Wicked Arts Assignments
Practising Creativity in Contemporary Arts Education
Edited by Emiel Heijnen, Melissa Bremmer

Co-editor: Sanne Kersten.
Contributors: Pavèl van Houten, Jorge Lucero, Nina Paim, Erik Schrooten, Stephanie Springgay and many many others


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Wicked Arts Assignments are bold, unusual, contrary, funny, poetical, inspiring, socially committed, or otherwise challenging. Everyone who teaches art knows them: the assignment that is seemingly simple but which challenges participants, students and pupils to the max. Many artists and arts teachers have that singular, personal, often-used assignment in which everything comes together: their artistic vision, their pedagogical approach and their love for certain techniques or methods.

Art, Education, Theory / History / Criticism
The almost hundred arts assignments collected here connect to the visual arts, performance, theatre, music and design, but more importantly: they encourage cross-disciplinarity. They reflect themes and ways of working in contemporary arts, offering opportunities to learn about ourselves, the arts and the world. The first part of this book provides a theoretical view on arts assignments from historical, artistic and educational perspectives, complemented by interviews with experts in contemporary arts and education. The second part consists of the actual wicked arts assignments. These can be carried out in various contexts: from primary schools to higher education, from home to the (online) community, and from Bogotá to Istanbul. They are meant to spark the imagination of both teachers and students, contributing to new, topical educational and artistic practices. Designed by Laura Pappa.

Emiel Heijnen (1970) obtained his doctorate from Radboud University Nijmegen with the thesis Remixing the Art Curiculum: How contemporary visual practices inspire authentic art education. Melissa Bremmer (1972) completed the studies Teaching Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the study Educational Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She carried out PhD research at the University of Exeter into the 'pedagogical content knowledge' of music teachers from an embodied cognition perspective.

304 pages
Paperback, 15x22 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9789492095756