Collecting is a multifaceted activity and a complex social phenomenon that has been studied extensively, however not in relation to art teachers, artists, and middle school age students. This paper discusses the results of a case study that investigated the collecting practices of a middle school art teacher and her students. With an interest in the process of collecting and the life of a collection as well as what is collected, I interviewed teachers and students in order to find out why they collect objects, how they collect, and what they do with their collections. Together the content and process reveals how the activity of collecting serves many different purposes. For some artists and educators collecting objects is a form of visual research. This area of study has potential to offer new curriculum ideas for learning about art practice, the mass arts, and material culture in a postmodern context.
|Keywords:||Material Culture, Visual Research, Mass Arts, Collecting Practice|
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, Art Education, University of Wisconsin MIlwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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