Dr. Claire Penketh "Art Education and Disability Futurity: Subjects on the Edge"

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Recorded by Dr. Claire Penketh on March 27, 2019.

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Lecture Summary: This seminar brings recent research in art education and disability to consider how a future art education might be more fully informed by disability. The work emerges from a genealogy of art education and disability that traces histories of art education alongside contemporaneous discourses in disability from the nineteenth century to the present. For example, John Dewey and John Ruskin emphasised the role of observation as 'the' way of knowing and understanding the natural world. The transference of these ideas into technical craft and design education secured an ocularnormative approach to art education. Later, developments in child psychology and special education signalled a relationship between art education and therapy. An interest in Child Art, Outsider Art, and expressivism occurred with a rise in therapeutic approaches, with art educators implicated in the employment of creativity to overcome disability. More recently art education has emerged as critical social practice associated with contemporary art, identity work, and disability studies. Disability Futurity enables us to learn from these histories and imagine an art education that benefits from non-normative ways of knowing.

Claire Penketh is Head of the Department of Disability and Education, Associate Professor, and a core member of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. She is author of A Clumsy Encounter: Dyspraxia and Drawing (Sense, 2011) and co-editor of Disability, Avoidance, and the Academy: Challenging Resistance (Routledge, 2015).

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Resources and Further Readings

Speaker's Publications

Bolt, David and Claire Penketh eds. Disability, Avoidance and the Academy: Challenging Resistance. New York: Routledge, 2016. 

Penketh, Claire, Anne James, Richard Nutter, and Sam Wades. "DadaFest Ensemble: Leadership, Voice and Collaboration in the Arts." In Contemporary Art and Disability Studies, edited by Alice Wexler and John Derby. London and New York: Routledge, 2020. 

Penketh, Claire. A Clumsy Encounter: Dyspraxia and Drawing. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2011. 

Penketh, Claire. "Creative Subjects? Critically Documenting Art Education and Disability." In Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from historical, cultural, and educational studies, edited by David Bolt. New York: Routledge, 2016. 

Penketh, Claire. "Unit 9.1." In Learning to Teach Art and Design in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience, edited by Nicolas Addison and Lesley Burgess. London: Routledge, 2015. 

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Books and Sources

Ashwin, Clive. Art Education: Documents and Policies 1768-1975. London: Society for Research into Higher Education, 1975. 

Bell, Quentin. The Schools of Design. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1963. 

Berardi, Franco Bifo. And: Phenomenology of the End. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2015. 

Carline, Richard. Draw They Must: A History of the Teaching and Examining of Art. London: Edward Arnold, 1975. 

Department for Education, January 2019 Statistics.

Great Britain. 1835-1836. Report from Select Committee on Arts and Manufactures: together with the minutes of evidence, and appendix. [London]: House of Commons.

Hughes, Arthur. “Reconceptualising the Art Curriculum.” Journal of art & design education 17, no. 1. (1998): 41–49.

Levy, Andrea. Small Island. New York: Picador, 2004. 

MacDonald, Stuart. The History and Philosophy of Art Education. London: University of London P., 1970.

Mitchel, David T. and Sharon L. Snyder. The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015.

Oliver, Michael. The Politics of Disablement. London: Macmillan Education, 1990. 

Oliver, Michael. Social Work : Disabled People and Disabling Environments. London: J. Kingsley Publishers, 1991.

Oliver, Michael. Understanding Disability: From Theory to Practice. New York: Macmillan Education, 1996. 

Romans, Mervyn ed. Histories of Art and Design Education: Collected Essays. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2005. 

Siebers, Tobin. Disability Aesthetics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010. 

Sutton, Gordon. Artisan Or Artist?: A History of the Teaching of Art and Crafts in English Schools. Kent: Elsevier Science & Technology, 1967. 

People and Organizations

AD Magazine. 

Alice Wexler.

David Bolt.  

Doug Blandy. 

Gert Biesta. 

International Journal of Art and Design Education (IJADE)

International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)

John Derby.

National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)

North East Art Teachers Education Network (NEATEN)

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