Assessing the Image: Creative Practice in an Online Learning Environment

By Anna Nazzari, Gina Cinanni and Moira Doropoulos.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Academics who work in the field of online art education are frequently asked the question, ‘How do you assess art online?’ The view that art cannot be assessed through a digital interface stems in part from a Kantian perception of art as a product that is aesthetically evaluated via the senses in a physical space. In this presentation, we will establish that assessing art in an online learning environment requires an understanding of the multiple roles the digital image assumes. This will be illustrated through a consideration of the digital image as a repository of data that must visually promote doing and thinking. In the context of art online, doing and thinking ‘are acts (and forms) of critique’ by which the assessor can evaluate competence of skill and judgment. As evidence of experimentation, reflection and interpretation of creative practice, the image acts as proof of the existence of the work and the authenticity of the author. Under the colloquium’s theme of ‘Images in the Service of Learning’, the digital image will be positioned as a vital contemporary tool which has the power to shift and enhance how we see, experience and contextualize art in an eLearning environment.

Keywords: Arts, Assessment, e-Learning

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.95-107. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 664.091KB)).

Dr. Anna Nazzari

Lecturer, OUA Art Studies, School of Design and Art, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Anna Nazzari has a Doctorate of Philosophy (Art) and has worked at Curtin University for seven years in the field of online art education. In this environment she has been instrumental in advocating new modes of teaching and learning and in designing innovative course materials, such as a curatorial art stream and pathways in both painting and sculpture. Her research focuses on providing and implementing new avenues for art online education. Nazzari also has an on-going art practice which thematically engages with notions of the absurd. In Albert Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus,” the absurd is defined as an altercation between humanity’s need for meaning and the visible meaninglessness of the world. Nazzari explores this premise by creating automated sculptural works that subvert how morality is accepted as a provider of truth in contemporary culture. Her artwork has been exhibited both locally and nationally.

Gina Cinanni

Chair, SoDA OUA Studies, OUA Design and Art Studies, School of Design and Art, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Australia

As Chair of OUA Studies in the School of Design and Art, Gina Cinanni is leading the future development of eLearning in art education in Australia. Cinanni has been involved in the delivery of online art education since 1999 and has been instrumental in the implementation and on-going development of the Fine Art degree.

Moira Doropoulos

Associate Lecturer, Academic Coordinator, OUA Art Studies, School of Design and Art, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Australia

Moira Doropoulos has been involved in art online education for the past ten years at Curtin University. Doropoulos is academic coordinator for the Fine Art major and is currently engaged in the further development of the third year studio practice pathway. She has also been instrumental in providing and implementing visual learning resources to assist in student centred learning. Doropoulos’ art practice focuses on tradition, ritual and identity. She is engaged in the promotion of Western Australian textiles through the curation and development of international projects.