International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 12 Number 5

July 8, 2011

The Function of Art Students' Use of Studio Conversations in Relation to their Artwork

Lennart Svensson
Lund University, Sweden

Ann-Mari Edström
Malmö University, Sweden

Citation: Svensson, L. & Edström, A. (2011). The function of art students' use of studio conversations in relation to their artwork. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(5). Retrieved [date] from
The investigation presented in this article is focused on studies within a practice based MFA program in visual art in Sweden. The analysis presented is based on two interviews each with nine art students: One interview during their first and one during their fourth year of study. The analysis focuses on the relation between two aspects of their studies: The use of studio conversations and the relation to their own artwork. Data are analyzed and results are presented for each student as a case. The cases are compared and grouped based on similarities and differences. A close relationship between use of studio conversations and relation to own artwork is found, varying to its character from case to case. The results have implications for the understanding of the self-directed character of the studies and the very free form of curriculum typical of visual art practice education.

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