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May 2020; 7(3)



Towards a Flexible Visual Art Education in the Arab world

Dina A.M. Lutfi

College of Design, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

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Dina A.M. Lutfi

Article Number: IJEPRR.20.012  |   Pages: 105-111  |   Vol. 7 (3), May 2020   |   DOI:

 Received: March 23, 2020  Accepted: May 4, 2020  Published: May 6, 2020


Engagement with visual art is an important part of the human experience. Children begin communicating through artistic expression at a young age; as they begin to move into adolescence and adulthood, it is important that students gain exposure to diverse forms of art, learn about reflection on the human condition, culture, civic engagement, and citizenship. However, the educational systems in the Arab world do not consider art as an independent subject with beneficial outcomes and objectives for societies, but rather an extracurricular activity or pastime. On the other hand, subjects such as mathematics or science are regarded as essential in educational curriculums, and fostering future careers that contribute positively to the world. This review article explores literature about approaching art education flexibly; I argue that educational policies in K-12 schools and colleges must incorporate art education as a core subject within the curriculum, adopt pedagogies that focus on flexibility in teaching, and fostering dialogue among students that encourages independent thinking. Additionally, educational institutions must have objectives and outcomes to achieve; these need to be measured and carried out with the consideration of art education as an independent subject in the curriculum, which complements and supports other important subjects.


Arab art education, civic engagement, educational flexibility, artistic development, visual art

How to Cite this Article

Lutfi DAM (2020).Towards a flexible visual art education in the Arab world. Int. J. Educ. Pol. Res. Rev.7 (3):105-111.

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