and Design. Asian Journal of Education and e-Learning 5(4), 113-140. en_US
dc.author.email hanibal.srouji@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337339470_A_Methodology_of_Teaching_Fundamentals_of_Art_and_Design en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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