Can feminist pedagogy be enacted
in a web-based arts learning environment? And, if so, how?
My work on CyberFeminist House
began with research on what feminist define as feminist pedagogy for
the creation of spaces as an aesthetic-expressive forum to disrupt patriarchal
inscriptions and structures. Judy Chicago & Mariam Shapiro facilitation Womanhouse (1971), which serves as a foundation for which feminist art pedagogy developed. Internationally renowned artist, Judy Chicago
further developed her feminist pedagogy in another house project, the At Home project,
in Kentucky (2001-2002). In 2002, I interviewed the At Home participants concerning the nature of the collaboration and their understanding
of feminist pedagogy experienced in the At Home project, and
interviewed Judy Chicago on November 23, 2002, and others involved with Womanhouse. From this research and my own teaching practices
I have worked to develop and articulare feminist cyberpedagogy.
In f all 2003, I created a multimedia Web site from research on Judy Chicago’s teaching methodology to provide a model for art educators on a Participatory Art Pedagogy Informed by Feminist Principles. The Web site at http://www.throughtheflower.org/pedagogy/ also premiered at three exhibition sites in Pomona and Claremont galleries in California on January 9 and 10, 2004, and was a part of the two-month Envisioning the Future exhibition. I have used this multimedia site on pedagogy to facilitate collaborative artworks in her courses.
Specific teaching approaches built into the CFH program are:
Local needs valued
displacement strategies employed
In 2005, a graduate student wrote
to me that "no young working woman today wants to label herself
as a 'feminist' even though she might fit the bill." If interested
in discussing this issue please comment the National Art Education Women's Caucus FaceBook group. Such a discussion might consider who has created
negative connotations of the word feminism, and for what purposes (i.e.,
a question of how knowledge and identities are constructed)? What are
the connotations? How true are those connotations to what you believe
feminism means? What identity would you be constructing by calling yourself
a feminist? What are the consequences of defining oneself as a feminist?