Friction and Failure in the Secondary Art Classroom: Cultivating Decolonial Transformative Pedagogies of Hope

Stanhope, Clare. 2023. Friction and Failure in the Secondary Art Classroom: Cultivating Decolonial Transformative Pedagogies of Hope. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 42(4), pp. 530-546. ISSN 1476-8062 [Article]

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This article explores how the colonisation of womens bodies, as perpetuated through the arttrope of the female nude, has constructed a specific bodily ideal that still resonates andinforms how we view women’s bodies in contemporary life. I address how the samenarratives that restrict our understanding of the female body, also restrict ourunderstanding of drawing. I share part of my PhD practice research: PhEminist Skins ofResistance, a project conducted in my school, which sought to decolonise the legacy of thefemale nude and support the empowerment of the young women artists who populate theclassrooms in which I teach. Theoretically informed by PhEmaterialism (feministposthumanism and new materialism research methodologies in education), material agency is positioned as vital to an embodied learning experience and situates how I (re)position life drawing as a tool to re-imagined and disrupt heteronormative and raced colonial imaginings of the female body. I further explore how this project created space within the secondary art classroom for creative-activism, and the power of such learning environments to reach out beyond the constraints of neo-liberal educational structures and inspire transformative pedagogies of hope.

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creative activism, decolonisation, life drawing, phEmaterialism, transformative pedagogies

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Educational Studies
Educational Studies > Centre for the Arts and Learning


23 September 2023Accepted
13 October 2023Published Online
November 2023Published

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27 Oct 2023 15:42

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08 Jan 2024 10:43

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