Interpreting Art Through Visual Narratives

  • Marjo Räsänen
Part of the Landscapes: The Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 2)


According to my model of experiential art understanding, art experience comes into being when personal and social identities of the artist and the recipient meet in terms of the context where the work of art is explored, guided by the artwork’s material and expressive cues. I approach the artwork’s contextualization with the help of art disciplines based on verbal conceptualisation and premises of artworlds, and develop these inquiry methods on the terms of the learner’s lifeworld and artistic production. In this chapter I give an example of how teachers and museum educators can bridge students’ life worlds and artworlds. I tell a tale of a high school class interpreting Akseli Gallen- Kallela’s painting the Aino Myth (1891) through verbal and visual narratives.


Teacher Development Reflective Writing Museum Visit High School Class Visual Metaphor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjo Räsänen
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  1. 1.Department of Art EducationUniversity of Art and DesignHelsinkiFinland

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