UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Name of Author: 
Maziyan bte Abdullah
National Institute of Education
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An Academic Exercise submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


The teaching of visual art is no longer just about transferring technical skills such as drawing and painting. With many artists around the world constantly experimenting and exploring innovative ways of presenting artworks, added by the emergence of new media, there is a need for art teachers to keep abreast of new developments in the art industry lest they become less relevant. The concern is the manner in which an art teacher can accomplish this.

Should the teacher make the extra effort and allocate extra time to continue practice as an artist that still produces and exhibits artwork or can there be other ways in keeping oneself relevant besides practicing? The pertinent issue therefore is how the respective beliefs and practices of art teachers as either practising or non-practising contemporary artists can impact on the students' learning of art.

Although the popular belief based on existing written materials that teachers who are practicing are likely to have an added advantage over the students, my study will illustrate that the art teachers who are practicing contemporary artists are not necessarily different on making an impact on students than their non-practicing counterparts. Conversely, this study reveals how art teachers, who do not necessarily have to produce and exhibit personal artworks, can still remain current and relevant in order to provide the students with meaningful experiences in relations to contemporary artmaking.

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