International Journal of Art & Design Education

Conflict Resolution & Recognition of Diversity Via an Art Experience

Volume 17.3   1998



Most school districts in our world expect teachers and students to behave in a manner that promotes tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution. This is not always easily accomplished, mostly because few have had any formal training in issues of diversity and conflict resolution beyond conventional life situations, and issues and circumstances reach crisis levels before they are addressed. An established means to understanding who we are and why we do what we do is to generate an aesthetic distance to observe for understanding those and that which we call 'other.' This report of a workshop was an encounter with 'others' whom we created through the making of a three-dimensional mural of four separate geophysical regions with four distinct cultures that have never encountered one another. The paper concludes by examining the pupils' reactions to the imagined disruption of the four regions and their peoples.