BCATA Journal

The BC Art Teachers’ Journal is published regularly and each issue revolves around a specific theme.

All members are encouraged to share their experiences in art education, etc. including academic articles, resource reviews, unit plans, personal stories.
Manuscripts are welcome at all times and on any topic related to Art Education. Preferred format is Microsoft Word for the PC, in regular, full-type layout, or PDF files. High quality images (250-300 dpi) may be sent by email. Photos may also be sent by regular mail.
See a list of resources that have been reviewed in past journals:
 Resource Reviews.doc

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Permission form for student work



The word intersections conjures up many ideas, images and meanings. A general definition refers to crossings, meeting places or a rendezvous. Specifically, it refers to the sharing of a common point, direction or place where two lines meet or cross over. In the world of studio art, the crossing of lines and shapes may invoke the history and spirit of art movements such as de Stijl and the likes of artist Piet Mondrian whose legendary exploration of intersecting lines and shapes reflected a minimalist response to pure abstract form. In the world of theatre and light based art, intersections of projected light produce spectacular optical colours while criss-crossing beams of laser light create scintillating environments with a dynamic quality.

On another level, intersections may mean the convergence or cross-over of different subjects or disciplines to establish links and interfaces. The idea of bringing together subjects such as art and architecture or art and science for study and exploration enhances cross-pollination, adding greater understanding and appreciation to knowledge. The idea of intersections extends to many ideas and events whether they involve cross cultural studies or interfaces related to changes when the teachings from a traditional art classroom interact or clash with the changes and demands of a newer media curriculum.

Consider the following thoughts and ideas as a basis for exploring the concept of intersections:

1) Investigate the idea of intersections in the design of a ‘geometry of art’ unit for an art curriculum;

2) Begin with an intersection ‘doodle’ and build on it to reflect diverse ideas related to cross-overs, meeting places, interfaces and other meanings;

3) Plan and organize an art program from a multiple discipline perspective involving art and science, art and architecture, art and culture or other themed combinations;

4) Document art programming from your experiences involving changes that reflect the cross-over from established traditions to new ideas and technologies;

5) Imagine using the idea of mapping as a metaphor for exploring your personal experiences as an art educator to show how pathways, junctions, or streets or roads cross one another on a journey of intersections. We look forward to ideas based on the above suggestion or others that cross your mind.

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2017.

Contact the Journal Editors:
Bill Zuk wzuk@uvic.ca or Robert Dalton rdalton@uvic.ca

We look forward to receiving your responses especially when we know art curricula are shifting and adapting in a world of changing circumstances. Please send us your ideas, reviews and articles filled with images.

We look forward to articles brought to life with images and we encourage book reviews, website reviews and other submissions.