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International Journal of Art & Design Education

Moments of Intensity: Affect and the Making and Teaching of Art

Volume 30.3   2011

ADDISON, NICHOLAS

 

Effect often arises unexpectedly within the process of making art (along with other creative activities). In this article I argue for affect as a necessary and constructive dynamic within educational processes specifically for art and design. After a consideration of its recent neglect within art education, I revisit the notion of affect with reference to a number of thinkers who provide different perspectives, but particularly through the lens of the US psychologist Silvan Tomkins. Through him and others I seek to understand how affect can be recognised and cultivated in pedagogic situations. I do so by reflecting on the making and teaching experiences of students following an MA in Art and Design in Education and a practice-based PhD, as witnessed by me (supervisor/co-tutor), as recounted by students and as discussed in post-event conversation/semi-structured interviews.