This book explores learning in the arts and highlights ways in which art and creativity can ignite learning in schools, informal learning spaces, and higher education. The focus is on learning in, with, and through the arts.

Written from a range of international perspectives, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Art Learning and Creativity draws upon the fields of cognitive science, art education, technology and digital arts; the learning sciences; and museum studies to explore the theoretical underpinnings of artistic creativity and inspiration, and provide empirical explorations of mechanisms that support learning in the arts. Critical factors that help to facilitate the creative process are considered, and chapters highlight connections between research and practice in art learning. This volume offers a rich variety of positions and projects which underpin creativity in schools, museums, and other venues.

An illustrative text for researchers and educators in the arts, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Art Learning and Creativity demonstrates how artistic ways of thinking and working with artists empower art learners and support their needs and opportunities across the lifespan.

section Section 1|107 pages

Exploring the Nature of Art Practice and Art Learning

chapter 1|19 pages

Art Appreciation for Inspiration and Creation

ByTakeshi Okada, Takumitsu Agata, Chiaki Ishiguro, Yuko Nakano

chapter 2|25 pages

Embodying Artistic Process in Art Gallery Visits

ByDimitra Christidou, Rolf Steier

chapter 3|17 pages

Relaxation and Reorganisation of “Internal Constraints” in Artistic Creation

Studies Focusing on the Embodiment of Ideas and Interaction With Others in Breakdance
ByDaichi Shimizu, Takeshi Okada

chapter 4|22 pages


Trauma, Theatre, and Theory
ByMichael Hanchett Hanson

chapter 5|22 pages

The Centrality of Artistic Practice to Learning in Art Museums

ByEmily Pringle

section Section 2|81 pages

Designing for Teaching and Learning

chapter 6|13 pages

Flexibility and Social Interactions

Two Exercises to Help Art Students to Be More Creative
ByMarion Botella, Todd Lubart

chapter 7|22 pages

Teaching Music Composition With Digital Tools

A Domain-Specific Perspective
ByPalmyre Pierroux, Jøran Rudi

chapter 9|22 pages

The Role of Critique in the Development of Student-Artists’ Metacognitive Practices

ByErica Rosenfeld Halverson, Kailea Saplan, Andrew Stoiber, Nick Rabkin

section Section 3|80 pages

Systems for Change in Art Learning and Art Education

chapter 11|14 pages

Approaching Art Education as an Ecology

Exploring the Role of Museums
ByKaren Knutson, Kevin Crowley, Jennifer Lin Russell, Mary Ann Steiner

chapter 12|24 pages

A Different Kind of Learning

The Value of a Studio Art Class for Non-Art Graduate Students
ByOlga M. Hubard

chapter 13|15 pages

Growing Up With Art

How Interest, Opportunity, and Support Shape the Learning Pathways of Visual Arts Professionals
ByKaren Knutson, Kevin Crowley