Aesthetic presence: The role of the arts in the education of creative arts therapists in the classroom and online

Nisha Sajnani, Christine Mayor, Heather Tillberg-Webb

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Abstract

Literature about the integral role of the arts in learning is widely available, but much less has been written about how the arts and aesthetics support education in the creative arts therapies, particularly in the online learning environment. This article introduces the concept of aesthetic presence within the Community of Inquiry pedagogical model in line with values espoused within a Universal Design for Learning framework. The authors contextualize this concept with examples of how attention to the use of aesthetic and multimedia strategies in the classroom and in the online learning environment may foster openness and connection, encourage flexibility, humor, critical thinking, and animate and facilitate conversations about emergent and emotionally difficult themes while increasing accessibility for different kinds of learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101668
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Volume69
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Aesthetic presence
  • Art education
  • Community of inquiry
  • Creative arts therapies
  • Online learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Universal design for learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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