Private Perceptions, Public Reflections:
Aesthetic Encounters As Vehicles For Shared Meaning Making
McGill University, Canada
Citation: White, B. (2011). Private perceptions, public reflections: Aesthetic encounters as vehicles for shared meaning making.
International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(LAI 2). Retrieved [date] from
This paper begins with a brief discussion of aesthetic theory, especially as it relates to
art education. Then, to see how theory may apply to practice, it describes an
investigation into the manner in which encounters with artworks unfold, how
meanings are constructed and values articulated, based on the study of four volunteers'
interactions with two artworks that lend themselves to variable responses, especially in
regard to social and cultural issues. The study relies on participant mapping of the
individual moments of their encounters and their subsequent reflections on the
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