"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free": Developing Aesthetic Literacy in Visual Culture Studies

Ellen Dornehl, Kitching
2017 unpublished
The aim of the study is to provide theoretical insight into the teaching of visual culture studies in South Africa, with a specific focus on a visual analysis lesson. It was based on a thesis written in fulfillment of the University of Cambridge's MPhil Education course requirements. It proposes an approach to visual art teaching in the Further Education and Training (FET) phase (Grades 10-12), that seeks to develop students' aesthetic literacy. This stems from the fact that only a limited
more » ... r of higher education institutions in South Africa provide training for future FET visual art educators (e.g). Per the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), educators should be providing students with skills that can be developed through aesthetic education approaches. This study offers a visual analysis planning framework and lesson plan for FET art educators that will guide them in shaping students' aesthetic literacy through the development of content knowledge, and the engagement of the imagination and feelings. The research design used in this study was a meta-ethnography, which Noblit & Hare (1988) define as the synthesis of interpretive research through the comparison and analysis of texts, while creating new interpretations in the process.