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Visual Arts: Principles and Power

Stephen Hurley Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

I just read a journal article last night that got me thinking about our traditional teaching of the principles and elements of artistic design and expression. In Ontario, much of the content our new arts curriculum is based on studying colour, shape, texture, contrast, repetition...you know, the usual cast of characters.

The article, 7 SEVEN PRINCIPLES for Visual Culture Education, by Paul Duncum (Art Education, Jan 2010)argues that power is a central consideration in the critical viewing of images.

He suggests that the principles of power, ideology, representation, seduction, gaze, intertextuality, and multimodality will provide us with the language to address the complexity of the visual world in which students and teachers--indeed, all citizens--find themselves.

So, here's the reference, and I would love to hear from folks that might have time to read it.

Duncum, P.. (2010). 7 SEVEN PRINCIPLES for Visual Culture Education. Art Education, 63(1), 6-10. Retrieved February 2, 2010, from Alumni - Research Library. (Document ID: 1936599401).


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