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    What questions can guide content-based art toward meaningful art that can lead to personal and social transformation?


    One of the main target of art education is to endow every member of the society with the right to express himself/herself in diverse visual world.

    1.Guarantee every student’s right to get education and express himself/herself in art to see the relationship between the world and himself/herself.

    2.The changes in multidimensional interaction lead to the interaction of individual capital and social capital which results in discourse power. In internet society, the interaction relation of art education changed from mutual to multidimensional, which includes teaching evaluation, course interaction, teaching ethics, teaching method, knowledge and power, etc. Speaking from the perspective of socialization, the educatees as well as discourse power of art education have expanded while the feature of interaction becomes even more obvious and important.

    3.The cultural production that decides the transform of the society and individuals requires space. Internet provides shelter for the internal productivity to create self culture by gathering and sharing. People can get together to form a group according to common likes and topics, inside which they can talk about the things they are interested in with little interference of the society. At the same time, they use their own logic to screen, transform and recombine the materials and recombine the definition of self based on the culture he/she received. When influence determines material choices, future individual’s material capital will reflect this internal productivity in the real world.


    Whose voices are heard the most often in our society?
    Whose voices are not being heard enough by our society?
    What do you want to say and who do you want to hear it?
    In what ways can your message be heard?

    Jackie Geiple

    (By the way, love the ‘voices heard most often’ and ‘voices not being heard enough’ questions from jpy5076…I think they are great and spot-on!!)

    *Not going to lie…I did research some psychological and personal growth questions for the personal transformation section, and while some are my own, I adapted a few researched ones that I felt could best be explored through creations of artwork. Links to my resources will be below.

    Personal Transformation:
    Who do you blame? For what? Why?
    What regrets haunt you the most and why?
    Who can’t you just let go and why?
    When someone asks you what you are really thinking about, do you tell them? Why or why not?
    Are you more of a self-loather, or a self-lover?
    What scares you most about the future and why?
    What do you refuse to admit? Why?
    What answers are you seeking? Why?
    What is your baggage and how has that affected your journey?
    Who do you judge? Why?
    What memory would you erase if you could? Why?
    What don’t you dare do? Why?
    Who have you ‘disposed garbage upon’? Why?
    What have you given up on? Why?
    What should you give up but just can’t?
    What patterns keep occurring in your life? Why?
    What will you change?
    What are you afraid to ask yourself?
    Whose approval do you seek most? Why?
    What is your biggest lie in life?
    What keeps you breathing most?
    What is your biggest ‘what if?’
    What is your biggest ‘if only?’
    What do you deserve? Why?
    What don’t you deserve? Why?

    Social Transformation:
    What is the biggest social worry today?
    What different directions could __________ go in 5, 25, 100 years?
    What was the biggest social worry 5, 25, 100 years ago? How did it develop?
    What throughout history just seems to repeat itself?
    What makes it right? Why?
    What makes it wrong? Why?
    What does compromise look like/where does it begin?
    What does understanding look like/where does it begin?
    What does respect look like/where does it begin?
    What does social progress look like/where does it begin??
    Who hurts most? Why?
    Who benefits most? Why?
    What does love look like?
    What does neglect look like?
    Where does cruelty begin?
    What does the world deserve?
    How does the world feel right now?
    How will the world feel a hundred years from now?
    Who is trying to hide or be invisible?
    Who is trying to be seen?


    There are many questions that can lead students to self-discovery, growth and the creation of meaningful art work. Why would you do this? How would you do this? What made you think of this? The questions, as demonstrated above, can go on and on. The most important thing for me and my students is the encouragement. I tell my students all the time, that they are their own worst critic. Nothing has to be perfect, because no one is perfect. It is important to always try your best, ask for help when you need it, and keep a positive perspective. When students are comfortable, happy and well adjusted to their environment they will make the most progress.

    Elizabeth Eagle

    How can artists use and identify with culture to make relevant art?
    What and/or who in society need help being heard?
    How can artists help voices be heard?
    What social issues/problems are you concerned with? How do you identify with these problems?


    1. Who created the artwork and what position/power did/do they hold?
    2. Whose voices are being represented?
    3. Are those voices heard more often or less often?
    4. How does culture play a role in the artwork?
    5. How does your own culture influence your own artwork?
    6. How can our artwork influence others?

    Lance Rautzhan

    Who is my audience?
    Is the scope of the work too narrow?
    What medium best expands that scope?
    What medium is most adept at delivering a message to the widest possible audience?
    Have I considered my identity in relation with the subject matter?
    – Is it indicative of a narrow-minded approach?
    – How can I overcome this hurdle?
    Once considered, how can I include my identity so as not to erase “the hand of the artist”?
    Is the work aesthetically strong enough to carry the message?

    Andrea T.

    Before prompting my students with questions, we first discuss how to have an open dialogue, that our classroom is a safe place of them to express themselves, and that we all are coming from different life experiences which influence our thoughts, values, and opinions.
    What is the change you would like to see in the world?
    When discussing social change, we can ask, “What can I do?”
    What do you need to protect yourself from? You community?
    What other viewpoints might people have about this idea? Why?
    What is stopping you from achieving your goals?

    Kerry R

    Hi Andrea, I really like your questions to open dialogue in your classroom. The provocations allow for others to relate to someone or to understand a different viewpoint. I particularly like that you ask “What is stopping you from achieving your goals?” because there are always invisible barriers that people may be able to overcome with this poignant discussion that is solution-based. In my line of work, I am setting a goal to visually show socially-responsive art so that people in my sphere feel comfort and inclusion in my workspace.
    My question is “What makes you feel at home?”
    “What is your comfort and joy?”

    Courtney L

    How can you use art to collaborate with other people?
    Who decides what art is?
    Who is my audience when I am creating art?
    What changes do I want to make in the world?
    How can you express your point of view through art?

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