SAPEA in the Gallery
SAPEA is developing several exciting initiatives with community partners. Our major community partner is the Art Gallery of South Australia. We are very excited to be working with them to develop programmes that inspire critical thinking and learning for students and teachers.
Why Philosophy in the Art Gallery?
“Philosophy” is literally, the love of wisdom. More than this, though, philosophy is about the pursuit of deeper knowledge about all things, as well as a methodology to undertake these pursuits.
In P4wC education we talk about there being two parts to philosophy;
Big ‘P’, which is the formal subject of philosophy which includes studies into life, ethics, meaning and reason.
And then there is little ‘p’, which is pedagogy; which is the way we teach something. In this case a pedagogy would be something like the Community of Inquiry, or Problem-Based Learning. It’s how we approach teaching and learning in a systematic way.
Since philosophy is not just a subject its processes are able to be applied to all areas of thinking and learning to help us gain a deeper understanding about all studies. Within the visual arts this is particularly significant in the development of critical and conceptual thinking.
Philosophical questioning in the Arts is vital as it allows students;
- To develop Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
- to develop a conceptual understanding of art and an artist’s process
- to develop language to express their feelings
- to develop language to describe artworks
- to develop a deeper connection to artworks
- to develop and understand their personal values
- to develop and understand their tastes and opinions
- to consider different forms of communication
- to develop questioning skills that are applicable across disciplines