Public Perception of Art And Art Education. What does the Public Consider Art?. Links to Previous Studies. Laura Chapman– National Survey High Socioeconomic Schools have the most desirable results in all categories Most valuable: Support from Administration, Faculty, and Parents
What does the Public
Laura Chapman– National Survey
High Socioeconomic Schools have the most desirable results in all categories
Support from Administration, Faculty, and Parents
J. H. Mueller
“Art was seen as an inspired achievement and required a special gift reserved for the few.”
“The field of art was seen as a realm that in impenetrable to the ordinary mortal.” (1938, p.222)
“Art is a universal, intrinsic behavior.”
“It is an unchangeable part of human nature and has been retained because it contributes positively to human’s evolutionary success and survival as a species.” (1980, p. 398).
What do we do in order to strengthen the support for and understanding of the arts in the U.S.?
What do we focus on?
Where will we get our support?
Is art education a lost cause? Are we reaching the public?
What is actually being taken away from the art classroom?
Currently, these questions go unanswered.
At this time there is no way of accurately knowing what the public knows about art.
We do not test art on a national level the adult public or student body has never been asked.
Historically, “the prevailing wisdom regarding the definition of art, based on a thesis of Wittgenstein, was that there can be no definition of art… But neither is a definition really needed-for we are all able to pick the artworks out of a set of objects, leaving the non-artworks behind,” says Danto (1998, p. 129).
“In the mid-1960’s, however, it was no longer clear that we could pick the artworks out from the non-artworks all that easily…” (Danto, 1998, p. 131). “The notion of quality has recently become, in the American art world especially, a vexed matter.” (Danto, 1998, 131).
MT People who understand and appreciate art will be come greater supporters of Art.
CB Post Modernism is counterproductive in creating artistic understanding and understanding
Aesthetic Items Found In Homes
Mass produced: 34/85 = approx. 40%Prints/Posters 12/85 Artisan/Crafts 14/85 Crafts/Home Décor 8/85
Family or self made: 25/85 = approx. 30%Children's Art 10/85 Family Art 13/85 Self Made Art 2/8
Fine art 26/85 = approx. 30%Photographs 7/85 Paintings 12/85 Sculpture 4/85 Fine Art Prints 3/85
Professions owning fine art:
Medical professional(s): 4
Technology professional(s): 1
What the General Public Thinks About Art
No special education needed to be an artist 12/16Special education needed to be an artist 5/16
No art education certificate needed 3/16Art education certificate needed 11/16
All grades need art in the general curriculum 82%Continue art in general curriculum 100%
Adults & Students
The General Public is Puzzled
What is art?
Catchy Connections to create interest
Other electronic devices
Could this approach back fire?
The general population does not know enough about art.
Fear of Art
Lack of Definition
Paradigm Shift is Needed
New Teaching Approaches Needed
Art is not only for the rich
Art is not only for the artist